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Round 8 Key Match Ups

Dugan v Gordon

A former Shark against a new Shark, sets up an intriguing fullback battle at Cbus Super Stadium tonight.

Josh Dugan, settling into his role at the Cronulla club, will be keen to continue the form which helped propel his team to a win over the Panthers, while Michael Gordon, an outstanding servant at the Sharks over three seasons in the Shire, would love nothing better than to spoil the party for his old club and to notch a victory for the Gold Coast tonight

The strength for both players is their running game, with Gordon's 748 running metres, edging Dugan's output, however that's without taking into consideration the Sharks number one has played two games less and two of his five matches in Sharks colours in the centre position.

Two very experienced fullbacks, both integral to the success of their respective teams.

Fifita v Wallace

They last faced off in the State of Origin arena, with Andrew Fifita and Jarrod Wallace this time coming together in the fight for the all-important two Telstra Premiership points.

He may have pledged an allegiance to Tonga, ruling him out of Origin in 2018, however Fifita would love nothing better than to get over the top of his Queensland rival, with Wallace the number-one enforcer in the Gold Coast pack.

Fiifta's numbers are impressive, 26 offloads, 212 tackles breaks and 968 run metres in his seven games, and while Wallace's stats may be a little less notable, his effectiveness is no less significant, with the clash of the big men set to go a long way towards deciding the result.

Moylan v Cartwright

Last year they were teammates at Penrith, this year opponents, Matt Moylan at the Sharks, Bryce Cartwright at the Gold Coast, with the two former Panthers key to the success of their teams in this round eight clash.

Moylan played just his second game for the club at five eighth in the Sharks win over Penrith last weekend, with the Gold Coast match providing him another opportunity to become familiar with the role, while the versatile Cartwright has also been thrust into the playmaking duties at the Titans as his coach tinkers with combinations.

Both have skills, play what's in front of them and have the ability to deliver the X-factor their teams need.
The former Penrith boy who can shine brightest under the bright lights of the Gold Coast will be the one to steer his team to a victory.

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