Titans Try To Ground Sea Eagles

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Albert Kelly has started the season well for the Titans. Source: Adam Head/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 26 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 24 d Gold Coast Titans 16 at Skilled Park
Round 7 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 26 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Brookvale Oval
Round 10 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 16 d Gold Coast Titans 12 at Skilled Park
Round 14 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 28 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Skilled Park
Round 7 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 24 d Manly Sea Eagles 22 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form (most recent first)

Titans – WL
Sea Eagles – WW

Hard working backrower Ashley Harrison will play his 250th first grade game when he lines up for the Gold Coast Titans  against the Manly Sea Eagles  at Skilled Park on Saturday. The Queensland State of Origin stalwart will become just the 29th player in NRL history to reach the landmark but will be solely focussed on helping his club to a second straight win following the team’s 36-0 demolition of the Raiders last Sunday. After two strong performances to open 2013, John Cartwright has named an unchanged lineup for the third straight week.

Like the Titans, Manly has named an unchanged lineup for the Saturday afternoon blockbuster, although centre Steve Matai is under an injury cloud having suffered a neck injury in his side’s 32-0 demolition of the Knights on Sunday. Jason King remains unavailable despite speculation that he could make his return at Skilled Park.

1st Tryscorer

William Zillman  is one of the most underrated players in the competition and caused all sorts of problems for Canberra last week when he had the ball, running for 234m and effecting three linebreaks. It won’t be long till he gets on the scoresheet if he can hold his form.

21 year-old flyer Jorge Taufua  has burst onto the scene in the past 12 months and is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous outside backs in the game. Already with three tries to his name from the opening two matches, he will try and exploit the size advantage he has over David Mead.

Prediction – Surprisingly given the success of Manly in recent seasons, the Titans have a good record against the Sea Eagles having won three of the past five meetings between the clubs. They boast a big pack and should be able to impose themselves against a Manly side missing Jason King and Glenn Stewart. Gold Coast Titans 1-12

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