Round 18 NRL Preview: Vodafone Warriors v Titans
Thursday 5 July 2012 11:45 AM
VODAFONE WARRIORS V GOLD COAST TITANS
Round 18, 2012 NRL Premiership
Saturday, July 7, 2012
NRL Kick-Off 7:30pm, NYC Kick-Off 5:15pm
Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Referees: Matt Cecchin/Phil Haines
ROUND 18 GAME PREVIEW
Coming In To Round 18
Gold Coast Titans are 2-2 in their last four games, and are coming off the bye in Round 17.
They have averaged 20.5 ppg since Round 13, and have conceded 15.0 ppg in that period.
They sit 10th on the competition ladder, 4 points out of the Top 8.
Vodafone Warriors are 2-2 in their last four games, and are coming off a 35-18 win over the Cowboys in Round 17.
They have averaged 24.0 ppg since Round 13, and have conceded 19.0 ppg in that period.
They sit 9th on the competition ladder, 2 points out of the Top 8.
Last Time They Met
Round 4, 2012 - Watch game highlights of Round 4 this season.
Last 10 Games - Titans 5, Vodafone Warriors 5.
The Vodafone Warriors have won 3 in a row, but the Titans had won 6 straight dating back to 2008 before that.
Team Changes and Late Mail
Find all the Vodafone Warriors Team and Injury News from Tuesday and full Round 18 Lineup here.
K Locke, B Tupou, B Henry, K Hurrell, O Slaimankhel, J Maloney, S Johnson, R Packer, N Friend, B Matulino, F Mateo, S Mannering ©, E Taylor.
Bench: L Brown, Sione Lousi, J Lillyman, Steve Rapira.
GOLD COAST TITANS
W Zillman, K Gordon, J Idris, B Champion, D Mead, A Sezer, S Prince ©, L Bailey, M Srama, L Douglas, G Bird, M Minichiello, N Myles.
Bench: M White, B Lawrence, B Ridge, L O’Dwyer.
When the Gold Coast Titans and Vodafone Warriors play Saturday night they have just one thing on their mind - keeping in touch with the Top 8.
The Vodafone Warriors have not been impacted at all by the Origin series that concluded on Wednesday night, while the Titans will sweat on the fitness of Greg Bird and Nate Myles who are returning from the representative grind.
The Vodafone Warriors have plenty to build on from their last start 35-18 win over the Cowboys in Auckland, yet coach Brian McLennan would not be happy his team almost squandered a 16-0 lead. The Titans are a team that thrives on a lead, so another strong start by the Vodafone Warriors will be what the visiting coach wants from his charges.
Letting the Titans back in the game like they did with the Cowboys however, would not be on his wish list.
McLennan will look to Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Jacob Lillyman to continue their great form up front, leaving a sizeable job for Luke Douglas, Matthew White, Brenton Lawrence and the returning Luke Bailey, to nullify the go-forward of the visitors.
The Vodafone Warriors currently sit on 18 points from 7 wins and 8 losses, two points behind the Wests Tigers who currently hold 8th spot, so a win over the Titans (who sit in 10th - on 16 points) is crucial in keeping their aim of playing September footy a reality.
How do you see the Vodafone Warriors v Titans playing out this Saturday? Will you be there? Let us know in the comments below.