Saturday’s second NRL Round 25 match is between Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at Cbus Super Stadium. The away team Penrith Panthers are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 27/08/2016
Where: Cbus Super Stadium
Tip: Penrith Panthers at $1.77
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Waqa Blake at $18.00
Titans: 1 Jarryd Hayne 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Konrad Hurrell 5 Nene MacDonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ashley Taylor 8 Luke Douglas 9 Nathan Peats 10 Ryan James (c) 11 John Zebelon Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird. Interchange: 14 David Shillington 15 Ryan Simpkins 16 Agnatius Paasi 17 Nathan Friend 18 David Mead 19 Leivaha Pulu.
Panthers: 1 Matthew Moylan (c) 2 Joshua Mansour 3 Waqa Blake 4 Tyrone Peachey 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6 Bryce Cartwright 7 Nathan Cleary 8 Leilani Latu 9 Peter Wallace 10 Suaia Matagi 11 Isaah Yeo 12 James Fisher-Harris 13 Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14 Sitaleki Akauola 15 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 16 Christopher Grevsmuhl 17 Zak Hardaker 20 Moses Leota 21 Jeremy Latimore.
Penrith have all but secured a place in this year’s NRL finals series, and ended the Wests Tigers’ late-season charge, with a 40-10 thrashing at Pepper Stadium.
Against a Tigers side missing star James Tedesco, the Panthers on Friday night notched a third straight win, second-biggest over the Tigers and their highest score of the year.
In front of 14,876 fans, their second-best crowd of the season, seven different Panthers made it onto the scoresheet, including a highlight reel-worthy full-field effort to Waqa Blake in the first half.
Rising star Nathan Cleary also set up two tries and kicked six goals from seven attempts, while causing plenty of trouble for back-up fullback Jordan Rankin with pinpoint bombs.
The win cements seventh spot on the ladder and keeps Penrith within striking distance of hosting an elimination final, while the Tigers’ will be left to rue a slow start to their 2016 campaign.
The defeat was compounded by a possible knee injury to Chris Lawrence, who collided legs with Josh Mansour midway through the second half and failed to return.
The home side conceded first points when Mitchell Moses broke through and found a flying Josh Addo-Carr to claim his fifth try in just seven NRL appearances.
However, the Panthers quickly hit back through Blake, and then poured on the points through Bryce Cartwright (18th minute), Isaah Yeo (24th), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (29th) and Peter Wallace (39th).
Blake scored after a 60-metre break by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who took a pass from Matt Moylan in front of his own posts and then burned Tim Simona to surge downfield.
By halftime, the Tigers had missed 30 tackles to Penrith’s eight, given up 64 per cent possession and were on the wrong end of a 28-4 deficit.
The Panthers’ momentum failed to halt after the break, with Trent Merrin and James Fisher-Harris crossing inside the hour mark to put the result beyond the Tigers’ reach.
Moses, who was arguably the Tigers’ best, scored a consolation try in the 63rd minute.
Tigers prop Tim Grant could find himself in trouble for a high shot on Watene-Zelezniak in the first half despite not being placed on report.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change