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Gold Coast Titans vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips - Souths to win comfortably against wounded Titans

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Jeremy Darke 02 Jun 2023
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  • Gold Coast Titans vs South Sydney Rabbitohs predictions for Saturday’s NRL game (17:30 AEST)
  • Souths have won 8 of their last 10 against the Titans
  • Can the Rabbitohs take their place back in the Top 4 with victory over the Titans?
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Gold Coast Titans vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips


Both the Titans and the Rabbitohs come into this one on the back of losses in their last two games. The Titans had the luxury of another bye in round 13, but it won't be enough to save them against the Rabbits.
  • Gold Coast Titans vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Gold Coast Titans Form
  • Gold Coast Titans Team News
  • Gold Coast Titans Team List
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List

The Titans are carrying too many injuries and their two most influential forwards backing up after playing big minutes in Origin. 

I expect the Rabbitohs to bounce back after two poor weeks defensively and shut down the Titans' go-forward and wounded attack, thus keeping their opponents below 20 points and covering the 7.5 points as favourites. Alex Johnston and Keaon Koloamatangi will take advantage of the weaker right side of the Titans defensive line.

  • Souths have won their last 10 games at Cbus Stadium 
  • The Rabbitohs have won their last 7 games against the Titans, including their last 5 matches by a margin of 8 or more points. 
  • Souths have not conceded more than 20 points in 11 of their 13 games in 2023.
  • Alex Johnston has scored 6 tries in his last 3 games against the Gold Coast.
  • The Titans have conceded 44% of their tries on their right side.

Head to Head 


South Sydney generally do not have too much trouble when playing the Titans, winning eight of their last 10 matchups and the last seven straight.

The Titans and the Rabbitohs played just once in 2022 with Souths getting up comfortably 30-16, at Cbus Stadium.

Gold Coast Titans Form


Although the Titans are following their usual up and down form curve, they find themselves on the cusp of the top 8 in 9th place on the NRL ladder. 

They are heading into round 14 on the back of a bye in round 13, however they lost their previous two against the Knights and the Bulldogs before their second week off of 2023.

The Titans average the most points conceded in the NRL, but have stayed in matches due to their attack, generally orchestrated by veteran Kieren Foran, who is out with a toe injury.

Gold Coast Titans Team News


In what is a massive loss for the Titans, five-eighth Kieren Foran (toe) will be out for up to 4 weeks. Jayden Campbell will move into the 6, unleashing young gun Keano Kini at fullback on debut.

Sam Verrills (collarbone) has returned as part of the bench, whilst Alofiana Khan-Pereira has also earned back his spot on the wing.

Both David Fafita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui have been named to back up after their Origin victory for QLD.

Gold Coast Titans Team List


1. Keano Kini
2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira
3. Phillip Sami
4. Aaron Schoupp
5. Jojo Fifita
6. Jayden Campbell
7. Tanah Boyd
8. Moeaki Fotuaika
9. Chris Randall
10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
11. David Fifita
12. Joe Stimson
13. Isaac Liu

Interchange

14. Sam Verrills
15. Erin Clark
16. Klese Haas
17. Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui

Reserves

18. Kruise Leeming
19. Brian Kelly
20. Jaimin Jolliffe
21. Thomas Mikaele
22. Ken Maumalo

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


After winning six in a row, South Sydney have suddenly had a dip in form losing their last 2 games against the Eels and the Raiders. 

Before their loss to the Eels, the Rabbitohs had not conceded more than 20 points to any team in the first 11 rounds, however they have conceded over 30 points their last two losses, being the cause of their fall out of the top 4.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


Latrell Mitchell has been ruled out with a calf injury with Blake Taafe retaining the fullback spot.

Richard Kennar replaces Taane Milne on the right wing.

Both Cameron Murray and Jai Arrow have been named to back up from Origin 1.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Blake Taaffe
2. Alex Johnston
3. Isaiah Tass
4. Campbell Graham
5. Richard Kennar
6. Cody Walker
7. Lachlan Ilias
8. Tevita Tatola
9. Damien Cook
10. Hame Sele 
11. Keaon Koloamatangi
12. Jacob Host
13. Cameron Murray

Interchange

14. Jai Arrow
15. Michael Chee Kam
16. Shaq Mitchell
17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Reserves

18. Taane Milne
19. Jed Cartwright
20. Peter Mamouzelos
21. Tallis Duncan
22. Dean Hawkins

Verdict

The Rabbitohs are tipped to bounce back after two uncharacteristic losses and put the Titans to bed, covering the 7.5 point line as favourites and not allowing the Titans to score 20 points. 

Alex Johnston and Keaon Koloamatangi will cross the line in a comfortable victory for Souths.

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Anytime Tryscorer Tip: Alex Johnston Anytime Tryscorer @3/5 at Boombet - 4 Units
Anytime Tryscorer Tip: Keaon Koloamatangi Anytime Tryscorer @40/17 at Neds - 1 Unit
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