Saturday’s third NRL Round 3 match is between Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 21:35 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 Wests Tigers.
When: 21:35 | Saturday 19/03/2016
Where: Cbus Super Stadium
Tip: Gold Coast Titans at $2.00
Value BET: First Tryscorer: Kevin Naiqama at $14.00
Titans: 1 David Mead 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Nathan Davis 5 Nene MacDonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ashley Taylor 8 David Shillington 9 Nathan Friend (c) 10 Agnatius Paasi 11 Zeb Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird. Interchange: 14 Luke Douglas 15 Ryan James 16 Leivaha Pulu 17 Daniel Mortimer 18 Eddy Pettybourne.
Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Jordan Rankin 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods (c) 9 Dene Halatau 10 Tim Grant 11 Kyle Lovett 12 Chris Lawrence 13 Sauaso Sue. Interchange: 14 Jack Buchanan 15 Joshua Aloiai 16 Ava Seumanufagai 17 Manaia Cherrington 18 Michael Chee Kam.
Pre-season fears Wests Tigers would struggle up front this year have been comprehensively cast aside over the first two NRL rounds, according to halfback Luke Brooks.
After the loss of Martin Taupau, Keith Galloway and Matt Lodge the Tigers did look light up front, and there were genuine fears NSW prop Aaron Woods could be forced to bear too heavy a load.
However the joint venture has dominated the massive Warriors pack and a beefed-up Manly in their undefeated start to the NRL season.
Proof, Brooks said that the Tigers are not soft up front.
“Our forwards have been outstanding. They are running hard, generating quick play the balls and we’re playing off the back of that,” Brooks said.
“It does make it a lot easier with our big men going forward and playing the way they are. It’s good to play behind that pack and I think the reduced interchanges are definitely working in our favour.
“We always knew we had a strong forward pack and they have shown that over the past fortnight.”
The late addition for former NSW prop Tim Grant bolstered the Tigers pack significantly, while Sauaso Sue has been very strong.
“Timmy Grant has been a great addition for us. I think we were missing that one front-rower in the pre-season,” Brooks said.
“He brings a lot of experience and plenty of go-forward. It’s good to have him there up front, and as you can see it’s helping us out.
“Jesse Sue has come into his lock position and he’s doing a great job too. The boys that have come in to cover Marty’s position are doing well. We have every confidence in any player coming in.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change