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These two sides piled on 70 points between them in round seven as they broke the shackles in a big way to post impressive wins.

The Titans were averaging a meagre 11 points per game before running 30 past the battling Broncos on Saturday while the Matt Moylan-inspired Sharks beat Manly 40-22 to easily surpass their previous best score of 26 in round four.

Confidence breeds confidence so there should be no shortage of free-flowing attack as Moylan, Shaun Johnson, Jesse Ramien and Sione Katoa match motors with a reinvigorated Ash Taylor and a posse of flyers headlined by the in-form Anthony Don and Brian Kelly.

The Rundown

Team News

Titans: Bryce Cartwright is a surprise starter in the centres for Gold Coast in place of Brian Kelly who drops right out of the match-day squad.

Beau Fermor takes the place of veteran forward Kevin Proctor (ruptured biceps muscle) in the second row. Proctor is out for at least two weeks and winger Phil Sami (dislocated shoulder) for six weeks after training mishaps during the week.

Tyrone Roberts is up from the reserves to fullback with Corey Thompson switching to the wing. Jai Whitbread is the other match-day omission.

The Titans are aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since round six, 2019.

Sharks: Andrew Fifita has again dropped back to the bench in a switch with Braden Hamlin-Uele. Scott Sorensen and Connor Tracey are the final cuts from the Sharks squad. Former Roosters, Dragons and Cowboys winger Nene Macdonald was omitted from the extended bench on Friday, denying him his Sharks debut. Will Kennedy was also dropped 24 hours out from kick-off.

Josh Dugan failed to finish the Manly game with calf tightness but has been cleared to play. Sione Katoa has scored five tries in his past two games.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 21 Tyrone Roberts
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Matt Moylan
  • Winger for Titans is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Tyrone Peachey
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Titans is number 16 Bryce Cartwright
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Bryson Goodwin
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 19 Beau Fermor
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
    Interchange for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Toby Rudolf
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jarrod Wallace
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Siosifa Talakai
  • Interchange for Titans is number 18 Erin Clark
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt

Key match-up

Corey Thompson v Matt Moylan. Thompson was strong in his first full match for the Titans, recording 134 metres at fullback. He’s up against Moylan, who contributed two try assists the win over Manly and looked to have his old spark back.

Stat attack

In the six games he has played this year, Titans prop Moeaki Fotuaika has run for 1000m, an average of 166.6m per match. In the win over the Broncos he ran for 154m on 15 carries.