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Gold Coast Titans
Gold Coast Titans
The Melbourne Storm return to their spiritual home on the Sunshine Coast to take on the struggling Gold Coast Titans. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).
The Storm just keep on keeping on, with just the one loss this season to the Panthers. The Titans had heavy expectations on them this season after a strong end to 2020, but so far have failed to deliver on the hype. They hit rock bottom last week with a 38-10 to the Sharks that now sees them sitting back in tenth place with half the season gone.
The Storm spent much of 2020 on the Sunshine Coast with the Covid outbreak in Victoria and will do the same this week. They haven’t lost a game from six attempts there. The Titans have lost their only game on the Sunshine Coast to the Storm last year, to the tune of 42-6. The Titans have won just six of 22 games against the Storm since their inception.
The Storm are missing Ryan Papenhuyzen, Harry Grant, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi and Josh Addo-Carr, but only two of those stars lined up last week for their big win over the Storm. They welcome back Kenny Bromwich for this one. Nicho Hynes has really taken his opportunity this year, leading the league for try-assists with 16. The Titans have four players missing for State of Origin in AJ Brimson, David Fifita, Moeaki Fotuaika and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui. They welcome back Ash Taylor and Tyrone Peachey. They also hand Jayden Campbell, son of Preston, his debut at fullback.
The Titans were woeful last week, and have been largely disappointing this season to date. They have lost some big guns, particularly from the pack, and it doesn’t get any together than taking on the Storm away from home. It may look like the Storm have some big outs, but in truth they have been doing it without some key names for the last few weeks now.
These teams are polar opposites. The Storm have a team where everyone knows their role and does their job. It doesn’t matter who Craig Bellamy puts in the purple jersey, they know the expectation on them and they live up to it. This season it has been Nicho Hynes and Jahrome Hughes aiming up in the absence of other missing spine members and they haven’t missed a beat.
The Titans are conceding 27 points per game and have no backbone, once they get broken down they lose their way badly and they’ve had some teams run up big scores this year. Ash Taylor isn’t going to make up the difference in defence but may generate some more opportunities in attack.
The Titans are impossible to tip away from home and taking on a red hot Storm. It could get really ugly with some big names missing.
Storm by 16.
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1. Nicho Hynes, 2. George Jennings, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Dean Ieremia, 6. Cooper Johns, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Tom Eisenhuth, 12. Kenneath Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane, 14. Aaron Booth, 15. Tui Kamikamica, 16. Chris Lewis, 17. Aaron Pene
1. Jayden Campbell, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Phillip Sami, 6. Ashley Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Jaimin Jolliffe, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Sam Stone, 13. Sam McIntyre, 14. Tyrone Peachey, 15. Erin Clark, 16. Jai Whitbread, 17. Joseph Vuna