Friday’s only NRL Round 19 match is between St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans. The opening bounce is set to commence at 20:00 local time with the game to be played at Jubilee Oval. The away team Gold Coast Titans are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans.
When: 20:00 | Friday 15/07/2016
Where: Jubilee Oval
Tip: Gold Coast Titans at $2.15
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Tim Lafai at $17.00
Dragons: 1 Josh Dugan 2 Kalifa Faifai Loa 3 Euan Aitken 4 Kurt Mann 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop 7 Benji Marshall 8 Russell Packer 9 Mitch Rein 10 Tyson Frizell 11 Jacob Host 12 Joel Thompson 13 Jack De Belin. Interchange: 14 Tariq Sims 15 Leeson Ah Mau 16 Dunamis Lui 17 Jacob Marketo 19 Tyrone McCarthy.
Titans: 1 David Mead 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Konrad Hurrell 5 Nene MacDonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ashley Taylor 8 Luke Douglas 9 Nathan Peats 10 Ryan James 11 John Zebelon Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird Interchange: 14 Eddy Pettybourne 15 Leivaha Pulu 16 Agnatius Paasi 17 Nathan Friend 18 Nathaniel Peteru 19 Ryan Simpkins.
His coach may not have agreed at first but Ash Taylor says he will benefit from a welcome break to help Gold Coast Titans stay on the NRL finals path.
A refreshed Taylor will look to make up for lost time when he returns from a groin complaint in Friday night’s clash with St George Illawarra.
It sidelined him for their last match, a round 17 loss to the Warriors.
Taylor made the most of the following bye week and backed himself to help the Titans stay in the top eight hunt with a win against the Dragons at Kogarah.
Taylor revealed coach Neil Henry at first considered rolling the dice and risk playing his prized No.7 against the Warriors.
However, the young playmaker is sure glad he won the battle of wills with his coach – and is positive Henry will soon be too.
“Obviously being rested against the Warriors and then having the bye as well really worked out well for myself and I’m feeling very confident with where I am at the moment,” Taylor said.
“Neil said he was going to risk me playing (against Warriors) but that could jeopardise the rest of the season.
“I just wanted to make sure I’m right for the rest of the season and if that meant taking the week off then I’ll take the week off.”
Taylor expects on Tuesday to be named for the Dragons clash along with David Mead and Konrad Hurrell.
Mead (knee) is expected to slot into fullback with co-captain William Zillman (foot) still sidelined.
Hurrell is set to play his second game for the Titans in the centres.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change