After pipping the Titans to a finals berth last season, the Cowboys will be target No.1 for the Gold Coast next year. Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos
Titans v Cowboys
The Cowboys are one of just five clubs against whom the Titans enjoy a winning record – albeit a narrow 7-6 advantage. For several years a clash between these clubs would have represented a chance to earn bragging rights as Queensland's second best club – now it could be argued it is a legitimate playoff for Queensland club dominance.
They shared the spoils last year, with each side triumphing at home. Cowboys fans will be hoping their two North Queensland acquisitions – assistant coach and former Cowboys head Neil Henry, as well as winger Kalifa Faifai Loa – will aid their quest for supremacy over their northern rivals.
Titans v Broncos
Speaking of winning records, the Broncos have been the Titans' nemesis since their entry to the competition in 2007. Gold Coast have won just four of those 15 meetings, and their 26 per cent success rate is their worst against any club.
But the times they are a-changing. The Broncos are a side in transition and the Titans finished above them in 2013, despite Brisbane winning both meetings during the season. Titans fans will be more than a little eager to see their boys stick the knife in and start correcting their woeful record against their neighbours when these clubs clash in 2014.
Titans v Roosters
Believe it or not the tricolours are the Titans' favourite opponent historically, having won seven of 11 meetings for a 63 per cent win rate (only the hapless Eels, with seven losses from 10 Titans meetings at 70 per cent, fare worse).
The Titans won their only meeting with the eventual premiers last year, in Round 25. A win against the defending champions is always a sweet addition to any season but especially so for Test forward Nate Myles against his former club, and for Origin forward Greg Bird against several of his sky blue teammates.
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