NRL Round 15 – Match 2 Preview: Canterbury Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans

On Friday night Rugby League fans are treated to a special double-header at Suncorp Stadium, the second game of which has the low ranking Bulldogs face off against the Titans.

It may be neither one of the team’s home ground, but the Titans definitely have the advantage as there are sure to be plenty of fans up from the Gold Coast to support the Queensland team, and after the big win by the Maroons on Wednesday night, the celebrations will still be going strong!

The Titans are a top four team, and deservingly so. Despite dropping from the second spot on the ladder after a string of three successive losses recently, they seemed to have regained their form last week when they defeated the Sea Eagles 28 – 14 and will be bringing the confidence of this victory along with them on Friday night.

Canterbury on the other hand, are in big trouble this season. Currently number 13 on the ladder with just three victories, the fewest wins of any team this year, the Bulldogs come into this tough match on the back of five consecutive losses. They did have a bye last week to try and regroup and look at where they’ve gone wrong, but they will need a drastic miracle to overcome the Titans here.

Ladbrokes.com.au have the Bulldogs as the $2.25 underdogs, while the Titans are the pronounced favourites currently paying $1.65 for a win.

The Titans, however, are not at full strength with two players ruled out through injury making it tougher for them to maintain the momentum that saw them rise above Manly. Ashley Harrisonhas been ruled out after splitting open his eyelid in Wednesday night’s Origin showdown, and Luke Bailey will watch from the sidelines with an injured ankle.

Meanwhile two instrumental Bulldogs return after the thrills and spills from Wednesday night, Ben Hannant and Michael Ennis. Hannant was outstanding in Origin, strong and tough, and fans can expect a big game from Ennis who was a bit quiet on Wednesday and will be looking to prove he should be called up again for Origin III.

Bulldogs fans should also be prepared for a big game from Jamal Idris, who missed out on a spot in the second Origin match despite having scored for the Blues in the series opener last month.

Still, even with big games from these players the Titans will come away victorious with Prince, Bird and Campbell leading the way, and make it three wins in a row for Queenslanders at the old Lang Park.

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Bulldogs $2.25 – Titans $1.65 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 15 Bulldogs Team:

1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Jamal Idris 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Blake Green 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Ben Hannant 9. Michael Ennis 10. Michael Hodgson 11. Gary Warburton 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg

Bench: 14. Chris Armit 15. Ryan Tandy 16. Yileen Gordon 17. Brad Morrin

Round 15 Titans Team:

1. Preston Campbell 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Mat Rogers 4. Sam Tagataese 5. David Mead 6. Greg Bird 7. Scott Prince (c) 8. Luke Bailey 9. Nathan Friend 10. Michael Henderson 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison

Bench: 14. Matthew White 15. Brad Meyers 16. Ryan James 17. Bodene Thompson

Reserves: 18. Luke O’Dwyer 19. William Zillman