2018 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 11th August, 06:00 (UK)

Where? Cbus Super Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=TIT2218

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Hurrell, Elliot, Sami, Brimson, Taylor, Wallace, Peats, James, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Rein, Fotuaika, Stockwell, Matthews – Reserves: Whitbread, Elgey

Unavailable: Kyle Flanagan, Max King, Bryce Cartwright, Dale Copley, Branko Lee

  • Gold Coast fell to a disappointing defeat against bottom-placed Parramatta last week. After a brilliant win over New Zealand Warriors in their previous game, the Titans were unable to back that performance up, falling to a 28-12 win.

  • Brendan Elliot comes into the centres for Brenko Lee who is out. Keegan Hipgrave is back in the second row which sees Will Matthews drop to the bench and Jai Whitbread drop out of the 17 into the reserves.

  • The Titans have lost four of their last five games with last week’s defeat seeing the Eels drag Gold Coast back into contention for the wooden spoon. Whilst the Titans sit four places above the foot of the ladder, the gap is now just four points.

PANTHERS

Head Coach: Cameron Ciraldo

Starting 13: Peachey, Mansour, Blake, Whare, Watene-Zelezniak, Maloney, Cleary, Hetherington, Katoa, Campbell-Gillard, Kikau, Yeo, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: May, Merrin, Leota, Harawira-Naera – Reserves: Crichton, Ellis

Unavailable: Sam McKendry, Dylan Edwards, Jarome Luai, James Tamou

  • Penrith produced a great comeback for the second week running to overturn Canberra last week. The Panthers ended the game with four unanswered tries to secure an important 40-31 win.

  • James Tamou is out so Jack Hetherington comes into the starting side. Reagan Campbell-Gillard will line up alongside him in the front row after he made his comeback from injury off the bench last week.

  • The Panthers parted ways with head coach Anthony Griffin last week and will be hoping to put that off-field distraction behind them with a third consecutive win here after two crucial come-from-behind wins in their last two games.

THE PREDICTION

Penrith will relish this trip to Gold Coast as they aim for a third straight win to solidify their place in the play-off spots whilst keeping pace with the top 4. The Titans failed to back up their impressive win over the Warriors in the previous week as the Eels had too much for them, dragging them into wooden spoon contention. Gold Coast have won just one of their last four at home and with Penrith having plenty to play for as they attempt to get back into contention for the minor Premiership, the Panthers can make it three straight wins here which will be the first for interim head coach Cameron Ciraldo who took over from Anthony Griffin this week.