Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons
Cbus Super Stadium Friday, 6pm
The Dragons will look to head into next week’s bye on a positive note, when they head north to take on the Gold Coast Titans this Friday night.
Coach Paul McGregor will be hoping his side can reproduce the form they showed in the second half last week against the Knights, when they scored four unanswered tries.
Despite winning four of their last six on the Gold Coast, the Dragons will be weary of a Titans side with attacking weapons across the park.
The Gold Coast snapped a four game losing streak last week against the Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium, and will be desperate to come away with the win and improve their changes of playing finals football.
Doubles to Konrad Hurrell and Jarryd Hayne will only give the team more confidence, as they return to play their first game at home since Round 14.
Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan, 2. Nene Macdonald, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop (c), 7. Kurt Mann, 8. Russell Packer, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Leeson Ah Mau, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims, 15. Jacob Host, 16. Hame Sele, 17. Josh McCrone, 18. Blake Lawrie, 19. Taane Milne, 21. Matt Dufty, 22. Will Matthews.
Titans: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Will Zillman 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Joe Greenwood 13. Chris McQueen. Interchange: 14. Pat Politoni 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Max King 17. Agnatius Paasi 18. Paterika Vaivai 19. Nathaniel Peteru 20. John Olive 21. Jamal Fogarty
Key Match-Up: Leeson Ah Mau vs. Ryan James: Leeson Ah Mau, who slots into the starting line-up for the injured Paul Vaughan, will come up against four-time Indigenous All Star and Titans captain, Ryan James. Ah Mau was one of the Dragons’ best last weekend, setting season highs in minutes, running metres, runs and tackles. His opposite number, James, has played every game for the Titans this year and leads the team in tackles, and has the second most carries.
The History: Played 17; Titans 6, Dragons 11.
Match Officials: Referees: Grant Atkins, Chris Sutton. Sideline Officials: Ricky MacFarlane, Clayton Sharpe
Televised: Fox League – Live coverage from 5:30pm
Radio: ABC and 2GB