Titans And Warriors Go To War

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William Zillman returned from injury against the Titans last week. Source: Getty Images/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 8, 2013 – NZ Warriors 25 d Gold Coast Titans 24 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 18, 2012 - NZ Warriors 32 d Gold Coast Titans 14 at Skilled Park
Round 4, 2012 - NZ Warriors 26 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 18, 2011 - NZ Warriors 22 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 9, 2011 - NZ Warriors 34 d Gold Coast Titans 14 at Skilled Park

Current Form

  Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23 
Titans

L

L

W

W

L

Warriors

W

W

L

L

L


If the Titans  can’t beat the Warriors  at Skilled Park on Saturday, they can kiss there finals hopes goodbye. Although they are inside the top eight at the moment, the Gold Coast has a difficult end to the regular season with matches against the Roosters and Storm away from home, but needs at least one more victory to have any chance of making the playoffs and this is without a doubt the best chance of collecting another two points.

Their hopes have been boosted by the return of Albert Kelly this week, with the halfback named to play for the first time since suffering a sternum injury against the Rabbitohs in round 20. His availability sees Ashley Harrison return to the backrow with Ben Ridge on the bench in place of Luke O’Dwyer, who played his last match for the club in last week’s 22-10 defeat to the Cowboys after picking up a serious knee injury.

Jerome Ropati replaces Ngani Laumape on the right flank in one of two changes to the side that went down 24-28 to the Panthers last weekend, with Todd Lowrie coming into the backrow in place of Feleti Mateo, who is relegated to the bench. Dane Nielsen has been named in the centres despite limping off with an ankle injury after just 12 minutes against Penrith, with Ngani Laumape on standby should he fail to recover in time.


1st Tryscorer

Albert Kelly  will provide another element to the Titans attack on his return from injury this weekend, having bagged 11 tries already in a breakthrough NRL season. He has been a real threat when running with the ball this year and will look to capitalise on any opportunity to take the line on.

Konrad Hurrell  is the joint-top tryscorer for the Warriors in 2013, with 12 tries from just 17 appearances in the top grade. He has scored in six of his past seven matches and will look to run over the top of some of the Titans smaller defenders.


Prediction

Although the Warriors have won five successive clashes between these clubs, the Titans proved that they can match it with the best teams in the competition with their win over the Bulldogs in Sydney two weeks ago and will be confident of collecting another two competition points here. They have won two of their last three, while the Warriors have lost three on the trot. Gold Coast Titans by 18

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