The Titans are hitting form and their next victim could be the Sea Eagles.
Neil Henry’s side are now riding a three-game winning streak which is something they haven’t done since xxx and although they’ve won just four games, they are the best attacking team in the competition.
They bought up the hat-trick last week with an incredible 38-36 win over the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium which was one of the best wins in the club’s history.
Manly let a half-time lead slip from their grasp just one game later at the same venue, going down 24-14 and losing star fullback Tom Trbojevic in the process.
GOLD COAST have overtaken the Dragons as the best attacking team in the NRL.
They are averaging 24.8ppg through 10 rounds and have scored 38 points in consecutive wins over Newcastle and Melbourne over the past fortnight. Their win last Saturday at a ground they have a terrible record at shows that the upset win over Cronulla three weeks ago was no fluke.
Henry’s side were very brave last week because injuries once again played a role against the Titans as they were left with just 14 men by the end of the game.
While their attack has been white hot the defence still needs plenty of work as they are ranked 15th in the competition (26.2ppg) and are only marginally in front of the lowly Knights in that regard.
Trent Barrett will be ruing last Saturday night’s loss to the Broncos.
Manly led 14-nil early but the game changed early in the second half when Tom Trbojevic was injured and didn’t return. Brisbane, sensing an opportunity, grabbed it with both hands to beat the Sea Eagles by 10 at the finish.
With the fullback out for up to eight weeks, Matthew Wright lines up at number one but the impact of Trbojevic could be a big blow to Manly’s attack who are ranked equal third in the NRL along with Canberra.
MANLY has won nine of the 15 games between the sides but its Gold Coast who have the most recent win.
The Titans will back themselves against Manly considering they broke a three-game losing sequence against them back in Round 15 last year at Cbus Super Stadium, scoring a 30-10 win.
In recent times this fixture has produced blowout results with the past two being decided by 20 points or more while three of the past four have been 13+ decisions. If you fancy the home side to do a number on the visitors then $3.35 @ bet365 for a Titans 13+ decision is the way to go.
We like the way Gold Coast are playing and with their confidence high we are taking the $1.73 (bet365).
Points definitely won’t be at a premium between these sides and we fancy the $2.86 Sportsbet has on Over 44.5 Total Points. Considering both teams love throwing the footy around that total could be gone in the first half!
Head-to-Head punters shouldn’t look any further than the Gold Coast though. Yes, they have lost three of five at the venue this season and Manly has won all four of their legitimate ‘away’ games, however, the way the Titans have been playing suggests they are going to trouble any team in the competition at the moment.
OVER 44.5 TOTAL POINTS