Titans Try To Do It On The Road

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Jamal Idris has started the new season well. Source: Getty Images/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 25 2012 – Penrith Panthers 36 d Gold Coast Titans 22 at Panthers Stadium
Round 15 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 36 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Skilled Park
Round 13 2011 – Penrith Panthers 23 d Gold Coast Titans 10 at Skilled Park
Round 8 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 38 d Penrith Panthers 24 at Skilled Park
Round 7 2009 – Penrith Panthers 34 d Gold Coast Titans 20 at Panthers Stadium

Current Form (most recent first)

Panthers - LLW
Titans - WWL

Penrith  boss Ivan Cleary has made to just side to his side for the Panthers match against the Titans on Sunday afternoon, with Cameron Ciraldo replacing Nathan Smith at lock following Penrith’s 44-32 defeat to Souths last weekend. The tough tackling backrower has been brought in to shore up a defence that has leaked points in the past fortnight, with the Tigers and Rabbitohs posting 72 points between them in their two most recent matches.

Ashley Harrison and Brad Takairangi have both been named to line up for the Gold Coast  despite suffering injuries in the Titans impressive 16-14 win against Manly on Saturday, although Luke O’Dwyer and Steve Michaels are included on an extended six-man bench as a precautionary measure. While the win over Manly was the club’s second in succession following a 36-0 win over Canberra in round two, both victories came at Skilled Park and John Cartwright will want to see his side take their impressive home form away from the Coast.

1st Tryscorer

Penrith winger David Simmons  was the Panthers joint top tryscorer in 2011 but struggled to repeat those heroics last year, registering just two four pointers in 16 matches. He has found his tryscoring boots again, bagging three in as many matches this season and will look to add to that tally on Sunday.

Although he is yet to score this season, Jamal Idris  has been a thorn in the side of opposition defenders in 2013 and will look to expose the Panthers out wide after they struggled to contain the Rabbitohs hard running outside backs last week.

Prediction – While the Panthers have had no trouble scoring points this season (82 in three matches), they have had problems keeping them, conceding the same number that they have scored. Just what they can muster in attack against a well drilled Gold Coast outfit that has the best defensive record in the competition will go a long way to determining the outcome of this match. Gold Coast Titans 1-12

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