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NRL Round 5 Preview - Titans v Storm
Gold Coast Titans v Melbourne Storm
Skilled Park, Friday 9 April 2010, kickoff 7:35pm
What a game this would have been if Scott Prince were playing?!? The Titans play with plenty of pride and with the return of Anthony Laffranchi, will be competitive. Greg Bird will also need to see a lot more possession to the point where Preston Campbell and William Zillman take a lesser role in attack. This is the only way they can score enough points to win.
Unfortunately they won't. As talented a line up as the home side has, they will struggle to find holes in the Storm's defensive line. A hard fought battle early on with Melbourne scoring points against an ill-disciplined Titans team before and after halftime. The visiting Storm will show up with a near impregnable defense and a star in Greg Inglis that has yet to shine this year. The mere mention of this will no doubt make him want to run all over the Titans back line and he probably will.
Man of the Match Prediction: Greg Inglis
Tip: Melbourne 23-10
Titans: 1. William Zillman 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Mat Rogers 4. Joseph Tomane 5. David Mead 6. Greg Bird 7. Preston Campbell 8. Luke Bailey (c) 9. Nathan Friend 10. Brad Meyers 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison
Interchange: 14. Matthew White 15. Michael Henderson 16. Sam Tagataese 17. Riley Brown; Reserves: 18. Will Matthews
Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Luke MacDougall 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Greg Inglis 5. Anthony Quinn 6. Brett Finch 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Cam Smith (c) 10. Jeff Lima 11. Adam Blair 12. Kevin Proctor 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe
Interchange: 14. Todd Lowrie 15. Hep Cahill 16. Ryan Tandy 17. Bryan Norrie
Referees: Ben Cummins & Jared Maxwell; Sideline Officials: Steve Carrall & Adam Devcich; Video Referee: Steve Clark