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The fifth-placed Roosters will be the red-hot favourites for Saturday's elimination final but that won't bother a Titans side coming off arguably its best performance of the season.

Trent Robinson's injury-ravaged squad has performed admirably despite having millions of dollars of its salary cap on the sidelines to come within a whisker of a top-four finish.

They warmed up for the finals with an impressive win over the Raiders.

The Titans' 10-14 record was enough to scrape into eighth spot with a better differential than the Sharks but they saved their best till last, piling on a big score against the Warriors in a game they had to win by at least 11 points. 

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Gold Coast, as the only remaining Queensland team in the playoffs, should at least have the crowd on their side even though they'll be lining up a long way from home.

With a few attacking weapons, they represent a challenging task in week one of the finals.

The rundown

Team news

Roosters: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee) a confirmed starter after missing for each of the last two weeks.

Isaac Liu starts at prop with Siosiua Taukeiaho to come off the bench. Victor Radley returns to the starting pack, pushing Egan Butcher to the bench.

Dale Copley is the 18th man with Ben Thomas dropping out of the playing squad an hour before kick-off. Ben Marschke and Naufahu Whyte were the two players omitted 24-hours before the match.

The Roosters have won their past seven games against the Titans.

Titans: Kevin Proctor (shoulder) returns to the second row, while David Fifita remains on the bench as he has for six of the Titans' past seven games.

Fifita will require a pain-killing injection to his ribs on Saturday prior to taking the field after damaging cartilage last month.

Sam McIntyre is the 18th man, with Toby Sexton dropping off the reserves list on game day. Greg Marzhew and Anthony Don were dropped from the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Over half of the Titans' line-up will be playing their first NRL finals match.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Phillip Sami
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Adam Keighran
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tyrone Peachey
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Lachlan Lam
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
  • Prop for Roosters is number 15 Isaac Liu
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Erin Clark
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Sam Walker
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Egan Butcher
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 David Fifita
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jaimin Jolliffe

Reserves

  • Reserve for Roosters is number 18 Dale Copley
    Reserve for Titans is number 18 Sam McIntyre

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Chris Butler
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

James Tedesco v Jayden Campbell: Tedesco has been simply brilliant through the closing rounds of the season, leading the way with some huge performances.

AJ Brimson could have been a season-ending loss for the Titans but Campbell's irrepressible form has given the Titans a new edge in attack and his scintillating two-try effort against the Warriors has him primed for a big game in his maiden finals match. 

Stat attack

Only two forwards in history have scored more tries than the 17 recorded by David Fifita this year - Steve Menzies (1995 and 1998) and Frank Burge (1915, 1916 and 1918).

His tally of 17 is also the most in a season by a Titan, eclipsing David Mead and James Roberts (both 16). The second-best try-scoring forward this year is the Roosters' own edge weapon Sitili Tupouniua (12). 

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