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  • North QLD Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans expert predictions for Sunday’s Round 5 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 4:05 PM at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
  • The NRL's best attack versus the worst defence in Townsville.
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Scott Drinkwater, Gold Coast Titans
Scott Drinkwater to have a rebound match against the Gold Coast Titans after a tough one last week. (Getty Images)

North QLD Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans Tips


The misery of 2024 will continue for the Titans when they travel up to Towsville to take on the North QLD Cowboys who are out for redemption after a poor performance last week. 

The Titans are 0-3 to start the year and are in a world of trouble already and unfortunately it is not going to get any better up north where they have historically struggled for victories. The Titans attack has been the talking point after they have scored just 18 points this season, but their defence has obviously also been a major issue conceding the second-most points of any team in the league. 

The attack of the Cowboys has been their showcase, so you can see where this much is going to end up already. North Queensland had a slip in their wet-weather derby against Brisbane last week but you can expect their attack to fire again against the Titans this week. 

It was hard finding decent markets for this match that produced any good value with the Cowboys starting at 16.5-point favourites. Risk will be high in this game but with a strong victory from the Cowboys expected then backing them to win both halves of football is a safe option. 

The Titans attack has been lacklustre so I also like them under 14.5 points in this match as anything higher would almost double their offensive output for the season. 

Scott Drinkwater had a tough game against the Broncos last week under the high-ball so I do expect a biig game for the Cowboys fullback this week to make amends.

  • The Titans have won just one of their last 12 games in Townsville.
  • The Cowboys average 30.5 points per game in attack.
  • The Titans have scored an average of just 6 points per game.
  • The Titans have conceded 5 tries to opposing fullbacks in the past 3 games.

Head to Head 


The Cowboys and Titans split their series in 2023 with the Gold Coast getting the last laugh in round 22 with a 22-13 victory after North Queensland beat them 24-12 in round 4. 

The Titans have struggled in the past in North Queensland, with their last win in Townsville coming in round 3, 2021 giving them a 1-11 record in their last 12 games up north.

North QLD Cowboys Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
3-12-23-1

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
4.43-11-02-1

The Cowboys 3-0 start was blemished for the first time in a very one-sided Queensland Derby against their long-time rivals the Brisbane Broncos 38-12. 

North Queensland had no answers for Adam Reynolds’ kicking game in the wet while also accumulating 16 errors in the match.

The Broncs game was definitely one to forget and the Cowboys will look to build on their first three games of the season this week against the Titans.

North QLD Cowboys Team News


Todd Payton will stick with the same 17 that lost to the Broncos last weekend.

North QLD Cowboys Team List


1. Scott Drinkwater
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Valentine Holmes
4. Zac Laybutt
5. Murray Taulagi
6. Tom Dearden
7. Chad Townsend
8. Jordan McLean
9. Reece Robson
10. Jason Taumalolo
11. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki
12. Jeremiah Nanai
13. Reuben Cotter

Interchange
14. Jake Granville
15. Griffin Neame
16. Sam McIntyre
17. Jack Gosiewski

Reserves
18. Tom Chester
19. Thomas Mikaele
20. Semi Valemei
21. Marly Bitungane
​​​​​​​22. Jake Clifford

Gold Coast Titans Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
0-30-30-3

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
-300-30-00-3

The Titans are going nowhere fast and have clearly been the worst team in the comp over the opening 4 rounds of the season. 

The Gold Coast are averaging just 1,166 Run Metres per game which is last in the NRL along with their 1.7 linebreak average. In defence they have conceded the most linebreaks with an average of 7 per game and are fourth in average run metres against with 1,478.3. 

Ah yes, they also average just 6 points per game in attack…

Gold Coast Titans Team News


Alofiana Khan-Pereira drops to the reserves with Harley Smith-Shields coming in on the wing, while Jojo Fifita will replace the injured Philip Sami.

David Fifita will once again start off the bench as Des Hasler manages his minutes.

Gold Coast Titans Team List


1. Jayden Campbell
2. Harley Smith-Shields
3. Brian Kelly
4. AJ Brimson
5. Jojo Fifita
6. Kieran Foran
7. Tanah Boyd
8. Moeaki Fotuaika
9. Chris Randall
10. Jaimin Jolliffe
11. Klese Haas
12. Beau Fermor
13. Erin Clark

Interchange
14. Sam Verrills
15. David Fifita
16. Joe Stimson
17. Josiah Pahulu

Reserves
18. Iszac Fa'asuamaleaui
19. Tony Francis
20. Tom Weaver
21. Alofiana Khan-Pereira
​​​​​​​22. Jacob Alick

North QLD Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans NRL 2024 Round 5 FAQs

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Verdict

The Titans are likely to fail to trouble the Cowboys with North Queensland winning both halves in the match and holding the Gold coast Under 14.5 points.
 
Scott Drinkwater will be the fourth fullback in as many games to score against the Titans.

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