Match Previews

As well as providing his best value bets every week, our NRL guru Steve Green also previews every NRL game for members. Here’s Steve’s thoughts for every Titans game.

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NRL Round 18: Titans v Eels

The Titans last performance was fantastic, demolishing the Raiders in Canberra.

Although their defence is always a concern, their attack is among the best in the competition. They are equal first with the Eels in tackle breaks per game and with Fifita having not played Origin 3 due to suspension, their strike weapon will be fresh and keen to go.

Brimson played more minutes than I had hoped, and Tino and Big Moe were also heavily involved, but all of these guys should back up in what was a key game for the Titans.

With Thompson back on the wing, Peachey back providing bench impact and Rein / Clark battling for the number 9 jersey, I think the market is underrating just how strong this Titans line up this weekend.

The Eels also look strong, though I do think their outside backs look a bit more vulnerable with Waqa Blake, Tom Opacic and Haze Dunster all a notch short of the top class outside backs of the other big guns.

With their best forward (Junior Paulo) set to be rested, and Moses a chance of not backing up, and Gutherson having been in NSW camp all week, this Eels team is vulnerable for this matchup.

On my ratings, the Titans are not that far behind and with the home ground advantage and a 4 point head start, I am happy to have them here.

Predicted score Eels 24 – Tians 24

NRL Round 15: Titans v Manly

The big issue here is whether the Titans Reserves will be moved into the starting team closer to kick off. Rein at 9, Brimson at 1 and Don to replace Sami, will make this Titans team much stronger and in my opinion, would give them a very strong chance of winning at home.

With Big Moe back in the team, and a Titans pack featuring the likes of Tino, Fifita and Wallace, they have the power to overcome this Manly pack, which is still without Aloia and C Sironen.

While Proctor is out, with all due respect, I actually think that strengthens the team, by ensuring McIntyre gets more game time.

With Peachey on the bench and a centre pairing of Kelly and Herbert, the Titans have a ton of attacking strike power and I think they can score enough points here.

While Manly will also be lethal with the combination of DCE and Tom T, they are not as strong on the road, having lost 4 of their 7 away games this year.

Although Manly have clearly turned around their form from earlier in the year, I think some of their attacking dominance has resulted from playing some of the weaker teams in the NRL.

Their last 5 games have been against the Cowboys (7th), Knights (14th), Eels (4th), Broncos (16th) and Warriors (11th). So some of the crazy attacking stats we see from Manly are partly due to their opposition.

While the Titans defence has been a real concern, I think their line up is strong enough to ensure they can control the ball and not put too much pressure on their goal line defence.

I am expecting this to go down to the wire.

Predicted score Manly 23 – Titans 22

NRL Round 14: Titans v Roosters

The Titans are a hard team to get a read on. Against the Sharks they were woeful, then playing against the Storm missing guys like Fifita, Brimson, Fotuaika and Big Tino, they played tough footy and really should have upset the Storm.

If it were not for some bombed tries by the Titans outside backs and a poor performance from Fogarty, the Titans would have won that game and the line here would probably be a bit shorter.

However, with news that Tedesco is likely to back up for this match, Crichton back from suspension and with Sam Walker back on deck, I can see why the Roosters are tipped to win this game by 12 points.

With a centre pairing of Josh Morris and Joey Manu, and the finishing brilliance of Ikuvalu and Tupou, the flimsy Titans defence will be sorely tested out wide.

Big Tino and Fifita will be feeling pretty sore and sorry after being manhandled by the Blues forwards. They might back up, but they are likely to be far from their best.

At home, the Titans have won three from six this year. However in their three losses, they have conceded over 100 points…including conceding 88 points in their last two losses at home against Souths and the Panthers.

Because of all their injuries, this Roosters team has been pretty up and down, having lost two of their last 4 matches by more than 12 points. While their starting 13 looks strong, they still have very little experience on their bench.

Playing away from home and with Tedesco a chance of getting a rest early, there is a chance the Titans can keep this competitive and cover the line.

Predicted score Roosters 25 – Titans 18

NRL Round 13: Storm v Titans

Despite losing their home ground advantage and missing Addo-Carr, Welch, Munster, Papenhuyzen, Grant and Kaufusi, the Storm still head into this one at -21.5 with most bookies.

They have been without Munster, Papenhuyzen and Grant for an extended period, and as a result Brandon Smith and Nico Hynes have been playing amazing.

And while the loss of Welch and Kaufusi hurts their forwards depth, guys like Finucane, Nelson and the Bromwich brothers are playing great footy.

Last weekend they withstood an early onslaught from the Broncos and then when they got some field position, their attack was far too crisp. This week, up against a Titans team that have had their defence pulled apart on multiple occasions this year, I can see why the line is so big.

Despite their inconsistent form, the Titans also head into this without their best players due to Origin duty (Tino, Fifita, Fotuaika and Brimson). Throw in an injury to dynamic winger Corey Thompson, and the Titans have had to draw on QLD Cup players like Jayden Campbell.

One of the reasons I tipped Tweed to win the QLD Cup was because of how good Jayden Campbell was, and so far he has been the best player in the QLD Cup on my player ratings. Also coming from Tweed for this game will be Whibread and Vuna, who have been strong in the middle all year.

Marzhew is also tipped to be a late inclusion, after dominating in the NSW and QLC cup for years, his NRL debut is long overdue.

While the Titans will be understrength, the promotion of guys from the QLD Cup will add some enthusiasm to a team that was very flat last weekend.

On my ratings, it is hard to know how well these guys from the QLD Cup will go, but if I had to take someone here I would take the Titans to cover the line.

But with so much uncertainty and my model suggesting the Storm should win comfortably, this is one of those high variance games I am going to stay away from.

Predicted score Storm 30 – Titans 10

NRL Round 12: Sharks v Titans

This game has been moved to Coffs Harbour, so the Sharkies will lose a fair bit of their home ground advantage.

The Sharks welcome back a lot of talent for this match, with Andrew Fifita, Jesse Ramien, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Shaun Johnson and Siosifa Talakai all into the 17. There is also talk that human wrecking ball Pele will get his debut, with the young prop destroying the NSW Cup this year with his powerful running game.

While they do look strong on paper, the Sharks are another team where the wheels seemed to have fallen off once Coach Morris was told he would not be coaching in 2022 and Coach Hannay took over.

Although I like that Townsend has finally been replaced, neither Moylan nor Johnson have played enough footy in 2021 to give me too much confidence that they can turn around this team.

Meanwhile, the Sharks are another team that has struggled with the rule crack down, as they have a while host of players that have a history of pushing the envelope with the rules.

Furthermore, David Fifta returns for the Titans, as does Patrick Herbert…so this is a strong looking Titans team that will throw plenty at the Sharks with ball in hand.

While the Sharks could produce anything in this match and I am worried that they will finally hit their straps this weekend at home, I have this Titans line up at about 10 points better.

Predicted score Titans 30 – Sharks 20

NRL Round 9: Tigers v Titans

This is a tough one to price up, because both teams had very contrasting Round 8 performances.

Wests had a tough, gritty win over the Dragons at their home ground. You could see from the emotion shown by the players at full time that this Wests squad is definitely working hard and playing as a unit.

A great solo try to Joey Leilua, a strong game by the halves and a dominant defensive effort from the forwards should all give Wests fans a reason to be optimistic heading into this weekend.

I like that Liddle has been brought back into the first grade squad. His form in the NSW Cup has been out of this world and he is far too good a player to be playing reserve grade.

As for the Titans, they welcome back Big Tino…which could not come soon enough for Coach Hollbrook. There were already plenty of doubts about the Titans defence before last weekend, but the Titans have now conceded 112 points in their last 3 games.

While the Titans have no trouble scoring points, the loss of Thompson out wide is a big blow. The little dynamo is terrific at making metres and finishing off his chances, while Fifita was also well contained last weekend.

It is also worth noting just how soft the Titans’ draw has been to date. The only top 5 team they have played is Souths, whereas Wests have had to play Souths, Eels and Roosters.

At Campbelltown and off the back of a morale boosting win, I thought Wests would be a little shorter here and I like the +4.5 on offer.

Predicted score Wests 22 – Titans 22

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