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    Default Round 25: NZ WARRIORS vs TITANS

    NZ WARRIORS vs TITANS

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    Both teams coming off big score line losses. I have to go against my heart for this one and say that the Warriors will win this as they are fighting for the finals. Expecting NZ by 12+ but hopefully by some slim chance the boys prove me wrong.

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    I'll be going up to this game. First Titans game I've attended. Wish we were travelling better but it's gonna be good seeing the team play anyway.

    In saying that, I'm expecting Warriors to win by 13+
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    Titans
    1 William Zillman
    2 Kalifa Faifai Loa
    3 James Roberts
    4 Brad Takairangi
    5 Anthony Don
    6 Aidan Sezer
    7 Daniel Mortimer
    8 Luke Bailey
    9 Beau Falloon
    10 Matthew White
    11 Mark Minichiello
    12 Paul Carter
    13 Greg Bird

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    14 Mark Ioane
    15 Cody Nelson
    16 Tom Kingston
    17 Maurice Blair
    19 David Mead


    Coach: Neil Henry

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    Warriors v Titans preview
    By Corey Rosser, NZ Correspondent
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    2:06pm Wed 27th August, 2014

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    Warriors v Titans
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    Sunday, 4pm (NZT)

    When Andrew McFadden and Neil Henry sat down to name their sides for this Sunday’s clash at Mount Smart Stadium the urge to make wholesale changes must have been hard to deny.

    The two coaches were blunt in their appraisal of their side’s performances last week following embarrassing defeats, but have made only minimal changes.

    The Warriors come into it off the back of copping their biggest defeat of the season at home to a rampant Roosters side who scored eight tries in a 46-12 victory.

    The Titans meanwhile were completely outclassed for all but the final 10 minutes of their game against the Dragons, slumping to their 14th defeat of the year in the way of a 34-6 loss.

    The New Zealanders have only one unforced change for Round 25 with Feleti Mateo, a player once on the cusp of State of Origin selection, dropped to NSW Cup for the second time in 2014.

    After suffering a dislocated shoulder inside the opening five minutes last week winger David Fusitu’a is out. That sees Ngani Laumape shift from centre to the right wing, with Dominique Peyroux named to start at centre against his former club.

    The Gold Coast receive a boost with David Mead included on an extended bench, and the speedster is tipped to be a late inclusion in the centres for the trip to New Zealand.

    Following back-to-back defeats the Warriors have slipped from top-four challenger to finals outsider, and must win on Sunday if they are any hope of playing past Round 26.

    Prior to last weekend the Titans had impressed by pushing premiership contenders the Roosters and Sea Eagles in narrow defeats, but under new coach Neil Henry they have nothing but pride to play for over the final two weeks of the season.

    Watch Out Warriors: When you miss 50 tackles in an NRL game you are never going to win. The Warriors did that last week against the Roosters and if they are to avoid a similar fate this Sunday they will probably need to halve their defensive error count.

    The Titans have a backline which can do damage if you let them get on the front foot. Last week both wingers ran for well over 100 metres, and across the season every member of this week’s backline averages over 70 metres per game. If you allow the Titans space they can cause some hurt out wide, and the Warriors right-edge, which leaked three tries and a number of line breaks last week, is always a prime target.

    Watch Out Titans: This year the Warriors don’t tend to back up a poor performance with another one, instead usually showing drastic improvement which results in them getting back in the winner’s circle. Only once this season have they lost by 19 points or more and followed it up with a loss in the next game, and they can expected to be fired up after last week’s embarrassment on home turf.

    The away form of the Titans in 2014 has been far from reassuring, having won just twice outside of Skilled Park.
    Auckland has never been a happy hunting ground for the Gold Coast either, and since their inception in 2007 they have won just two games at Mount Smart Stadium, the last of which was over four years ago.

    Plays To Watch: Both Aidan Sezer and Shaun Johnson can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and take it in the direction they want. Ultra-confident players, watch for them to take the line on late in each half, and with the abysmal defence served up by both outfits last week expect these two lads to try their luck plenty with the ball in hand.

    The sheer speed of the likes of James Roberts and William Zillman for the Titans, and Konrad Hurrell and Sam Tomkins for the Warriors, also means breaks early in the tackle count are never out of the question. They might not always be the high percentage options, but there are a number of players in both sides who love to take their marker on out wide with the hope of skipping through.

    Where It Will Be Won: The opening 10 minutes is crucial. The Warriors have scored 80 points in the first 10 minutes of game this year, more than any other team in the NRL, while the Titans concede more than any other in that period. You can’t win a game in those opening exchanges, but you can certainly go a long way to losing one.

    Both sides leaked points like they were going out of fashion last week, so the obvious focus will be on defence. We know they can score points, but the team who can limit the others’ offloads and second-phase plays will probably end up the winner.

    The History: Played 15; Warriors 9, Titans 6. With seven-straight wins against this week’s opponents, the Warriors’ record against the Titans stands up as one of their best against any current NRL team. The Kiwis haven’t gone down to the Gold Coast since way back in 2010, but their meetings tend to be close encounters. The last four games have been decided by 18 points or fewer, with two of them split by two or fewer.

    What Are The Odds: As bad as the Warriors have been going over the past few weeks, Sportsbet punters see them as specials at home, and launched into their opening price of $1.22. There’s also been strong support for over 45.5 points to be scored but it seems they think the Warriors will be scoring most of them. Latest Odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

    Match Officials: Referee – Gavin Badger; Assistant Referee – Chris James; Touch Judges; Michael Wise and Anthony Eliott; Video Referees – Alan Shortall and Ben Galea.

    The Way We See It: After what they dished up last week it is hard to endorse either side ahead of Sunday’s meeting. However the Warriors will run onto Mount Smart Stadium knowing that they are playing for their season, with a loss almost certainly spelling the end of their finals hopes. The Titans on the other hand already know they can’t make the top eight or drop into the wooden spoon zone in 2014 and have little to play for. The Kiwis will have felt the full wrath of coach McFadden this week and a significant improvement can be expected. Warriors by 10.
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    Roberts vs Peyroux is mouth watering

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    Quote Originally Posted by mup23 View Post
    Roberts vs Peyroux is mouth watering
    First time I've heard anyone think Peyrouxs play will be entertaining
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    Peyroux shooting out and missing Roberts will be entertaining though.

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    I'd take a 10 point game.

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    I have very little confifence after Sunday's game. It was just a heartless effort and would have done little to encourage potential Sponsors.

    I agree that it looks like we are already on holidays. But these remaining games are valuable as we lead into pre-season.

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    The Gold Coast Titans will fight for their pride against the New Zealand Warriors

    The Titans head to Auckland tomorrow to prepare to face the desperate Warriors on Sunday in a Round 25 match that has polar opposite outcomes for each team.

    The New Zealand side is still in finals contention but must beat the Titans to keep that dream alive.

    The Titans, who have lost 12 of their past 14 games, are counting down the days until their end-of-season holiday with the result of the match bearing no effect on their *season.

    It was a similar case at Kogarah on Sunday when they were thumped 34-6 by the Dragons at WIN Jubilee Oval, a game St George *Illawarra had to win and Henry hopes his team will aim up against the inconsistent Warriors.

    “They’re very disappointed with their energy and effort (against the Dragons),’’ he said.

    “Manly (15-12 loss) was a tough game and took it out of us but the attitude still wasn’t there to compete. You could see that early in the game.

    “We didn’t have the line speed and certainly didn’t have the mentality of holding on to the ball.

    “We need to be better regardless of the troops we’ve got out. We need to turn up and have a crack.”

    The Titans will train this morning with David Mead likely to run at left centre in place of Brad Takairangi.

    Vice-captain William Zillman has found some form in the past fortnight after an injury-plagued season and said there was plenty to play for against the Warriors.

    “Something we really want to do is finish the season well and that (Dragons loss) certainly wasn’t in our plans,” he said.

    “We spoke about finishing the season well but it’s probably a lot easier said than done.’’

    Titans co-captain Nate Myles had surgery on his injured shoulder on Tuesday and is expected to be on restricted duties for three months.

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    Off-contract Bailey latest Titans casualty
    By Tony Webeck, Chief Queensland Correspondent
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    4:00pm Thu 28th August, 2014


    Foundation Titan Luke Bailey remains unsure whether next week will be his 151st and final appearance for the club after being ruled out of Sunday's clash with the Warriors with a neck injury.

    In the latest blow to forward stocks already reeling due to the absence of Nate Myles, Dave Taylor, Luke Douglas, Ashley Harrison, Ryan James and Ben Ridge, Bailey will be in a race against time to be fit for the Round 26 clash with the Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium, a game that will farewell fellow foundation player Mark Minichiello.

    Electric centre James Roberts sent a further scare through the camp when he left training prematurely on Thursday morning suffering from back spasms but he will make the trip to New Zealand and is expected to play.

    In a much-needed boost to the squad David Mead returns to the side from a hamstring injury and will take Brad Takairangi's place at left centre, handed the unenviable assignment of containing Warriors wrecking-ball Konrad Hurrell. Takairangi will move into the back row.

    With a decision still to be made on the Titans' head coach for 2015 and beyond, after eight seasons at the Titans Bailey's future remains very much in limbo and will not be resolved until the appointment of John Cartwright's successor.

    Interim coach Neil Henry was confident that Bailey's injury would recover in time to be available for next week but with the team to fly out for New Zealand on Friday said he couldn't be risked this week.

    "It's responded already to treatment but to sit on a plane for a few hours and travel and play, it's not going to be right this weekend. We're very confident he'll be right for the Bulldogs game," Henry said.

    "We're a bit of a bits-and-pieces team at the moment but there's no excuse once you get out there. Bails's neck's not right, he won't play and we really are a bit light on. I think we're down to 20 or 21 players in the squad that are available to play this weekend but there's no excuse for lack of effort or lack of intensity on the field."

    The Titans have already had to ask for second-tier salary cap exemptions in order for Tom Kingston to take his place in the team while fellow back-rower Cody Nelson has agreed to a two-year deal with the Eels.

    Despite the lack of senior players in the squad this weekend, Henry said it was up to individuals to display greater levels of intensity than that which they showed against the Dragons last Sunday.

    "It's an individual responsibility to be up for a game of footy. It's not up to someone else to motivate you," Henry said.

    "There is some leadership out there in the older players, 'Birdy' (Greg Bird) as captain and 'Mini'. Aidan Sezer's getting more experience as he's going on, he should take control there with Daniel Mortimer and 'Zilly' (William Zillman) at the back has played a lot of first grade.

    "We've got enough guys out there that have played enough NRL to turn up and put on a good performance.

    "They're coming off back-to-back losses and they need to win to stay in the finals hunt so we know they're going to be very determined for a win at home after last weekend's performance."
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    My mate went along to watch us train today. Apparently we are looking very sloppy and unenthusiastic. Dropping lots of ball...not looking sharp by any means.

    Might be a long day tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN PETE View Post
    Warriors v Titans preview
    By Corey Rosser, NZ Correspondent
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    2:06pm Wed 27th August, 2014
    Plays To Watch: Both Aidan Sezer and Shaun Johnson can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and take it in the direction they want. Ultra-confident players, watch for them to take the line on late in each half, and with the abysmal defence served up by both outfits last week expect these two lads to try their luck plenty with the ball in hand.

    The sheer speed of the likes of James Roberts and William Zillman for the Titans, and Konrad Hurrell and Sam Tomkins for the Warriors, also means breaks early in the tackle count are never out of the question.
    I have yet to see Sezer take a game by the scruff of anything.
    Zillman, sheer speed? Does this guy watch our games????


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