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Last updated: 08 Jul 2023
Ryan Tucker 08 Jul 2023
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  • Gold Coast Titans vs Dolphins predictions for Sunday’s NRL game (16:05 AEST)
  • There was a combined 79 missed tackles in the first match up between these two teams
  • Can the Titans find some go forward without their Origin stars?
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Gold Coast Titans vs Dolphins Tips

The second Queensland derby in as many weeks for the Dolphins as they travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Titans. 
  • Gold Coast Titans vs Dolphins Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Gold Coast Titans Form
  • Gold Coast Titans Team News
  • Gold Coast Titans Team List
  • Dolphins Form
  • Dolphins Team News
  • Dolphins Team List

The home team are statistically better in points for and against this year giving them a projected winning margin of 4 points in our models. The big difference though in this game is the Titans are missing a lot of go-forward with Tino, Fifita and Mo all away on Origin duty. 

This is tipped to prove too much for the Gold Coast and I am backing the Dolphins to get up as underdogs.

  • The Dolphins have covered 50% of their games as underdogs this year.
  • In their first game this year, Mo Fotuaika made the most run metres and tackles for the Titans, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui scored a try and AJ Brimson had 3 linebreaks. All three are not playing this weekend.
  • The Dolphins are 10-6 ATS in 2023, 2nd best in the League. 
  • Gold Coast have lost 8 second halves so far in 2023.

Head to Head 

The first game of this south-east Queensland match up in round 8 went down to the wire, with the Dolphins coming back from a 26-6 halftime deficit to win 28-26.

Gold Coast Titans Form

Gold Coast were unable to get over the top of the Raiders in round 18, losing 26-22 despite amounting almost 2000 run metres. 

Since their second bye in round 13 the Titans have gone 2-2 with wins over the Tigers and Broncos and losses to the Rabbitohs and Raiders. Inconsistency is the name of the game for Gold Coast in 2023.

Gold Coast Titans Team News

Phillip Sami is back on the wing after being a late withdrawal in round 18, Jojo Fifita reverts to the bench. 

Jayden Campbell starts at fullback with AJ Brimson on Origin duty, while Kleese Haas, Iszac Fa'asuamaleaui and Jaimin Jolliffe all start replacing Origin stars Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, Moeaki Fotuaika and David Fifita. 

PNG international Jacob Alick will make his NRL debut off the bench.

Gold Coast Titans Team List

1. Jayden Campbell
2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira
3. Brian Kelly
4. Aaron Schoupp
5. Phillip Sami
6. Kieran Foran
7. Tanah Boyd
8. Jaimin Jolliffe
9. Sam Verrills
10. Iszac Fa'asuamaleaui
11. Klese Haas
12. Joe Stimson
13. Isaac Liu


14. Chris Randall
15. Erin Clark
16. Jojo Fifita
17. Jacob Alick


18. Thomas Mikaele
19. Keano Kini
20. Kruise Leeming
21. Ken Maumalo
22. Tony Francis

Dolphins Form

The Dolphins are on a four-game losing streak, the longest of their short existence. 

Poor defensive efforts against the Warriors, Sea Eagles and Eels were somewhat rectified as they restricted the Broncos to only 24 points last week but there is still a way to go for the newcomers who missed 51 tackles in that game.

The Dolphins conceded eight penalties in their loss to the Broncos helping them out of their own end.

Dolphins Team News

Hamiso Tabuia-Fidow is once again on Origin duty, Euan Aitken moves to the centres to replace him. Kodi Nikorima retains the fullback position from Round 18. 

Felise Kaufusi is out and Jeremy Marshall-King is no guarantee to play with a niggling shoulder injury. 

Jarrod Wallace and Anthony Milford both make their return from suspension on the bench while Herman Ese'ese moves into the starting side.

Dolphins Team List

1. Kodi Nikorima
2. Jamayne Isaako
3. Euan Aitken
4. Valynce Te Whare
5. Tesi Niu 
6. Isaiya Katoa
7. Sean O’Sullivan 
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Jeremy Marshall-King
10. Herman Ese’ese
11. Connelly Lemuelu
12. Kenny Bromwich
13. Ray Stone


14. Josh Kerr
15. Mark Nicholls
16. Anthony Milford
17. Jarrod Wallace


18. Max Plath
19. Harrison Graham
20. Poasa Faamausili
21. Brenko Lee
22. Kurt Donoghoe


The Titans are going to struggle without their big boppers up front and the dynamic running of AJ Brimson. They are still capable of putting on points but they will not be able to get over the top of the Dolphins, who will be doing all they can to avoid a five-game win streak.

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