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

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans taking place? Friday 28th August, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans taking place? Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans? 14c, sunny

What channel is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans? 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Lawrie, Hunt, Kerr, Frizell, Host, McInnes – Interchanges: Ellis, Merrin, Ford, Brittain – Reserves: Blacker, Sailor

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tariq Sims (Injured), Tyrell Fuimaono (Suspended), Paul Vaughan (Suspended), Korbin Sims (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons got off to a superb start in their contest with Brisbane Broncos last week and despite failing to kick-on to give themselves a comfortable night, they were able to do enough to earn the victory in Dean Young’s first game as interim coach.
  • The Dragons were guilty of what they have done several times this season in knocking out sets but asking few questions with their 91% completion rate only producing four tries with two of those coming in the opening five minutes.
  • In his first game back having sat out for two games due to a COVID protocol breach, Paul Vaughan copped a ban so will be sidelined once again while Korbin Sims suffered a calf injury so Jackson Ford and Billy Brittain earn call-ups to the bench.

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Brimson, Thompson, Kelly, Tonumaipea, Sami, Taylor, Fogarty, Wallace, Rein, Jolliffe, Stone, Fermor, Peachey – Interchanges: Clark, Lisone, Hipgrave, Whitbread – Reserves: Boyd, Don

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), Jonus Pearson (Injured), Dale Copley (Injured), Jai Arrow (Injured), Kevin Proctor (Suspended), Moeaki Fotuaika (Suspended), Nathan Peats (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans succumbed to some heavy first half pressure against Canberra Raiders last week as they fell to a 16-36 loss but they will be confident of producing a better display in this one if they can cut down on their errors.
  • The Titans made 12 last week which allowed the Raiders to camp in their half for large spells in the game and they struggled to deal with Canberra eating the metres as they made over 500 more than Gold Coast managed.
  • Ash Taylor was a late scratch last week but returns to the halves for this one but impressive forward Moeaki Fotuaika is ruled out through a suspension which sees Tyrone Peachey start at lock while Mitch Rein makes his long-awaited return from injury in place of Nathan Peats.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons were given a big scare by Brisbane Broncos last week but did enough to earn a 24-28 success and keep their slim chances of making the finals alive. They must make it three wins in a row to keep their top eight hopes alive and they will be confident as they host Gold Coast Titans, although their opponents will have other ideas. The Titans have improved as the season has gone on but fell below that standard last week as they were outplayed by a solid Canberra Raiders outfit. However, they can pose St. George some problems in this one and in what should be an open game, expect to see at least 44 points.

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