The end of the season can't come quickly enough for these two teams.

It seems an eternity ago, but in fact, it was less than a year since the Dragons were most unlucky to lose in the second week of the 2018 finals against the Rabbitohs.

What followed for them in 2019 has been most disappointing.

As for the Titans, the brave souls who viewed them as finals contenders during the pre-season will think twice before doing so again in 2020.

The side that prepares - and plays - in the most professional manner will win this game. As to which side that is, it's anyone's guess.

Match: Titans v Dragons

Round 25 -

Full Time
Titans

Home Team

Titans

Scored 16 points
Dragons

Away Team

Dragons

Scored 24 points

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • Nine Network
  • LIVE PASS

The Rundown

Team news

Titans: Tanah Boyd will start at halfback against the Dragons with Ryley Jacks moving to the bench. Ash Taylor and Anthony Don were the first cuts 24 hours out from kick-off while Will Matthews and Kallum Watkins were omitted an hour before game time. Tyrone Peachey reverts to centre following Watkins' axing. The Titans have not won a final round game since 2014.

Dragons: The Dragons will line up 1-17 for their final match of 2019. Patrick Kaufusi and Zac Lomax were the first cuts to the 21-man squad on Friday and Matt Dufty and Jacob Host were cut an hour before kick-off. The Dragons are going with four forwards on the bench, including Jeremy Latimore in his NRL swansong. The Dragons have scored 136 points in their past three games against the Titans.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Michael Gordon
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Corey Norman
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Jesse Arthars
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Tristan Sailor
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Tyrone Peachey
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jonus Pearson
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Gareth Widdop
  • Halfback for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jai Arrow
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Sam Stone
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jackson Ford
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Nathan Peats
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 7 Ryley Jacks
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jai Whitbread
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Korbin Sims
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Bryce Cartwright
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Luciano Leilua
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jack Stockwell
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Josh Kerr

Key match-up

Jai Arrow v Tyson Frizell. This pair would find a spot in every team in the NRL. Arrow has been a shining light for the Titans while Frizell remains a mainstay for the Blues. Both are in the running for Test selection come the end of the year.

For the Titans to win

Defend, defend and then defend again. The Titans have struggled to maintain defensive intensity for more than just a few sets at a time for most the past few months. Can they achieve what they've been missing in their last hurrah for 2019?

For the Dragons to win

Hope the young brigade show enough to suggest better times are ahead. Tristan Sailor, Jackson Ford and Blake Lawrie have the ability to become central figures in a Dragons revival in 2020. 

Brett Kimmorley says

They played a few weeks ago and there was about 60 points scored. It could be the same again this weekend. It is a hard game to get a read on. The Titans might actually be able to produce one last strong performance at home. I’ve no idea who is going to play out of their skin for the Titans but this is a game they can win. Titans by 1

Stat Attack

Since 2013, the Titans have had just one season in which they've finished the year with 10 or more wins. That came in 2016 when they had 11 and squeezed into the top eight.

And another thing ...

Barring an amazing haul in his final match, Michael Gordon will retire in 13th place on the NRL's all-time list of point scorers. Luke Burt (1793) is in 12th spot.