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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
    Your not wrong there but I can't see many points in the Titans and Tigers will be hard to contain.


    Coaster...I'll give you 15.5 start for a lotto ticket...keen?
    Done, sounds good

    Has benji been imprisoned today?
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    Titans v Tigers Match Preview
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    Tigers v Titans, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Monday 7:00pm, LIVE Fox Sports 2

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    One side is trying to push for the top four, the other is moving away from the bottom of the ladder, but with a rich, if short, history between these two sides. The Titans are coming off two impressive victories in the last three weeks, seeing them jump off the bottom of the table above the Eels.

    They welcome back Luke Bailey and Clinton Toopi to the side, while young Dominique Peyroux is out with a broken hand.

    The Tigers are coming in on the back of five straight wins, and are gunning for a spot in the top four with two wins to finish the year off.

    They welcome back internationals Lote Tuqiri and Gareth Ellis, with Wade McKinnon and Mark Flanagan both dropped to NSW Cup.

    Strengths

    Jordan Rankin, Beau Henry, Preston Campbell and Matt Srama have formed a nice combination in recent weeks in the absence of Scott Prince, and this could be a worry for the Tigers. Campbell in particular has a good record against the Tigers, losing only twice in 12 encounters with them. He will be a key player this weekend.

    Weaknesses

    The Titans attack was much more clinical last week, but their defence still had some holes that the Tigers could exploit. If they can contain the Tigers attack, and keep line-breaks to a minimum, they should come away with the points.

    Opportunities

    While the Tigers have been in good form, there are plenty of areas to exploit them. Matt Utai has been moved to the centres this week, but he has looked suspect under the high ball recently, while Rob Lui has been a target for big back-rowers, something the Titans possess in Mark Minichiello, Greg Bird and Anthony Laffranchi.

    Threats

    As with any time you play the Tigers, Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah will be a threat, but this time their right centre, Blake Ayshford, is also in top form. He shrugged off Jarryd Hayne to score last week, and has been defending quite well too. Clinton Toopi will have to defend well to contain Ayshford.

    The Big Issue

    Spirits might be high in Tiger Town, but they are on the Gold Coast as well. Recent wins over the Sharks and Raiders have lifted the Titans off the bottom of the ladder above the Eels, and away from the wooden spoon. Another win at Campbelltown would only help their cause, and put a dent into the Tigers top four hopes.

    And with only two games remaining for 2011, can the Titans keep moving away from the bottom of the ladder, and send out departing inaugural Titans Preston Campbell and Anthony Laffranchi out as winners? Only time will tell.

    Final Five

    The Titans hold a 3-2 lead in the head-to-head over the past five games, which includes a victory on the bell in round six.

    Key Stats

    Greg Bird got back to his destructive self on the weekend, running for 167m from 22 hit-ups, as well as 32 tackles, one offload, a line break and a try assist. He will be a key player again for the Titans this week.

    In contrast, Chris Heighington had an off day against the Eels statistically, running for 94m from his 12 hit-ups, making only 29 tackles but also making two errors. He will need to step up in a face-off with Bird this week.

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    i prefer a uninjured player to a player who has had 2 knee recos being honest..

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    I for some bizarre reason think we will beat Tigers this week. So we won't be sweating it out in the last round.

    We need to beat Tigers coz Raiders will take the points from Panthers.. After 'The Army' folding and Tongues last game, they will lift..

    I don't want the spoon decided on the last game so lets do it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coaster View Post
    Done, sounds good
    BTW...lotto ticket is system 8 (pick 4 numbers each)

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    Late Mail: Lote Tuqiri is almost certain to start after recovering from a quad injury. Bryce Gibbs is in doubt after suffering a gash to his knee last week.

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    Weight off Wests

    Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah says a huge amount of pressure has been taken off the club heading into the NRL finals after assault charges against Benji Marshall were dismissed.

    Marshall was cleared this week of an assault charge stemming from an incident at a Sydney McDonald's restaurant in March this year.

    Farah said a massive weight had been lifted from Marshall's shoulders and the entire club was now looking forward to making an impact in the finals.

    The classy pivot has been in sensational form over the last two months, with the Tigers on a six-game winning streak and a serious threat to win the premiership.

    'First and foremost it's a massive relief for Benji now that it's all been settled and a massive weight off his shoulders,' Farah said.

    'We're just pleased for him.'

    'We supported him every step of the way and we're just glad that he can get on with things now and focus on what's going to be a pretty demanding couple of months.'

    Asked if he expected Marshall to take his game to even greater heights now his off-field drama is behind him, Farah said: 'We're just happy for him to keep going the way he is.'

    'He's playing pretty good at the moment and if he can continue that I think we'll all be pretty happy.'

    'We know semi-finals are coming up and stars have to align for everything to go smoothly.'

    Farah said that, with the Tigers to play lowly Gold Coast and Cronulla over the last two rounds, the prospect of notching two big wins and sneaking into fourth spot and a home final was in the back of players' minds.

    Their chances of doing that have improved this week with internationals Lote Tuqiri and Gareth Ellis both named to return from injury for Monday night's clash with the Titans at Campbelltown.

    Star centre Chris Lawrence is also due back for the opening week of the finals.

    'This is when want to be playing best footy, heading into the semi finals. We've had a good run but there's still two weeks to go,' Farah said.

    'We've got Gareth and Lote back this week so hopefully we can ease them back in, build some confidence for Lote who hasn't had the best of years in terms of injuries.'

    'You've got to have your best side on the park at the right time of the year and hopefully we can get somewhere around there in the next few weeks.'

    'We're just worried about ourselves, showing up with the right attitude and playing the way we have been playing because there's no such thing as an easy game in the NRL.'

    'If you show up a little bit off your game you'll get your pants pulled down.'

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    Tim Sheens does not want his players speculating on finals position

    RUGBY LEAGUE: Six consecutive wins have lifted Wests Tigers to sixth spot on the ladder and, while pundits suggest a top four berth is on the cards, coach Tim Sheens is more worried about his side "crashing and burning".

    The Tigers are in scintillating form and have the most comfortable draw of the finalists with games to follow against 15th-placed Gold Coast and 13th-placed Cronulla.

    For Sheens, the challenge over the next fortnight will be as much about fine-tuning mental skills as tweaking their prowess.

    Wests will contest the finals regardless of their next two results, but Sheens doesn't want to hear his players talking about it, especially speculation over where they will finish on the ladder.

    "We have talked about taking our eyes out of the rear vision mirror this week and making sure we keep our eyes on the road, otherwise you find yourself crashing and burning," Sheens said yesterday.

    "I've spoken to the players for weeks now not to even consider it (making the top four). Just to win the games and see what happens.

    "It may or may not be in our control. All we can control really is trying to win these two games.

    "We can't finish out of the eight but you could finish as high as fourth or as low as eighth. From our point of view, it is still pretty much head down and work hard for this game.

    "I'm not even thinking about Cronulla yet. I am just worried about this week."

    Sheens's comments came a day after captain Robbie Farah admitted he was thinking about a top four finish. "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't (on my mind)," Farah said. "We know that it's in our hands . . . if we can take care of our business and win our last two games that will ensure us minimum of fifth spot but, depending on for and against, maybe fourth."

    Sheens said he had been in the game too long to speculate about where his side would finish.

    "You are only one game away from a problem or an injury," he said. "At the moment, we will accept the fact that we are looking a lot better on the field as far as our numbers are concerned than we did say eight weeks ago."

    The Tigers will host the Titans on Monday night at Campbelltown Stadium, with internationals Gareth Ellis and Lote Tuqiri returning from injury.

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    Tigers v Titans preview
    Monday 7pm Campbelltown Stadium


    A tough road trip for the Titans this week as they battle to offload the wooden spoon, up against the Wests Tigers who will be looking to maintain their snarl as they strive for a seventh win in succession to push for the last up-for-grabs spot in the top four.

    John Cartwright?s unit rallied last week, overcoming Canberra to lift themselves off the NRL canvas and leapfrog the Eels. But they are still very much on the ropes and a surprise knockout blow here and other results falling their way would guarantee they avoid the spoon. However, they are yet to string together consecutive wins in 2011 and the ravenous Tigers won?t be willing subjects to help put that stat behind them.

    Tigers? coach Tim Sheens will have his charges switched on ? they may run onto the field knowing that a win would secure them fourth spot with just one week to play before the finals. They are currently sixth, level with the Warriors and Cowboys on 30 competition points. They?d climb over the Warriors should the Dragons topple the Kiwis in Wollongong on Sunday, and they?d edge ahead of the Cowboys even if the North Queenslanders defeat the Rabbitohs ? if their winning margin over the Titans is at least five points greater than any Cowboys? winning margin.

    The Tigers are bolstered by the return of international winger Lote Tuqiri who suits up for just his sixth game of an injury-marred season. Matt Utai, who has filled in sensationally while Tuqiri has been sidelined, shifts to the centres with Mitch Brown moving to the bench. Gareth Ellis is also back in the second row, with Mark Flanagan making way.

    In Titans personnel changes Clinton Toopi displaces Dominique Peyroux at centre, while Luke Bailey returns from injury to start at prop, initiating a chain reaction that pushes Anthony Laffranchi to the second row and Luke O?Dwyer to the bench.

    It?s a special night for a host of Tigers, with departing brigade Todd Payten, Bryce Gibbs, Tim Moltzen, Wade McKinnon, Andrew Fifita and Mark Flanagan being honoured with a special post-match tribute.

    Watch Out Wests Tigers: Anthony Laffranchi, a premiership winner with the Tigers in 2005, will be out for a big game on former home turf before heading to the English Super League at season?s end. A NSW Origin player in 2008-09, Laffranchi has been down a little on impact this season (as have most Titans) but back in his favoured second row position he will look to remind his old mates of his star quality. Laffranchi used to be a prolific offloader but that?s taken a back seat recently (just seven all year) ? obviously as a result of coach John Cartwright?s instructions to play it ?tight?, the Titans have contributed the fourth fewest offloads (10.2) in the comp. But with the clock winding down on Preston Campbell?s career don?t be surprised if Laffranchi and back row partners Mark Minichiello (23 offloads) and Greg Bird (22), as well as Bodene Thompson (24) look to pop a sneaky pass to their diminutive skipper any time they get inside the Tigers? 10 metres.

    David Mead has been a tremendous success for the Titans in 2011. He leads the side for tries and line-breaks (14 each). He now ranks as the leading Titans tryscorer in club history and requires just one more to claim the record by any Gold Coast franchise player ? he?s currently tied with former Seagull Danny Peacock who crossed for 14 in 1995.

    Danger Sign: Mead is one of the most dangerous broken-play runners in the game, as evidenced by his standing-start dash through the Canberra ruck to score from long range last week. The Titans need to secure any dropped balls or risk damage from a turnover ? the Titans have crossed for four tries from turnovers while the Tigers have conceded four.

    Watch Out Titans: The Tigers are challenging for top tackle-busting team in 2011, their average of 40.1 tackle-breaks a game is just three-tenths of a bust behind the league-leading Cowboys. Dangerous exponents the Titans need to watch include Benji Marshall and Matt Utai (82 each), Chris Heighington (80) and Robert Lui and Blake Ayshford (67 ? sixth most by a centre).

    As if Marshall isn?t dangerous from anywhere on the field pretty much all of the time he has added incentive to run more often over the concluding two weeks. He?s neck and neck with Blake Ayshford for most tries scored (10) ? should he edge ahead by season?s end he?ll become the first five-eighth to top the team?s tryscoring list since the joint venture?s formation in 2000. (The last Balmain player to do so was the late Scott Gale with 11 in 1987, while the last Magpie was Denis Pittard with nine in 1967.)

    Danger Sign: The Titans have successfully defused just 61 per cent of all attacking kicks ? the lowest rate in the comp. If the Tigers go to the air or grubber into the in-goal the scoreboard could start to tick over quickly.

    Plays To Watch: Robbie Farrah grubbers into the in-goal from close range; Benji showing the ball inside before hitting the afterburners; Todd Payten toiling overtime in his final home game; Greg Bird?s niggle; Luke Bailey?s charges; high kicks to Lote Tuqiri?s wing to test out the ring-rusty star.

    Where It Will Be Won: The focus will be on how the Titans? left-side defenders repel the Wests Tigers? right-side attack. Or if indeed they can. The Tigers have scored more tries down the right corridor than any other team (43). Meanwhile the Titans have leaked more tries to teams down the right sideline (their left defence) than any other side (42).

    The History: Played 8; Titans 5, Wests Tigers 3. The Titans have won three of the past four games between the sides, including a 20-14 win at Skilled Park in Round 6. The record is one game apiece at Campbelltown Stadium.

    Conclusion: Although the Titans have a strong record against the black-and-golds and the past three games have been extremely close affairs (a combined winning margin of just 10 points), it?s difficult to see the home side squandering their momentum. Especially given the Tigers are the ?Monday Night Kings? ? over the past three seasons they?ve won seven of eight games to close out a round.

    We can?t see this being a close contest. The Wests Tigers should get plenty of opportunities to rehe**** their pet plays. There?s a likelihood they?ll rack up a score here ? we suggest the Tigers by 12 points.

    Match Officials: Referees ? Steve Lyons & Phil Haines; Sideline Officials ? Adam Reid & David Munro; Video Ref ? Paul Simpkins.

    Televised: Fox Sports ? Live 7pm.

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    The line is Titans -20.5

    That is a luxury line and I will definitely be having something on us with the start. We only need to stay within 20 points to collect. Go you good things!!

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    Oh and a win will see us avoid the spoon for sure!!!!!! Come on boys!!!!!!!

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    Preview: Wests Tigers v Titans

    The return from injury of internationals Lote Tuqiri and Gareth Ellis should make Wests Tigers' task of extending their six-game winning streak a formality when the Tigers host the Gold Coast at Campbelltown Stadium in the last Monday night game of the season.

    The Tigers have not given up hope of finishing in the top four but will need to win their last two games by solid margins if they are to host a home final.

    Tuqiri may be rusty on the left flank after a frustrating run of injuries but Ellis should slot back into the second row seamlessly after missing only one match with a troublesome groin.

    Tigers coach Tim Sheens will be drilling into his players the importance of maintaining intensity over the final fortnight of the regular season because of the less-than-ideal circumstance of playing lowly rated teams in the lead-up to the finals. The Tigers face Cronulla at Toyota Stadium in Round 26.

    Expect the Tigers to score a try as First Scoring play and to win by a 13+ margin.

    Best chances for First Tryscorer are Blake Ayshford, Tim Moltzen and Mitch Brown for Wests Tigers or David Mead or William Zillman for the Titans.

    Wests Tigers v Gold Coast
    Campbelltown Stadium
    Monday night 7pm

    Wests Tigers
    1 Tim Moltzen, 2 Beau Ryan, 3 Blake Ayshford, 4 Matt Utai, 5 Lote Tuqiri, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 Robert Lui, 8 Bryce Gibbs, 9 Robbie Farah [c], 10 Keith Galloway, 11 Liam Fulton, 12 Gareth Ellis, 13 Chris Heighington. Subs: 14 Mitch Brown, 15 Todd Payten, 16 Matt Groat, 17 Aaron Woods.

    Gold Coast Titans
    1 Jordan Rankin, 2 Steve Michaels, 3 Esi Tonga, 4 Clinton Toopi, 5 David Mead, 6 William Zillman, 7 Preston Campbell [c], 8 Luke Bailey, 9 Matt Srama, 10 Matthew White, 11 Anthony Laffranchi, 12 Mark Minichiello, 13 Greg Bird. Subs: 14 Brenton Lawrence, 15 Will Matthews, 16 Bodene Thompson, 17 Luke O'Dwyer.

    Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Wests Tigers by 10

    OVERALL:
    Total Games: 8
    Wests Tigers wins: 3. [Pts: 147]
    Gold Coast Titans wins: 5. [Pts: 167]
    Draws: 0

    Biggest wins:
    Wests Tigers: 16 pts: 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sun: Gold Coast Titans 12 l. Wests Tigers 28 [Crowd: 20723]
    Gold Coast Titans: 16 pts: 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 30 d. Wests Tigers 14 [Crowd: 17257]

    Biggest Crowd: 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 21 d. Wests Tigers 18 [Crowd: 26103]

    Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
    Wests Tigers: LLWWLWLL
    Gold Coast Titans: WWLLWLWW

    Last 10 games:
    2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 20 d. Wests Tigers 14 [Crowd: 17221]
    2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 21 d. Wests Tigers 18 [Crowd: 26103]
    2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 15 d. Gold Coast Titans 14 [Crowd: 14050]
    2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 36 d. Wests Tigers 24 [Crowd: 20102]
    2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sun: Gold Coast Titans 12 l. Wests Tigers 28 [Crowd: 20723]
    2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 20 d. Gold Coast Titans 18 [Crowd: 17493]
    2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 30 d. Wests Tigers 14 [Crowd: 17257]
    2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 14 l. Gold Coast Titans 16 [Crowd: 13451]

    Overall record at Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
    Wests Tigers: 50 games, won 21, drawn 1, lost 28.
    Last 5 games:
    2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 6 l. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16
    2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sat: Wests Tigers 20 d. Penrith Panthers 18
    2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Wests Tigers 34 d. Canberra Raiders 24
    2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 43 d. Penrith Panthers 18
    2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 15 d. Gold Coast Titans 14

    Gold Coast Titans: 9 games, won 2, drawn 1, lost 6.
    Last 5 games:
    2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 15 d. Gold Coast Titans 14
    2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 14 l. Gold Coast Titans 16
    1998 National Rugby League - Round 10 - [View] Sun May 17: Wests 24 d. Gold Coast 14
    1997 Optus Cup - Round 1 - [View] Sat Mar 8: Wests 16 l. Gold Coast 24
    1996 Optus Cup - Round 12 - [View] Sun Jun 23: Wests 42 d. Gold Coast 10

    Head to Head at Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
    Total Games: 2
    Wests Tigers wins: 1. [Pts: 29]
    Gold Coast Titans wins: 1. [Pts: 30]
    Draws: 0

    Last 5 games:
    2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 15 d. Gold Coast Titans 14 [Crowd: 14050]
    2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 14 l. Gold Coast Titans 16 [Crowd: 13451]

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    The good news is Bails is a definate starter ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN PETE View Post
    The good news is Bails is a definate starter ...
    I'll say, we need our war horse out there.

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    Tigers wary of lowly Titans

    DESPITE sitting on the edge of the NRL top four, Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens reminded his players just how damaging a loss to the lowly Gold Coast on Monday could be.

    The Tigers, riding a six-game winning streak, have been one of the competition's hottest teams over the back end of the season and are eyeing off a home final for finishing in the top four.

    But Sheens has been quick to point to two games from the past 12 months that highlight exactly why the Tigers can't switch off for the rest of the year - even against the 15th-placed Titans who are without their captain and halfback, Scott Prince.

    "We have a lot to play for, although we are technically in the eight, I keep reminding the guys to the game against the Roosters last year," Sheens said in reference to the qualifying final of 2010 where his side let down their guard to be edged 19-15.

    "Luckily we got another chance to play Canberra and in beating them, we got a shot at the grand final qualifier.

    "Without that opportunity to play that second game, we would have been out with that scrum disaster that happened in the Roosters game.

    "We just remind ourselves that we need to be as high up as we can to get a second chance in the event of an issue like that happening.

    "... We need to play closer to what we think is semi-final footy.

    "Our defence needs to be strong, our completions need to be high, and that's been the case for the last month including (wins over) Manly and St George-Illawarra. We have learnt a lesson from that.

    "I don't want to throw that away this week by going for the Hail Mary-type plays."

    And as if that isn't enough, there is the added motivation to seek revenge after the Titans took two points off the Tigers in a tight contest in round six.

    "From our point of view, we have got plenty of reasons to play," Sheens added.

    "We have committed this year to win as many home games as we can and this is our last home game.

    "I'd be very disappointed if we don't turn up.

    "I think we will. It is just a matter then of executing it well."

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