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NRL ROUND 9

WESTS TIGERS VS GOLD COAST TITANS

SATURDAY MAY 8, 5.30 PM, CAMPBELLTOWN SPORTS STADIUM, SYDNEY

Another pair of teams who need to start winning more regularly do battle, at Wests alternative home ground, of Campbelltown on Saturday evening, as they host the Gold Coast Titans.  Wests badly needed their surprise win against the Dragons last Sunday, grabbing a 16-8 result, to get their 2nd win of the year, but are still firmly in the mix for the wooden spoon.  Gold Coast have been a little better, but inconsistent still, and are in a group of teams at 3-5, following their remarkable loss against Brisbane, after they led 22-0, early in the first half.  Mild temperatures await, around 20 degrees for a late autumn clash, in rather ideal conditions, for what should be a well-attended clash, given the lack of matches at this venue, in 2021.

Talau is out suspended for Wests, meaning Mbye may get another chance to start, for Wests, after an odd season for him to date, that has seen him moved around, in utility more than anything.  Another who has the right to be bemused by his playing time is Jacob Liddle who will get the utility bench role, if the listed teams stay as they are, while Cini looks to be here to stay after a fine debut, on the wing, where Wests have a need, due to injuries to the likes of Roberts.  Boyd replaces Taylor in an eyebrow raising move, as the once highly touted prospect continues to suffer injuries and fitness, but there is good new for the Titans, as Tino returns from suspension, boosting their pack.  Fermor gets game time, as Thompson is out with Syndesmosis in his ankle and Marsters may get a look sooner rather than later after signing from the Cows during the week, and Joliffe returns, replacing McIntyre on the bench.

Up in Brisbane these teams met, last June and the Titans came away with the competition points, winning 28-23, after forwards such as Proctor and Fotuaika outclassed their opposites, with the discernible difference this time around being, that Grant has returned to Melbourne.  Gold Coast will need to win a few to be taken seriously in the title market before it is too late, as they are $51 and the Tigers are more likely to win the spoon, their title odds are $151.  Gold Coast are slight favourites for this one, at $1.60 with a -3.5 handicap margin mark, while the Tigers are $2.35.

PREDICTION: Gold Coast have better quality and will appreciate Tino’s return, should win by 10.

BETTING TIP: $2.75 for the Titans to win by 1-12 is good value.

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