The Cowboys are facing three straight losses on Monday night. Source: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au
Titans v Cowboys
Monday, March 31 – 6.35pm (AEST)
Things you need to know:
The man with the rhyming name, William Zillman, is out with a hamstring tear, replaced by Anthony Don. Don is good. Aidan Sezer returns from a calf strain. Watch out if the Cowboys take the lead. They've hit the front in all three games, only to fall into a deep hole from there.
Reason to watch:
Gold Coast are the self-proclaimed Betty Ford Clinic of the NRL, rehabilitating players who have lost their way. Their latest 'lab experiment' – Albert Kelly – is a prime example of a player who seems to have turned his life around on the Glitter Strip and is playing some super footy as a result. Look no further than Alby's superb try against Canberra last week as proof. His combo with Aidan 'Hail' Sezer is developing into something special.
Reason to turn away:
They may have had a change of coach but it appears the Cowboys are the same hot and cold side we've come to expect over the years. Trying to predict what they will do each week is like trying to work out why some people still watch The Footy Show
"The best sides in the comp are consistent and they don't drop too far from their best displays to their worst displays so that's something we need to be known for." – Titans co-captain Nate Myles spells out what he expects from his team this season.
This is one of the hardest games to pick this round, mainly because you don't what to expect from the Cowboys. Paul Green insists they are not that far away from where they need to be but you could have fooled us. The Titans go in as underdogs despite a great win away from home in Canberra. Perhaps it's the Thurston factor swaying bookies – and us, for that matter. North Queensland by 6.
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