Round 3 Preview: Gold Coast Titans vs St-George Illawarra Dragons

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Titans vs Dragons
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba, QLD
4:10pm (NSW), 3:10pm (QLD), 7:10pm (NZ)

Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jai Arrow, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Leilani Latu, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Ryan James (c), 13 Bryce Cartwright
Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Will Matthews, 16 Morgan Boyle, 17 Jarrod Wallace
Reserves: 18 Keegan Hipgrave, 19 Joe Greenwood, 20 AJ Brimson, 21 Tyronne Roberts-Davis

Dragons: 1 Matthew Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin
Interchange: 14 Luciano Leilua, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 18 Hame Sele
Reserves: 18 Jeremy Latimore, 19 Zachary Lomax, 20 Reece Robson, 21 Blake Lawrie

The Titans and the Dragons will look to add another two points to the bank account as they head into regional QLD for their round 3 clash on Sunday afternoon. The Titans are looking to bounce back after being outplayed in New Zealand, while the Dragons are wanting to continue their unbeaten run to start off the season.

Very few changes have been made to both sides after last week. Ash Taylor comes back into the starting side after missing with a hamstring injury, with moves Cartwright back to lock. Jarrod Wallace will be coming off the bench, with Hipgrave the man to make way from the side that played last week. The Dragons remain unchanged, however expect to see Latimore coming into the starting side with Sele to make way.

The key match-up here is the halves battle, with Taylor and Hunt looking to make a huge impact early in in the game. Ash Taylor has been involved with over half of the Titans tries since the star of 2017, and you could see that last week; with the Titans looking lost as Cartwright and Elgey teamed up in the halves. Ben Hunt and Gareth Widdop have gelled quicker than super glue, with the two playing fantastically over the first few weeks of the competition. 

The Dragons are known to have fast starts so expect points coming in quickly during this game, with the forward packs driving it up the guts early so the livewire backs can make an impact. Tim Lafai will be looking to have is breakout game of 2018, while Phillip Sami will look to add to his try tally after having one denied last week by the Bunker.

It is a neutral venue, with points galore to be expected. The Dragons have scored 54 points in the first two rounds, while the Titans have score 38 and conceded 48. It would not surprise me at all to see a 50+ point game, but the Dragons will be too strong away from home here. 

Prediction: Dragons 30-22

-Chumpie

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