2018 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Canberra Raiders Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 11th March, 07:30 (UK)

Where? Cbus Super Stadium

What channel is it on? Gold Coast Titans vs Canberra Raiders will not be televised live in the UK

Foxtel

Where can I stream the match?

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Are tickets still available? https://www.titans.com.au/Book...

THE LOWDOWN

TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Copley, Hurrell, Sami, Elgey, Taylor, Arrow, Peats, Latu, Proctor, James, Cartwright – Interchanges: Rein, King, Matthews, Boyle – Reserves: Greenwood, Roberts-Davis

Unavailable: Jack Stockwell, Kyle Flanagan

  • Gold Coast ended last season in 15th place which was enough for the Titans to look for a new coach with Garth Brennan brought in to replace Neil Henry.
  • The Titans have only recruited a few new faces with Bryce Cartwright arguably their biggest signing but they are going to have to rely heavily on Ash Taylor to lead the side around the pitch with the 22-year-old not far away from an Origin call-up.
  • Gold Coast conceded 638 points last season, an average of 26.6 points per game. That number must drop significantly if they are to avoid ending up with the wooden spoon, something that the bookies have them listed as favourites for.

RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Wighton, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Sezer, Williams, Paulo, Havili, Boyd, Papalii, Tapine, Whitehead – Interchanges: Austin, Bateman, Lui, Soliola – Reserves: Gubb, Abbey

Unavailable: Josh Hodgson

  • Canberra Raiders will be looking for an improved 2018 season after missing out on the play-offs last season which left many suggesting it was an underachievement for this squad.
  • Head coach Ricky Stuart’s job may be under threat with a slow start to this season and he must try and get more out of a similar squad to last season with some relatively low key recruitment.
  • Canberra had no problem scoring points last season with them posting 558, the third highest in the league. If they can achieve a similar number again this season whilst tightening up their defence, they should find themselves in the top eight.

THE PREDICTION

The final game of the first round of the 2018 NRL season sees Gold Coast Titans host Canberra Raiders with both sides looking for a good start to the year after disappointing last time out. Gold Coast finished just four points from the foot of the table whilst Canberra underachieved by missing out on the play-offs. The Raiders will need to cope with the loss of Josh Hodgson but if they can do that, they should have enough to get their season off to a good start here.