With the NRL season set to kick off in just two weeks, there’s a lot to look forward to ahead of the finals.
The Titans are one of the most hotly contested teams in the competition and they’ve won the last five finals games, but how do they compare with the other big guns?
Ahead of the season opener, we’ve been keeping an eye on how the Titans are playing and who has impressed.
Below are the biggest storylines heading into the opening game of the NRL finals in Newcastle.
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Will it be another long year for the Cowboys?
It’s hard to say what will happen at the end of the 2017 season, but the Cowboys are expected to have a big summer of recruitment in the coming months, as they prepare for a premiership run.
With a raft of new signings and new faces in place, it looks like the Cowboys will have the players they need to make it to the finals this year.
A good year could be on the cards for the likes of Kurt Baptiste, Josh Dugan, James Tamou and Josh Foran.2.
Can the Storm be a factor?
It will be tough to top last year’s NRL premiership and even tougher to do so in 2019.
The Storm are one foot in the NRL’s elite and it’s hard not to see them as the big-spending team this year and beyond.
But there is a lot of talent on the Storm and there is also plenty of work to be done to bring in players to help them in their quest to win the premiership.
A young forward is on the rise, while a promising young winger has already made a big impression.
The talent pool is huge, but there is plenty of room for improvement.3.
Will the Tigers be a strong team?
The Tigers have been an impressive team this season and they have a good mix of talent and experience, but their big problems lie in the forwards.
The Tigers struggled to keep their composure on the final day of the game, as Mitchell Moses kicked a big penalty and was penalised in the end.
Their forward pack has been a huge issue for them this year, with James Maloney and Daniel Tupou struggling to find a game.
The NRL’s new system will have to work wonders to get the Tigers out of their own way.4.
Can Robbie Farah and Darius Boyd help the Bulldogs to a grand final?
If Robbie Farley was a great player, there would be no doubt he would be on everyone’s wishlist.
He’s an explosive athlete who loves to get in the back of the opposition and will help the Tigers to a final against the Storm.
The Bulldogs will be hoping the new-look defence is a breath of fresh air for the Bulldogs as they aim to end their 10-year drought in the grand final.
The only way to find out is by watching them in action on Friday night.5.
Will James Tedesco and Michael Morgan be at the centre of a blockbuster?
With Josh Reynolds and Jarrod Croker both sidelined with injury, a number of big names are expected at the Bulldogs camp.
Ben Barba, the big man at fullback, is another name to keep an eye out for.
The key for the Tigers is how much support Barba can provide in the ruck, with the young forward being a big question mark.6.
Can Sam Burgess lead the Bulldogs into the final?
The Bulldogs are looking to get back to winning ways, and with the NRL already playing in a few close finals games in 2018, there is no reason to believe the Bulldogs won’t be able to pull it off.
Sam Burgess will be the big question in the Bulldogs’ defence and he will be a key to that.7.
How will Ben Hunt and Luke Brooks fit into the Bulldogs?
Ben Hunt is a player the Bulldogs have lacked since he moved to the club in the off-season.
The 24-year-old has struggled for consistency at the Broncos and the Titans, while the Bulldogs are keen to get him back into the team after he failed to make a single NRL appearance.
A few key points to keep in mind when it comes to how the Bulldogs line up this year:8.
Will Josh Schache and Adam Reynolds be in line for big games?
The Dragons are the best team in the game at the moment, and the Storm will be looking to make an immediate impact in the upcoming season.
Schache will be an intriguing option for the Storm, who are looking for more consistency at centre, and if he can keep the pressure on in 2017 and beyond, then it will be difficult for the Sharks to keep him out of the team.
Schacher is a big target for the Dragons and is a huge threat to the Dragons’ forwards.9.
Will Mitchell Pearce and Michael Gordon be the missing link in the Storm defence?
The Sharks are currently the top team in their division, but it will come