Round 17 Preview: Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos

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Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos.
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium.
Date: Sunday, July 8th.
Time: 4:10pm AEST.
 

Gold Coast Titans:
1 Michael Gordon
2 Anthony Don
3 Dale Copley
4 Brenko Lee
5 Phillip Sami
6 AJ Brimson
7 Ashley Taylor
8 Jack Stockwell
9 Nathan Peats
10 Ryan James (c)
11 Kevin Proctor
12 Will Matthews
13 Keegan Hipgrave
Interchange: 
14 Mitch Rein
15 Morgan Boyle
16 Konrad Hurrell
17 Moeaki Fotuaika
Reserves:
18 Leilani Latu
19 Kane Elgey
20 Ryan Simpkins
21 Brendan Elliott

Brisbane Broncos: 
1 Darius Boyd (c)
2 Jonus Pearson
3 Tom Opacic
4 Jordan Kahu
5 Jamayne Isaako
6 Anthony Milford
7 Kodi Nikorima
8 Matthew Lodge
9 Jake Turpin
10 Sam Thaiday
17 Alex Glenn
12 Jaydn Su'A
13 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange: 
14 Patrick Mago
15 Tevita Pangai jnr
16 Korbin Sims
17 Kotoni Staggs
Reserves:
18 Patrick Carrigan
19 David Fifita
20 Sam Tagataese
21 Sam Scarlett

Match Preview.
The Gold Coast Titans are coming off a massive performance to beat the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval and ruin their finals chances. They’ll be looking to back up that performance in a QLD big brother vs little brother match up as they take on their big bro club in the Brisbane Broncos.

The Broncos won the most important game of their season so far to go 6 points clear of ninth place. Down 16-0 at half time, they fought back hard to defeat the Raiders at home and all but certify their place in the 2018 finals series. A resilient Titans team still believes they are a chance for finals, and the Broncos will need to be wary of that.

Key Match Up: Engine room battle!
My key match up for this game is the battle of the forwards, in particular the props! We know both sets of young halves can work their magic, and both have an incredibly talented back line, however both forward packs have been known to be inconsistent in 2018.

The team that has their forward pack turn up on the day will win this battle in my opinion. The home side were spectacular up front against the Tigers last week, and it was the forwards alone that won them that game, in particular Ryan James who was phenomenal! 

The Broncos on the other hand don’t have any serious stand outs, but as a team have shown more consistency this season compared to their little brother team. Off the back of a massive comeback performance last week, this pack will be looking to carry it on into this game, however can they overcome the confidence the Titans big boys got last weekend? Let’s find out!

Stonecold’s Prediction: Broncos by 10.
I see this being a close game, but the Broncos taking home the points. They will want to dismiss any competition from the Titans for their finals spot, and with some serious confidence needed to win the Premiership from the position they are in, they’ll want to continue their roll on into September, and the Titans are in their way.

-Stonecold.



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