19 Sep 2009

Eels smash Titans to set up big clash with Dogs

6:59 am on 19 September 2009

The Eels have ended Gold Coast's season to set up the biggest preliminary final showdown in the history of the National Rugby League play-offs.

The eighth-placed home side thrashed the third-placed Titans 27-2 at the Sydney Football Stadium in front of 28,524 fans to set the stage for a blockbuster grand final qualifier with the Bulldogs next Friday at ANZ Stadium.

The rags to riches story of both clubs - the Dogs looking to go from wooden spooners to premiers in one season and the Eels rising from second-last just 10 weeks ago - could pull in excess of 60,000 fans.