Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans Sunday, April 1, 6:30pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
The Titans were hammered off the park by the Dragons last week and now must regroup for the clash against big brother. The Broncos have a few injury concerns with Corey Oates and Tevita Pangai Jnr ruled out for the clash against the Titans. The Broncos are 18-5 all-time in their Queensland rivalry with the Gold Coast Titans and are short odds to get another victory here.
FormBrisbane were embarrassed by the Dragons on the road in the season opener but have bounced back with a home win against North Queensland and a lucky try-less 9-7 victory over the Wests Tigers. The Broncos are conceding 20.4ppg. The Titans stunned the Raiders in their season opener but have been appalling over the last fortnight, losing 20-8 to the Warriors before a humiliating 54-8 loss to the Dragons in Toowoomba. The Titans have scored just 16 points over the last fortnight and have conceded 34ppg in their three games.
Key MatchupAnthony Milford v Kane Elgey: The ‘Milf’ has made a steady start to the season, but The Wolf is expecting him to explode against the struggling Titans. With the departure of Ben Hunt in the offseason, it’s up to Milford to take control of the side. He had 20 try-assists and scored seven tries last season and it’s only a matter of time before he clicks into gear. There’s no kind way of saying this, but Kane Elgey simply doesn’t look like a first grader. He has struggled since his return from an ACL injury and is a turnstile in defence. If he puts out another poor performance, Garth Brennan will have no choice but to drop him to QLD Cup.
Stats That Matter– The Broncos have covered just 1 of 3 games this year with a 2-1 over number while the Titans are 1-2 ATS with a 2-1 over record. – Brisbane are 18-5 all-time in their Queensland rivalry with the Gold Coast Titans. – The Broncos have won seven straight with five of those wins coming by double digits. – The Broncos won the last meeting between the teams 54-0 on the Gold Coast. – The Broncos have scored 22 or more in 16 of the 23 all-time matches. – Brisbane have not lost to the Gold Coast at Suncorp since the first ever meeting between the teams in 2007 with only one margin smaller than 14 points since 2009. – Brisbane have covered 25 of 43 at Suncorp over the last four seasons including a 12-7 ATS record as a double digit favourite at the ground and 9-4 ATS when favoured by 12.5 or more. – Brisbane are 11-6 ATS at the ground after scoring 18 or fewer (4-0 ATS scoring 10 or fewer) while they are 14-6 ATS with a 15-5 over record after conceding 14 or fewer. – The Titans have covered just 4 of their last 11 getting more than two converted tries. – The Titans have covered just 7 of their last 17 off a loss of 20 or more.