Titans Out To Beat Big Brother

Picture: Colin Whelan/AAP
Alex Glenn scored a brace against the Titans last year. Picture: Colin Whelan/AAP
Last 5 Meetings

Round 20 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 14 d Brisbane Broncos 10 at Skilled Park
Round 8 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 26 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 19 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 30 d Gold Coast Titans 10 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 3 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 14 d Gold Coast Titans 8 at Skilled Park
Round 19 2010 – Brisbane Broncos 24 d Gold Coast Titans 10 at Skilled Park

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Ever since their inception in 2007, the Gold Coast Titans  have been considered the Brisbane Broncos  younger brother but they go into the Friday night’s match between the sides at Skilled Park as the team to beat after winning their past three matches. Sunday’s 28-10 victory over Penrith moved the club up to third on the ladder after four rounds, while Brisbane is languishing in ninth with just one win in the opening month.

Despite being named to start against the Panthers, both Brad Takairangi (knee) and Ashley Harrison (concussion) were late withdrawals but were amongst the 19 players selected as part of an extended squad to tackle the Broncos by coach John Cartwright.

Brisbane skipper Sam Thaiday was handed a one game ban for contrary conduct after tugging on the shirt after touching referee Adam Devrich in his sides 32-36 defeat to Melbourne Storm last Friday and failed in his appeal to have his suspension overturned. Scott Anderson gets his chance in the starting side in place of the captain. Justin Hodges is set to return after being a late withdrawal with a hamstring strain last week, while crowd favourite David Hala could make his first top grade appearance of 2013 after being named on an extended bench.

1st Tryscorer

Kevin Gordon  bagged a late brace against the Panthers for the Gold Coast on Sunday to take his tally to three for the season. Renowned as one of the fastest players in the competition he will take advantage of any space that Brisbane gives him.

Alex Glenn  was the Broncos leading tryscorer last season and opened his account for the current campaign with a four pointer against the defending premiers last week. He scored a double in the derby last season and will be keen to add to the try he scored in round four.

Prediction – Brisbane has historically had the wood over their derby rivals with six wins from the past seven matches between the clubs, although the Titans were 14-10 winners in the most recent meeting in round 20 last season. They are much better form than the Broncos and have been ultra-impressive in both matches at Skilled Park this year. Gold Coast Titans 1-12

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