Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores
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Gold Coast Vs. Penrith
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 17 June, 2012
|Skilled Park, Robina, QLD|
|Gold Coast 36 defeated Penrith 18|
|Referee: Gerard Sutton|
|Touch judges: D Abood & Grant Atkins|
The Gold Coast Titans need to beat the Penrith Panthers today if they are to keep their slim top eight hopes alive. Join us for live scores from 2:00pm AEST.
Despite losing to Cronulla last week, the Titans are in good form and are at full strength for today’s important clash against the Panthers.
Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Ashley Harrison are all back on deck for the Titans today after being heavily missed in last week’s 22-12 loss to the Sharks.
Penrith are also coming off a defeat to the Warriors but welcome back key players Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis and Tim Grant for the clash against the Gold Coast.
Both teams remain on the wrong end of the NRL ladder and need to start stringing wins together if they are to keep their finals hopes well and truly alive.
With both teams in desperate need of a win, expect this clash to remain close well into the second half.
The Titans and Panthers both struggled without their Origin stars last week, particularly upfront where the Sharks and Warriors got the better of them respectively.
With both teams at full strength however, expect a willing battle upfront between two sides that possess strong packs.
Lewis and Grant were very solid for NSW on Wednesday night and will need to lead the way yet again as they clash upfront against Bird, Myles and Harrison.
The form of Bird, Myles and Harrison is one of the main reasons why the Titans have managed to win three of their last four matches, including a comprehensive 28-12 win over the Cowboys a fortnight ago.
If Bird and company manage to dominate upfront, Gold Coast halves Scott Prince and Adam Sezar will take control of this contest.
The Titans will also go a long way to winning today if they can stop Panthers centre Jennings.
Despite having a disappointing season at club level, Jennings has performed well for NSW in Origin thus far and he may have rediscovered the confidence necessary to involve himself more in attack.
Given that he has been playing reserve grade for the last fortnight, expect Jennings to spend some time in the middle of the field where he will look involve himself more in attack in a bid to cause havoc with his runs out of dummy-half.
Overall, both teams will need their Origin players to shine if they are to secure victory this afternoon. The Titans at home should do enough to grind Penrith down on the back of another solid performance from Origin trio Bird, Myles and Harrison.
Titans by 7
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