Thu, May 16, 12:11pm by Rob Sheeley
Match: Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans – NRL Round 10
When/Where: 7:35pm, Friday 17th May at Suncorp Stadium
AUD $200 Bonus for New Players: www.Bet365.com
Big brother meets little brother for the second time this season. Back in Round 6 the Broncos got the chocolates in style when they won by twenty points (32-12). No doubt the Titans will look to avenge that loss here.
The Broncos suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Eels last week. The lack of consistency from the eighth placed side sees bookmakers prepared to take them on as premiership chances and they are currently $21.
The Titans managed to down the Dragons by just one point last weekend in a topsy turvey encounter. They were boosted by the late inclusion of Ashley Harrison and look a much better team with him in. Despite currently sitting in sixth place, bookies still only rate them a $41 title hope.
The Broncos have been forced to make two major changes due to injury. Ben Hunt will start for the injured Scott Prince at five-eighth and Josh McGuire for the injured Ben Hannant at prop. Scott Anderson, Jarrod Wallace and Mitchell Dodds have been added to a five man extended bench.
1. Corey Norman
2. Josh Hoffman
3. Jack Reed
4. Justin Hodges
5. Jordan Kahu
6. Ben Hunt
7. Peter Wallace
8. Josh McGuire
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Sam Thaiday (c)
11. Alex Glenn
12. Matt Gillett
13. Corey Parker
14. David Stagg
15. Scott Anderson
16. David Hala
17. Jarrod Wallace
18. Mitchell Dodds
The Broncos suffered a shock one point loss to the Eels last weekend. The Broncos were left shell shocked after the Eels skipped away to a ten point lead in the first seven minutes of the match. There looked to be ample time for the Brisbane side to recover but the Eels were too tenacious and hung on 19-18.
In Round 8, the Broncos met a side that was simply too good for them. The Broncos managed to compete but were outgunned by the Rabbitohs and eventually went down by fourteen points (26-12).
In Round 7, the Broncos proved too strong for a depleted Tigers outfit and were methodical in that win. They have lacked that killer form in the last two weeks and will look to restore their consistency in this match.
The Broncos are now in a situation where wins are becoming precious, having lost a couple of matches that they may have expected to win. With their fair share of injury concerns, this match is not going to be easy.
The Titans have an unchanged starting side and have added Matt Srama and Mark Ioane to a six man extended bench.
1. William Zillman
2. Kevin Gordon
3. Brad Takairangi
4. Jamal Idris
5. David Mead
6. Aidan Sezer
7. Albert Kelly
8. Luke Bailey
9. Beau Falloon
10. Nate Myles
11. Greg Bird
12. Mark Minichiello
13. Ashley Harrison
14. David Taylor
15. Luke Douglas
16. Ryan James
17. Matt Srama
18. Mark Ioane
20. Sam Irwin
The Titans returned to the winners circle in Round 9 with a gripping one point win over the Dragons 15-14 on the Gold Coast. The Titans were boosted by the return of their representative lock Ashley Harrison. After kicking a field goal fifteen minutes from full time, the Gold Coast outfit staved off some desperate Dragons attacking raids to prevail.
In Round 8, the Titans travelled to New Zealand and failed by the narrowest of margins. After the Warriors skipped away from the Titans, they came back strong and only failed by one point (25-24). It was a fair effort given the players they had missing.
In Round 7, they suffered vital player losses during the match. Hooker Matt Srama suffered a compound fracture to his finger and Luke O’Dwyer fractured his cheekbone to name but two of many injuries. They fought hard but were no match for an energetic Knights outfit, losing 30-6.
They showed a never die attitude in Round 6 to come back and defeat Parramatta from a seemingly impossible situation. But in an exhibition of fighting quality they managed to find a way to win by six points (28-22).
Last time these teams met was in Round 5. The Titans were handed a footballing exhibition by an in form Broncos outfit. A combination of injuries before and during the match did not help the Titans cause. They were never in the game and eventually lost by twenty points (32-12).
The Titans will see this game as a big opportunity to get one back over the Broncos. They look to be playing as well as they have all season and could firmly ensconce themselves in the top eight with a win here.
With Brisbane suffering the loss of players plus a few others in doubt for this game, their depth will be tested. A player like Ben Hunt will need to step up in the absence of Scott Prince.
The Titans have returned to almost full strength and posses an imposing forward pack. Ashley Harrison’s return provided a huge boost for the Gold Coast team last week. Harrison’s role against an experienced Broncos pack will be vital.
The battle between two big centres, Justin Hodges and Jamal Idris, looks like it may be a feature of this match. Both are the type of players who can unleash flashes of brilliance that can turn a match for their team.
William Zillman has produced some of the best form of his career in 2013. The Titans fullback was prominent in the win over the Dragons last week and will look to replicate that performance here.
Both sides have exciting back lines in this match but the key will be more so which forward pack can lay the foundation for them to weave some magic. With both packs looking evenly matched on paper it could make for an intriguing battle.
The Broncos have lost both Ben Hannant and Scott Prince with further injury clouds over Justin Hodges and Josh McGuire. Should they be without all four, this match will be tough for them to win. If the latter two take the field I think they can still be too good for the Titans who have a woeful record at Suncorp Stadium.
In what really does look a “flip of the coin match” I’ll take the Broncos on trust to return to form. Broncos by 6.
Head to Head
Broncos – $1.57 at the Bet365 online bookmaker
Titans – $2.45
Broncos 1-12 – $3.10
Broncos 13+ – $3.00
Titans 1-12 – $4.10
Titans 13+ – $5.35
Broncos -4.5 – $1.91
Titans +4.5 – $1.91
The Broncos looks okay value at $1.57 in the head to head market. They are also good value at $3.00 to win 1-12. For first try scorer we will go with Josh Hoffman at $9.
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