The Titans had been under the pump for weeks before last Sunday's stunning turnaround against the Broncos.
The 26-18 win was just the fourth of the season for Garth Brennan's men but it showed exactly what they are capable of when their halves fire and the fowards rip in.
In stark contrast the Warriors are coming off a demoralising loss to Melbourne and once again questions are being asked about their inability to string together consistent performances and to match it with the NRL's heavyweights.
Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander BrimsonFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony DonWinger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
Centre for Titans is number 3 Jesse ArtharsCentre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
Centre for Titans is number 4 Brian KellyCentre for Warriors is number 4 Patrick Herbert
Winger for Titans is number 5 Dale CopleyWinger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tyrone RobertsFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
Halfback for Titans is number 7 Ryley JacksHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod WallaceProp for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan PeatsHooker for Warriors is number 17 Karl Lawton
Prop for Titans is number 10 Moeaki FotuaikaProp for Warriors is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Bryce Cartwright2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Tyrone Peachey2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai ArrowLock for Warriors is number 13 Adam Blair
Interchange for Titans is number 14 Mitch ReinInterchange for Warriors is number 9 Issac Luke
Interchange for Titans is number 15 Shannon BoydInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jai WhitbreadInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jack StockwellInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Lachlan Burr
Titans: The Titans will take the field 1-17 as named on Tuesday. Bryce Cartwright and Tyrone Peachey were unveiled earlier in the week as the new starting backrowers, replacing Kevin Proctor (fractured eye-socket) and Keegan Hipgrave (suspended). Shannon Boyd has been elevated to the bench. Max King and Brenko Lee dropped off the reserves list on Thursday, while Will Matthews and Phil Sami were cut an hour before kick-off.
Warriors: A late re-shuffle with Isaac Luke dropping to the bench and Karl Lawton promoted to the starting side. That's the only game-day change for Stephen Kearney. Gerard Beale and Liligiifo Sao were cut an hour prior to kick-off, while Chanel Harris-Tevita and Leivaha Pulu were trimmed from the extended bench on Thursday.
Match: Titans v Warriors
Round 14 -
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
When the Warriors do aim up it's invariably their pack that sets the tone with Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau steaming onto the ball and making big metres. In a badly beaten side last weekend the props combined for 26 runs and 224 metres so their clash with Titans big men Jarrod Wallace (235m v Broncos) and Moeaki Fotuaika (175m v Broncos) could shake the foundations of Cbus Super Stadium and go a long way to deciding which of these teams posts their fifth win of the season.
For the Titans to win
Bottle the intensity and passion which carried them to a memorable win in Brisbane and uncork it just before kick-off on Friday night. Their coach cops plenty of stick and so do their halves but the Suncorp Stadium ambush should have self-belief sky rocketing among the whole group. They need to bring the same energy and hustle to the table this week and they can get themselves on a roll.
For the Warriors to win
Three letters. RTS. The skipper needs to inject himself into the game, storm through the middle of the park a la James Tedesco and latch onto some offloads from his skilful big men, burst into open space and dance around the fullback to score. Last year's Dally M Medal winner hasn't played badly in 2019 but expectations are so high of Tuivasa-Sheck that a run of the mill 150 metres and two tackle breaks as he had against Melbourne isn't enough to inspire his team-mates.
Brett Kimmorley says
Tyrone Roberts is a massive key for the Titans. He communicates very well and when the game's on the line he wants the ball. The Warriors had a rest before last week's loss to Melbourne and have a number of players pushing for Test selection now. Warriors by 2.
Ken Maumalo's power running from the back field has him sitting second in the NRL for post-contact metres with 677. Only David Klemmer (703) has more. And the Warriors winger is second behind Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad for total runs and third behind Nicoll-Klokstad for run metres. Quite simply, big Ken is a machine, and the Warriors could do with a few more like him.
And another thing...
The Warriors have won just one of their five away games in 2019 - a 30-10 win over Penrith in round 10 which came on the back of barnstorming displays by the aforementioned Tuivasa-Sheck (7 tackle breaks, 1 try assist, 1 line break assist) and Maumalo (63 post-contact metres, 6 tackle breaks).