NRL Previews - Storm v Titans (Round 2)

19-03-2011 05:30PM at AAMI Park

Referees: Ashley Klein and Adam Devcich
Touch Judges: Adam Reid and Luke Phillips
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead

Even though they've only played one match with an overhauled roster, the Storm seem to have announced their intentions to play a grinding style of football in the hopes of winning with their defence. Probably a smart move considering the attacking weapons they have lost since last season's infamous demise. The Titans, on the other hand, must be cursing the NRL scheduling process as they face arguably the two best defensive teams in the competition in rounds 1 and 2.

Pummelled by the Dragons last week, Scott Prince and company must work on something extra this week to beat Melbourne, in Melbourne, on Saturday night. To add to the visitors struggles, they will again be without 2 of their most experiences players in Anthony Laffranchi and Nathan Friend. Too much to overcome for mine. The home side win by smothering the Titans attack and scraping through using the masterful skills of Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk in a low scoring affair.

My Tip: Storm 14-10

The Teams

  Melbourne Storm               Gold Coast Titans 
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R. Rochow
L. Kelly
R. Kostjasyn
C. Stanley
S. Kite
1. Billy SlaterFullback1. William Zillman
2. Matt DuffieWing2. Kevin Gordon
3. Dane NielsenCentre3. Steve Michaels
4. Beau ChampionCentre4. Clinton Toopi
5. Anthony QuinnWing5. David Mead
6. Gareth WiddopFive Eighth6. Luke Capewell
7. Cooper CronkHalfback7. Scott Prince
8. Adam BlairProp8. Luke Bailey
9. Cameron SmithHooker9. Riley Brown
10. Jaiman LoweProp10. Matthew White
11. Kevin ProctorSecond Row11. Greg Bird
12. Sika ManuSecond Row12. Bodene Thompson
13. Ryan HinchcliffeLock13. Ashley Harrison
14. Todd LowrieInterchange14. Michael Henderson
15. Bryan NorrieInterchange15. Sam Tagataese
16. Troy ThompsonInterchange16. Ryan James
17. Jesse BromwichInterchange17. Preston Campbell
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B. Meyers
A. Laffranchi
N. Friend
M. Minichiello

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 5 Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans 20-16
2009 Round 4 Olympic Park, Melbourne Gold Coast Titans 18-6
2008 Round 21 Olympic Park Stadium Melbourne Storm 44-4
2008 Round 13 Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans 18-0
2007 Round 25 Olympic Park Melbourne Storm 50-6

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