With only hours before kick-off between the Eels and Titans in Sydney; Week 2 of the NRL finals continues to see a flood of money for the Gold Coast Titans.
Outsiders with the bookies all week, there has been substantially more money outlaid on the Gold Coast than the Eels tonight, despite Parramatta being rated $1.40 chances and the Titans firming at just under $3.
The Eels have confirmed today that Kris Inu will not be playing and rookie centre Jonathan Wright will remain in the outside backs to partner Luke Burt on one flank.
From the Titans camp, there is strong mail that William Zillman will start the match at fullback and Preston Campbell will slot into pivot; with Mat Rogers being pushed to the edges.
The Titans have never lost to the Eels since entering the NRL, however their away record remains concerning. Coach John Cartwright is hoping to plug the leaking defence by installing Zillman at fullback and use the former Canberra flyer to inject into the attack where possible, his speed a valuable asset so far this season for the Titans.
Up north, the support continues to grow for the Dragons. Written off only a week ago, Benny’s Saints are popular with the bookies and the mood in camp remains very upbeat despite their Week 1 loss to the Eels. The Dragons really didn’t play poorly last week, they were simply outpointed by an enthusiastic Eels outfit.
Word out of the Dragons camp this morning from Ben Creagh was that St George Illawarra have fined tuned some attacking movements and will attempt to throw a bit more caution into the win during their attacking formation. If they get a positive start, expect them to really stretch out and rack up some points.
For the Broncos they need to really improve their defence, they may have won last week – but they were gifted 12-18 points by either intercepts of howler calls from the referee. They also had plenty of points put on them in their victory and will need every ounce of home support to get them home in this one.
It’s worth noting that referee Ben Cummins is involved in the Dragons / Broncos clash – so expect some calls that could really change the momentum of the game. With Cummins at the helm, the players will need to work hard to keep their cool and remain calm during pressure cooker moments.