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NRL Match Preview: Averillo ruled out; Campbell set to return

Sunday's clash shapes as a crucial one for both the Bulldogs and Titans despite both sides not fighting for top eight spots.

Playing at home for the fifth game in a row, the Bulldogs will look to get back to winning ways after consecutive losses to top-eight sides Cronulla and South Sydney. 

The Gold Coast meanwhile put in one of their better performances of the year last week and were perhaps unlucky not to come away with the points against Brisbane in a 16-12 defeat.

The Titans won both clashes with the Bulldogs last year but have lost both of their previous two visits to this week's venue. 

The Rundown

Team news

Bulldogs: Josh Addo-Carr (ankle) has been named and will be monitored during the week. Aaron Schoupp is listed as 18th Man as he looks to return from COVID. If he is right to go, he would likely take the place of Braidon Burns, while a replacement is yet to be named for fullback Jake Averillo (COVID protocols).

Titans: A huge boost for the Titans with Jayden Campbell named on the bench for his first game since Round 13 after recovering from a hamstring injury. Skipper Tino Fa'asuamaleaui returns to the starting side at lock and Erin Clark goes to the bench. Veteran Kevin Proctor (biceps) is again listed among the reserves last week as he nears a return. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 3 Declan Casey
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Jojo Fifita
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Braidon Burns
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Phillip Sami
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 19 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tanah Boyd
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Max King
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Aaron Booth
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Isaac Liu
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 17 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 13 Tevita Pangai Junior
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Erin Clark
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Zach Dockar-Clay
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Herman Ese'ese
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Chris Patolo
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jayden Campbell

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 15 Kurtis Morrin
    Replacement for Titans is number 18 Sam McIntyre

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

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Key match-up

Tevita Pangai jnr vs Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

The two monsters in the middle will likely set the tone for their side on Sunday and fans can look forward to their individual battle which promises to involve plenty of heavy contact on both sides of the ball. Big Tino was restricted to 29 minutes off the bench last week after playing in Origin III but still ran for 153 metres, while TPJ averages 117 metres across the year. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.