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Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks NRL Preview and Team News - Titans go for the 2017 double over Cronulla

Andrew Hendrie 13 Jul 2017
  • Gold Coast Titans face Cronulla Sharks on Saturday
  • Titans won 16-12 earlier this season
  • Sharks won three meetings before that
Titans host Sharks on Saturday

Cronulla Sharks look to maintain their spot inside the top two when they travel north to face the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium in NRL Round 19 action on Saturday night.

For whatever reason, the Titans and Sharks have been involved in multiple thrilling showdowns over the years, the last of which resulting in a 16-12 win to the Titans at Shark Park.

Could the lowly Titans possibly claim a pair of wins over the reigning premiers in 2017 when they clash again on Saturday night on the Gold Coast?

If they want to have any chance of jostling for a finals spot they will have to. Despite picking up a maximum six points from the last three weeks, including wins over the Titans and Dragons, along with the bye, Gold Coast are still languishing in 14th position on the ladder - six points adrift of the eighth-placed Eels but only two points behind ninth-placed Penrith.

Pretty much every game from here on in is a must-win for the Titans, but at least they have fond memories of their last meeting with Cronulla, giving them big confidence for this Round 19 encounter.

Cronulla meanwhile are looking to cement their position in the top four and possibly close the gap on competition leaders Melbourne.

The Sharks bounced back superbly from their heavy loss to Manly a few weeks ago when they demolished the Roosters in a 40-point blowout, while last week’s bye means they should be fresh for this contest.

Can the Titans rise to the occasion again, or will Cronulla’s overall class shine through in the end? Gold Coast’s great competitive spirit should ensure another battle, at least early on, but the Sharks were tremendous against the Roosters in their last start, and if they can produce anywhere near that level again, they should emerge triumphant.

Stats


  • Sharks won three of the last four meetings
  • Titans won earlier this season by a 16-12 scoreline
  • Eight of the last nine games between the sides have been decided by 12 points or less

Team Lists


All of Cronulla’s Origin stars are expected to back up, while Kurt Capewell replaces Joseph Paulo on the bench.

Gold Coast are unchanged from their last game.

Titans: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. William Zillman 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Joe Greenwood 13. Max King. Interchange: 14. Pat Politoni 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Agnatius Paasi 17. Nathaniel Peteru 18. Paterika Vaivai 19. John Olive 20. Karl Lawton 21. Leivaha Pulu 22. Jamal Fogarty

Sharks: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Gerard Beale 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Jayson Bukuya 15. Chris Heighington 16. Sam Tagataese 17. Kurt Capewell 18. Joseph Paulo 19. James Segeyaro 20. Jesse Ramien 21. Jeremy Latimore 22. Edrick Lee 23. Billy Magoulias


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Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks NRL Preview and Team News - Titans go for the 2017 double over Cronulla

Cronulla Sharks look to maintain their spot inside the top two when they travel north to face the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium in NRL Round 19 action on Saturday night.

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