HOLDEN CUP PENRITH VS GOLD COAST SPORTBET STADIUM, PIC SHOWS CHRISTIAN HAZARD FOR GOLD COAST

U20s chasing first home win

The last time the iSelect Gold Coast Titans and the Melbourne Storm met in the Holden Cup the Titans came from two tries down to record a huge 50-22 victory in Melbourne, the team’s first win of the season. Titans coach Ben Woolf is hoping his side can tonight repeat the effort and achieve their first win of the season in front of their home crowd at Cbus Super Stadium.

“We had a good win over them earlier in the season, so hopefully we can do the same,” he said.  “But it’s a really different team and they’ll be just as enthusiastic and looking for the win too.”

Five-eighth Christian Hazard is returning from a shoulder injury which has kept him on the sideline the past couple of games.

“He had an injection and a scan on Thursday so he should be all right to play,” Woolf said. 

Although the last game against the Panthers did not go according to plan, Woolf feels his team – who have played well for long periods, particularly in the first half but dropped concentration at crucial periods - are on the right track.  

“Last game we just didn’t complete enough sets, we also conceded seven penalties to their four,” he said. “We started the game reasonably well though, we defended well, and we were in it. Our lack of possession just got the better of us.”

The under-20s game kicks off at 4:45pm followed by the NRL game at 7pm. 

The Holden Cup side to play the Storm is:

1 – Jahrome Hughes (capt)

2 – Rory Humphreys

3 - Jaiden Hawkes

4 – Connor Broadhurst

5 – Zac Spring

6 – Christian Hazard

7 – Kane Elgey (capt)

8 – Francis Fifita

9 - Deacon Fletcher

10 – Mitch Sharp

11 – Harrison Hughes

12 – Anthony Colman

13 - Parahi Wilson

 

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14 – Nathan Portelli

15 – Caleb Morehu

16 – Jackson Clarke

17 – Karl Lawton​