Sunday’s first NRL Round 16 match is between Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raiders. The opening bounce is set to commence at 12:05 local time with the game to be played at Cbus Super Stadium. The away team Canberra Raiders are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raiders.
When: 12:05 | Sunday 26/06/2016
Where: Cbus Super Stadium
Tip: Canberra Raiders at $1.70
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Blake Austin at $15.00
Titans: 1 William Zillman 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Nathan Davis 5 Nene MacDonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ashley Taylor 8 Luke Douglas 9 Nathan Peats 10 Ryan James 11 John Zebelon Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird. Interchange: 14 Eddy Pettybourne 15 Leivaha Pulu 16 Agnatius Paasi 17 Nathan Friend 18 Ryan Simpkins.
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Brenko Lee 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Blake Austin 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Junior Paulo 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Shannon Boyd 11 Josh Papalii 12 Elliot Whitehead 13 Luke Bateman. Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Iosia Soliola 16 Paul Vaughan 17 Joseph Tapine 18 Shaun Fensom.
Gold Coast have heaped more pressure on Manly coach Trent Barrett after handing out a 30-10 NRL hiding to the Sea Eagles on Monday.
The 20-point loss is Manly’s sixth in a row and leaves them languishing in 14th on the ladder.
It’s the first time the Sea Eagles have lost six straight since 2004, a year they finished in 14th.
The defeat is sure to put more heat on first-year coach Barrett, put on notice earlier this week by club chairman Scott Penn that results must change after the Sea Eagles blew a 20-point lead at Brookvale to lose to Penrith in round 14.
The visitors went into the Titans’ clash without NSW State of Origin representative Dylan Walker and injured pair Nate Myles (knee) and Daly Cherry-Evans (ankle).
Captain Jamie Lyon was named for a return from a hamstring injury, but was a late scratching before kickoff.
The Sea Eagles started brightly but were made to pay after failing to turn their dominance into points when the Titans opened up a 16-point lead through tries to Luke Douglas, Anthony Don and Josh Hoffman.
Some Tom Trbojevic brilliance in the 33rd minute allowed winger Jorge Taufua to continue his fine scoring form on the Gold Coast but the Sea Eagles still trailed by 12 at the break.
Gold Coast restored a three-try advantage through Ryan James at the start of the second half and were never heeded despite a disappointing 40 minutes that included several handling errors and conceding six penalties.
A seventh victory of the season lifts the Titans back inside the top eight on differential while Barrett’s injury woes deepened with hooker Matt Parcell limping off late in the match with a hamstring strain.
Winger Matt Wright was also placed on report late in the game for a high shot on Titans’ fullback Will Zillman.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change