Titans Trio Returns Against Dragons

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Jamal Idris had his best game of the year against New Zealand last week. Source: Getty Images/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 16 2012 – St George Illawarra Dragons 8 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at WIN Stadium
Round 14 2011 – Gold Coast Titans 28 d St George Illawarra Dragons 14 at WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 1 2011 – St George Illawarra Dragons 25 d Gold Coast Titans 16 at Skilled Park
Round 20 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 11 d St George Illawarra Dragons 10 at WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 6 2010 – St George Illawarra Dragons 19 d Gold Coast Titans 6 at Skilled Park

Current Form

  Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8 
Titans

W

L

W

L

L

Dragons

W

W

W

L

L


Ben Ridge, Kevin Gordon and David Mead all return for the Titans  this weekend as the clubs attempts to avoid a third straight defeat when they tackle the Dragons  at Skilled Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A promising start to 2013 has largely been undone by three defeats in the clubs past four matches, but their injury worries are finally starting to abate.

While the Gold Coast welcomes key personnel back into its ranks, the Dragons have been dealt a cruel blow with Kangaroos winger Brett Morris unavailable after undergoing surgery on a knee injury picked up in his side’s round eight defeat to Manly. Matt Cooper has been named to play despite missing last week 24-18 defeat to the Sea Eagles with a toe injury and the club is hopeful he will take his place.

1st Tryscorer

Jamal Idris  arguably has his best game in a Titans jersey against the Warriors last week scoring two tries and busting seven tackles. If he can maintain that sort of form, he will not only pose a major problem for the St George Illawarra defence but he will also give New South Wales selectors something to think about.

Chase Stanley  may have only scored one four pointer this season but he has been one of the Dragons most consistent players in attack. The centre opened his account for 2013 against Manly last week and look to expose the Titans right edge defence that looked vulnerable at times in Auckland.

Prediction

Both of these sides are coming off back-to-back defeats but it is the Titans that appear better equipped to collect the two points here. You could argue that a bad decision cost them the game against New Zealand last week and they have been boosted by the return of some key players. Gold Coast Titans 1-12

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