Match Preview: Round 15
The St George Illawarra Dragons travel north of the state border to face the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, Robina on Sunday (kick-off 3.00pm).
The Dragons take to the road on the back of a narrow four-point loss to table-toppers the Penrith Panthers last round in a fixture void of NSW representative duo Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Paul McGregor still described the previous encounter as his team’s best performance of the season and this week welcomes back the aforementioned pair to his travelling party.
McGregor has named Dugan in the centres meaning utility Charly Runciman, who took over duties in the three-fourths role, shifts to the wing.
Furthermore, Merrin reprises his role as starting lock in lieu of utility Tyson Frizell, who sustained a high-ankle injury last round and must know sit-out on the sidelines for at least eight weeks.
Dragons utility Peter Mata’utia has been and prop Dan Hunt, who is overcoming a mild groin injury, have been included as 18th and 19th men respectively for the fixture.
The Titans return home following their own four-point loss to the Melbourne Storm and welcome back several representative talents of their own.
The home side welcome back NSW representative lock Greg Bird as well as Queensland Maroons duo Nate Myles and Dave Taylor, with all three players expected to link-up with newly-recruited halfback Daniel Mortimer following his transfer from the Sydney Roosters midweek.