Monday’s (03/08/2015) only NRL 2015 Round 21 match is between Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:00 local time with the game to be played at Cbus Super Stadium. The home team Gold Coast Titans are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels.
When: 19:00 | Monday 03/08/2015
Where: Cbus Super Stadium
Tip: Parramatta Eels at $2.40
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: David Mead at $9.50
1 Josh Hoffman 2 David Mead 3 James Roberts 4 Nene Macdonald 5 Kevin Gordon 6 Aidan Sezer 7 Kane Elgey 8 Luke Douglas 9 Beau Falloon 10 Nate Myles (c) 11 Ryan James 12 Lachlan Burr 13 Greg Bird. Interchange: 14 Agnatius Paasi 15 Eddy Pettybourne 16 Matthew White 17 Daniel Mortimer 18 David Taylor 19 David Hala.
1 Reece Robinson 2 Semi Radradra 3 Will Hopoate 4 Brad Takairangi 5 Ryan Morgan 6 Joseph Paulo 7 Luke Kelly 8 Junior Paulo 9 Nathan Peats 10 Tim Mannah (c) 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Tepai Moeroa 13 David Gower. Interchange: 14 Pauli Pauli 15 Darcy Lussick 16 Daniel Alvero 17 Isaac De Gois 18 Cody Nelson.
Gold Coast coach Neil Henry wants the NRL to allow an 18th man to be used when a team loses a player to injury following foul play.
The Titans were fuming after young halfback Kane Elgey was concussed by a late shot from Brisbane prop Adam Blair during the Broncos’ 34-0 win at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
While Blair was placed on report, Titans skipper Greg Bird told the referees he believed the Bronco should have been sent off as the visitors were effectively down a player due to the hit.
Henry says teams bring an 18th man to games, so there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to put them into the game when the need arises.
“You lose a player to foul play, I think common sense, if you’re talking about player welfare, we’ve talked about it before, I don’t know why we just don’t bring it in,” he said.
“You pay for an 18th man and it just caters for that situation. Foul play, you lose a player, they don’t lose anyone and you don’t have a replacement.
“You could have a utility sitting there that could cover that role and you run him on.”
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett didn’t see eye to eye with his Titans counterpart however.
He says losing a player to injury has always been a risk you run in the game and he wasn’t too convinced Blair’s hit was that illegal anyway.
“I’m not too worried about it … it was fine-line stuff,” Bennett said.
“Guys don’t do that deliberately. You get rubbed out of the game, Bird’s just coming back from an eight-week suspension himself.
“There’re no thugs in the game anymore, in my opinion. You’ve got some hard men and that’s the nature of the game, but I don’t see any reason to think that guys have been taken out deliberately.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change