St George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog
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St George-Illa. Vs. Gold Coast
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 22 June, 2012
|WIN Stadium, Wollongong, NSW|
|St George-Illa. 8 defeated Gold Coast 6|
|St George-Illa.||Gold Coast|
|Referee: J Robinson|
|Touch judges: J Walsh & Luke Potter|
With both teams desperate to keep their finals hopes alive, expect a tight tussle tonight as the St George Illawarra Dragons host the in-form Gold Coast Titans. Join us for live NRL scores and updates from 7:30pm AEST.
The Dragons have lost five of their past six matches and are now running out of chances to secure a place in the NRL’s top eight.
Despite a late fight back against the Bulldogs last week, the Dragons still succumbed 28-20 at home and really need to beat the Titans tonight if they are to kick-start their finals charge.
The Titans however are moving along nicely, winning four of their past five matches including last week’s comprehensive 36-18 victory against Penrith.
Their victory was soured somewhat by the injury to star forward Greg Bird who is now playing career best football after an ordinary start to the season.
Despite Bird’s absence, the Titans will be no pushovers tonight, given the fact that they too need a win to keep their finals hopes alive.
One of the key reasons behind the Titans recent good form surrounds the performances of their forward pack.
Origin trio Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird are all in stellar form and have provided a solid platform for halves Scott Prince and Adam Sezar to dictate play.
Although Bird is sidelined for tonight’s clash, forwards Luke Bailey and Mark Minichiello have also been in strong form and should perform well in Bird’s absence.
The Dragons meanwhile are low on confidence and will need to muscle up for the full eighty minutes tonight against a Titans side full of belief.
After trailing 28-6 in the second half against the Bulldogs, the Dragons did well to bridge the gap to eight points and will look to continue from where they left off.
When forced to chase the game, the Dragons rediscovered their best form with the football, scoring some great tries in the process.
The Dragons are often too one dimensional in attack, particularly up the middle, but their second half performance against Canterbury showed that their forwards are capable of keeping the football alive and igniting the second phase play necessary that allows Brett Morris, Jamie Soward and Ben Hornby to come into play.
If forwards Michael Weyman, Ben Creagh and Beau Scott can continue to keep possession alive, it will go a long way to sparking a Dragons attack that can play some entertaining football.
With both teams in desperate need of a win, this promises to be a tight contest. The Dragons are at home but the Titans have the winning momentum, so expect both teams to give it their all in a match that could easily stretch to golden point.
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