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Gold Coast Titans
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Gold Coast Titans
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
The Gold Coast Titans will look to put themselves back in the finals frame with an upset win over the Manly Sea Eagles as Round 15 wraps up. Join The Roar for live scores and a rolling blog of all the action this afternoon from 4:05pm (AEST).
The Titans will be licking their wounds and wondering “what if?”, after two close loses against competition heavyweights in recent weeks. First, it was a six point loss to the Storm on the Sunshine Coast – they had an opportunity to lock things up on the siren, only to just fell short.
Then, it was a last gasp loss to the Roosters at home last week, scoring 34 points but losing to a Sam Walker field goal at the death, after they came from 22 points down to take the lead late.
The Sea Eagles pulled off a commanding win at Brookvale last week against the Cowboys, hitting 50 in the rout. Making it even more impressive, they were without a number of Origin representatives, most obviously Tom Trbojevic.
Manly seem to be hitting their straps at the right time. They didn’t have a bad player on the field last week, and with more personnel coming back, they are eyeing off an unlikely run at the top four if they can keep the wins ticking over.
The Titans have Mo Fotuaika returning from Origin duty. AJ Brimson, Anthony Don and Mitch Rein have also been named on the extended bench, any of whom may come into calculations on game day. The halves for the Titans seem to be starting to get their groove on, while son of a gun Jayden Campbell has been impressive in his two games to date at the back.
The Sea Eagles welcome back Tommy Turbo, with Reuben Garrick shifting back to the wing after an impressive game last week. Moses Suli is out, while Sean Keppie returns to the reserves. Dylan Walker was impressive coming off the bench last week, but that may be where he has to stay as the team starts to take shape after a slew of injuries to start the year.
The Sea Eagles hold a slender advantage in matches played between these two, winning 12 of 22 clashes overall. But they have a much better record on the Gold Coast, winning four of their last five. Last time they met, the Sea Eagles embarrassed the Titans in Mudgee 36-0 earlier this year.
This could be closer than it would seem. The Titans haven’t had trouble scoring points this year, particularly at home where they average over 30 points. The Sea Eagles since Round 5, meanwhile, have been scoring on average over 33 points per game. A sunny afternoon on the Gold Coast could see plenty of points on offer.
The Titans are getting pretty desperate at this point. But the key to a win is their defence: they can score points, but they need to stop giving themselves such high targets to run down. The 34 points they scored on the Roosters in defeat just about sums up where they are as a football team at the moment.
The Sea Eagles can defend, as well as put on some blistering attack. They are getting all their ducks in a row, and should be relatively fresh going into this one. On that basis you have to tip them, but this could be a helter-skelter game, with the result coming down to the wire.
Sea Eagles by 2
Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
Venue: CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
TV: Fox League, Channel Nine (NSW/QLD/ACT/NT), 9Gem (VIC/WA/SA/TAS)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go, 9Now
Odds: Titans $2.95, Sea Eagles $1.40 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Jayden Campbell, 2. Greg Marzhew, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Phillip Sami, 6. Ash Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty (c), 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Erin Clark, 10. Moeaki Fotuaika, 11. Sam Stone, 12. David Fifita, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tyrone Peachey, 15. Jaimin Jolliffe, 16. Sam McIntyre, 17. Jai Whitbread | 18. Mitch Rein, 19. Joseph Vuna, 20. Anthony Don, 21. AJ Brimson
1. Tom Trbojevic, 2. Jason Saab, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Morgan Harper, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8. Taniela Paseka, 9. Lachlan Croker, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Haumole Olakau’atu, 12. Karl Lawton, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench/Reserves: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. Ben Trbojevic, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Toafofoa Sipley | 18. Moses Suli, 19. Tevita Funa, 20. Christian Tuipulotu, 21. Kurt De Luis