Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks preview: Can the Sharks carry on form from Manly victory?

The Gold Coast Titans host the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at the Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday in a game where the visitors will likely be favourites. 

The Sharks pulled off a great win away to a Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles who struggled with the loss of Tom Trbojevic. Cronulla scored seven tries in 65 minutes, with Sione Katoa playing a big role on the wing and Shaun Johnson's kicking ability also important, with six conversions.

The Titans also found themselves victorious last weekend, winning 12-30 in the Queensland derby against the Brisbane Broncos in front of socially-distanced supporters.

Team news

For the Titans, Tyrone Peachey will start at centre in place of Dale Copley and Bryce Cartwright has been recalled on the bench. Tyrone Roberts, who had an ankle injury, has again been included on the team's bench and remains an option

For the visitors, Andrew Fifita has been named once again to start at prop but he switched with Brandon Hamlin-Uele on the interchange last week and could well do it again. Nene Macdonald has been included on an extended bench and could make his debut for the Sharks.

Although Josh Dugan failed to finish the game against Manly due to calf tightness, he should be fine to play on Saturday.

Teams

Gold Coast Titans

Starting 13: Thompson, Don, Kelly, Peachey, Sami, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Rein, Jolliffe, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow

Interchange: Boyd, Lisone, Cartwright, Wallace

Reserves: Clark, Fermor, Whitbread, Roberts

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Starting 13: Moylan, Katoa, Dugan, Ramien, Goodwin, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Williams

Interchange: Rudolf, Hamlin-Uele, Talakai, Hunt

Reserves: Sorensen, Tracey, Kennedy, Macdonald

Form guide

Gold Coast Titans: WLLWL

Cronulla Sharks: WWLWL

Ones to watch

Gold Coast Titans - Jamal Fogarty

If you're keeping your eye on anybody in the Titans side for Saturday's game, then Jamal Fogarty might be the one who you should be.

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The steadying influence of Fogarty helps to free up Ash Taylor to focus on his own attack and against the Broncos, Fogarty looked after a lot of the general play and allowed Taylor to take on the line when in an attacking position.

Although he hasn't come up with much individual brilliance, there's no doubt that head-coach Holbrook will be pleased with how the inexperienced halfback has helped the team.

Cronulla Sharks - Matt Moylan

Matt Moylan has found himself warming to the task of being a quality fullback for Cronulla once again.

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In the three games that he has played 68 minutes or more this season, the Sharks have won all three.

He recorded two try assists in a solid performance against Manly and a good game against the Titans would set him up for a round nine clash against his old team, the Penrith Panthers.

Where to watch on TV and stream

The game is set to kick off at 06:00BST/13:00ACT and will be available to watch worldwide

  • For viewers in Australia, Fox League have coverage of Friday's game
  • For those in the United Kingdom, the match is available to watch on Sky Sports Arena.
  • For international viewers, Watch NRL will be broadcasting the game
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