There's a distinct feeling the tide has well and truly turned in these "big v little brother" encounters in south-east Queensland.
Although the Broncos still lead the 30 career meetings with the Titans 20-10, the Gold Coast is scoring an average 22 points per game this year - the Broncos just 12. They halved that again in a hefty 46-6 loss to the Eels last round.
The Titans have won five of their past seven games against the Broncos, including a 28-12 victory at Cbus Stadium in round two this year.
True, the Titans have only three wins in 2021 compared with one to the Broncos but the gulf in quality between the sides is much wider than four competition points.
And Justin Holbrook, not Kevin Walters, has David Fifita in his ranks. Fifita scored twice against his old club in March and since then has scored two hat-tricks.
Broncos v Titans
Match: Broncos v Titans
Round 8 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: Anthony Milford and Tyson Gamble replace Tom Dearden and Brodie Croft in the halves while Jesse Arthars returns from illness in place of David Mead in the centres.
Tesi Niu dropped off the extended bench on game day, with John Asiata the 18th man. Mead and Croft were the two players left out 24 hours before kick-off.
The Broncos have failed to score a point in their past four second halves.
Titans: Anthony Don returns from a hip injury on the wing, while new recruit Herman Ese'ese finally looks set to make his club debut after a seven-game wait via the bench.
Beau Fermor replaces Erin Clark on the bench, with Clark the 18th man and Tanah Boyd dropping off the reserves list on game day.
Jai Whitbread and Darius Farmer were left out on the eve of the match.
The Titans have won five of their past seven games against the Broncos.
Match: Broncos v Titans
Round 8 -
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne IsaakoFullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
Winger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier CoatesWinger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
Centre for Broncos is number 3 Jesse ArtharsCentre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie FarnworthCentre for Titans is number 4 Phillip Sami
Winger for Broncos is number 5 Corey OatesWinger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony MilfordFive-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tyson GambleHalfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew LodgeProp for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake TurpinHooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne HaasProp for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Jordan Riki2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior2nd Row for Titans is number 12 David Fifita
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick CarriganLock for Titans is number 13 Tyrone Peachey
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Danny LeviInterchange for Titans is number 15 Jaimin Jolliffe
Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Thomas FleglerInterchange for Titans is number 16 Herman Ese'ese
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Ethan BullemorInterchange for Titans is number 17 Sam McIntyre
Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Rhys KennedyInterchange for Titans is number 18 Beau Fermor
Reserve for Broncos is number 19 John AsiataReserve for Titans is number 14 Erin Clark
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Anthony Milford v Ash Taylor: Opposing five-eighths Milford and Taylor know plenty about copping the brunt of their team's losses and dealing with criticism. Milford was banished to Intrust Super Cup to 'find himself' and is back for another crack at engineering a Broncos win.
Seeing the gaps and putting teammates through them is something Taylor is doing better well at the moment. He had three line-break assists against the Rabbitohs last weekend. He also has forced four line drop-outs in five games this year.
It's all about David Fifita's return to Suncorp this week - he is second in the NRL leaderboard for tackle breaks (52) behind Panthers winger Brian To'o (55). Fifita is the only forward in that top 10 with everyone else a winger, centre or fullback.
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