Injury Ravaged Titans Host Eels

Picture: Brendan Radke/goldcoast.com.au
Greg Bird has been in great form for the Titans. Picture: Brendan Radke/goldcoast.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 24 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 24 d Parramatta Eels 16 at Skilled Park
Round 26 2011 – Parramatta Eels 32 d Gold Coast Titans 12 at Skilled Park
Round 7 2011 – Parramatta Eels 22 d Gold Coast Titans 18 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 22 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 34 d Parramatta Stadium 12 at Skilled Park
Semi-Final 2009 – Parramatta Eels 27 d Gold Coast Titans 2 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

 

  Rd 1 

  Rd 2 

  Rd 3 

  Rd 4 

  Rd 5 

Titans

L

W

W

W

L

Eels

W

L

L

L

W


20 year-old hooker Sam Irwin will make his NRL debut for the Titans  against Parramatta  on Sunday, with first choice hookers Matt Srama and Beau Falloon both out. They join Brad Takairangi, Aidan Sezer and Ben Ridge on the injured list for the Gold Coast, while halfback Albert Kelly is also doubtful despite being named to play. Representative forward Dave Taylor is also out after being handed a two match suspension by the club for disciplinary reasons.

After recording their second win of the season against the Sharks last week, things are a bit more settled for the Eels with Ricky Stuart naming the same 17 man squad that grinded out a 13-6 result at Parramatta Stadium in round five.

1st Tryscorer

David Mead  has started 2013 where he left off last season and has already bagged three four pointers this season. He scored the first try of the game against Penrith a fortnight ago and will look to use his pace to advantage against the Eels.

Jarryd Hayne  scored a hat-trick against the Warriors in round one but has struggled to make as much of an impact since. His team has scored just two tries in the past fortnight and the 25 year-old will look to lead by example in attack by running at the line and making himself available as a support player.

Prediction – Although the Titans are four places higher than Parramatta on the ladder, this is a real danger game for the Gold Coast. With a host of key players unavailable, the Eels won’t get a better opportunity than this to improve their dismal away record, which has seen them win just two of their past 18 matches on the road. Parramatta Eels 1-12

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