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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