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Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos Predictions & Tips - Broncos tipped with the start

  • Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos predictions for Friday’s NRL Round 2 match
  • The game is being played at the CBus Stadium (9.05am GMT)
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost a club record 12 matches in a row
  • After an improved Round 1 performance, back the Broncos with a +7.5 start
  • Preview, stats, team news & predictions
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Gary Emmerson 18 Mar 2021
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Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos Predictions


The Titans were disappointing last week, while the Broncos showed some signs of improvement on last season's sorry efforts. 

After 12 straight defeats, it is not surprising that Brisbane remain heavy outsiders. But they are worthy of support with a +7.5 start on the handicap.

  • Gold Coast Titans lost 19-6 in Round 1.
  • Gold Coast Titans have failed to cover a -7.5 handicap in 8 of their last 11 home matches. 
  • Gold Coast Titans have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost a club record 12 matches in a row.

Head to Head


Gold Coast Titans won both meetings between the sides last year, winning 30-12 in Brisbane and 18-6 at home.

The Titans have now won three of the last four clashes with the Broncos.

Gold Coast Titans Form


The Titans ended last season with five wins in a row, but they were unable to start 2021 with a victory as they went down 19-6 to New Zealand Warriors in Round 1.

It took Gold Coast 74 minute to register their first points in the game through a Corey Thompson try as they were well beaten in Gosford.

The Titans had drawn 12-12 against the Warriors in their only trial game in the build up to the season. 

Gold Coast Titans Team News


Phillip Sami returns to the Titans side in place of injured centre Brian Kelly (fractured hand).

Gold Coast Titans Team List


1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Phillip Sami 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark 18. Beau Fermor 19. Herman Ese’ese 20. Sam McIntyre 21. Tanah Boyd

Brisbane Broncos Form


The Broncos' miserable wooden spoon 2020 campaign spilled over into the new season as they suffered a 12th straight loss in Round 1.

There was some encouragement in the 24-16 defeat at home to Parramatta Eels last week with Brisbane racing into a 16-0 lead at half-time. 

But ultimately it was another defeat for Kevin Walters' Broncos, who conceded 24 unanswered points after the break.

Brisbane Broncos Team News


Xavier Coates and John Asiata have both been cleared to play against the Titans, but prop Matt Lodge is ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Thomas Fleger come into the side with Rhys Kennedy added to the bench along with the recalled Corey Oates.

Centre Kotoni Staggs (ACL) remains sidelined and prop Payne Haas serves the second match of his three-week suspension.

Brisbane Broncos Team List


1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Tevita Pangai Junior 9. Jake Turpin 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. John Asiata 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Te’o 18. Tom Dearden 19. Richard Kennar 21. Cory Paix 22. Corey Oates

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Verdict

Gold Coast Titans have had the better of their Queensland rivals of late. But they were disappointing in Round 1, while the Broncos offered hope despite losing for the 12th straight time. Brisbane with the start is the best bet.

Best Bet: Broncos +7.5 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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