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Maroon audition: The three Titans in the mix for Game I

On the eve of Queensland's Origin squad announcement, the Gold Coast put on an electric performance to take down the Broncos and secure back-to-back derby wins at Suncorp Stadium.

Whilst many eyes were on the performance, for three Titans, the most important were Billy Slater ahead of his Game I squad announcement at 9am on Monday.

Here are the three players who should be considered:

David Fifita

It would all but be an injustice for Fifita to miss Origin after Sunday's performance, capping off a strong two months of football since returning from a pec injury.

Claiming the Scott Prince Medal against Brisbane after a barnstorming display which included a mammoth 235 metres across 20 runs, the 23-year-old has been an integral servant for Queensland, helping the Maroons to series victory in 2023.

Putting on a 75-minute performance that left everyone wanting more, it was the confidence the 114-gamer brought off his back-fence carries that helped push the Titans towards a fearless win in Broncos territory.

Despite leaving the field in the final five minutes for a HIA, the back-rower was given the green light and is prepared to rise to the arena of Origin again if selected.

Moeaki Fotuaika

Fotuaika is having yet another strong season for the Titans, emerging stronger from the challenge of losing Titans and Queensland teammate Tino Fa’asuamaleaui to the unforgiving casualty ward.

Putting himself firmly in contention to retain his place in the Maroons squad, the 24-year-old's three previous series in the Queensland side, combined with a stellar performance against the Broncos, shows that his strength can match that needed ahead of Origin.

Showing up for his teammates on all sides of the park, the 130-gamer made 13 vital carries for 143 metres, helping his side to a two-point win over the Broncos.

Captaining the past two games for the Titans, the powerful front rower has also added on and off-field leadership to his list of credentials, demonstrating to coach Billy Slater he is more than just strong performances on-field.

Beau Fermor

Showcasing his Queensland grit by taking on four Broncos defenders’ solo, Beau Fermor backed himself to charge down the try-line to lock up the scoreboard during a brave first half battle that saw him feature in the centres forced by a late switch due to injury.

Having been a part of Billy Slater’s pre-season camp and the 2022 squad, the consistent quality of Fermor’s performances for the Titans in 2024 has confirmed he has what it takes to don a Maroon jersey.

Having missed the 2023 Origin Series due to a season-ending ACL injury, Fermor has re-emerged stronger than ever, with the confidence to support his side by playing in multiple positions if required.

In the winning battle against Brisbane, the 25-year-old made 20 runs to amass a remarkable 220 run metres, which included a fanciful show and go for that wonderful four-pointer.

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.