The Titans will only need to leave Queensland once in the first seven weeks of the restarted 2020 NRL season after the restructured competition draw was officially released today.
In a big boost for the Titans’ finals ambitions, the Gold Coast have five matches scheduled for the club’s new “home away from home” at Suncorp Stadium between Round 3 and Round 9.
Trips to Townsville’s QCB Stadium next Friday and a Sydney engagement with the Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium in Round 5 will be the only time the Titans will need to get on a plane before the middle of July.
The South Sydney game is the only time the Titans have to cross a state border.
It is a much friendlier start to the season than the original, pre-coronavirus 2020 draw, which had the Titans drawn against six of last year’s top eight teams in the first six rounds of the competition.
The NRL has only confirmed venues for the opening nine rounds of the restructured draw, but there will be no complaints from the Titans about the hand that has been dealt.
While the first two rounds have already been completed, the Titans will now host the Tigers (Round 4), Dragons (Round 6), Sharks (Round 8) and Warriors (Round 9) at “home” at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
In Round 7, the Titans will play at the same venue but be the “away” team in the local derby game against the Broncos.
The draw has delivered four Queensland derbies for the Titans, with Gold Coast to play Brisbane and North Queensland twice each.
The return clash against the Broncos is scheduled for Round 18 on Saturday 12 September, giving hope isolation restrictions may have eased sufficiently by that time for
Titans Members and fans to attend the local derby at Cbus Super Stadium.
The Titans also get a second chance against the Raiders – a home game in Round 15 – and play the Sharks and Dragons twice as well.
To view the full Titans draw click here