The second leg of the Roosters' tour de Queensland begins this Saturday in Mackay as the Tricolours look to get back into the winners' circle against a desperate Gold Coast Titans outfit.
Both sides will be aiming to claim victory after consecutive defeats - and if last year's pair of one-point thrillers is anything to go by, this is certainly one to watch.
Recent History: Sydney Roosters vs Gold Coast Titans
The Roosters and Titans take on one another for the 23rd time since 2007, the year the Gold Coast entered the National Rugby League in the Club's most recent rivalry.
While it was a patchy start for Easts at first, the Roosters have dominated in recent years to extend their winning streak to eight consecutive matches - with their last loss to the Gold Coast coming back in 2016.
Our opponents this week, however, pushed the men from Bondi to the limit in their last two encounters, with Sam Walker field goals proving to be the difference in Round 14 (35-34) and in the first week of the 2021 finals series (25-24).
If those two fast-finishing contests are anything to go by, you can expect plenty of points and a tightly-fought battle in this one.
Walker Stays Calm to Sink Titans
How They Line Up
Trent Robinson has made some minor changes to the line up this week, with Daniel Tupou brought back into the side having served his one-match suspension.
His return sees Kevin Naiqama shuffle back to the reserves, while Paul Momirovski is also back in the centres, with Adam Keighran ruled out of the contest.
The remainder of the team is unchanged, with James Tedesco captaining the team at fullback. Joseph Suaalii holds his place on the wing and will line up alongside Tupou, while Momirovski and Joseph Manu will again make up the centre pairing.
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Paul MomirovskiCentre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph SuaaliiWinger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam WalkerFive-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Will Smith
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke KearyHalfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam VerrillsHooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay CollinsProp for Titans is number 10 Isaac Liu
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
Interchange for Roosters is number 12 Sitili TupouniuaInterchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Drew HutchisonInterchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Titans is number 16 Herman Ese'ese
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua TaukeiahoInterchange for Titans is number 17 Sam McIntyre
Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Lachlan LamReplacement for Titans is number 18 Jamayne Isaako
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
Sam Walker and Luke Keary will continue to line up in the No.6 and No.7 jerseys respectively.
Lindsay Collins, Sam Verrills and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves line up in the front row, while the starting side is rounded off with Angus Crichton, Sitili Tupouniua and Victor Radley in the back row.
Finals Week One 2021 Match Highlights: Roosters vs Titans
Drew Hutchison, Fletcher Baker, Nat Butcher and Siosiua Taukeiaho make up the interchange bench, with Lachlan Lam named at 18th man.
Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Ben Marschke, Naufahu Whyte, Kevin Naiqama, Billy Smith and Renouf Atoni make up this week's extended bench.
Justin Holbrook's side has suffered a blow with second rower David Fifita out for a month due to injury, while a trio of outside backs in Jayden Campbell, Philip Sami and Jamayne Isaako have been named on the extended bench.
Key Match Up: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves vs Isaac Liu
Two Premiership-winning front row teammates become opponents for the first time on Saturday night when Jared Waerea-Hargreaves locks horns with former Rooster Isaac Liu.
The two veterans with over a decade's worth of NRL experience have eerily similar stats so far in 2022, separated by minuscule margins when it comes to their numerical outputs.
Waerea-Hargreaves, the Rooster's spiritual leader up front, has featured in all eight of the side's matches so far this season, averaging 108 metres (with 352.6 total post-contact) while averaging 23 tackles at an impressive 93.4% efficiency.
His opposite in Liu has continued on with the consistency he displayed in his nine seasons at Bondi, with the 31-year-old averaging 104 metres with 224.6 post-contact, 24 tackles at a 94.9% tackle efficiency in his seven matches in 2022.
While the Roosters and Titans both feature plenty of strike out wide, look to the battle in the middle between the veteran forwards to lay the platform for their more fancied teammates to lay on the points.
What They Said
Two teams that are hell-bent on securing the two points come together head-on in Mackay - and taking the last couple of clashes into account, don't be surprised if this one continues the thrilling string of contests between the two clubs.
If you haven't yet already, be sure to grab your tickets here, and cheer on the mighty Red, White and Blue on Saturday night!