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Greg Bird will be a key playmaker for the visitors at AAMI Park on Sunday night. Credit: NRL Photos

Neil Henry’s side had a point to prove in Round 1 and certainly looked impressive in their dismantling of the Knights.

This weekend the boys from the coast arrive in Melbourne town, a place where they do not mind coming, full of confidence and looking to shun the doubters once again.

Backs to the wall danger 
There is nothing more dangerous in rugby league than a team with its back to the wall. That is precisely how the Titans would be feeling as every pundit with a pen or microphone seemed to write them off in 2016 before they even had the chance to kick a ball. To their credit, Gold Coast came out and shunned the doubters with an impressive 30-12 win over the Knights in tough conditions. The result proved that this is a team capable of good football. Do not believe everything you read.

Bird is the word 
He may no longer captain his side but Greg Bird proved last week he has plenty of good football left in him. The 31-year-old was at his dynamic best in Round 1 with two try assists and 158 metres. The veteran will be up against Dale Finucane, a man who looked up to Bird in his younger days. Both players are known for not taking a backwards step, making their matchup on Sunday night certainly one to watch.

Do not mind Melbourne
Gold Coast may have won in Melbourne only once from their last five visits however they have made a habit of providing a fierce contest. Prior to last year’s 36-14 win by Storm at AAMI Park, the previous three games between these two teams at the venue were decided by a combined margin of just 11 points. The Titans have also made a habit of bursting out of the blocks against Storm and have either lead or been equal at half time in the past six meetings.

Co-captain Comeback 
Will Zillman has not played in the NRL since Round 10 last year after undergoing surgery due to a back complaint. The newly appointed co-captain missed Round 1 with a calf injury but has been named as 19th man in Neil Henry’s extended squad for this weekend. Zillman’s experience could provide the visitors with some much needed experience on their edge. However confirmation of his playing status in unlikely to be confirmed until just before kickoff.

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