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The Roosters need the two points to remain in touch with the three teams above them while the Titans continue their search for week-to-week consistency.

You know exactly what you're going to get from a Trent Robinson-coached Roosters team while the Titans, despite showing signs of improvement in 2020, remain a work in progress.

With 80 good minutes against the Roosters they're a chance. Any less and things will be very difficult.

The Rundown

Team news

Roosters: Ryan Hall replaces the injured Brett Morris (back) on the wing while Sitili Tupouniua starts at centre for the injured Josh Morris (calf). Nat Butcher joins Mitchell Aubusson in the second row and Daniel Fifita joins the bench. Christian Tuipulotu and Egan Butcher were the players omitted an hour before kick-off.

Drew Hutchison was cut from the side on Friday. Captain Boyd Cordner remains sidelined due to concussion worries. The Roosters need four points to reach the landmark tally of 40,000 points scored since 1908.

Titans: AJ Brimson starts at fullback and Sam Stone joins the bench, with Corey Thompson and Jai Whitbread dropping out of the extended squad on game day. Keegan Hipgrave returns in the second row. Sam Lisone (shoulder) and Erin Clark were omitted 24 hours before kick-off.

Titans winger Anthony Don has scored six tries in nine games against the Roosters.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Titans is number 21 Alexander Brimson
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Ryan Hall
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Roosters is number 11 Sitili Tupouniua
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Dale Copley
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan Peats
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Tyrone Peachey
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jarrod Wallace
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 20 Daniel Fifita
    Interchange for Titans is number 19 Sam Stone

Key match-up

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves v Moeaki Fotuaika. JWH remains one of the best props in the NRL, consistently winning the battle in the middle third of the field. Fotuaika's rapid climb up the front-rowers ranks has been impressive. Now he has the chance to test himself against one of the best props of the past decade.

Stat Attack

You could not get a greater gap when it comes to rankings for missed tackles than you have between these two teams. The Roosters have the fewest missed tackles of any team (275) while the Titans have the most (397). After 11 games, that means the Titans, on average, miss 11 more tackles than the Roosters each week.