Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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Gold Coast Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 8 July, 2012
|Skilled Park, Robina, QLD|
|Warriors 32 defeated Gold Coast 14|
|Referee: M Cecchin|
|Touch judges: P Holland & Michael Wise|
The Gold Coast Titans host the New Zealand Warriors in an important clash between two sides desperate to keep their finals hopes alive. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
After a shocking start to the season, the Titans have rallied well in the second half of the year and are within reach of the top eight.
The Gold Coast however have little room for error tonight as they play a Warriors outfit also within touching distance of a finals birth.
New Zealand is coming off a strong victory against an under strength Cowboys outfit and need to start building winning momentum if they are a chance of replicating last year’s grand final birth.
The Warriors have been plagued by inconsistency this season and can ill-afford another slow start against a full strength Titans outfit fresh off a bye.
The Gold Coast welcome back duo Nate Myles and Greg Bird tonight from Origin duty and both will need to perform at their peak if they are to hold off a strong Warriors pack.
At their best, New Zealand invariably dominate in the forwards with Ben Matulino and Russell Packer the men responsible for laying a strong platform for halves Shaun Johnson and James Maloney to dominate.
When the Warriors get a roll on up the middle, Feleti Mateo also begins to dominate with his strong running and offloading game.
Mateo was all over the Cowboys in the opening 20 minutes last week, making several breaks as he took advantage of the strong work produced by his fellow forwards.
If the Warriors manage to start in a similar fashion tonight, New Zealand will be well on their way to attaining a win that keeps their finals hopes alive.
The Titans however are no pushovers at home, and will fancy their chances of matching the Warriors pound for pound upfront.
Bird, Myles, Luke Bailey, Mark Minichiello and Luke Douglas have all performed strongly in recent weeks and are capable of forking out enough territory which will allow halves Scott Prince and Adam Sezar to dictate play.
Given that both teams are on the cusp of the top eight, this should end up being a close encounter between two sides in desperate need of victory.
Although the Titans are at home, the Warriors possess more firepower in attack, and if they can dominate upfront, the class of Johnson, Mateo and Maloney should be enough to lead New Zealand to a tight win.
Warriors by 6