Saturday night footy kicks off at Skilled Park with a Queensland derby between the Titans and the Cowboys, the Gold Coast looking set to enjoy a big win over their fellow Sunshine State rivals heading towards the finals.
The Titans are working their way right back up the ladder having moved into the top four following three wins on the trot including their tidy 34 – 12 victory over the Eels last week.
With a top two finish in their sights the Gold Coast are powered up and ready to hand the Cowboys another thrashing.
North Queensland have had a very disappointing season and are fighting against a ‘teaspoon’ finish with the struggling Sharks.
They have played their hearts out but haven’t seen the results and are coming off back-to-back losses to the Panthers and the Broncos.
These two haven’t met since Round four this year when the Cowboys enjoyed a 32 – 18 victory, one of only five wins for North Queensland, however the Gold Coast have really found their feet and form since the early stages of the season so expect them to seek revenge here.
North Queensland are in further trouble still with skipper Johnathan Thurston ending his season with a nasty ankle injury last week and without him it seems impossible for the visitors to roll an in-form Prince and Rogers combo.
No surprises in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets as the Titans are the current $1.20 favourites and the Cowboys, the longest-priced team of the round, are paying $4.50.
The Gold Coast have certainly proved they are real premiership contenders and not pretenders, and even though they are ‘safe’ won’t back down here with a home game final in their sights.
Footy Tip of the Match – Titans to win by 13 – 18 points at $5 through Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
At home against a Thurston-less Cowboys the Titans are looking down the barrel of a big win and we are tipping them to win by 13 – 18 points at $5 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Titans $1.20 – Cowboys $4.50 Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 23 Titans Team:
1. Preston Campbell 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Steve Michaels 4. Clinton Toopi 5. William Zillman 6. Mat Rogers 7. Scott Prince 8. Luke Bailey 9. Nathan Friend 10. Matthew White 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison
Bench: 14. Michael Henderson 15. Brad Meyers 16. Greg Bird 17. Bodene Thompson
Reserve: 18. Ben Ridge
Round 23 Cowboys Team:
1. Matt Bowen 2. Ashley Graham 3. Ty Williams 4. Willie Tonga 5. Will Tupou 6. Arana Taumata 7. Grant Rovelli 8. Matt Scott 9. Aaron Payne 10. Willie Mason 11. Scot Bolton 12. Leeson Ah Mau 13. Luke O’Donnell
Bench: 14. Anthony Watts 15. Dane Hogan 16. Carl Webb 17. Ben Harris
Reserve: 18. Isaak Ah Mau