September 04, 2021 12:42 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Sunday 5th September, 2021 – 05:00 (UK)

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Where can I get tickets for Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors 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 New Zealand Warriors? 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

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Campbell, Sami, Kelly, Herbert, Thompson, Peachey, Fogarty, Wallace, Rein, Fotuaika, Proctor, Fermor, Fa’asuamaleaui – Interchanges: Clark, Fifita, Jolliffe, McIntyre – Reserves: Marzhew, Lisone, Sexton, Don

Unavailable: AJ Brimson (Injured), Ash Taylor (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans have watched both top eight rivals suffer defeats to begin the weekend to leave their finals fate firmly in their own hands despite losing for the third time in successive matches last week.
  • Their hearts were broken by a last-gasp Newcastle Knights field goal as they were edged 15-14 in a nervy encounter but with Cronulla Sharks failing to secure their position in eighth spot on Friday, the Titans know a win by 11 points or more would book their spot in the finals.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Walsh, Watene-Zelezniak, Hiku, Berry, Montoya, Harris-Tavita, O’Sullivan, Fonua-Blake, Egan, Lodge, Curran, Aitken, Sironen – Interchanges: Nikorima, Katoa, Evans, Taunoa-Brown – Reserves: Tevaga, Pompey, Murchie, Kosi

Unavailable: Tohu Harris (Injured), Leeson Ah Mau (Personal Reasons), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Taniela Otukolo (Injured), Chad Townsend (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors have been made to pay for their inconsistency having missed out on a spot in the top eight thanks to back-to-back losses, the latest coming against Canberra Raiders in a must-win game last week.
  • To make matters worse for the Warriors, they blew a 16-0 lead with them going on to concede 28 unanswered points in what turned into a disappointing loss but they will look to end their year on a high by ending with a win here.

THE PREDICTION

Gold Coast Titans have watched their top eight rivals fail to earn the wins they needed earlier in Round 25 so they have been handed an opportunity to secure a spot in the finals, although they will have to end a three-match losing streak to do so. A win by at least 11 points over New Zealand Warriors will see them finish in eighth spot and they will be full of confidence despite their recent defeats. The Warriors however have nothing but pride to play for and will look to make things tricky for the Titans and in what could turn into an open game with the hosts knowing their fate could go down to their final play of the regular season, points are expected to flow here with at least 50 set to be scored.

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