Will the Titans lift now that coach Henry is gone?
The Gold Coast sacked Neil Henry earlier in the week and more often than not when something like that happens, a side lifts to a higher level than they have previously.
Gold Coast hasn’t shown much fight in recent weeks so we think they will go up a notch when they host the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The Titans head into this game off the back of a 30-8 defeat to Parramatta.
Canterbury head to the glitter strip with a bit of confidence after breaking a four-game losing run when running out 30-16 winners over Manly last Sunday afternoon.
The big question surrounding the GOLD COAST’s commitment will be answered in the first few sets of six.
If they lift their intensity from what they have produced in recent weeks then we know that Neil Henry was the main problem in the camp. If they don’t then do we consider Jarryd Hayne the problem?
Hayne returns to the side this week along with some big names in Agnatius Paasi and Jarrod Wallace which will strengthen up the Titans as they look to close out the season at Robina with some sort of respectability.
Whenever teams sack coaches there is usually an immediate result for the team, whether it is a marked improvement on the field, team morale or wins on the board. With just four wins at home this season the Titans owe it to their fans to give them something to smile about before 2017 is over.
Craig Hodgers and Terry Matterson will take over the coaching duties for the final two games of the season.
CANTERBURY hit a season-high when beating Manly last Sunday.
The Bulldogs cracked 30 points for the first time this season in beating the Sea Eagles and that score alone is 16 points more on average than what they managed throughout 2017.
Des Hasler’s side still have the worst attack in the competition by far and have scored 63 points less than the Wests Tigers who are ranked just one spot ahead of them in the points category.
The doggies are aiming for three straight wins against the Titans for the first time in club history.
On two previous occasions Canterbury has managed back-to-back wins against the Gold Coast but they haven’t managed to make it a hat-trick. Coincidentally, each time they were attempting the three-peat the match was playing in Queensland.
The boys from Belmore have only managed one win at Cbus Super Stadium in five attempts and that was way back in 2012 – the first year Hasler took over the reins and led them to the Grand Final.
This is probably one of the hardest games of the round to pick.
Gold Coast are $1.65 @ Unibet and although we aren’t comfortable with taking those odds we are prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. With the sacking of their coach, we think they will lift accordingly and when you couple that with the fact the Bulldogs have won just once on the road this season, it adds up to a Titans win.
We suggest shopping around for a bit of value in different markets for the game and one we have identified is Anthony Don First Tryscorer. Bet365 are paying $10 for the Titans flyer to make it happen.
ANTHONY DON FIRST TRYSCORER