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The Dragons are preparing for a battered and bruised Titans outfit determined to bounce back from their last start 52-point defeat.

As a result of the thumping, the Titans now have the worst ranked defence in the competition having conceded 489 points. Although the Dragons haven't fared much better. 

In attack, the Dragons put some distance between themselves and the Gold Coast, boasting the 12th best attack while the Titans claim the 15th-best.

Over 20 matches between the two sides, the Dragons have produced 13 wins while the Titans have won seven. However, the Titans have a solid record at Kogarah winning three of five visits.  

In discipline there is nothing to split the two sides, both making 205 errors across the season (8th in the league). But defensive errors could hurt the Titans who have missed the most tackles of any team (557). 

Danger man
Ashley Taylor

A lot has been said about the form of Ashley Taylor this season but his lethal attacking skills in previous years still poses a threat to the Dragons.

In 10 appearances this year, Taylor has produced six try assists, four line-break assists and forced three repeat sets.

Off field matters for Taylor has seen him slowly acclimatise back into footy for Intrust Super Cup outfit Tweed Heads. 

In two appearances for the Seagulls, Taylor has scored a try and also produced two try assists, four line-break assists and kicked goals at 100 per cent accuracy.

If Taylor can find his form of previous years and capitalise on his strong reserve grade performances then his influence will dramatically help the Titans.

The odd couple: Reynolds and James Graham

Key match-up

Cameron McInnes v Nathan Peats

Two defensive workhorses go head-to-head in this clash of the dummy-halves. While other players in their respective sides shoulder the attacking responsibilities, both McInnes and Peats lead the charge in defence.

McInnes currently tops the NRL for most tackles made (931) at an amazing efficiency of 93.6 per cent (just 26 missed). On top of his defensive work, McInnes also has four try assists and three tries.

Peats missed a large chunk of the year through injury and has only appeared in nine matches this season. In that time he made 377 tackles including an impressive 60-tackle effort last week.

Paul Vaughan v Jarrod Wallace

When Paul Vaughan runs at Jarrod Wallace on Saturday, the collision will be enough to make the stands at Kogarah shake.

Vaughan has established himself as one of the game's best front-rowers and someone who refuses to take a backward step. Averaging over 13 runs a game, 138 metres and 34.1 tackles this season, Vaughan will be hell bent on getting a long-awaited win.

Wallace has been around since 2012 amassing 131 matches in his eight-season career. Wallace relies on his work-ethic and hard-running which has seen him produce 12 runs a game on average and make 437 tackles.  


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