Dogs Are Backing At ANZ Stadium

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Josh Morris has scored in his past four matches. Picture: Getty Images/heraldsun.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 10, 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 25 d Canterbury Bulldogs 14 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 5, 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 30 d Gold Coast Titans 20 at Skilled Park
Round 12, 2011 - Canterbury Bulldogs 28 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 15, 2010 - Gold Coast Titans 25 d Canterbury Bulldogs 24 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 19, 2009 - Canterbury Bulldogs 23 d Gold Coast Titans 16 at Suncorp Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21 
Bulldogs

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W

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W

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Titans

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W


The Bulldogs  will be out to continue their charge into the finals when they tackle the Titans  at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. Since losing five of their opening six fixtures, Canterbury has won ten of its next 13 to rise to fifth on the ladder and looks certain to be playing finals football, but the same can’t be said of this week’s opponents. The Titans dropped out of the eight with four consecutive defeats from round 16 to round 20, but gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a 36-6 victory over the Tigers last week, although they have a tough run home.

Tony Williams had a big impact coming off the bench for the Bulldogs last week and has been promoted to the run on side by Des Hasler in an otherwise unchanged squad, while the Titans have also named the same playing group that did the job in round 21. Matt Srama and Will Zillman are both nearing a return from injury and could be late inclusions for the Gold Coast.


1st Tryscorer

Josh Morris  didn’t get on the scoresheet for the Bulldogs in 2013 until crossing against Manly in round 15 but has been unstoppable ever since. He has four tries from his past four outing for the club and will be determined to mark his landmark 150th NRL match with a four pointer.

Kevin Gordon  is the Titans leading tryscorer this season, with the speedster having scored 11 matches from 17 outings. He has bagged eight tries in his past nine matches and bagged the first try for his team on five of those occasions.


Prediction

The Titans will have taken a lot of confidence from their drought-breaking victory over the Tigers last week but face a huge challenge against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. The Gold Coast has won just two of its six matches at Homebush and is coming up against a side with legitimate premiership claims. Canterbury has averaged just under 40 points in its past three outings and should have too much firepower for the Titans, who can put up a good fight. Canterbury Bulldogs by 8

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