Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers Saturday, August 11, 3pm Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
The Panthers ran out comfortable 35-12 winners when these sides clashed in Penrith back in Round 6. It’s been a turbulent week for the Panthers, with Anthony Griffin sacked, and rookie coach Cameron Ciraldo taking the reins. The Panthers are pushing for a Top 4 finish and should be too strong here unless the off-field distractions take its toll.
Recent FormGold Coast are 12th on the ladder with a 7-13 record. They have won just one of their last five games. They rank 10th in scoring and 14th in defence. The Titans have conceded 28 or more in three of five. Penrith have become the comeback kids with two heartstopping come-from-behind wins over Manly and Canberra. Penrith have now won two straight. The Panthers have conceded 24 or more in their last four. The Panthers rank sixth in scoring while they rank seventh in defence.
Stats That Matter– Gold Coast are 10-10 ATS with an 11-9 over record while Penrith are 11.9 ATS with a 12-8 over number. – Penrith have won seven of the last nine meetings with the Gold Coast including a 35-12 thumping in Round 6 this year. – The Panthers hold a 4-3 edge all-time playing on the Gold Coast. – Six of the last seven matches have topped 38 total points. – The Titans have covered 5 of their last 7 home games. – The Titans are 17-12 ATS as a home underdog, including a 7-3 ATS record after conceding 28 or more points. – Gold Coast have covered just seven of 19 day games. – The Titans have covered just six of 17 off a loss of 13-plus. – Gold Coast are 6-14 ATS off scoring 12 or fewer points.
Final ThoughtsThe Panthers should put a cricket score on the Titans if the coaching merry-go-round hasn’t become a distraction. The Panthers have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Gold Coast, and smashed Garth Brennan’s men by 35-12 back in Round 6. The Wolf is expecting long afternoons for Brenko Lee and Konrad Hurell in defence as the Panthers run riot in their quest for a Top 4 spot with four weeks to go until the finals.