2017 Season Results:
Head-to-Head Tipping: 73/107 (68%) [Last week: 5/8]
Line Betting: 28/51 (55%) [Last week: 1/4]
2016 Season Results:
Head-to-Head Tipping: 71%
Line Betting: 54%
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NRL Round 15 Tips and Previews
Rabbitohs v Titans
Offense VOA: Rabbitohs -19.21% (14th), Titans -7.17% (10th)
Defense VOA: Rabbitohs 19.87% (13th), Titans 62.01% (16th)
We’ll give the NRL credit where credit’s due for this one – when the NRL schedule was being drawn up, it’d have been reasonable to assume that both these teams would be largely unaffected by Origin, with only injured Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis and Titans fullback Jarryd Hayne looking like viable possibilities at the time. As it turns out however, that’s not the case.
Through a combination of injuries and representative duties, this match sees a virtual full strength Rabbitohs outfit (notably without the aforementioned Inglis, though he’s gone for the season) meeting a Titans side who, even by their standards, is close to unrecognisable. Relative to last week (when the Titans got pumped by the unusually non-disappointing Warriors), the Titans are now without Hayne, Nathan Peats and Jarrod Wallace due to Origin commitments; as well as Kane Elgey and Karl Lawton through injury. They all join the pre-existing absences of familiar names like Tyrone Roberts, Agnatius Paasi, Chris Grevsmuhl, Ryan Simpkins and Dan Sarginson. Put it all together and the Titans will be lining up against the Rabbitohs missing almost an entire starting side.
To make matters worse, this probably wasn’t a good matchup for the Titans in the first place. It’s quite well established that the one-dimensional Rabbitohs like to play on the back of a dominant forward pack – the Titans come equipped with arguably the worst group of forwards not living in the Hunter. Take away their best bookend (Wallace), and they appear to be on a hiding to nothing.
If there’s a glimmer of hope for the Titans, it’s that the last time the Rabbitohs got a crack at an essentially reserve grade team (when they took on the Panthers in Round 6 minus an entire starting backline, except Cleary), they clumsily struggled their way to a 1-point victory.
Unfortunately for the Gold Coast though, the Panthers are much better than they are, and the Titans are missing three quarters of their spine, as well as half their pack. At full strength, this would have been a good contest, but as it stands, this is there to be taken by the Bunnies.
Our tip: Rabbitohs