Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
Results 31 to 45 of 62
  1. #31
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    Bulldogs v Titans
    Suncorp Stadium Friday 8:45pm

    Can it get better? Or could it possibly get any worse? That?s what the Bulldogs will be asking themselves leading into this game, with a sixth straight loss sure to plummet them even further down the ladder ? in all likelihood permanently for 2010.

    The ?Dogs have the fewest wins of any club this season ? and with two byes already played, there?s no more free points on offer if they?re still a chance of even threatening the top eight.

    The Titans, on the other hand, are still sitting pretty inside the top four despite having a few off weeks since Round 9. The Titans dropped three in a row after their close win over the Knights in Newcastle, which included a hammering at the hands of the Roosters in front of their home fans at Skilled Park.

    Still, the Gold Coast side are one to be reckoned with ? as Manly quickly found out last week; should you drop enough ball and give away penalties, the Titans will make you pay.

    And that?s a scary sign for the Bulldogs, who have suffered badly with errors so far this season.

    But if there?s any hope left for the blue and whites, there is no better way to celebrate it than in front of a double-header crowd at Suncorp Stadium.

    Watch out Bulldogs: The Titans have a host of world class playmakers in their side and aren?t afraid to use them. With Scott Prince at the helm, the Titans also have the skills of Preston Campbell, Mat Rogers and Greg Bird to bolster the youthful exuberance of their outside backs.

    Bird has been improving every week, and has now made five line-breaks, nine line-break assists, and assisted in seven tries as well as scoring two himself. He?s also busted out of 42 tackles, one more than Preston Campbell, who is still eluding the bigger men around him with his speed and agility.

    The point is, the ?Dogs can?t afford to be caught napping. The Titans have scored most of their tries this year from line-breaks, which is perfect for them (and terrible for the ?Dogs), seeing as their opposition is the second worst when it comes to conceding offloads.

    If the ?Dogs don?t shut down the inevitable second-phase play they could be in for a long night. Add to that the speed of Kevin Gordon and David Mead, and suddenly there is a lot of chasing to do.

    Also, the Gold Coast have the added benefit of only one player in Ashley Harrison returning from Origin duty.

    Watch out Titans: Well, the Bulldogs could certainly still fire. They have the skill and quality of player in their squad, and it appears to be an attitudinal thing that is hampering their progression this season.

    In the off chance that they do decide this is the week to turn it all around, the ?Dogs are lucky to be coming up against one of the worst defensive teams in the competition. The Titans average 37.5 missed tackles a game, only slightly less than the actual worst defenders in the NRL, the Broncos.

    Missed tackles means greater opportunities to create some attacking spark, which the Bulldogs had in bucket-loads last year ? and have still appeared to possess at stages this season.

    Their only Origin worries are Ben Hannant and Michael Ennis ? but on the positive side, there?s no travel required by either player, and the quick back-up Friday night game might save them from the soreness kicking in.

    Kevin Moore has opted for four forwards in Chris Armit, Yileen Gordon, Brad Morrin and new (ex-Storm) recruit Ryan Tandy on his bench, which shows he?s clearly thinking about the Titans? defensive issues ? running big, fresh men at tired little men may be a way through the Gold Coast defence.

    Also in their favour, however unconsciously, if the signing of Trent Hodkinson to the club for next year. Brett Kimmorley has openly said he wants to stay at the ?Dogs for another year ? with a new halfback coming in, it?s his time to kick it up a notch and bring on the form which took the Bulldogs to within a game of the grand final in ?09.

    Where it will be won: On the scoreboard. You just wonder, with the defensive weaknesses of both sides, how anyone will be able to hold on under sustained pressure.

    Field position and repeat sets will be vital to the outcome of the match, with a try-for-try contest definitely a possibility.

    The history: Played: 5; Bulldogs 3, Titans 2. The Bulldogs beat the Titans by seven points in the corresponding match at Suncorp Stadium last year, but needless to say their form was much, much better.

    The Bulldogs hold slight favour in head-to-head statistics. However, the last time the ?Dogs beat the Titans before that game at Suncorp was way back in 2007, when the new club was still finding its feet in the NRL.

    The ?Dogs also don?t seem to mind the road trip, with two of their three wins occurring in Queensland.

    Conclusion: With the kicking of Prince and Campbell at their disposal, you?ve got to say that the Gold Coast will take this one easily.

    The Bulldogs haven?t been able to string together a consistent 80-minute performance all year, and while you can?t cruise by any opposition, you especially can?t fall asleep against a top four team.

    The Gold Coast need to win this if they are to show that they?re real premiership contenders.

    Match officials: Referees ? Steve Lyons & Tony De Las Heras; Sideline officials ? Steve Chiddy & Gerard Sutton; Video referee ? Tim Mander.

    Televised: Channel Nine ? Live 8.45pm.

    * Statistics: NRL Stats

    Source: http://www.NRL.com

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  2. #32
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    Previews is from BULLDOGS.COM.AU

    Preview: Bulldogs v Titans

    VENUE & TIME: Suncorp Stadium, Friday, June 18, 8.45pm (AEST).
    COVERAGE: Channel 9
    HEAD TO HEADPlayed 5, Bulldogs 3, Titans 2
    LAST TIME: Bulldogs 23 ? Titans 16 at Suncorp Stadium, Round 19, 2010

    WALKING WOUNDED: The Bulldogs' forward stocks received a boost during the week with the club purchasing Storm grand-final winning player Ryan Tandy. The rugby league journeyman will start from the bench in this match and should be given plenty of game-time, considering starting prop Ben Hannant will be backing up from an Origin game just 48 hours earlier. Hooker Michael Ennis is the Bulldogs' other Origin rep. Five-eighth Ben Roberts is not expected back from his ankle injury until the Round 18 clash against the Storm. Titans coach John Cartwright has named an extended squad this week to possibly cover for Queensland Origin rep Ash Harrison and prop Luke Bailey, who is in doubt with an ankle injury. The club is still missing centre Joseph Tomane with a shoulder injury.

    FORM: The Bulldogs' season continues to disappoint, although they did take the top-four Wests Tigers down to the wire in their most recent outing in Round 13. The Doggies started the rain-soaked encounter with their Western Sydney rivals full of energy, but the dreaded double of missed tackles and handling errors crept into their game in the second-half, allowing Wests to sneak home 19-12 winners. Despite the club's lowly position on the NRL ladder, coach Kevin Moore remains calm. Maybe he thinks they are capable of doing a ?Parramatta' on the run home to the finals. They will probably need to. After a worrying sequence of three losses, the Titans re-entered the top-four last weekend courtesy of a solid 28-14 defeat over an understrength Sea Eagles. Defence has been a major issue for the Titans over the past month, but they allowed the Sea Eagles to cross the chalk just twice in a match they pretty much controlled from the start.

    WHO'S HOT: Anthony Laffranchi put in yet another solid performance for the Titans last Friday, topping the overall tackle count and finishing with 148m in attack. He is one of the most consistent forwards in the NRL, yet NSW selectors obviously think his type of game is no longer suited to the Origin arena. On the subject of tackling machines, nobody can deny the efforts of the modern day Mr Perpetual Motion, David Stagg. The Bulldogs lock leads the NRL in the defensive department and he was at it again a fortnight back against Tigers, netting a 'staggering' 60 tackles.

    WE THINK: Sheer desperation should ensure the Bulldogs are pumped up for action in this one and their past performances at Suncorp Stadium suggest they will have no problems with the surroundings. They have won four of their past five matches at the ground, while the Titans have tasted victory just once in seven starts on the hallowed Queensland turf. The bye came at the right time for the Doggies as it gave coach Kevin Moore plenty of time to sort through the club's on-field issues. The Titans may be back on track with their win last week, but the Dogs simply must win and they have the team to do the trick. Bulldogs by 6.

    Referees: Steve Lyons, Tony De Las Heras

    Source: http://www.bulldogs.com.au

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  3. #33
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    I kinda thought we might lose Ashley. He always tries his heart out in Origin and got pretty battered and bruised last night. Rest up Harro!

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  4. #34
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,877

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DIEHARD View Post
    I kinda thought we might lose Ashley. He always tries his heart out in Origin and got pretty battered and bruised last night. Rest up Harro!
    have you noticed how darren lockyer and ashley harrison are sort of the same when it comes to fights, they are usually the peacemakers, which is a total contrast to the likes of beau scott and luke o donnell, and harrison is underrated.

  5. #35
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default


    There is still time to get tickets!

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  6. #36
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    Head to Head - Gold Coast 1.69
    Head to Head - Bulldogs 2.16

    http://www.titansbet.com.au

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  7. #37
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,877

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DIEHARD View Post
    Head to Head - Gold Coast 1.69
    Head to Head - Bulldogs 2.16

    http://www.titansbet.com.au
    mulltibet could work well for this.

  8. #38
    First Grader Sydney Titans Fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Skilled park and Belrose,sydney
    Posts
    1,281

    Default

    have we ever one at suncorp ( i know a stupid question saves the research)
    Birdmans #1 Supporter

  9. #39
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelling Titan View Post
    have we ever one at suncorp ( i know a stupid question saves the research)
    Only the most famous of victories.

    2007 our first encounter with the Broncos. We hosted the game at Lang Park.

    AND WE WON!

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  10. #40
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    Friday: Cloudy with a little light rain. Light to moderate NW to SW winds.

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  11. #41
    Administrator DIEHARD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Brisbane / HK
    Posts
    35,304

    Default

    James gets advice on aggression

    FORMER Blues and Test backrower Anthony Laffranchi says the challenge now facing boom young Gold Coast forward Ryan James is learning how to control his aggression.

    The 18-year-old Bilambil product made an imposing NRL debut against the Sea Eagles last week, lining up in the front row and refusing to take a backward step against the likes of Josh Perry, Brent Kite and Jason King.

    James will again start from the bench this week, which has been bolstered by the return of big man Aaron Cannings.

    "It is about learning to have controlled aggression," said Laffranchi.

    "When you debut as a rookie you normally tend to be a bit raw and unleashed. But as you get experience you learn how to control your aggression.

    "If you go out there trying to be aggressive for every minute of the match, you tend to burn out. There is a time and a place and he will understand the nature of the beast as he gets more games under his belt."

    Cannings will make his return to the NRL for the first time since undergoing a shoulder reconstruction after Round 22 last year.

    Young forward Bodene Thompson will again slot into lock for injured Maroons backrower Ash Harrison (eye), while Matt White is tipped to start in place of Luke Bailey (ankle).

    Luke O'Dwyer has retained his interchange spot.

    Touted by NRL recruitment guru Peter O'Sullivan last week as a future State of Origin and Australian representative, James is one of the brightest prospects to emerge from the Titans junior ranks.

    James is a proud Blue but made his senior debut for Queensland school Palm Beach Currumbin in the Arrive Alive Cup.

    "He did everything that was asked of him and he didn't shy away from the collision or the battle," said Laffranchi. "He is going to be a great prospect for the club.

    "Now it is about getting used to the weekly grind of first grade.

    "But Carty will keep him level-headed and keep his job really simple, don't demand too much of him just yet.

    "He just has to keep playing his natural game and do the things that got him here."

    James has made a name for himself as a backrower in the Toyota Cup but Cartwright is using him in the front row.

    "That is the beauty of the Toyota Cup especially for our club, is that we are seeing a lot of young guys coming up into our squad," said Laffranchi.

    "It is great depth for the club."

    Source: http://www.goldcoast.com.au

    Originally Posted by Moejoe
    REMEMBER!!!! SLIP - SLOP - SLAP in the sun. Skin Cancer is a growing problem. It could happen to anyone!!

    Member: TITANS, DIEHARDS, LONDON BRONCOS, WEST COAST PIRATES, HKRL
    NUTS

  12. #42
    Junior matti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    358

    Default

    What the lineup, as nrl differs quite abit then!

  13. #43
    Captain patskE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,857

    Default

    prob same as last week minus bailey n throw in zillman on the bench prob?

  14. #44
    QLD Cup Titan
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Gold Coast
    Posts
    580

    Default

    Come on titans - a big second half coming. Lots of our players out now so its time to step up to the mark for our younger and newer players!!!!
    Scotty - can you stop getting injured!!!!! Please.

  15. #45
    Junior matti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    358

    Default

    Crappy 2nd half, sloppy work, lucky to win that! but so many injuries , chalky,prince... GEZZ


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

ABOUT US

    Established in 2005 as the Gold Coast Titans official Chat Forum, we are now known as the League of Titans Independent Website. A place for fans of the Gold Coast Titans to come and touch base with other diehard fans.

QUICK LINKS

FOLLOW US ON

League of Titans designed and cutomised by Matt Glew