NRL Match Previews - Canberra v Gold Coast (Round 4)

02-04-2011 05:30PM at Canberra Stadium

Referee: Steve Lyons and Matt Cecchin
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Adam Reid
Referee: Paul Simpkins

We are getting closer to the time of year when it is almost foolish to tip against the Raiders at home. It's getting colder and colder by the day in our nation's capital with temperatures as low as 9 degrees predicted for Saturday evening. Meanwhile, the visiting Titans have been training their guts out in balmy conditions up at Robina and would be beyond desperate to score their first victory of the season.

So, with that weather report out of the way, it's tough to give up on the Titans after the stellar season they had in 2010 and I'm tipping Scott Prince and Greg Bird drag them kicking and screaming over the line in a nail-biter. The Raiders have plenty of young stars on paper but it will be the wily old veterans from the Gold Coast who play smart, disciplined football and the Titans win for the first time ever at Canberra Stadium. Upset of the week.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Scott Prince
My Tip: Gold Coast 22-20

The Teams

  Canberra Raiders               Gold Coast Titans 
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J. Picker
A. Tongue
T. Campese
1. Josh DuganFullback1. William Zillman
2. Blake FergusonWing2. Steve Michaels
3. Jarrod CrokerCentre3. Esikeli Tonga
4. Joel ThompsonCentre4. Bodene Thompson
5. Daniel VidotWing5. David Mead
6. Josh McCroneFive Eighth6. Greg Bird
7. Matt OrfordHalfback7. Scott Prince
8. Dane TilseProp8. Luke Bailey
9. Travis WaddellHooker9. Riley Brown
10. David ShillingtonProp10. Matthew White
11. Trevor ThurlingSecond Row11. Anthony Laffranchi
12. Bronson HarrisonSecond Row12. Mark Minichiello
13. Shaun FensomLock13. Ben Ridge
14. Glen ButtrissInterchange14. Michael Henderson
15. Josh MillerInterchange15. Sam Tagataese
16. Tom Learoyd-LahrsInterchange16. Ryan James
17. Brett WhiteInterchange17. Preston Campbell
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A. Harrison
K. Gordon
N. Friend

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 13 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 28-24
2010 NRL - Round 3 Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans 24-4
2009 Round 17 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 34-28
2009 Round 6 Skilled Park, Gold Coast Gold Coast Titans 16-10
2008 Round 20 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 46-4

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