2020 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers taking place? Sunday 7th June, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

What is the expected weather for Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers? 17c, partly cloudy

What channel is Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Sami, Kelly, Copley, Peachey, Pearson, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Clark, Lisone, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: T. Boyd, Jolliffe, Cartwright, Tonumaipea – Reserves: Wallace, Don

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), Beau Fermor (Injured), AJ Brimson (Injured), Tyrone Roberts (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans’ worrying start to the season continued as they were comfortably beaten in their Queensland derby against North Queensland Cowboys with the Titans managing to score just six points for the third game in succession at the beginning of the 2020 campaign.
  • Completing at just 73%, the Titans’ inability to remain in possession proved too much to deal with as they allowed the Cowboys to run for over 2,000m in what was a one-sided affair that ended with a 30-point loss.
  • Justin Holbrook was not impressed with a couple of his senior players and has wielded the axe with Nathan Peats, Shannon Boyd and Jarrod Wallace making way along with Jonus Pearson and Jai Whitbread and that sees Tyrone Roberts, Tanah Boyd, Jaimin Jolliffe, Bryce Cartwright and Young Tonumaipea all come into the 17. However, Roberts was ruled out 24 hours before kick-off so Pearson earns a reprieve.

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Mbye, Jennings, Marshall, Brooks, Aloiai, Grant, Mikaele, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: Clark, Walters, Lawrence, Seyfarth – Reserves: Reynolds, Eisenhuth

Unavailable: Russell Packer (Injured), Jacob Liddle (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers fought back from a half-time deficit to overcome Cronulla Sharks last week and earn their second victory of the season with the Tigers managing to keep their opponents scoreless in the second half.
  • After racing into an early lead with two tries inside the opening 10 minutes, Wests found themselves behind at the break but put in a much-improved second half effort and it was their ability to bust tackles as well as keep the ball alive that proved crucial.
  • The Tigers made 54 tackle breaks to 25 while they offloaded the ball on 10 occasions which was six more than their opponents and following their efforts to come from behind to claim the two competition points last week, they have named an unchanged side for this clash.

THE PREDICTION

Gold Coast Titans were hoping for a new start following head coach Justin Holbrook’s arrival during the off-season but they have yet to get going and put in another poor performance in their first game back in action following the restart of the NRL campaign. They have only managed to score a single try in each of their three games so far and must improve with the ball but their defence is also causing them issues. They face a Wests Tigers team that they have beaten in five of their last seven meetings but with the Tigers impressing in their comeback win over Cronulla Sharks last week, it is likely that the Titans will be unable to improve on that record.

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