Canterbury Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans Saturday, June 16, 3pm Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney
Both the Bulldogs and Titans suffered two-point losses in Round 14 and will be looking to record a rare win when they clash at Belmore Sports Ground in Round 15. Titans prop Jarrod Wallace misses the clash due to suspension and will be replaced in the engine room by Jack Stockwell.
Recent FormCanterbury are stuck in 15th with just three wins from 13 games. The Bulldogs have won just 1 of their last 7. Canterbury have been held to 20 or fewer in all bar one game this year. Gold Coast sit 12th on the ladder with a 4-9 record. The Titans have the worst defence in the NRL, conceding 26.54 points per game, while they rank 12th in scoring. Gold Coast have won just 1 of their last 8, conceding 26-plus in six of them.
Key MatchupDavid Klemmer v Ryan James. David Klemmer has been one of the Bulldogs most consistent performers in a disappointing season for the Belmore club and will be looking for another strong performance as the Bulldogs return to Belmore Sports Ground. ‘Klem’ has carted the ball back with venom all year and will relish the clash against the Titans pack. Ryan James crossed the stripe twice against the Rabbitohs last week, and was heavily involved in both attack and defence. It’s unlikely that NSW will change their side for Game 2, but another strong showing from James, especially against Klemmer, will keep his name fresh in the minds of Blues selectors.
Stats That Matter– Canterbury are 6-7 ATS with a 9-4 under record. – Gold Coast are 7-6 ATS with an 8-5 over number. – Canterbury have won three straight and 8 of 15 all-time against Gold Coast. – The last four meetings have all topped 40 points. – This is the first meeting between the teams at Belmore Sports Ground. – The Bulldogs have won just 2 of 6 at Belmore since 2015 with a 1-5 ATS record and a 5-1 under number. – Canterbury have covered just 2 of their last 13 as a favourite. – The Bulldogs have covered 6 of their last 9 day games. – Small interstate outsiders are 66-33 ATS since 2013 with the Titans a perfect 6-0 ATS in the situation. – The Titans are 11-7 ATS interstate after conceding 18 or fewer.
Final ThoughtsBoth times have struggled this season, but The Wolf was impressed with the way the Titans took the Rabbitohs to the wire last week. The Belmore factor has been a myth of late, with the Bulldogs winning just two of their last six at Belmore Sports Ground since 2015. The difference in this clash could be Ash Taylor, with The Wolf lacking any confidence in the Bulldogs halves pairing of Matt Frawley and Jeremy Marshall-King. Titans with the start, and straight up for Wolfy.
How It Shapes UpGold Coast by 4
Recommended Bets Best: Gold Coast +3.5 ($1.91) Value: Gold Coast ($2.25) First Try: Alexander Brimson ($26)