Round 1 Preview: Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans

Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans

Date: Sunday March 11
Location: Cbus Super Stadium
Time: 6.30pm (NSW), 5.30pm (QLD), 8:30pm (NZ)

Canberra Raiders 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Sam Williams 8. Junior Paulo 9. Siliva Havili 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joseph Tapine 13. Elliott Whitehead
Interchange: 14. Blake Austin, 15. Luke Bateman, 16. Dunamis Lui, 17. Iosia Soliola

Reserves: 18. Charlie Gubb, 19. Brad Abbey, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Craig Garvey

Gold Coast Titans 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Philip Sami 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jai Aarow 9. Nathan Peats 10. Leilani Latu 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Ryan James 13. Bryce Cartwright
Interchange: 14. Mitch Rein, 15. Max King, 16. Will Matthews, 17. Morgan Boyle

Reserves: 18. Joe Greenwood, 19. Jai Whitbread, 20. Tyronne Robert's Davis, 21. AJ Bronson To finish off around 1 we have two sides that will be trying to put the disappointment of 2017 behind them as quick as possible after both having great 2016 seasons where they finished higher than expected. For the Gold Coast Titans Jarryd Hayne is no longer an excuse after the club released him in the off-season and it is now time for Ash Taylor to regain control of the side and find the form that had him win Dally M rookie of the year in 2016. The addition of Michael Gordon at the back of the field should help in directing the troops around while another new recruit, Bryce Cartwright is down to play lock in the round one match. For the Raiders, the big question is how they go without their inspirational leader and Hooker Josh Hodgson. Havilii has been named in the 9 for round 1 but is he going to put in a performance that locks up this position or will Ricky Stuart still be scratching his head after the game trying to figure out who is best fitting for the hooking role. It's been almost a year since these two sides met in an NRL fixture with the Raiders getting the win last year 42-16. On paper the Raiders have one of the best looking back lines in the competition, and if they any chance of victory they need to be getting early ball, as they showing last year on many occasions they can score from anywhere on the field. Prediction: With a new coach, Ash Taylor to take control again and Josh Hodgson missing from a Raiders side I can see the Titans winning comfortably 13+. -Boom


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