Preview: Round 7 v Gold Coast Titans
By Nathan Beuman
The St George Illawarra Dragons will travel to face the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, Robina on Saturday (kick-off 3.00pm).
Head Coach Paul McGregor will be in search of two competition points north of the stateline after going down to the North Queensland Cowboys (Round 5) and Brisbane Broncos (Round 6) previously.
The Dragons have named an 18-man travelling squad for the encounter which includes winger Kalifa Faifai Loa named on the wing.
The Marist Saints junior is poised to make his first appearance for the team since re-joining during the off-season and is part of an 18-man squad named by Head Coach Paul McGregor.
Faifai Loa, who has additionally represented both New Zealand (2011) and Samoa (2013) at international representative level, is joined by halfback Benji Marshall (hamstring), who will partner co-captain Gareth Widdop in the halves.
Furthermore, hooker Siliva Havili has been named on a five-man interchange which also includes props Mike Cooper, Will Matthews and Dunamus Lui as well as utility Josh McCrone.
Gold Coast Titans
The Gold Coast Titans have named an 18-man squad for the fixture and presently sit just outside the top-half of the table.
The Titan’s attack is some of the best in the competition, averaging 22.7 points per game (third most in the NRL) to go along with their 12.8 offloads a game (third most in the NRL).
1. William Zillman
2. Anthony Don
3. Josh Hoffman
4. Nene Macdonald
5. David Mead
6. Cameron Cullen
7. Ashley Taylor
9. Nathan Friend
10. Ryan James
11. Zeb Taia
12. Chris McQueen
13. Greg Bird
14. Luke Douglas
15. Leivaha Pulu
16. Agnatius Paasi
17. Daniel Mortimer
18. Eddy Pettybourne
The Dragons have a great record against the Titans winning 10 of their 15 meetings, including two of the last three.
The Dragons record on the Gold Coast has been good, collecting the two points on four of seven attempts.