NRL Round 6 Preview - Titans v Dragons

Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons
Skilled Park, Friday 16 April 2010, kickoff 7:35pm

If the Titans are able to get early points in this match - they have the talent and discipline to put pressure on a Dragons attack that thrives on opposition errors. Saints are an elite team in this year's premiership but questions have been asked after their loss to Melbourne if they can stand the heat of big games.

This is a big game. The Titans will have loads of confidence after last week's come-from-behind victory over the reigning premiers and that will carry over to this blockbuster. They will match the dragons' traditionally intense opening 20 minutes. Discipline will decide who finishes stronger and this makes it hard to tip against the Dragons. So I won't. Greg Bird was magnificent last week so the visitors will be all over him to nullify the home side's main attacking weapon. Titans get frustrated - Saints win.

Man of the Match Prediction: Dean Young
Tip: Saints 20-18


Titans: 1. William Zillman 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Mat Rogers 4. Joseph Tomane 5. David Mead 6. Greg Bird 7. Preston Campbell 8. Luke Bailey 9. Nathan Friend 10. Brad Meyers 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison
Interchange: 14. Matt White 15. Michael Henderson 16. Sam Tagataese 17. Riley Brown; Reserves: 18. Will Matthews

1. Darius Boyd 2. Brett Morris 3. Beau Scott 4. Matt Cooper 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Ben Hornby (c) 8. Dan Hunt 9. Luke Priddis 10. Michael Weyman 11. Neville Costigan 12. Ben Creagh 13. Dean Young
Interchange: 14. Jon Green 15. Nick Emmett 16. Trent Merrin 17. Michael Greenfield; Reserves: 18. Ricky Thorby 19. Michael Lett

Referees: Tony Archer & Jason Robinson; Sideline Officials: Steve Chiddy & Gavin Morris; Video Referee: Steve Clark