GIO Stadium will play host to Friday's Round 1 NRL game between Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans. The game kicks off at 6:00 pm with Canberra Raiders heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Canberra Raiders vs. Gold Coast Titans game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Friday March 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Where: GIO Stadium
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Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans Odds
Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans Preview
It’s set to be a baptism of fire for the Neds Gold Coast Titans, who have been charged with travelling to the nation’s capital to take on last year’s runners up.
There’s a new coach, new faces and of course, renewed optimism in the Titans’ camp this season, who it is fair to say were enormous underperformers in 2019. Justin Holbrook’s effort in the Super League well and truly make him the appropriate man to build Queensland’s newest club into a title contender and there has been a lot to like about the lead-up to the 2020 season. The big worry in Week 1, other than their strong opponents, is injuries. Ryan James faces another extended period on the sidelines, while names like AJ Brimson and Shannon Boyd also look set to miss Round 1.
They were unlucky not to go the whole way in 2019 and focus for the Raiders this season is surely to go one better. Englishman George Williams is set to debut for the Green Machine at halfback, but they’ll be without last season’s breakout star, John Bateman, who is injured.
There’s obviously no arguing with the Raiders’ clear favouritism, but without a few key personnel and this early in the season, I think they could be a little vulnerable. Happy to be with the Titans to cover.
Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans Teams
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Corey Horsburgh 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Michael Oldfield 18. Jack Murchie 19. Sam Williams 20. Semi Valemi 21. Tom Starling
Titans: 1. Phillip Sami 2. Anthony Don 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Sam Lisone 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow 14. Nathan Peats 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Brian Kelly 17. Jaimin Jolliffe 18. Sam Stone 19. Jonus Pearson 20. Moeaki Fotuaika 21. Alexander Brimson