NRL GF Qualifier Previews - Titans v Roosters

24-09-2010 07:45PM at Suncorp Stadium

Referee: Tony Archer and Jared Maxwell
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Jeff Younis
Referee: Bill Harrigan

Always difficult at this time of year to separate the best teams but the punters are looking at the Titans as early favourites and rightly so, they are a quality football team. Being one win away from the Grand Final is a miracle considering this franchise has only been in existence for a short time. Speaking of miracles, the Roosters are also 80 minutes away from the big one after winning the spoon only one year ago. Credit to both teams and this ensures a beauty at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Titans play with a truckload of desire and discipline and under normal circumstances this gets you home in big matches - unfortunately for the boys from Robina, these are not normal circumstances. Todd Carney is not normal. He holds the key again this week and will guide the Roosters to another big win in another big game. Carney is the difference in this one but the battle of the back rowers will be just as entertaining. Former five/eighths Greg Bird and Braith Anasta will ply their trades in the second row and this matchup will be a highlight amongst a bunch of them.

My Tip: Sydney Roosters 24-20

The Teams

  Gold Coast Titans    Sydney Roosters 
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W. Matthews
D. Mead
P. Campbell
1. Preston Campbell Fullback 1. Anthony Minichiello
2. Kevin Gordon Wing 2. Joseph Leilua
3. Steve Michaels Centre 3. Kane Linnett
4. Clinton Toopi Centre 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5. William Zillman Wing 5. Sam Perrett
6. Mat Rogers Five Eighth 6. Todd Carney
7. Scott Prince Halfback 7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Luke Bailey Prop 8. Jason Ryles
9. Nathan Friend Hooker 9. Jake Friend
10. Anthony Laffranchi Prop 10. Frank-Paul Nuuausala
11. Greg Bird Second Row 11. Nate Myles
12. Mark Minichiello Second Row 12. Mitchell Aubusson
13. Ashley Harrison Lock 13. Braith Anasta
14. Michael Henderson Interchange 14. Martin Kennedy
15. Brad Meyers Interchange 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
16. Matthew White Interchange 16. Daniel Conn
17. Bodene Thompson Interchange 17. Ben Jones
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A. Cherrington
J. Ford
B. Cordner

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 24 Sydney Football Stadium Gold Coast Titans 23-14
2010 NRL - Round 12 Skilled Park Sydney Roosters 30-16
2009 Round 14 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Gold Coast Titans 24-20
2008 Round 18 Sydney Football Stadium Gold Coast Titans 32-28
2007 Round 23 Gold Coast Stadium Gold Coast Titans 22-18

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