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NRL ROUND 5

GOLD COAST TITANS VS NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

SATURDAY APRIL 10, 3 PM, CBUS SUPER STADIUM, GOLD COAST

A blockbuster gets the Saturday triple treat of NRL clashes underway, on the picturesque Gold Coast, as their local Titans host the Newcastle Knights, in a game that promises plenty.  Despite both teams having injury concerns, they have been two of the teams in the competition who are sure to be disappointed if they miss the top 8.  Gold Coast were subdued by the Canberra Raiders, in Canberra last weekend, as they lost 20-4, but showed plenty and will be keen to set the record straight here.  Newcastle started the season strongly, but lost their last couple, as the Dragons were too strong for them last week, which followed a surprise loss against the Tigers, spoiling Pearce’s – who is now injured- 300th party.  Hot conditions will surely affect the players, as temperature as high as 28 are forecast for the start of the game, without cloud and only a slight breeze.

Brian Kelly is a sure-starter for this game after finally overcoming an injured hand, while Ash Taylor could well come into calculations, especially if Fogarty has more quad problems in the Friday training session.  The over big injury blow to the Titans is Anthony Don who is out with a hip issue, meaning Sami reverts to a wing, and keeps his place in the side, as Kelly plays at centre.  Newcastle welcome back their elite superstar, Kalyn Ponga who will be out to impress, as he has plenty of competition for his number 1 jersey in State Of Orgin, which is just around the corner.  Ponga replaces the hurt Hoy, while Green starts for Pearce who faces up to 12 weeks out, and Watson moves into Mann’s vacated halves spot after the latter has concussion symptoms.  Randall, Saulo and Jones are named on the bench, while Sasagi could also get a chance to debut.

Late in 2020, when the Titans were showing fine form, they belted the Knights 36-6, scoring 7 tries to 1 at this venue, with Brimson bagging a double and Ash Taylor matching his teammate, scoring 2 of his own.  There are matchups throughout both teams that excite, specifically Ponga and Brimson at fullback and how Tino and Wallace deal with Klemmer and Dan Saifiti, not to mention Fifita and Frizzell.  Gold Coast are strong favourites to win this game at $1.33, while the Knights are $3.35, despite a margin betting market that says just 10 points as the handicap, if you look at premiership markets, both are fringe contenders with the Titans at $26 and Newcastle $41.

PREDICTION: Gold Coast at home too good, by 10.

BETTING TIP: $2.60 for the Titans to win by 1-12 makes most sense.

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