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NRL: Titans must be ready for Warriors’ backlash

After throwing away a 14-0 lead against the Melbourne Storm last time out, the New Zealand Warriors will be determined to make amends when they face the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.

The Warriors head to Cbus Super Stadium with a disappointing record against the Titans but the Kiwi outfit look capable of adding to the Titans’ woes this weekend, with Gold Coast currently rock-bottom of the NRL ladder.

. What: Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors
. Where: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
. When: 20:00 (AEST), Saturday 22nd June 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Gold Coast Titans 2.40, New Zealand Warriors 1.58

Titans must regroup

After losing to a Wests Tigers side that had suffered nine defeats in a row, the Gold Coast Titans have slumped to the bottom of the ladder.

That 18-10 defeat to a Tigers outfit that have struggled in recent months will have been a bitter pill to swallow and now Des Hasler’s side will have to dust themselves off and go again against the Warriors.

While Klese Haas missed out due to injury, Gold Coast will be boosted by the return of David Fifita, as he returns after missing out on Round 15 with an ankle issue.

With Moeaki Fotuaika away on State of Origin duty, Keenan Palasia will step in at prop, with Joe Stimson and Iszac Fa'asuamaleaui the fresh faces on the bench.

The Titans are 2.40 to get back to winning ways and are 1.91 with +5.5 points in the Line market.

Titans star Alofiana Khan-Pereira has scored 12 tries in 15 games at Cbus Super Stadium and the winger is 1.80 to score anytime on Saturday.

Warriors can get back in the saddle

It really was an opportunity missed last time out against Melbourne and the Warriors will be looking to put things right on Saturday.

Flying out of the blocks in Auckland, the Warriors seemed to stubble in the second-half as they felt the pressure of ending a 15-game losing streak against the Storm.

One positive from the game was having Shaun Johnson come through unscathed after his recent pectoral injury and he will again start against the Titans.

The Warriors have lost four of their last five games against Gold Coast but Johnson’s record with the Titans is much better.

Johnson has managed to win 18 of his last 21 games against the Titans and the Warriors are 1.58 to win with him in the side on Saturday.

The Warriors will also be boosted by the return of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck from a hamstring to feature outside Johnson in the centres, while Ed Kosi comes in on the wing for the suspended Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

Kurt Capewell and Mitch Barnett are away on Origin duty for the Maroons and the Blues respectively, so Dylan Walker and Tohu Harris will step in to try and fill the void.

The Warriors have lost three of their last four road games but look capable of improving that recent record this weekend.

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