St George Illawarra
Dragons
42
Gold Coast
Titans
16
FULLTIME
2017-08-12T05:00:00Z
UOW Jubilee Oval

Preview

The Dragons’ free fall down the NRL ladder continues after a woeful capitulation last week against South Sydney however if any side had a worse time of it last weekend, it’s this weeks opponent, the Titans.

A 54-0 drubbing at the hands of the Broncos put the Gold Coast club in the competition’s bottom three as their 2017 season draws to a close.


The Dragons’ last four losses have come against bottom eight teams and they simply cannot make that number five this weekend if they still want to play finals football.

Josh Dugan was cleared of any serious injury and will line up this week while they welcome back Hame Sele and Blake Lawrie to the side.

Kevin Proctor returns for the Titans while Ashley Taylor was cleared of any structural damage to his knee and will take his place in the starting side.

This game could possibly be the ugliest game of 2017 or it may also be an offensive showcase. As for which way it will go, we have no idea.

The Dragons can kiss finals football goodbye should they drop this one at home and with a 63% win record at Jubilee Oval, we’ll (not very confidently) back them to take home the points.

Dragons by 8.

Team Lists


Team Lists


Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Dragons   Titans
7 Tries 3
6 Conversions 2
1 Penalty Goals
Field Goals

Attack

Dragons   Titans
218 All Runs 149
1,876 All Run Metres 1,378
13 Line Breaks 5
14 Offloads 12

Defense

Dragons   Titans
393 Kick Metres 197
40/20
284 Tackles 330
15 Missed Tackles 39

Discipline

Dragons   Titans
7 Penalties Conceded 10
8 Errors 11
Sin Bin
Send Offs

Player Stats


Top Kick Metres

 PlayerTOT
Kurt Mann200
Gareth Widdop185
Ashley Taylor140
Kane Elgey51
Tyrone Roberts6

Summary

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Another poor defensive performance by the Titans. Hayne (2), Don (3), Copley (5), Olive (3) and Zillman (3), James (7), Proctor (4), Greenwood (4), King (2) and Vaivai (2) all missed too many tackles, which killed the Titans’ chances of winning. Offensively, while Hayne, Copley, James and Vaivai all exceeded 100 run meters which was positive the rest underperformed.

    The Titans need some major changes to their top 13, let alone their top 17.

    • Defence has been the issue all year alfie, we’re missing a hit-man like Greg Bird to stiffen up the middle. As a Titans fan, this would be my team for Round 1 next year.

      1. New Fullback, possibly one of the youngsters (eg. Phillip Sami or Tyrone Roberts-Davis)
      2. Anthony Don
      3. Konrad Hurrell
      4. Dan Sarginson
      5. Dale Copley
      6. Tyrone Roberts (Must re-sign Asap)
      7. Ash Taylor
      8. J Wallace
      9. Nathan Peats
      10. Ryan James
      11. Kev Proctor
      12. Joe Greenwood
      13. Ryan Simpkins (has a workload that could be compared to that of Ashley Harrison. Stiffens up the middle and played great before he was injured.)
      //
      14. Morgan Boyle
      15. Brenton Lawrence
      16. Agnatius Paasi (if resigned) // Paterika Vaivai
      17. Karl Lawton
      18. Max King
      19. Jai Arrow
      20. Nathaniel Peteru
      Coach: Neil Henry, for now.
      Our right edge isn’t ideal, but it”ll have to work. Our forwards need to step it up. Hayne needs to go.

  2. Whilst they thrashed a hopeless Titans outfit yesterday, it is all too little, too late for the Dragons in 2017. Broncos at Suncorp, Panthers at Penrith Park and then the Dogs. I can’t see two wins in that group. The Knights and Rabbitohs losses have killed their season.

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