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NRL: Titans and Warriors set to cross swords

The Gold Coast Titans have been keeping their top-eight hopes alive but face another tough challenge as they welcome the New Zealand Warriors to Cbus Super Stadium on Friday.

Overcoming the North Queensland Cowboys has kept the door to the finals open for the Titans but next up they face the Warriors, before clashes with the Sharks, Panthers, Storm and Bulldogs.

WhatGold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors
WhereCbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
When18:00 (AEST) Friday 4th August, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGold Coast Titans 3.10, New Zealand Warriors 1.38

Titans get back to winning ways

After a four-game losing streak, few expected the Titans to cause an upset against the Cowboys last time out.

However, they produced a much better defensive display than seen of late to secure a 22-13 victory on their own patch.

The Titans will need to show similar work rate off the ball to cause an upset against the Warriors, something the hosts are 3.10 to achieve.  

Gold Coast’s chances have been boosted by news fullback AJ Brimson is available after a rib injury was revealed to be not as serious as first feared.

However, the Titans will be without Jojo Fifita as the centre has been ruled out with an ankle injury, so Aaron Schoupp comes into the backline.

This match will come just too soon for captain Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, who still has one more match to complete his recent suspension.

Alofiana Khan-Pereira, who has scored five tries in his last six games, is unsurprisingly the favourite in the Anytime tryscorer market to go over for the Titans, with the 21-year-old at 1.95 to score on Friday night.  

Warriors to be taken seriously this season

The Warriors are set for the finals this year and are certainly contenders to win the title time around.

Playmaker Shaun Johnson has been in excellent form and the No.7 has been at the heart of much that has been impressive about the Warriors this term.

The Warriors have a favourable run-in for the remainder of the regular season so there is no reason why they can’t secure a top-four finish.

Coach Andrew Webster has gone with the same 17 that overcame the Canberra Raiders in Round 21.

There were concerns regarding Marata Niukore after he suffered a head knock in that encounter against the Raiders but the forward has been passed fit to feature.

The Warriors are the 1.38 favourites to come out on top at Cbus Super Stadium to stay in touching distance of Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos at the top of the table.   

Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has managed to score 14 tries in his past nine games and is 6.00 to bag the opening try on Friday night.  

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