Gold Coast Titans Vs Parramatta Eels
17 March 2017, 8:05pm (AEDST)
Gold Coast Titans (GCT) 0-0-2
There was a lot of hype around the GCT in the pre season, but they have not showed their potential to date. Last round vs the Knights, they suffered 3 injuries in the first 25 minutes and gave the Knights their first win in 19 rounds. They showed a lot of heart in that game but heart isn’t enough in the modern game. If the GCT make the same errors as last week, it could add to their losing ways in tonight’s match.
Parramatta Eels 2-0-0
In contrast to the GCT, the Eels are flying high, after disposing of the Dragons last week in an attacking master class. S. Radradra scored 4 times, as Jennings realised if he passes the ball, the “Semi Trailer” can score. B. French seems to be fitting in extremely well, showing his blistering speed and starting to find his passing game. Defensively he’s going well also, if he keeps growing this team will be a real threat. It must be said their forward pack is traveling extremely well also, setting up the platform for C. Norman and C. Gutherson to play at will. If they maiantain the rage this week, they should be able to start 3-0-0, in our opinion.
Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)
Some big Outs in J. Hayne, A. Don and K. Lawton, dramatically changes the team of the GCT. They are playing T. Cornish at full back, W. zillman covers A. Don. and T. Roberts starting at Hooker.
A new spine to take on the attacking Eels will be a reach. The GCT need their halves to deliver tonight, their forwards are going to be tested, we anticipate T. Roberts to receive a lot of tackling practise, to try and limit his ball deliver to A. Taylor and K. Elgey. Their bench worries us also, with a lot of inexperience there.
This will be the first game of the year without C. Norman, hamstring injury, driving the team around the park. Journey man J. Robson replaces him and will attempt to be the solid head to allow C. Gutherson to do what he does best, in ball running. Apart from this change they should be 1-17.
It will be interesting to see the difference in the Eels tonight minus Norman, with French and Gutherson linking well to their outside backs, if Robson limits errors/missed tackles the rest of the team will keep on keeping on.
Their last 5 game report card: GCT 3 wins, Eels 2 wins.
GCT 3/5 wins, two wins at CBUS, by 20 points (rd20/2016) and 10 points (rd21/2015). Their other win was at Pirtek Stadium by 22 points (rd6/2015)
Eels 2/5, with a win a piece at either ground, a 10 point win at TIO stadium (rd14/2016) and a 6 point win at CBUS (rd 20/2014)
What we take from this?
Not too much for us. As both teams have changed significantly since last year and various injuries add in some more unknowns for this game. As the scores above suggest, it’s generally not a tight game with 4/5 of their last games having a victory margin of 10 or more points.
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Both teams games so far have cleared this total, we expect this trend to continue.
GCT: RD 1 score, 28 points, RD 2 score, 28 points.
Eels: RD1 score, 20 points, RD 2 Score, 24 points.
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