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Preview: Gold Coast v Canberra

Gold Coast Titans started 2012 with a 18-0 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville last Saturday.
Preview: Gold Coast v Canberra
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Gold Coast Titans started 2012 with a 18-0 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville last Saturday.

The Gold Coast Titans have averaged 18.0 ppg since Round 1, and have conceded 0.0 ppg in that period.

Gold Coast Titans sit 1st on the competition ladder.

Canberra Raiders started 2012 with a 24-19 loss to the Melbourne Storm in Canberra last Saturday.

The Canberra Raiders have averaged 19.0 ppg since Round 1, and have conceded 24.0 ppg in that period.

Canberra Raiders sit 12th on the competition ladder, 2 points out of the Top 8.

Bottom Line

The Titans are sitting pretty atop the NRL ladder but they won't be taking their lofty position for granted when the Canberra Raiders come calling at Skilled Park this Saturday.

Although the Titans kept the North Queensland Cowboys to nil in their Round 1 clash, North Queensland's handling allowed the far more disciplined Titans to secure the 18-0 victory. Greg Bird had a huge game for the Titans and the rest of the remodelled forward pack made constant yards through the middle of the field.

Teamed with a successful first outing by the Scott Prince, Jordan Rankin and William Zillman attacking trio, the two try debut of Jamal Idris and the hooking rotation of Kayne Lawton and Matt Srama, The Titans will be working hard to make it two from two on Saturday afternoon.

If they do, they'll likely hold onto top spot on the competition ladder.

GOLD COAST TITANS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
Round 2, 2012 NRL Premiership
Saturday, March 10, 2012
NRL Kick-Off 4:30pm, NYC Kick-Off 2:15pm
Skilled Park, Gold Coast, QLD
Referees: Steve Lyons/Alan Shortall

Gold Coast Titans
1 William Zillman, 2 Steve Michaels, 3 Jamal Idris, 4 Dominique Peyroux, 5 David Mead, 6 Jordan Rankin, 7 Scott Prince [c], 8 Luke Bailey, 9 Kayne Lawton, 10 Nate Myles, 11 Greg Bird, 12 Mark Minichiello, 13 Ashley Harrison. Subs: 14 Luke Douglas, 15 Matthew White, 16 Ben Ridge, 17 Matthew Srama, 18 Luke O'Dwyer (one to be omitted).

Canberra Raiders
1 Josh Dugan, 2 Blake Ferguson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Shaun Berrigan, 5 Jack Wighton, 6 Terry Campese [c], 7 Josh McCrone, 8 David Shillington, 9 Travis Waddell, 10 Brett White, 11 Josh Papalii , 12 Bronson Harrison , 13 Shaun Fensom. Subs: 14 Glen Buttriss, 15 Joel Thompson, 16 Dane Tilse, 17 Trevor Thurling.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Titans by 2

OVERALL:
Total Games: 26
Gold Coast Titans wins: 8. [Pts: 351]
Canberra Raiders wins: 18. [Pts: 677]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Gold Coast Titans: 20 pts: 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 24 d. Canberra Raiders 4 [Crowd: 11521]
Canberra Raiders: 50 pts: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 20 - [View] Sun Aug 13: Raiders 56 d. Gold Coast 6 [Crowd: 14031]

Biggest Crowd: 2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 16 d. Canberra Raiders 10 [Crowd: 18510]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Gold Coast Titans: LLLLLLLLWLLWLLLLWLWLWLWLWW
Canberra Raiders: WWWWWWWWLWWLWWWWLWLWLWLWLL

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 26 d. Canberra Raiders 18 [Crowd: 10230]
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 22 l. Gold Coast Titans 23 [Crowd: 12165]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 28 d. Gold Coast Titans 24 [Crowd: 10425]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 24 d. Canberra Raiders 4 [Crowd: 11521]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 34 d. Gold Coast Titans 28 [Crowd: 9800]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 16 d. Canberra Raiders 10 [Crowd: 18510]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 46 d. Gold Coast Titans 4 [Crowd: 8700]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 32 d. Canberra Raiders 12 [Crowd: 17381]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 56 d. Gold Coast Titans 10 [Crowd: 9136]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Gold Coast Titans 28 d. Canberra Raiders 8 [Crowd: 13644]

Overall record at Skilled Park, Robina, Gold Coast (QLD) Stats:
Gold Coast Titans: 50 games, won 30, drawn 0, lost 20.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 12 l. Parramatta Eels 32
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 26 d. Canberra Raiders 18
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 16 l. Melbourne Storm 40
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 20 l. North Queensland Cowboys 28
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 12 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 36

Canberra Raiders: 4 games, won 0, drawn 0, lost 4.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 26 d. Canberra Raiders 18
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 24 d. Canberra Raiders 4
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 16 d. Canberra Raiders 10
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 32 d. Canberra Raiders 12

Head to Head at Skilled Park, Robina, Gold Coast (QLD) Stats:
Total Games: 4
Gold Coast Titans wins: 4. [Pts: 98]
Canberra Raiders wins: 0. [Pts: 44]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 26 d. Canberra Raiders 18 [Crowd: 10230]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 24 d. Canberra Raiders 4 [Crowd: 11521]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Gold Coast Titans 16 d. Canberra Raiders 10 [Crowd: 18510]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 32 d. Canberra Raiders 12 [Crowd: 17381]

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