To say that it’s been a big week on the Gold Coast is an absolute understatement, but it’s battle stations as always when the Neds Titans come up against the runaway competition leaders on Sunday afternoon; the Melbourne Storm.
There is absolutely no denying that the Storm have been the league’s benchmark for more than a decade and that they shape as an absolute powerhouse again in 2019. They are fitting competition favourites and will be an extremely difficult prospect for literally every club that line up opposite them for the rest of the season.
Enter the Titans in Round 18, and that refreshed ‘nothing to lose’ attitude that we’ve seen from so many clubs, so many times before when there has been a shake up in the coaching ranks. Don’t get me wrong, I am as big a fan of Garth Brennan as anyone and I think it’s fair to say that no one wanted to see the bloke exit, but time and time again teams prove that they cannot be underestimated off the back of something like this.
First tip for Round 18 is the Titans to beat the Storm, in what I am also tipping is the turning point for the Storm’s season. Perhaps our boys can’t lift the Provan-Summons in 2019 after all, but they can sure as hell ruin it for other clubs!
As always, here’s your Titans Tips for the week. Don’t forget to check back from Thursday for a bit of unique insight!
Total Match Points (42.5) – ‘Over’ ($1.88)
I love the way that our outside back attack the line when given the opportunity and boy, do the Storm boast some prolific try scorers as well.
Between only Josh Addo-Carr and Dale Copley, nineteen tries have been scored in NRL season 2019. Throw in all the other weapons due to step out at Cbus on Sunday afternoon and boy, could we be in for a high scorer.
Another tough loss last week, what needs to be done to turn things around against the competition leaders?
First Tryscorer – Dale Copley
I obviously couldn’t have mentioned the bloke in the previous sentence and not looked to him for this week’s first tryscorer tip.
There’s no doubt that the Titans will need to score first if they are going to win this game and who better than the nine-try hero of 2019?
The Storm boast some fast outside backs, are you confident that the boys can contain the likes of Addo-Carr and Vunivalu, and convert chances at the other end?
Anytime Tryscorer – Kevin Proctor
Further to the boys lifting in honour of Garth this weekend, I think that the other sure thing is Kevin Proctor standing up and having a massive game against his former club.
The big Kiwi backrower is clearly one of the classiest players to grace any field each week and I can already see him running some huge lines off the back of the halves.
The Storm are flying high at the top of the table, what would it mean to get the win at home, against your old club?