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Bailey to produce Titan effort

TIRELESS PERFORMER: Titans prop Luke Bailey is repaying the Gold Coast club’s faith.
TIRELESS PERFORMER: Titans prop Luke Bailey is repaying the Gold Coast club’s faith. AAP

WHEN the Gold Coast Titans were formed their second signing was prop Luke Bailey.

Eight years later, it is not hard to understand why coach John Cartwright and then CEO Michael Searle had the tireless former Dragons prop on their radar.

The 34-year-old Bailey will line up in an injury hit Titans line-up against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium tonight and you know for sure that he will be giving 100% for the duration of the match.

Bailey relishes the chance to play any game of football, but the south-east Queensland derby is one of his favourite games of the year.

Bailey and his fellow players will be up against it with Greg Bird (suspended) and the injured Albert Kelly, Kevin Gordon and Ashley Harrison missing from their line-up.

If they win it will be one of the club's greatest triumphs, but it is hard to go past the Broncos who will have Origin stars Justin Hodges, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett all on deck.

The Rabbitohs have hit top gear and the combination of the Burgess brothers, Greg Inglis and in-form halves Adam Reynolds and John Sutton should see them just against home against a Melbourne Storm side that continues to show plenty of grit without being at their best.

I expect the Eels to have too much strike power for the Dragons, with Chris Sandow and Jarryd Hayne in peak form.

The return of inspirational captain Robbie Farah will see the Tigers prevail over the Sharks.

The Cowboys are also starting to warm to their task with co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott both brilliant in last week's win over the Broncos. They will just scrape home against the Roosters.

The Raiders have been woeful of late and should be overpowered by a Panthers side that is starting to see the best of five-eighth Jamie Soward.

The Bulldogs travel to New Zealand to take on an improving Warriors outfit and this should be a very close affair.

But I expect the competition leaders to just scrape home on the back of the brilliant guidance they are receiving from halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson.

The Sea Eagles host the out-of-form Knights and should win in a canter in what is a battle of two traditional rivals with a long history of memorable tussles.

Joel's predictions

Broncos, Rabbitohs, Eels, Tigers, Cowboys, Panthers, Bulldogs, Sea Eagles.

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