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Round 8 continues tonight when the Brisbane Broncos host the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:55pm (AEST).
After a week in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, you would imagine that the Broncos would be keen to get out on the park tonight.
After an encouraging performance against the Panthers, they were diabolical against the Eels, missing 55 tackles in the process. It doesn’t get any easier tonight, with David Fifita keen to impress again against his former club.
Interestingly enough, it’s the halves that have felt Kevin Walter’s wrath, with Cowboys bound Tom Dearden and Brodie Croft out of the 17. Jesse Arthars returns from illness, replacing David Mead on the wing. Anthony Milford gets another chance in the 6 jersey.
The Titans gave up a big lead against the Rabbitohs last Friday night, with Benji Marshall putting on a clinic. They are hanging on the edge of the 8 but appear a fair way short of the best teams in the competition at this stage.
Fifita bagged 3 tries against South Sydney and will be keen for more tonight. AJ Brimson has been a little quiet in recent weeks and I expect him to have a big impact against the Broncos.
Anthony Don is expected to play after recovering from a hip injury, while Herman Ese’ese looks set to finally debut for the Gold Coast.
After a tumultuous week in Brisbane, the Broncos get a real test of character tonight, with Kevin Walters also under the microscope.
They will improve, but the Titans appear to have too much class.
Gold Coast Titans by 12.
Kick-off: 7:55m (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Broncos: $3.75, Titans: $1.28
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Corey Oates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Jordan Riki 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan
Interchange: 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Rhys Kennedy
1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Phillip Sami 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey
Interchange: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre