Friday’s only NRL Round 5 match is between Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:05 local time with the game to be played at Cbus Super Stadium. The away team Brisbane Broncos are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos.
When: 19:05 | Friday 01/04/2016
Where: Cbus Super Stadium
Tip: Brisbane Broncos at $1.20
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Jack Reed at $11.00
1 David Mead 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 John Olive 5 Nene Macdonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ashley Taylor 8 David Shillington 9 Nathan Friend (c) 10 Ryan James 11 Zeb Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird Interchange: 14 Luke Douglas 15 Agnatius Paasi 16 Leivaha Pulu 17 Daniel Mortimer 18 Eddy Pettybourne 19 Cameron Cullen 20 Kierran Moseley
Titans co-captain Nathan Friend returns after sitting out last week due to a series of head knocks, which pushes Daniel Mortimer to the bench and Kierran Moseley out of the 17.
1 Darius Boyd, 2 Corey Oates, 3 Jack Reed, 4 James Roberts, 5 Jordan Kahu, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 Josh McGuire, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Adam Blair, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Matthew Gillett, 13 Corey Parker. Interchange: 14 Jarrod Wallace, 15 Sam Thaiday, 16 Joseph Ofahengaue, 17 Kodi Nikorima
Jack Reed and Corey Oates return to beef up the backline, relegating Lachlan Maranta and Greg Eden to InTrust Super Cup duties.
Gold Coast Titans have signed former England international Dan Sarginson for the 2017-18 NRL seasons.
On the lookout for a strike centre for next year, Titans coach Neil Henry opted for Wigan utility back Sarginson after an endorsement from Gold Coast forward Eddy Pettybourne.
“He’s pretty quick, has good footwork and is very strong for his size,” said Pettybourne, Sarginson’s former Wigan teammate.
“I think he’ll go to another level in Australia.”
The 22-year-old Sarginson last played for England in the 2014 Four Nations.
The Perth-born utility believed an NRL stint was his best bet to break back into the English team now run by Brisbane mentor Wayne Bennett.
“I want to cement my position in the England squad and I think playing in the NRL with the Gold Coast will help me do that,” Sarginson said.
“I came to Wigan to challenge myself and I really want to take it a step further now and challenge myself in the NRL with a really promising young side in the Gold Coast Titans.
“They have started the season really well, and the lifestyle is a lot different to here so I’m excited about that.”
Sarginson adds depth to the Titans centres with young gun Nathan Davis and ex-Rabbitoh John Olive being developed this season.
Sarginson made his Super League debut at 18 years of age with London Broncos and moved to England heavyweights Wigan in 2014.
Considered a centre, Sarginson has also filled in for the injured Sam Tomkins at fullback for Wigan.
He has scored 21 tries in 58 games for Wigan.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change