Dragons vs Titans Round 8 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Dragons vs Titans Tips

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans free NRL tips, predictions and preview will be available in the days leading up to the game.

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans free NRL tips, predictions and preview will be available in the days leading up to the game.

Dragons vs Titans Tips

Dragons vs Titans Match Details

?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Friday August 28
Time: 6.00pm AEST
? Stadium: Jubilee Stadium

Dragons vs Titans 2020 Form (last five matches)

Dragons (LLLWW)

  • R11: Sharks 28-24 Dragons
  • R12: Dragons 24-32 Rabbitohs
  • R13: Dragons 16-24 Roosters
  • R14: Eels 12-14 Dragons
  • R15: Broncos 24-28 Dragons

Titans (LLWLL)

  • R11: Titans 14-22 Panthers
  • R12: Roosters 18-12 Titans
  • R13: Titans 30-10 Cowboys
  • R14: Sharks 30-18 Titans
  • R15: Titans 16-36 Raiders

Dragons vs Titans Head to Head (last five matches)

Dragons have won the last five meetings between the teams.

  • 20/6/20: Titans 8-20 Dragons
  • 7/9/19: Titans 16-24 Dragons
  • 10/8/19: Dragons 40-28 Titans
  • 25/3/18: Titans 8-54 Dragons
  • 12/8/17: Dragons 42-16 Titans

Dragons vs Titans Preview and Prediction

Four points outside the top eight with five games remaining, the Dragons need a miracle to make the finals, but all they can do is keep winning and hope other results go their way – starting with Friday’s clash with the Titans.

For me, the Dragons are the most in-form team out of the current bottom-eight, improving considerably from their woeful start to the season.

The likes of Matt Dufty, Mikaele Ravalawa and Zac Lomax have been revelations in attack, with all three scoring 10 tries or more for the season.

Dufty is arguably the most-improved player of the season with 11 tries, nine try assets and 11 line break assists, while Lomax is the leading point-scorer in the premiership, notching up 10 tries and 47 goals in 15 matches.

All three will relish taking on a Titans defence that leaked 36 points to the Raiders last week.

Gold Coast have played some of their best football in years this season, but the fact remains that they simply lack the class and depth to compete with the best sides week in and week out.

After conceding 30 points or more in their last two games, I think the Titans will struggle to contain the Dragons’ blistering attack.

It’s shaping as a high-scoring game at Jubilee (the ground where the most points have been scored on average per game in 2020), but the Dragons have far more firepower and should be able to rack up a relatively comfortable win on home turf.

Dragons vs Titans Teams

Jackson Ford and Billy Brittain come into the Dragons side for the injured Korbin Sims and suspended Paul Vaughan.

Ash Taylor is back for the Titans, returning in the halves as Tanah Boyd drops to the reserves. Tyrone Peachey starts at lock for the suspended Moeiaki Fotuaika, while Erin Clark returns on the bench.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Kerr 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Kaide Ellis 15. Trent Merrin 16. Jackson Ford 17. Billy Brittain 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tristan Sailor 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Max Feagai

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Sam Stone 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Erin Clark 15. Sam Lisone 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Jai Whitbread 18. Tanah Boyd 19. Anthony Don 20. Treymain Spry 21. Darius Farmer

Dragons vs Titans Stats

  • Dragons have won the last five games between the teams
  • Dragons have scored 40 points ore more in three of those wins
  • Dragons going for three wins in a row for the first time in over a year
  • Titans have lost four of their last five games
  • Titans have conceded 30 points or more in their last two games
  • Mikaele Ravalawa has scored eight tries in his last 11 games
  • Jubilee Stadium is the highest scoring venue in the league, averaging 47 points per game

Dragons vs Titans Best Bet