Brisbane are hot favourites to continue their push for the top four.
The Broncos had their top-two chances dealt a significant blow last week when defeated by Parramatta and at the same time losing hooker Andrew McCullough for the season. The loss continued a strange pattern of late for Wayne Bennett’s side of two wins followed by a loss.
At least they are still in the finals mix which is more than what we can say for the Gold Coast who have faded out of contention in recent weeks. The nail in the coffin was last week when they were handled by the Wests Tigers 26-4.
If you can criticise one part of Brisbane’s season it is their performances away from home.
Wayne Bennett’s side is one of the best in the competition and are considered legitimate premiership contenders, however, if they are to justify that then they need to start winning on the road.
Brisbane’s away record of 5-5 is only better than Stgeorge Illawarra’s of teams inside the top eight.
Last week they had a great chance to improve that stat when racing out to a 12-nil lead against Parramatta but they compounded badly to succumb at ANZ Stadium by a scoreline of 28-14.
OUT OF BULLETS
GOLD COAST’s high-powered attack has suddenly gone missing just when they needed it the most.
The Titans had been one of the best attacking teams in the NRL for three-quarters of the season and that was keeping them in the hunt for a spot in the finals but sadly for them and their supporters the points have dried up.
In recent defeats to the Panthers and Tigers they have registered just 16 and four points respectively. It is in stark contrast to their last win just a matter of weeks ago when they lapped up the cyclonic conditions to rack up 30 points against one of the best defences in the NRL in Cronulla.
This has almost become a gimme for BRISBANE.
The Broncos have won 14 of the past 16 clashes with the last win by the Titans back in Round 6, 2014.
When considering matches solely played at Cbus Super Stadium, it doesn’t get any better for the Titans with Brisbane winning three of the past four encounters.
Their clash earlier in the year saw the Broncos prevail by two points at Suncorp Stadium in a game the Titans could have easily won.
We are all over Brisbane and are tipping them as one of the best bets of the weekend.
You won’t get much of a price for them but in saying that the boys at bet365 are offering $1.57 about their chances which is quite generous in our eyes.
You can’t underestimate the loss of McCullough though and it will definitely have an impact despite the talented Ben Hunt named as the replacement. The Broncos don’t have the best record without their regular rake and have won just four of 13 matches when he has been missing.
Looking for value? James Roberts is the man to follow in tryscorer markets. The former Titan has eight tries in five matches against his former club which is his best strike rate against any team in the competition.
JAMES ROBERTS FIRST TRYSCORER – has 14 tries this season and crossed the line in three straight games going into this one