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It's a special kind of pain when you lose a match by a field goal so the Titans will want to make up for the one that got away against the Roosters last week with a decisive win over Manly on Sunday.

That will be no easy feat as the Sea Eagles expect to have Tom Trbojevic back in their line-up after a rest following his NSW Origin heroics. 

Manly would be feeling pretty chuffed with their 32-point win over the Cowboys last week - their fourth win in their past five matches.

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The Titans appear more desperate - both for a win (they've lost their past three) and the change in fortunes that would bring. They were humbled by Cronulla in round 12, but followed up with just a six-point loss to Storm, and then a heartbreaking one-pointer against the Roosters (35-34).

The rundown

Team news

Titans: In a blow for the Titans - and possibly Queensland - AJ Brimson has been left out of the team to face Manly.

Originally a reserve, Brimson's omission leaves Jayden Campbell at fullback.

In positional moves announced an hour before kick-off, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui moves from lock to prop with Moeaki Fotuaika dropping back to the bench.

Tyrone Peachey moves from the bench to lock and Mitch Rein from the reserves list to the interchange.

Sam McIntyre will be the 18th man.

Joseph Vuna and Anthony Don dropped off the reserves list on Saturday.

The Titans have scored an average of 32.8 points per game at Cbus Super Stadium in 2021.

Sea Eagles: Kurt Deluis replaces the injured Jake Trbojevic but will start from the bench with Sean Keppie to be the run-on lock. Tevita Funa will be the 18th man.

Christian Tuipulotu and Jake Trbojevic were the two players omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Toafofoa Sipley has been cleared to play after suffering a head knock in his last match. 

Tom Trbojevic returns at fullback after being rested last week in a move that will send Reuben Garrick back to the wing and Brad Parker to the centres. Moses Suli is back on the reserves list.

Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans will play his 250th NRL game.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
  • Prop for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Sam Stone
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 David Fifita
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Karl Lawton
  • Lock for Titans is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Ben Trbojevic
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jai Whitbread
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley
  • Interchange for Titans is number 18 Mitch Rein
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 21 Kurt De Luis

Reserves

  • Reserve for Titans is number 16 Sam McIntyre
    Reserve for Sea Eagles is number 19 Tevita Funa

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Michael Wise
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Daly Cherry-Evans v Jamal Fogarty: There's bound to be a trickle of ill-feeling still towards Cherry-Evans among some Titans fans over the 2015 back-flip on joining the club. So they will be keen to see how their No.7 matches up against the Test and Origin halfback.

Fogarty racked up 18 points against the Roosters last week - two tries and five goals - but DCE was "Mr Magician" in the Sea Eagles' big win over the Cowboys with two line-break assists, three try assists and 13 tackle busts.

Stat attack

The Titans are up among the competition heavyweights when it comes to line breaks. They sit fourth in the NRL behind the Storm, Panthers and Roosters. They are also fifth in tries scored (56) but lurking just behind them in sixth place is Manly (55).

 

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