2020 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Saturday 20th June, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

What is the expected weather for Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? 19c, partly cloudy

What channel is Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Gold Coast Titans vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Thompson, Don, Kelly, Tonumaipea, Sami, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Clark, Lisone, Proctor, Cartwright, Arrow – Interchanges: T. Boyd, Jolliffe, Hipgrave, Peachey – Reserves: Fermor, Wallace

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), AJ Brimson (Injured), Dale Copley (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans were unable to build on their win over Wests Tigers as they were blown away by a strong first half showing from South Sydney Rabbitohs and could not get back into the game despite a better effort in the second half.
  • The Titans trailed by 20 points at the break as errors crept into their game once again and the 16 they made last week took them to a total of 60 for the year, only seven behind Canterbury Bulldogs who entered the round with the most errors in the NRL.
  • The Titans also missed 36 tackles and their 208 for the season is 35 more than any other side heading into Round 6 so they will hope the arrival of a new fullback in Corey Thompson can at least help with their organisation with Phillip Sami reverting to the wing and Brian Kelly switching inside to the centres to replace the injured Dale Copley.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Kerr, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, Fuimaono, Graham – Interchanges: Hunt, Merrin, Lawrie, Host – Reserves: Ford, Saab

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tim Lafai (Match Fitness), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Tariq Sims (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons helped to relieve some of the pressure on beleaguered head coach Paul McGregor as they picked up their first win of the year with a scrappy victory over Cronulla Sharks last week.
  • There is still plenty of work to be done for the Dragons after the 30-16 success but they were much better last week as they completed 42 of their 48 sets for a solid completion rate of 88% which was their best of the campaign so far.
  • On the back of that success, the Dragons have named the same 17 as last week with Ben Hunt set to be introduced from the bench once again while James Graham will also play despite his request to return to Super League.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons became the last team to get off the mark in the 2020 season as they came out on top against Cronulla Sharks last week but their challenge will be to back that up here. They face Gold Coast Titans who were outclassed by South Sydney Rabbitohs last week but this is a different level of opposition and they are also boosted by the signing of Corey Thompson from Wests Tigers. The quality on show in this game is unlikely to be the best of the weekend and despite the Titans losing their last four against the Dragons, Gold Coast can come out on top with a +4 start.

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