Canterbury Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog
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Canterbury Vs. Gold Coast
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 11 May, 2012
|Suncorp Stadium, QLD|
|Gold Coast 25 defeated Canterbury 14|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: Michael Wise & Chris Butler|
The Canterbury Bulldogs start as firm favourites tonight against a Gold Coast Titans outfit desperate to overcome a heartbreaking golden point loss against the Tigers last week. Join us for live scores and commentary from 8:45pm AEDT.
After a slow start against Parramatta last Friday, the Bulldogs clicked into gear and managed to record a comprehensive 46-12 victory.
On the back of Josh Morris’s hattrick and Sam Kasiano’s dominant performance, Canterbury outclassed and outmuscled an Eels side well on course to claim this year’s wooden spoon.
The Bulldogs now face a Titans outfit who are also in the running for the wooden spoon.
Unlike Parramatta however, the Gold Coast have tried hard in their matches this season and should provide the Bulldogs with more of a contest tonight.
The Titans however have had significant trouble closing out matches as evidenced by their golden point loss against the Tigers.
John Cartwright’s men squandered a 14 nil against the Tigers last week and were eventually defeated 15-14 in golden point thanks to a Robbie Farah field goal.
Such a loss would have crippled the confidence of many Titans players, but they must show some character tonight if they are any hope of upsetting the Bulldogs tonight.
Despite the defeat to the Tigers, the Titans did show some promising signs upfront and in the halves last week.
The Gold Coast managed to dominate Tim Sheen’s men up the middle of the park, with Mark Minichiello, Greg Bird, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Luke Bailey all having solid games.
In further good news for the Gold Coast, captain Scott Prince and Beau Champion will return tonight and will add much needed spark to the Titans attack.
The preceding players must perform well tonight if the Titans are to stand a chance against Canterbury.
The Titans will also do well to contain in form Bulldogs forward Sam Kasiano, who is establishing himself as one of the NRL’s best young forwards.
Against the Eels last week, Kasiano was a handful as he forked out great territory and produced several offloads that allowed the Bulldogs to create second phase play.
If Kasiano is allowed to dominate upfront, the likes of Michael Ennis, Ben Barba, Josh Reynolds and Josh Morris will create havoc up the middle and out wide.
Although the Titans will try hard early on, the Bulldogs simply possess more variety and class in attack and should account for the Gold Coast tonight.
Bulldogs by 14
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