Titans coach wary of pointless Dragons

After a pointless fortnight on the road in Queensland, St George Illawarra will be looking to end their scoring drought on the Gold Coast this weekend.

The Dragons have been held scoreless in defeats to North Queensland and Brisbane, leaving them with a mere 40 points from six matches this NRL season.

However, that drought has Titans coach Neil Henry worried.

Henry’s men have found themselves behind in each of their past five matches and conceded three tries inside the opening 20 minutes of last weekend’s narrow loss to Cronulla.

The Titans’ mentor says he’ll be emphasising the need for his team to put an end to their slow starts to deny giving the Dragons a chance to build confidence.

“They’re a side that really can just click, get a bit of confidence around what they’re doing,” Henry said.

“They’ve got enough strike power to score points. (Josh) Dugan at the back and (Gareth) Widdop in the halves, they’ve got enough there.

“We need to be in a game where we get the first points or don’t concede early points.”

The Titans will head to the judiciary on Wednesday night in a bid to downgrade a careless high tackle charge against representative back-rower Greg Bird.

Henry says the club is confident Bird will be successful in his bid and able to take on the Dragons.

“We’ve looked at some previous grade ones and we think it’s comparable to that,” Henry said.

ALL SMOKE, NO FIRE – The Dragons’ scoring woes

* 40 points in six games, worst in the NRL

* Scoreless in last two matches

* Last try by Josh Dugan in 76th minute of 14-12 win over Penrith in round four

* Yet to pass 20 points this season.

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