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The Titans trying to stop competition leaders Storm from winning a record 19th straight game appears a forlorn task but let's not underestimate the power of wanting to play finals football again after five years in the wilderness.

The Titans were gathering good momentum with three straight wins before a Rabbitohs walloping 36-6 last weekend. The valuable lessons learned from that can be applied this week, when Gold Coast face their second top-four side in succession.

For Melbourne, there won't be any complacency. They not only have the Roosters' 1975 record of 19 wins in a row to shoot for, they have a fifth minor premiership in the offing, and they have intense pride in that purple jersey. 

And they will remember there was only a converted try in it (20-14) the last time these two met in round 13. 

The rundown

Team news

Titans: The Titans are 1-17 with no late changes.

David Fifita has been named to start again but may revert to the bench as he has in recent weeks.

AJ Brimson underwent surgery for a fractured jaw on Tuesday and is unlikely to play again this year in a blow for the side's finals chances.

Sam McIntyre returns to the side at lock with Tino Fa'asuamaleaui moving to the front row in place of Moeaki Fotuaika (knee).

Mitch Rein and Herman Ese'ese were the first two players cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. Esan Marsters was the last man cut an hour before kick-off and Phillip Sami is 18th man.

Fifita has scored 12 tries in nine games at Cbus Super Stadium in 2021.

Storm: In a late change an hour before kick-off Aaron Pene joins the bench in jersey No.20 and Aaron Booth drops to 18th man.

Jahrome Hughes (concussion) is replaced by Nicho Hynes in the halves which allows Ryan Papenhuyzen to return to fullback.

George Jennings (knee) is good to go and replaces Dean Ieremia on the wing.

Brandon Smith and Justin Olam have been rested for this week.

Jordan Grant and Trent Loiero were cut from the squad on Wednesday and Isaac Lulelume was the last man cut an hour before kick-off.

The Storm have won 10 of their past 11 games against the Titans.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
    Winger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion Seve
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Nicho Hynes

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 David Fifita
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Sam McIntyre
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Chris Lewis

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tepai Moeroa
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Cooper Johns
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Beau Fermor
    Interchange for Storm is number 20 Aaron Pene

Reserves

  • Reserve for Titans is number 18 Phillip Sami
    Reserve for Storm is number 18 Aaron Booth

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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Key match-up

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui v Kenny Bromwich: Big Tino won a premiership with the Storm 12 months ago but didn't get to face his former club in round 13 as he was on Queensland Origin duty. He makes an average 14 hit-ups, 140 metres and two tackle-busts a game and will probably improve on those stats taking on his Storm mates. Bromwich will work in tandem with his brother Jesse and also Felise Kaufusi to try and limit Tino's impact and again lay a platform for the Storm's red hot backline to go to work. 

Stat attack

Nicho Hynes is the Storm player you want to run alongside if you're keen to try to score some points. He now sits third in the NRL for line-break assists (26) behind Cody Walker and Tom Trbojevic.

 

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