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The Brisbane Broncos will be out to keep stringing victories together when they take on a severley underwhelming Gold Coast Titans outfit, who are plastered to the bottom of the ladder. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEST).
It’ll be a rare home Sunday afternoon fixture for the Broncos when they run onto Lang Park chasing four wins in a row, as they look to continue a dramatic form reversal from a tough first half of 2019.
At one point, Brisbane looked to be joining the wooden spoon conversation, but all that talk has evaporated, with the club sitting on the edge of the top eight now.
Wins over the Manly Sea Eagles, Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors have made fans sit up and take notice, particularly the last clash where they held the Auckland-based club tryless away from home.
That performance suggests this is a club starting to play for each other and their coach, and it’s no small surprise the arrival of Thomas Dearden has sparked it.
The young half, who replaced the outgoing Kodi Nikorima, has added some stability to their side, allowing Anthony Milford to play his natural game, while the forwards have all stepped up their game as well.
The big concern for Brisbane in this game is a slew of players backing up after Origin, while Joe Ofahengaue will also watch it from the sideline.
The Titans though, have been an absolute mess. Ashley Taylor will also now be missing for an unspecified amount of time for personal reasons, and with the Gold Coast attack already a mess, it’s not going to get any better.
They have just looked like they flat out don’t want to be there at times this year, and a horrific loss to the North Queensland Cowboys last week just continues the season from hell.
Ryley Jacks comes into the halves to join AJ Brimson and Tyrone Roberts as the sides creatives, but unless the Titans forwards can hold Brisbane, then they might as well not even walk on the field.
It’s down to getting a good start and make Origin-weary troops do a mountain of work, and that falls on players like Jarrod Wallace and Moeaki Fotuaika (who has been one of their best), to be on from the opening minutes.
No matter what’s going against Brisbane, the Titans have been insipid and will slump to another loss at a ground which has not been kind to them over the years, winning just 6 out of 25 matches there against all opposition.
Broncos by 14.
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Kick-off: 2pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Live, Fox Cricket 501
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now
Betting: Broncos $1.30, Titans $3.50
Overall record: Played 25, Broncos 19, Titans 6
Last meeting: Round 17, 2018 – Titans 0 defeated by Broncos 34 at CBUS Super Stadium
Last five: Broncos 4, Titans 1
Record at venue: Played 13, Broncos 11, Titans 2
Referees: Chris Sutton, Phil Henderson
1. Darius Boyd 20. Richard Kennar 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tom Dearden 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 15. David Fifita 13. Tevita Pangai
Interchange: 14. Andrew McCullough 16. Thomas Flegler 19. Jaydn Su’A 18. Patty Carrigan 21. Sean O’Sullivan 22. Shaun Fensom
Gold Coast Titans
1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 20. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Shannon Boyd 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Jai Whitbread 18. Jack Stockwell 21. Nathan Peats