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11 Apr 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Friday 12th April, 09:00

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Cbus Super Stadium

What channel is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers?
Gold Coast Titans – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500004

Penrith Panthers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500014

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLD COAST TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Peachey, Kelly, Copley, Roberts, Taylor, Wallace, Rein, James, Proctor, Cartwright, Arrow – Interchanges: Brimson, King, Boyd, Hipgrave – Reserves: Stockwell, Sami, Jacks, Whitbread

Unavailable: Will Matthews, Nathan Peats, Moeaki Fotuaika

  • Gold Coast lost their fourth-straight game to begin the 2019 season as they went down to New Zealand Warriors in a one-sided game with the Titans again struggling with ball-in-hand.

  • The Titans' first-choice halfback pairing Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts returned to action last week but couldn't prevent the loss and despite another injury scare for the latter during the week, he appears to have won his fitness battle.

  • The only change for Garth Brennan’s side is an enforced one with Moeaki Fotuaika picking up a suspension so that means that Max King comes onto the bench as his replacement whilst Jack Stockwell is fit again and is listed as 18th man.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: D. Watene-Zelezniak, Mansour, Whare, Blake, Edwards, Maloney, Cleary, Tamou, Katoa, Campbell-Gillard, Kikau, Yeo, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: Egan, Fuimaono, Leota, Sele – Reserves: M. Watene-Zelezniak, Grant, Luai, Martin

Unavailable: Tyrone May, Sam McKendry, Frank Winterstein

  • Penrith left it late to secure the two points as they scored on the hooter to level the game with Wests Tigers before a golden point win, with the Panthers looking to make it back-to-back victories as they travel to the Gold Coast.

  • The Panthers are without Frank Winterstein due to a knee injury this week but Wayde Egan has been named after he came through the concussion protocol following a head knock last week.

  • Ivan Cleary has made a significant positional change with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak starting at fullback and Dylan Edwards on the wing, with the pair swapping positions after a successful switch during last week’s game.

THE PREDICTION

Gold Coast are yet to win a game in 2019 and now host a Penrith side fresh off a win that lifted the tension around the Panthers' camp. They rode their luck to beat Wests Tigers last week but can now look to kick on and will have too much for the Titans. They will be looking to put a winning run together and facing the winless Titans should allow them to score some points whilst building some confidence at the same time. The Titans will need to show plenty of improvement if they are to stay in the game but it is likely beyond them.

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