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Gold Coast Titans
Gold Coast Titans
David Fifita is back for the Gold Coast Titans as they travel to Coffs Harbour to battle the Cronulla Sharks. Follow the action from the first game of Sunday afternoon with live scores on The Roar from 2pm (AEST).
Victory here would guarantee at least seventh spot on the ladder come week’s end for the Titans, who are keeping on track for a drought-breaking finals appearance. Last week’s 30-20 win over the Bulldogs was far from an inspiring performance, but was crucial given they’d lost four of their last five matches.
The Sharks finally returned to the winners’ list after a six-game losing streak with a thrilling win over the Dragons. That 13-12 triumph, won in golden point by a Chad Townsend field goal, was interim coach Josh Hannay’s first win at the helm, but given the Dragons’ huge list of outs, was hardly a sign that they can start to make something out of what has been a disappointing season.
Fifita is a massive win, the match-winning Titan returning from suspension at last and slotting straight into his customary number 12; while Shaun Johnson’s return for the Sharks has seen Townsend brutally axed.
This is one of a few games this weekend that could genuinely go either way, and could end up with any number of points scored. Their match earlier in the season came down to the final minutes and I would expect the same here tonight. This is an opportunity to notch a win going into Origin, and springboard into the second half of the season.
The Warriors have been the tougher side this year, and with Reece Walsh now starting at the back, I think they have the edge going into this one.
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Warriors by 8
1. Will Kennedy, 2. Connor Tracey, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham (c), 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 14. Braydon Trindall, 15. Siosifa Talakai, 16. Jack Williams, 20. Franklin Pele | 18. Chad Townsend, 19. Billy Magoulias
1. AJ Brimson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Phillip Sami, 6. Tanah Boyd, 7. Jamal Fogarty (c), 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Moeaki Fotuaika, 11. Kevin Protcor, 12. David Fifita, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench/Reserves: 14. Erin Clark, 15. Beau Fermor, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Sam McIntyre | 18. Esan Marsters, 20. Jayden Campbell