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The Titans' season is going in the wrong direction and life doesn't get any easier with the dangerous Rabbitohs outfit coming to Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.

Gold Coast have lost seven of their past eight games to slump to 15th on the ladder with only the Bulldogs below them, while Souths sit eighth with a 6-6 record and have star fullback Latrell Mitchell nearing a comeback.

The Rabbitohs are yet to fully hit their straps but are capable of blowing teams off the park on their day, as they showed in an eight-try romp against Wests Tigers ahead of the bye.

The leaky Titans defence has given up 156 points in their past five games and it's hard to see them putting the clamps on Cody Walker, Campbell Graham and Alex Johnston if they jump on the back of a solid foundation laid up front.

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The Rundown

Team news

Titans: AJ Brimson (COVID protocols) was a late withdrawal on Friday night so Jamayne Isaako moves to fullback and Esan Marsters comes in on the wing. Skipper Tino Fa'asuamaleaui will back up from Origin One but dropped back to the bench on game day with Moeaki Fotuaika to start at lock.

Jayden Campbell is set for a lengthy stint on the sideline with a hamstring injury while winger Corey Thompson (knee) is also out, replaced by Greg Marzhew.

Rabbitohs: The Rabbitohs are 1-17 with no late changes. Cameron Murray and Damien Cook both back up after their Origin performances on Wednesday night, with Cook set to share minutes with young hooker Peter Mamouzelos who was named on the bench. Tevita Tatola is also set to return from a head knock with Mark Nicholls moving to the bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Kodi Nikorima
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Taane Milne
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
  • Winger for Titans is number 18 Esan Marsters
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Paul Turner
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Lachlan Ilias

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Isaac Liu
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Sam McIntyre
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jai Arrow
  • Lock for Titans is number 15 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Peter Mamouzelos
  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark Nicholls
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Hame Sele

Reserves

  • Replacement for Titans is number 20 Aaron Booth
    Replacement for Rabbitohs is number 18 Blake Taaffe

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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Key match-up

Moeaki Fotuaika v Mark Nicholls: Big Mo got through 35 minutes against the Cowboys in his return from an ankle injury and will look to increase his minutes and his impact against the powerful Bunnies pack. Nicholls has had his own injury dramas this season, missing seven games with an ankle issue before returning with 127 running metres against the Tigers in round 12. If the Titans are to turn their season around it has to start in the heavy exchanges with Fotuaika, Jarrod Wallace and Isaac Liu leading the way but they'll have to get past Nicholls and milestone man Thomas Burgess to do it.

Stat Attack

Prolific tryscorer Alex Johnston has racked up 16 line breaks in 12 games, second only to Shark Ronaldo Mulitalo (18). The Titans' leading line breaker is David Fifita with seven in nine games.

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