Injury Ravaged Titans Host Wests

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David Mead has been named at fullback for the Titans. Picture: Peter Wallis/couriermail.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 9, 2012 – Wests Tigers 15 d Gold Coast Titans 14 at Skilled Park
Round 25, 2011 - Wests Tigers 39 d Gold Coast Titans 10 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 6, 2011 - Gold Coast Titans 20 d Wests Tigers 14 at Skilled Park
Round 26, 2010 - Gold Coast Titans 21 d Wests Tigers 18 at Skilled Park
Round 18, 2010 – Wests Tigers 15 d Gold Coast Titans 14 at Campbelltown Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20 
Titans

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L

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L

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Tigers

W

L

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The Titans  have been forced to make a host of changes for their match against the Tigers  at Skilled Park on Sunday afternoon, with Albert Kelly, Matt Srama and Luke Bailey joining a casualty ward already housing Will Zillman and Jamal Idris during the week. Beau Falloon and Luke Douglas come into the starting side, while Anthony Don earns a recall with David Mead shifting to fullback. Ashley Harrison will play alongside Anthony Sezer in the halves with Ryan James, Luke O’Dwyer and Sam Irwin on the bench.

The Tigers have added Shaun Spence to the squad that went down 36-18 to Manly on Monday night, while Curtis Sironen returns at halfback in place of Braith Anasta after coming off the bench last week. Both Anasta and Benji Marshall put in terrible performances against the Sea Eagles in round 20 and can consider themselves lucky to be in the first grade side this week.

1st Tryscorer

While Anthony Don  has been exposed as something of a liability in defence at NRL level, there is no doubting his ability to get across the tryline. He has four tries in eight first grade matches and crossed the line four times for the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Cup last weekend.

Tim Simona  took a while to find his feet in first grade this year but has been unstoppable since bagging his first try of the season against the Panthers in round 13. The young winger has seven tries from as many matches and will test the Titans outside backs with his pace.

Prediction

Both of these teams have spent a while out of the winner’s circle, but one of them has to collect the two points here. Despite being ravaged by injuries to key men, playing at home is a big advantage for the Gold Coast. Wests have been woeful on the road during the current campaign, winning just one of their eight away matches. Gold Coast Titans by 8

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