2018 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs Gold Coast Titans Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 26th May, 06:00 (UK)

Where? Central Coast Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=ROOS1218

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Manu, Mitchell, Aubusson, Ferguson, Keary, Cronk, Taukeiaho, Friend, Napa, Cordner, Matterson, Liu – Interchanges: Waerea-Hargreaves, Tetevano, Baptiste, Radley – Reserves: Butcher, Vunakece

Unavailable: Daniel Tupou

  • Sydney Roosters failed to back up their impressive performance against New Zealand Warriors by falling to a late defeat against Brisbane last week. The Roosters surrendered a six-point lead with just eight minutes left as they went down 28-22.

  • Trent Robinson has named the same 17 that took the field against the Broncos although Eloni Vunakece is a chance of a late call-up from the reserves.

  • The Roosters made 14 errors against the Broncos with them completing at just 71%. Those errors took their tally to 144 for the season, the most in the NRL.

TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Copley, Lee, Sami, Brimson, Taylor, Wallace, Peats, James, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Rein, King, Stockwell, Cartwright – Reserves: Fotuaika, Hurrell

Unavailable: Kyle Flanagan, Ryan Simpkins

  • Gold Coast snapped their five-game losing streak with a win over Newcastle last week. With the scores level at the 74th minute mark, the Titans’ AJ Brimson bagged his first NRL try before Ash Taylor’s drop goal sealed the 33-26 win.

  • Kevin Proctor has recovered from the groin injury that kept him out last week so Ryan James starts at prop with Max King dropping to the bench and Moeaki Fotuaika cut from the 17.

  • The Titans conceded 26 points despite their win last week, taking their average conceded per game for the season to 26.6 points. They have now conceded 293 points this season, just one fewer than Newcastle who have conceded the most in the NRL.

THE PREDICTION

After appearing to turn the corner with their inconsistent performances, the Roosters suffered a setback last week as they lost to Brisbane. Whilst it was a high-quality game and they didn’t play badly, the Roosters’ failure to get the win highlighted more flaws in their game. Gold Coast come into this one on the back of their first win in six after they beat Newcastle. The Roosters have the fourth-best defence in the league in terms of points conceded whilst the Titans have the second-worst and that could be the difference between the two with the Roosters likely to bounce back from last week’s defeat.