Storm Tune-up Against Titans

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Cooper Cronk wasn't at his best against Manly. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 15, 2013 – Gold Coast Titans 18 d Melbourne Storm 12 at Skilled Park
Round 23, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 14 d Gold Coast Titans 16 at AAMI Park
Round 3, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 30 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at Skilled Park
Round 23, 2011 – Melbourne Storm 40 d Gold Coast Titans 16 at Skilled Park
Round 2, 2011 – Melbourne Storm 40 d Gold Coast Titans 12 at AAMI Park

Current Form

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Titans

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The Storm  will be looking to take winning form into the finals by beating the Titans  at AAMI Park on Saturday, after suffering a 28-8 defeat to Manly last weekend. The same squad that travelled to Sydney for that match has been given a chance at redemption, although Tim Glasby has been added to a five-man interchange bench and could take his place in the final 17 after performing well when given a chance this year.

Having stunned the Roosters 30-22 at Allianz Stadium last weekend, the Titans have named an unchanged squad for this match although skipper Nate Myles is doubtful after injuring his ankle in Sydney. His absence would be a huge blow for the Gold Coast, who remain in finals contention despite having a long injury list. It the Titans win, they will make the finals if either Newcastle or North Queensland slip up in the final round of the regular season.


1st Tryscorer

Maurice Blair  has been a revelation for the Storm this season, forcing Justin O’Neill onto the wing after a string of consistent performances since being given a chance in first grade. The 28 year-old has signed with the Titans for next season and will be determined to put on a good show for his future employers.

Brad Takairangi  is one of the biggest centres in the game and he has really stepped up since Jamal Idris suffered a season-ending leg injury against the Knights in round 16. He has only got across the line four times this season but three of those have come in his past five matches.


Prediction

The Titans beat Melbourne 18-12 when these sides met on the Gold Coast in June but things were very different on that night. Both sides were without their Origin stars and the Storm lost Gareth Widdop 50 minutes into the match after he dislocated his hip. Prior to that result the Storm had won four straight against the Titans and are likely to get the same result on Saturday as they tune-up for the finals. Melbourne Storm by 20

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