There is nothing like suburban ground footy and that's exactly what will be served up in Friday Night football when the Dragons host the Titans at Kogarah’s Jubilee Oval. Both teams are desperate for points so that should ensure a tough contest between these sides.
The Dragons have been exceptional as the home side this season with only Cronulla, North Queensland and Melbourne boasting a better record in front of their own fans.
Stgeorge Illawarra's season has been built on their ability to win at home in 2016 and boast six wins from seven starts. Their only loss as the 'home' side was against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
The Red V head into this one off a bye but prior to that were humiliated by Manly 36-6 at Brookvale Oval. They never seemed likely on that occasion with plenty of errors and spilt ball costing them field position and ultimately the two points.
Returning to Kogarah will strengthen the case for the Dragons who have registered four straight wins at the venue but have only played there once this season. On that occasion, back in Round 10, they knocked off the Raiders in Friday night footy by 16-12 off the back an intercept try to Euan Aitken in Golden Point.
Gold Coast will come into this off the back of consecutive losses which has dampened their run at the Top 8. Prior to that they'd won four of five to put themselves into contention but currently they are one win behind the Dragons who occupy the eighth and final spot.
The Dragons have won three of the last four outings between these sides including the Round 7 encounter at Cbus Super Stadium earlier this season. Going back to the inception of the Titans in 2007, they have owned the team north of border by winning 11 of their 16 clashes.
One interesting fact is that five of the last six games between these sides has been determined by less than a converted try.
While you couldn't classify them as 'good things' the balance of power certainly looks in favour of the Dragons ($2.05 Sportsbet). Points are still a big concern as they are averaging a little over 13 points per game which ranks them second last in the competition.
Their defence, however, has kept them in game during the times they have won and it will also be interesting to see if their Origin duo of Tyson Frizell and Josh Dugan back up in this one.
Gold Coast are a more than handy team, however, we are leaning to the Dragons here. Going off their recent history then the 1-12 Winning Margin ($3.20 William Hill) is the way to go.