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Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

5th September, 2021
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Gold Coast Titans

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New Zealand Warriors

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Gold Coast Titans

44

Match Complete

New Zealand Warriors

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J. Fogarty79
M. Fotuaika78
J. Fogarty71
J. Campbell69
P. Herbert65
J. Fogarty55
B. Kelly53
J. Fogarty43
D. Fifita41
D. Fifita32
J. Fogarty21
M. Rein19
J. Fogarty7
J. Campbell6

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Round 25 nears its conclusion this afternoon when the Gold Coast Titans take on the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2pm (AEST).

The final spot in the eight is about to be decided, and Sharks fans will be watching on nervously. The equation is simple for the Titans… win by 11 or more, and they are in. Anything less and the Sharks hang on.

For the Warriors, it’s been another difficult season for them, once again spending the season away from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will finish two points outside the eight with a win… and the lifelong admiration of everyone associated with Cronulla.

After leading Newcastle 12-6 at the break last weekend, the Titans let a golden chance slip, with Mitchell Pearce kicking the winning field goal. They are coming off three straight losses, but have one more chance to get it right.

David Fifita showed glimpses of what he can do against the Knights, but he will need to do more again this afternoon. The Titans do have an imposing forward pack, led by Moeaki Fotuaika and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – can they get the job done here?

The Titans go in largely unchanged. Kevin Proctor has been named to play but will need to pass a fitness test on his AC joint. Fotuaika has been named to start, with Fa’asuamaleaui moving to lock and Sam McIntyre reverting to the bench.

The Warriors’ finals hopes were finally crushed with back-to-back losses against the Broncos and Raiders. They will be hoping that the worst of the pandemic passes and they can get back to Mt Smart Stadium next year.

The worst part of the loss to the Raiders was that they led 16-0, only to be overrun by Jordan Rapana in the second half. Once the Raiders got the momentum, the Warriors couldn’t find any answers.

Chanel Harris-Tavita returns from a foot injury and is likely to play. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown comes in off the interchange in place of the injured Bunty Afoa, whilst Matt Lodge retains his spot after successfully fighting a dangerous contact charge.

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Prediction

The Warriors have a good recent record against the Titans, winning 9 of their past 11.

However, the Titans have it all to play for here and will be searching for early points to ease their nerves.

I think the Titans will squeeze into the 8.

Gold Coast Titans by 14

Game information

Kick-off: 2pm (AEST)
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
TV: Fox League
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel GO
Betting: Titans $1.28, Warriors $3.75 (odds via PlayUp)

Teams

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Gold Coast Titans
1. Jayden Campbell 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Jamal Fogarty (c) 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor (c) 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Interchange: 14. Erin Clark 15. David Fifita 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam McIntyre

New Zealand Warriors
1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Peta Hiku (c) 4. Rocco Berry 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Josh Curran 12. Euan Aitken 13. Bayley Sironen

Interchange: 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Eliesa Katoa 16. Kane Evans 17. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

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