New Blood For Titans In Darwin

Picture: Brendan Radke/goldcoast.com.au
Greg Bird in action for the Titans. Picture: Brendan Radke/goldcoast.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 4, 2013 – Gold Coast Titans 28 d Penrith Panthers 10 at Penrith Stadium
Round 25, 2012 – Penrith Panthers 36 d Gold Coast Titans 22 at Penrith 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

Current Form

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Titans

W

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L

W

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Panthers

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L

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W


Injuries to Jamal Idris and William Zillman mean that the Titans  will field two debutants against the Panthers  in Darwin on Saturday night, with U20 stars Jahrome Hughes and Hymel Hunt getting their first taste of NRL football at the top end. The loss of Idris in particular will hurt the Gold Coast’s quest to reach the finals for the first time since 2010, with the giant centre likely to miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg early in his side’s 46-16 defeat to Newcastle last weekend. Luke O’Dwyer comes off the bench to start in the centres with David Mead moving out to the wing, while co-captain Nate Myles also returns to the lineup after sitting out against the Knights.

After scoring their first win since round 11 with a 25-10 victory over the Dragons last weekend, coach Ivan Cleary has named an unchanged side for his team’s first match to the TIO Stadium. Although Penrith are outside the top eight at the moment, a win over the fifth placed Titans could see them finish the round as high as sixth.

1st Tryscorer

Kevin Gordon  has been on fire in recent weeks, bagging five tries from as many appearances since his clubs Derby defeat to the Broncos in round 10. He has scored the first try for his team in each of its past three matches and has fond memories of playing Penrith, having crossed twice against them in round four.

The Titans leaked points down the right side against Newcastle last weekend, with James McManus bagging four tries of his down on the flank and Penrith would be silly not to target the same side. James Roberts  will line up on the left wing for the Panthers and should see plenty of ball.

Prediction

The loss of Jamal Idris and William Zillman is a huge blow for the Titans with the pair playing a crucial role in seeing the team rise to fifth on the ladder. While their forward pack is still likely to outmuscle the Panthers, the Gold Coast certainly won’t be taking them lightly given they have won four of their past six matches. Since 2007, there has been an average of 50 points a match when these two have met, so expect a high scoring  affair but the Titans should be good enough to collect the two points. Gold Coast Titans by 2

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