13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans 23-22

13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans 23-22

Postby TerryG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:23 pm

7th September, 5:30pm, AAMI Park | #NRLMELGLD

Image 1 Billy Slater, 2 Sisa Waqa, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Maurice Blair, 5 Justin O'Neill, 6 Brett Finch, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Bryan Norrie, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Ryan Hinchcliffe

Interchange from: 14 Jason Ryles, 15 Tohu Harris, 16 Jordan McLean, 17 Kenny Bromwich, 18 Tim Glasby

Coach: Craig Bellamy

Note: Unchanged from last week, Tim Glasby added to the bench.


Image 1 Kevin Gordon, 2 Steve Michaels, 3 Brad Takairangi, 4 Jordan Atkins, 5 Anthony Don, 6 Aidan Sezer, 7 Albert Kelly, 8 Luke Douglas, 9 Beau Falloon, 10 Ryan James, 11 Greg Bird, 12 Ben Ridge, 13 Nate Myles

Interchange from: 14 David Taylor, 15 Luke Bailey, 16 Jamie Dowling, 17 Matt Srama, 18 Mark Ioane

Coach: John Cartwright

Notes: Same 17 as last week with Mark Ioane added to the bench.
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:31 pm

Storm v Titans preview

By Ben Blaschke
NRL.com
Wed 04th September, 11:30am


Storm v Titans
AAMI Park
Saturday 5.30pm

A week ago it looked like the finals puzzle had just about sorted itself out. But a raft of totally unexpected results in Round 25 have thrown more than a spanner or two in the works – and these two clubs were right at the heart of the action.

Melbourne’s form over the past month has been irresistible. The reigning premiers had shaken off a post-Origin slump to hit top gear and when they piled on 62 points against hapless Parramatta a fortnight ago it seemed little could top them. Then Manly tore them apart at Brookvale and suddenly their title defence is looking a tad shaky.

Conversely, the injury-ravaged Titans remained a mathematical chance of reaching the finals but with games against the Sydney Roosters and the Storm to close out their year it seemed they were no hope… until they caused the upset of the year in knocking off the Roosters last Sunday afternoon. Suddenly they can sniff the top eight and head into this week’s clash with their entire season on the line. That’s quite a bit of incentive.

The Gold Coast have been wildly inconsistent in 2013 – much of it out of their control, some of it not – yet they showed last weekend that when they put their heads down they can be mighty difficult to stop. Big Dave Taylor turned in a stellar performance against the Roosters and his old Queensland teammates at the Storm will have noted his sudden return to top form.

The problem for John Cartwright’s men is that they are relying on other results if they are to realistically sneak into the finals. With a for-and-against that is 68 points worse than North Queensland above them, they need either the Cowboys to lose to Wests Tigers in Townsville or the Knights to lose to Parramatta in Newcastle for a win to be enough. Otherwise they’ll need to beat Melbourne by at least 70-odd to make it. Unlikely!

Melbourne find themselves in the interesting position of sitting on exactly the same points and with an identical for-and-against to Manly, so their result and potentially the margin of it will determine whether they play South Sydney or Sydney Roosters in Week One of the finals.

However, of more importance to coach Craig Bellamy will be his boys putting in a good performance both to put the ghosts of their heavy loss to the Sea Eagles behind them and to enter the finals on the right note.

Last year they embarked on an eight-game winning run to take the title. They don’t have that luxury in 2013 so they’ll have to start from scratch this week.

Melbourne have named the same side that lost to Manly last week, with Tim Glasby again 18th man.

The Titans are also going in with the same 17, Mark Ioane their 18th man.

Storm captain Cameron Smith requires just four points to become just the 10th man to score 1500 points for one club. The Storm average 28.4 points at home in 2013 and can make it 10 home wins for the fifth time in eight years should they prevail this week.

Watch Out Storm: Melbourne can go a long way towards shutting down the Titans’ attack by cutting out their offloads. The Gold Coast rank equal second in the NRL for total offloads in 2013 with an average 11.5 per game, while they have made more line-breaks directly from offloads than any other side with 18. Not surprisingly, Dave Taylor is the main man with 37 offloads for the year.

Notably, however, the Storm actually concede fewer offloads than any other side, with just eight per game.

Watch Out Titans: The Gold Coast will need to have their kicking game on song because Melbourne are the best side in the competition at defusing attacking kicks. They boast a success rate of 75 per cent in 2013 with 138 of 183 kicks successfully defused. That includes 32 of 40 grubbers (80 per cent), 47 of 55 bombs (85 per cent) and eight of 10 mid-field bombs (80 per cent).

Plays To Watch: Although soundly beaten by Manly last week, Melbourne did score a superb try off one of their long-term favourite plays, with Cameron Smith going right from dummy-half to Cooper Cronk who quickly found a flying Billy Slater looming up on the inside to race through. This play has been successful for many years for Melbourne but although rivals are all too aware of it, they continue to fail to stop it.

Key Match-Up: Cooper Cronk v Albert Kelly. The best halfback in the game lines up against one of the NRL’s most exciting talents. Cronk with his brilliant kicking game and beautifully structured passing game is a key part of Melbourne’s attack while Kelly plays more off the cuff and relies on his speed to take advantage of an opportunity that might present itself. They will present an interesting contrast on Saturday.

Where It Will Be Won: Defence is the key. Can the Gold Coast stop Melbourne’s big guns who will be on a mission to make amends for their heavy loss to Manly last week? And what will the Storm do about the Gold Coast’s offloading ability? When on song the Titans can throw plenty at you. Defensive application will be vital.

The History: Played 10; Storm 6, Titans 4. The Gold Coast have just one win from five games in Melbourne and have conceded 164 points in that time. They will be looking to beat the Storm twice in a season for the first time.

Match Officials: Referees – Shayne Hayne & Gavin Morris; Sideline Officials – Luke Potter & Adam Reid; Video Referees – Chris Ward & Justin Morgan.

Televised: Fox Sports 1 – Live, 5.30pm.

The Way We See It: The Titans were exceptional against the Roosters last week but we think they face a much tougher test in Melbourne. The Storm ran into a red-hot Sea Eagles last week but back on home soil and no doubt with the sound of a Craig Bellamy blast still ringing in their ears, they should be back to their best.

Storm by 12 points.

source: http://www.nrl.com/storm-v-titans-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/74438/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:39 pm

Preview: Storm v Titans
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Last Updated 04/09/2013 6:45 PM

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HEAD TO HEAD: Played: 10, Storm 6, Titans 4.
LAST TIME: Gold Coast Titans 18 def. Melbourne Storm 12, Round 15, 2013 at Skilled Park

MISSING IN ACTION: Storm have Matt Duffie (shoulder and knee), Kurt Mann (ankle), Slade Griffin (knee), Dayne Weston (pectoral) and Denny Solomona (hamstring) out for the season, but there is still a chance that five-eighth Gareth Widdop may feature again in 2013. Widdop hasn't played since dislocating his hip against the Titans in Round 15, but will return to action in the Queensland Cup this weekend with a view of playing in the finals.

The Titans still have Jamal Idris out for at least another week with a broken leg, while Matt White (knee), David Mead (spine fracture), Ashley Harrison (hand), Mark Minichiello (eye), William Zillman (groin) and Luke O'Dwyer (knee) won't play again this year. Co-captain Nate Myles has an ankle injury and will be given right up until kickoff to prove his fitness for this important clash.

FORM: Storm had won four matches on the trot, but enter this match on the back of a disappointing loss to the Sea Eagles last round. The reigning champions were never in the hunt as a fired up Manly produced one of their best performances of 2013 to beat the Storm 28-8.

The Titans stunned the Roosters 30-22 at Allianz Stadium last week and will take on the Storm full of confidence. That victory kept the Titans' finals chances alive and John Cartwright's side have already defeated the Storm once this year.

WE THINK: The Titans have everything to play for in Melbourne, but whether they have enough firepower to win against the Storm at AAMI Park remains to be seen. If the Titans can win and the Knights and Cowboys fail to do so in the final round then post-season football is still a possibility for the Gold Coast's side. The equation is simple for the Titans - they must win to have any chance of staying alive - while the Storm have little to play for. Craig Bellamy's side will either finish third or fourth and a match-up in the first week of the finals with the Roosters or Rabbitohs is already guaranteed. However, Bellamy won't want to go into that final on the back of a loss so we expect the Storm to be hard to beat. The Titans are sure to throw everything at the Storm, but we think the home side can prevail in a close one.

Storm by 2


source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/preview-storm-v-titans-251327
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:39 pm

TEAM NEWS #NRLmelgld - Storm are 1-17
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:40 pm

TEAM NEWS Titans Nate Myles OUT. Dave Taylor starts, Mark Ioane comes in on bench
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:40 pm

HISTORY, Played 10, Storm 6, @GCTitans 4, THIS GROUND, Played 2, Storm 2, Titans 0
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:42 pm

Storm has won 4 of the last 5 meetings with the Titans who have won just 1 game in Melbourne in 7 years
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:42 pm

Only once in the past 6 meetings have the Titans opened the scoring by way of a try
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:43 pm

Storm has won 14 of their past 16 games played @AAMIPark & have won their last 5 by an avg margin of more than 28
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:43 pm

The 1st try has come in under 8 minutes in 5 of Storm last 6 games & in the Titans last 5 games
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:43 pm

The Titans have been 1st to score in 4 of their last 5 games
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:44 pm

Storm has scored the last try of the match in 9 of their 11 home games this season
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:45 pm

If the Storm beat the Titans - Knights and Cowboys are safe
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:45 pm

We are UNDERWAY at AAMI Park as the Titans kick off,
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Storm v Titans

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:46 pm

1' Cooper Cronk with an attacking kick on the 3rd tackle, looked for a 40/20 but bounced back in field
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