The winless Titans take on an undefeated Parramatta side looking to consolidate their spot at the top of the NRL ladder.
Both sides go into the match losing key playmakers, with Jarryd Hayne out for the Titans and Corey Norman missing for the Eels.
The Titans have debutant Tyler Cornish donning the No.1 jersey this week and despite their winless start, they have shown their competitiveness to grind out games so far this season. With their last league win coming against the Eels back in Round 20 last season, they will be hoping they can make it two on the trot against the men in gold.
Needless to say, Corey Norman plays a big part in the Parramatta attack and has been a big reason why the Eels have one of the most potent offences in the league thus far. Michael Jennings and Semi Radradra will no doubt cause headaches for the Gold Coast defence and are a major part of why the Eels have 11 line breaks – second only to Souths.
Gold Coast must start fast to ensure the Eels – who have the highest usage rate of any team in the competition – don’t take control of the game. The loss of Norman is big for the Eels and gives the Titans a sniff, however, if the Eels complete their sets at a high rate like they have so far this season, they should come away with the points.
Eels by 10
Gold Coast Titans 26 (Chris McQueen, Tyler Cornish, Kane Elgey, Tyrone Roberts tries; Ashley Taylor 5 goals) def. Parramatta Eels 14 (Clint Gutherson, Jeff Robson tries; Gutherson 3 goals) at Cbus Super Stadium. Half-time: 12-all. Crowd: 11,612.