Competition/Event - NRL Premiership

Teams - Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans

Date – 26th or March 2016

Venue – Canberra Stadium, Dairy Farmers Stadium ACT

Photographer – MArk Nolan

Description –

Aquis Titans coach Neil Henry says today’s challenge against Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium (2pm kick-off) is the toughest since the team’s run of four wins from five games since the 38-0 home loss to Melbourne in round nine.

The Titans scored two tries in the final five minutes to beat the Raiders 24-20 in round four but the Raiders were without halves Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin, and centre Joey Leilua, and have since added Junior Paulo and Joseph Tapine to the sizeable pack, forcing the ultra-reliable Shaun Fensom out of the 17.

And the Titans are likely to have to take on the challenge without fullback William Zillman who is set to join David Mead on the injured list after his best performance of the season against Manly on Monday night.

While he recovered from concussion suffered in a high shot late in game he injured his foot in the match. Josh Hoffman will go to fullback if he doesn’t play.

 “This is without doubt the toughest task we have had in our recent run that has given us four wins from our last five games,” conceded coach Henry. Those opponents were Sydney Roosters (win), Penrith (win), South Sydney (win), Parramatta (loss) and Manly (win).

“Ricky Stuart has recruited wisely and gathered a very good – and big - team that will continue to improve.

“This will be a step up against a Canberra side that are close to full strength [Brenko Lee in for Edrick Lee] and will have fresh legs coming off the bye.

“They a big pack, size across the park really, and dangerous halves in Blake Austin who is a dynamic ball-runner and Aidan Sezer is a class organiser and kicker as we know, and he will be keen to play well in his first game against his old club.

“The key to their forwards has been Englishman Josh Hodgson [pictured] who has been a revelation this season. He is very skilful and dangerous, particularly close to the line and hurt us in round four by being the catalyst for two tries, one for fellow Englishman Elliott Whitehead and the other from long range for winger Edrick Lee.”

One man among the many danger men the Titans will have to stop is second-rower Josh Papalii who was outstanding for Queensland on Wednesday night and been in destructive form all season for the Green Machine.

Greg Bird training yesterday without problems and will back up from Wednesday night also.

 

Titans (8th) v Raiders (7th) @ Cbus Super Stadium, 2pm

Referees: Gerard Sutton and Chris James

TV/Radio: Fox Sports, ABC

HEAD TO HEAD

Played 18: Played 18 - Titans 11, Raiders 7.

At Cbus Super Stadium: Played 8 - Titans 6, Raiders 2

Completions: Titans 78%, Raiders 74%

Tries scored: Titans 50, Raiders 59

Tries conceded: Titans 53, Raiders 50

Goalkicking: Titans 84%, Raiders 81%

Past 6 results:

2016 – Titans 24-20 at GIO Stadium

2015 – Titans 28-12 at Cbus Super Stadium, Raiders 56-16 at GIO Stadium

2014 – Raiders 36-20 at Cbus Super Stadium, Titans 24-12 at GIO Stadium

2013 – Titans 36-0 at Skilled Stadium

Teams:

AQUIS GOLD COAST TITANS

1 – William Zillman (capt)

2 – Anthony Don

3 – Josh Hoffman

4 – Nathan Davis

5 - Nene Macdonald

6 – Tyrone Roberts

7 – Ash Taylor

8 – Luke Douglas

9 – Nathan Peats 

10 – Ryan James

11 – Zeb Taia

12 – Chris McQueen

13 – Greg Bird

INTERCHANGE

14 – Eddy Pettybourne

15 – Leivaha Pulu

16 – Agnatius Paasi

17 – Nathan Friend (capt)

18 – Ryan Simpkins

CANBERRA RAIDERS

1. Jack Wighton

2. Brenko Lee

3. Jarrod Croker (c)

4. Joey Leilua

5. Jordan Rapana

6. Blake Austin

7. Aidan Sezer

8. Junior Paulo

9. Josh Hodgson

10. Shannon Boyd

11. Josh Papalii

12. Elliott Whitehead

13. Luke Bateman

14. Kurt Baptiste

15. Sia Soliola

16. Paul Vaughan

17. Joe Tapine

18. Shaun Fensom