Rep Stars Return For Titans

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Nate Myles returns for the Titans against Souths. Picture: Adam Head/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 14, 2013 –South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 d Gold Coast Titans 24 at Barlow Park (Cairns)
Round 22, 2012 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 d Gold Coast Titans 18 at Skilled Park
Round 15, 2011 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 31 d Gold Coast Titans 8 at ANZ Stadium
Round 2, 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 19 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 at ANZ Stadium
Round 23, 2009 - Gold Coast Titans 22 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form


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Rabbitohs

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Co-captains Greg Bird and Nate Myles are back for the Titans  match against the Rabbitohs  on Sunday afternoon, after sitting out last week’s 38-20 defeat to Manly following their exertions in the State of Origin decider just four days earlier. Luke Douglas and Dave Taylor dropped back to the bench to make way for their inclusion, while centre Brad Takairangi also returns after recovering from a rib cartilage injury sustained against the Storm a month ago.

Rabbitohs five-eighth John Sutton will play his 200th first grade game when he runs out at Skilled Park as part of an unchanged lineup to that which suffered a golden point loss to the Dragons on Monday night. Only four players in the 105 year history of the club have played more matches for the Bunnies, who are yet to lose back-to-back matches this season.

1st Tryscorer

Highly rated youngster Jordan Rankin  played his first NRL match of the season against the Sea Eagles last week and continues at fullback with William Zillman still injured. For all the plaudits he has received, he has only scored one try from 16 matches in the top grade and will need to improve on that record if he wants to keep his place in the side.

Sam Burgess  has established himself as one of the best forwards in the world since coming to the NRL from Super League in the UK and he is arguably in the best form of his career at the moment. He has five tries from his past eight matches and will relish the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Titans much vaunted forward pack.

Prediction

Souths have been the dominant team in the competition this season but there were some worrying signs for the Bunnies against St George Illawarra in round 19 without their star fullback Greg Inglis. The Gold Coast on the other hand has readied itself for a big push towards the finals however, with Greg Bird and Nate Myles given a week off to get over niggling injuries. They may have lost the past three meetings between the sides, but the Titans weren’t far away when going down to Souths 30-24 last month and may just spring one of the biggest upsets of the season back at home. Gold Coast Titans by 6

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