Competition - NRL
Round - 17
Teams – Sea Eagles V Dragons
Date –  4th of July 2016
Venue – Brookvale Oval
Photographer – Cox
Description –

The St George Illawarra Dragons will return home to host the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Friday (7:50pm).

The Red-and-Whites return to action following on from their designated bye and will be looking to cement their place inside the top eight with a win.

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The Dragons will be without the services of halfback Benji Marshall for the fixture and will miss out on celebrating his 250th first-grade appearance milestone.

Furthermore, Dragons fullback Josh Dugan has also been omitted after suffering a jaw injury while representing the NSW Blues on Wednesday.

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St George Illawarra Dragons

Position

Gold Coast Titans

TBC

Fullback

David Mead

Kalifa Faifai Loa

Wing

Anthony Don

Euan Aitken

Centre

Josh Hoffman

Kurt Mann

Centre

Konrad Hurrell

Jason Nightingale

Wing

Nene Macdonald

Gareth Widdop

Five-eighth

Tyrone Roberts

TBC

Halfback

Ash Taylor

Russell Packer

Prop

Luke Douglas

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Nathan Peats

Tyson Frizell

Prop

Ryan James

Jacob Host

Second Row

Zab Taia

Joel Thompson

Second Row

Chris McQueen

Jack de Belin

Lock

Greg Bird

 

 

 

Tariq Sims

Interchange

Eddy Pettybourne

Leeson Ah Mau

 

Leivaha Pulu

Dunamis Lui

 

Agnatius Paasi

Jake Marketo

 

Nathan Friend

Tyrone McCarthy

 

Nathaniel Peteru

 

 

Ryan Simpkins

Gold Coast Titans

The Titans too are coming off their respective bye round after dropping two straight games to the New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders.

One of the things that Head Coach Neil Henry will be hoping to solidify is his sides defence, after they have allowed the third most missed tackles this season (517), including 63 in their last two games.

Meanwhile, the Titans will be boosted by the return of halfback Ash Taylor and fullback David Mead, a worrying sign for an attack that has averaged just shy of 24 points per game in their last seven matches.  

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (8th)

Gold Coast Titans (9th)

Record

8 wins, 8 losses

7 wins, 9 losses

Points

215

15th

335

9th

Tries

37

15th

57

9th

Line Breaks

42

15th

48

13th 

Tackle Busts

418

13th

345

16th

Offloads

154

12th

185

7th

Tackles

5607

1st

5055

14th

Missed Tackles

405

14th

517

3rd

Head To Head

The Dragons and Titans have been hard to separate over the last couple of years, with four of the last six games being decided by two points or less, including a 19-18 victory at Cbus Super Stadium, Robina last season.

The Dragons have also won 11 of their 16 starts against the Titans, including four of their last six, and five of seven all time outside of Queensland.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

9

May 12, 2013

Loss

 

Gold Coast Titans - 15

St George Illawarra Dragons - 14

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

15

June 22, 2014

Win

Gold Coast Titans - 18

St George Illawarra Dragons - 19

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

24

August 24, 2014

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons - 34

Gold Coast Titans - 6

UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

25

August 30, 2015

Loss

Gold Coast Titans - 28

St George Illawarra Dragons - 26

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

7

April 16, 2016

Win

Gold Coast Titans - 14

St George Illawarra Dragons - 19

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

Quotes

“With eight games to go, we want to win as many as we can but we can't look too far ahead. Although it's a shame for Parramatta (losing their competition points), it presents us with an opportunity to make sure we can consolidate a spot." - Jason Nightingale

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“(The Titans) have proved a lot of people wrong. They are only sitting two points out of the eight… so it’s a really important game when you look at the context.” - Paul McGregor

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Match Day Details

Date: Friday, July 15
Venue: UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
Gates Open: 5.15pm
NYC: 5.30pm
NRL: 7.50pm
Broadcast: Channel Nine and Fox Sports

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