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NRL match preview: Gold Coast Titans vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Date:Sunday, June 22, 2014
Venue:Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick-off:3pm

Titans:1.William Zillman (c) 2.Kevin Gordon 3.Brad Tighe 4.James Roberts 5.David Mead 6.Brad Takairangi 7.Maurice Blair 8.Luke Bailey 9.Beau Falloon 10.Luke Douglas 11.Greg Bird (c) 12.Mark Minichiello 13.Ashley Harrison Interchange: 14.Matthew White 15.Caleb Binge 16.Ben Ridge 17.Matt Srama 16.David Taylor 17.Nate Myles (c)

Dragons:1.Adam Quinlan 2.Charly Runciman 3.Josh Dugan 4.Gerard Beale 5.Jason Nightingale 6.Gareth Widdop 7.Benji Marshall 8.Ben Creagh (c) 9.Mitch Rein 10.Mike Cooper 11.Leeson Ah Mau 12.Joel Thompson 13.Trent Merrin Interchange:14.Jack de Belin 15.Will Matthews 16.Shane Pumipi 17.Bronson Harrison

The Gold Coast Titans host the St George Illawarra Dragons at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday, June 22, with both sides desperate to keep in touch with the top 8 after inconsistent performances have prevented them from making an impact on the competition.

Both sides are coming off 4-point losses, the Titans going down to an under strength Melbourne Storm while the Dragons were brave in defeat to the top of the table Penrith Panthers.

Both sides have named their Origin players to back up, and there is a chance new signing Daniel Mortimer may make his debut for the Titans after his mid-season switch from the Sydney Roosters. The Dragons have again named Charly Runciman on the wing, but he could move to centre with Gerard Beale shifted to the wing. They have lost prop Tyson Frizell for 8 weeks with an ankle injury.

The Titans have not tasted victory since their round 8 match against the Wests Tigers and have a number of injury concerns, especially in the halves. The Dragons have been steadily improving under Paul McGregor and pushed the Panthers all the way last week, let down by their discipline which resulted in two Panthers tries.

Both sides need the two points but McGregor has the Dragons competing for the full 80 minutes and they will be a real test for the struggling Titans.

Dragons by 10.

University of Wollongong alumni and aspiring journalist.

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