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Penrith Panthers vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog

15th April, 2018


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Panthers vs Titans

NRL, 15 April, 2018

Panthers Stadium
Fulltime - Panthers 35, Titans 12
Panthers   Titans
Referee: Chris Sutton
Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Todd Smith
Video Referee: Luke Patten
Kick-off: 2pm (AEST)
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith
TV: Live, Fox League
Online: Live, Foxtel app or Foxtel now
Betting: Panthers $1.43, Titans $2.95
Overall record: Played 16, Panthers 10, Titans 6
Last meeting: Round 20, 2017 - Panthers 24 defeat Titans 16
Last five: Panthers 3, Titans 2
Record at venue: Played 7, Panthers 4, Titans 3
Referees: Chris Sutton and Chris Butler

Penrith Panthers
1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Isaah Yeo, 4. Dean Whare, 5. Christian Crichton, 6. Tyrone Peachey, 7. James Maloney, 8. Trent Merrin, 9. Peter Wallace, 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Corey Harawera-Naera 13. James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Kaide Ellis 16. Moses Leota 17. James Tamou 18. Jarome Luai 19. Nick Lui-toso 20. Sione Katoa 21. Jack Hetherington

Gold Coast Titans
1. Michael Gordon, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Dale Copley, 4. Konrad Hurrell, 5. Phillip Sami, 6. Kane Elgey, 7. Ashley Taylor, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Max King, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Will Matthews, 13. Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14. Mitch Rein, 15. Morgan Boyle, 16. Bryce Cartwright, 17. Jack Stockwell, 18. Leilani Latu, 19. Keegan Hipgrave, 20. Ryan Simpkins, 21. Tyrone Roberts-Davis
The Titans host the Broncos from Cbus Super Stadium. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)
15th April, 2018
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Match result:

Penrith were victorious by 23 points against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.

Final score
Penrith Panthers 35
Gold Coast Titans 12

Match preview:

The Penrith Panthers will look to continue their impressive start to the season and keep pace with the top of the ladder when they take on the inconsistent Gold Coast Titans. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEST).

The Panthers have been playing some very good footy to start the new season. The first five weeks have seen them win four games, only dropping their Round 4 clash to the Canterbury Bulldogs by just two points.

Sitting third spot on the ladder, they can leapfrog the Warriors and jump into second spot with a victory today after the Auckland-based club lost to the Broncos at home yesterday.

Penrith certainly aren’t completely without issue at this point of the season. They spent the first few weeks starting slowly and having to recover, but a win in Townsville over the Cowboys seemed to spark them to life, the club not looking back since.

Their win last Sunday against a poor Parramatta side saw lots of gritty and determined defence, as well as patience and willingness to get into the scrap. While it wasn’t pretty, and they may well need more points today than last week, their defence is where they need to build from.


The Titans sit just outside the top eight after five games. They have won three, but it includes two on the trot, with the club starting to get into their work.

A 54-8 thumping from the St George Illawarra Dragons in Toowoomba during Round 3 seemed to wake up the Gold Coast, who have since caused back-to-back upset wins over the Brisbane Broncos and Manly Sea Eagles. Running 32 points up on Manly was particularly unexpected.

The catalyst of their attack is having a set halves combination in Ashley Taylor and Kane Elgey. The pair have dominated the last two games played by the Gold Coast, and it will be interesting to see if James Maloney can continue to stand up and lead the Panthers as senior half against the young duo.

The Panthers both on paper and in terms of form should be the stronger team here. It’s hard to fathom why they are playing so well without Cleary, but they are, and should win this one at home to make it a five and one start to the season.

Panthers by 10.

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