Match Preview: Round 24
By Nathan Beuman
The St George Illawarra Dragons will host the Gold Coast Titans at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
The Red-and-Whites concurred the dreaded Canberra ‘hoodoo’ in the nation’s capital last round and return home to face a Titan’s outfit that put up a strong challenge against competition leaders the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
The Dragons took it to the Raiders a week ago, scoring seven tries to three in a 34-16 rout at GIO Stadium.
Both Dragons wingers will look to replicate their scintillating form they showed against the Green Machine with Brett Morris picking up a hat-trick, whilst his partner in crime Jason Nightingale bagged himself a double.
Meanwhile, the Gold Coast threw everything they had at the Sea Eagles with a Daly Cherry-Evans extra point and a penalty goal by Jamie Lyon just before full time proving the difference.
Under the tutelage of caretaker Head Coach Neil Henry, the Titans looked like a much different team and will certainly look to go one better with a win over the Red V on Sunday.
Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor has made just the one change with Bronson Harrison being named as 18th man for the clash.
The Titans have made just the one adjustment from the side that took on the Sea Eagles with 26-year-old Tom Kingston being brought onto the bench and forcing Paul Carter to 18th man.
Despite claiming the points in each of the first five meetings between the clubs, the last eight have been split evenly, with neither side able to string together two wins.
While the Dragons hold an overall advantage, the story is different at Jubilee Oval, with the hosts having failed to win either of the sides’ two clashes at the venue since the Titans entered the competition in 2007.