NRL Round 13, the half-way point of the 2010 season gets underway tomorrow night with the Eels/Storm and Tigers/Bulldogs matches.
The long awaited Grand Final rematch will reignite old rivalries, but given what has taken place with the Storm salary cap drama since last yearâ€™s GF win – Fridayâ€™s return bout against the Eels takes things to another level.
On current form and personnel the Storm look to have the Eelâ€™s measure, but coming back into the lineup for the homeside is Hindmarsh, Grothe and Reddy and with an apparent hostile Parramatta crowd, this makes for a good game.
The Storm too have their big guns returning in Inglis, Slater and Smith. The Melbourne side should have too much form and experience for the 2010 Eels.
The other cracker on Friday Night is the Bulldogs and the Wests Tigers. The Tigers display against the Warriors was stunning and they look to have rebounded in the last fortnight.
But the Bulldogs are in serious trouble, they are seemingly the most desperate outfit here and should come out firing. Expect a big showing from the Canterbury mob who are struggling in 13th position.
The Dogs should win this one.
On Saturday the Panthers who rely heavily on senior forward Petero Civoniceva will be without their star and will have to rebound quickly from last week in order to beat the Knights,
Given this is at CUA and there isn’t a world of pressure on the Penrith side, they should get back into top gear and burn the travelling Knights.
The other Saturday NRL Game is the Roosters and Cronulla. At the SFS and carrying good form on the back of the return of Mitchell Pearce, the Sydney Roosters should take this one.
The fallout of Ricky Stuart and Sharks CEO Dick Fisk could defocus this struggling outfit even more.
Roosters could win this by a big margin.
On Sunday the Warriors face the Dragons, while back in Auckland – this will still be a tough ask for the NZ side. Equally as challenging, the St George Illawarra side will enjoy the test of a solid away game.
While the Dragons are favourites, the Warriors could upset here.
The Titans will be looking to bounce back against the Raiders but as it stands – they don’t have a strong record in the ACT. The Gold Coast are at risk of having their confidence shaken here and the Green Machine will smell an opportunity.
The Raiders could spring a win here.
Broncos travel to Brookvale to take on the Sea Eagles. After a patchy win over the Cowboys, Des Hasler’s men will be primed to get things moving again after a good start to the season.
Will Israel Folau cop a spray from the Manly faithful? This away game should be too much for the young Broncos.
Manly to win.
Monday sees the Cowboys at home to the Bunnies. Boy do they need a win! But despite this being at home, North Queensland need a tonne of luck to stop the monster Souths pack rolling over them.
This should be an entertaining game, given both sides ability to throw it around – however the Souths outfit should have too much for the struggling Cows.