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Gold Coast Titans
Gold Coast Titans
Round 14 continues this afternoon when the Gold Coast Titans host the Sydney Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm (AEST).
Now that the first installment of Origin is over, it’s back to club football for the time being. The Titans have returned to Earth with a thud after a bright start to the season.
It’s not the last chance for them to resurrect their season but they are likely to fall two wins outside the eight with another loss this afternoon.
The Titans attack is not the issue. They are comfortably inside the top eight for points scored. However, they are the third-worst defensive team in the competition for points conceded, and it’s sinking their season.
With both sides missing Origin stars, the Titans did show some more grit against the Storm last weekend. In the end, only poor last-tackle options and a series of missed chances prevented what would have been an upset win.
Gold Coast have named their four Origin representatives, meaning a raft of players from last weekend, including impressive youngster Jayden Campbell.
He may yet get the call up if AJ Brimson pulls up sore. Anthony Don and Mitch Rein have been named in the reserves and both may return from injury.
After an upset loss to the Broncos, the Roosters bounced back with a big win against the Raiders a fortnight ago.
They are getting back towards full strength and would appear to be fighting it out with the Eels and Rabbits for the last two spots in the top four.
Strangely enough, the Roosters don’t have many Origin representatives. James Tedesco has been named to return with Joseph Suaalii a likely replacement if the Blues No.1 withdraws. Isaac Liu and Angus Crichton both return from injury in timely boosts.
Justin Holbrook has big problems at the Titans and I don’t think he can turn it around this weekend.
The Roosters are too professional a unit to let this slip, Tedesco or no Tedesco.
Roosters by 10.
Kick-off: 3:00pm (AEST)
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Titans: $3.60; Roosters: $1.28 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Alexander Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Interchange/Reserves: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Esan Marsters
1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Ben Marschke 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu
Interchange/Reserves: 14. Adam Keighran 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker