The NRL has today announced the NRL and NRLW draws for season 2022.
Cbus Super Stadium is going to come alight next season with the first appearance of the Titans NRLW side at home to be played ahead of the Titans NRL opener against the New Zealand Warriors.
The hits keep coming with the Eels on a Saturday night in Round 5, Premiers the Panthers in Round 8 and an all Queensland affair against the Cowboys in Round 13 on a Thursday night.
A 'Blockbuster' 2022 at Cbus Super Stadium
Round 14 sees the Bunnies come back to Cbus in a replay in one of the games of the year this season just gone, while the all important Maca's Local Derby is scheduled for Round 18 in the prime time Saturday 7:30pm slot and you just know every Titans and Broncos fan will circle this one in their diary.
The run home will see the Titans take on the Raiders, Sea Eagles and Knights at Cbus Super Stadium before hopefully entering successive final series. See the full NRL draw here.
NRLW arrives on the Gold Coast
For the women's team they will open the season two weeks prior with consecutive triple-headers in New South Wales before coming back to the Gold Coast in Round 4 (Round 2 NRL) where they will play in front of a home crowd for the first time.
And to add to the drama of a first home game it will also be the Macca's Local Derby against rivals the Brisbane Broncos, which is sure to whet fans' appetite.
NRL Draw Lowdown
Teams the Titans play twice
Sea Eagles, Eels, Knights, Sharks, Raiders, Dragons, Warriors, Broncos, Cowboys..
Teams the Titans play once
Storm, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Wests Tigers, Bulldogs.
An up and down opening month for the Titans features a tough season-opener against the Eels at CommBank Stadium plus a trip to Canberra in round three, alternating with very winnable home games against the Warriors and Wests Tigers in rounds two and four.
Starting with the Parramatta return bout in round five, the Titans come up against four of last year's top six in a five-week period with the Eels (home), Sea Eagles (away), Cowboys (away), Panthers (home) and Roosters (in Mackay) throwing up a tricky patch leading into the rep period.
Make it count
The Titans have dodged repeat games against most of last season's heavyweights, meaning their draw outside of the above patch is not too threatening on paper. The club has two separate three-game bursts towards the end of the year in which they should be targeting three straight wins. Against the Broncos, Bulldogs and Raiders from rounds 18 to 20 then against the Dragons, Knights and Warriors in the final three weeks of the season.
Storyline to watch
Jayden Campbell made a massive impression in his seven appearances in 2021 and with a new-look halves pairing likely following the departures of Ash Taylor, Jamal Fogarty and Tyrone Peachey, how well the spine can combine during the pre-season will impact how the likes of David Fifita are brought into the game in 2022. After a heart-breaking exit during the finals in 2021, the Titans will want to ensure it’s not a one-off experience.