The NRL season continues to twist and turn with unpredictable scorelines and results, again a super-competitive season with several teams having a chance to snare the prize.
Friday night the Panthers will should get back into top-gear against the lowly-ranked Cowboys. Matt Elliott dragging his team to additional training sessions to help them get their focus back.
Rabbitohs have more to play for than the Bulldogs and will welcome back Isaac Luke, despite having an ever-growing injury ward the Bunnies should be too good here. They are boasting much better depth these days and should have their killer instinct about them. Expect to see some improvement from the Bulldogs, as they were a little unlucky early last week – starved of possession and blown away before the game got going.
On Saturday night the Eels are at home to the SYdney Roosters in a crucial match for both clubs. Hayne has the Eels back to their best, while the Todd Carney and the new-look Roosters are deserving of their 3rd spot on the NRL ladder. Eels should just get home here at Parramatta Stadium.
Back at their fortress – Leichardt Oval the Wests Tigers should bounce back into top flight against the Sharks. Possibly some good betting options here with the Tigers sure to notch up 13+
On Sunday the Warriors and the Titans do battle for crucial ladder position, the winner breathes a bit easier – while the loser will drift clear of the top teams. This is a hard one to pick, but given its another tough game on the road for the Titans, the NZ side should have a little too much for them.
A serious test for the Raiders comes, as they head to AAMI Park Melbourne to face the Storm. It’s a tough ask, but given the Storms situation – the Green Machine won’t get a better chance to come away with the 2 points. While the Storm should win out here, if the Raiders can cause an upset – it will give them no end of confidence and set them up nicely for the weeks ahead.
Wayne Bennett returns home again as the Dragons head north to the Broncos den. In yet another good match, the Dragons will be keen to stay ahead of the pack with the minor premiership in their sights. Expect Bennett to have his troops primed for this one, Saints to win.
On Monday night the Sea Eagles are expected to roll-over the Knights. Newcastle have lost touch with the Top 8 and would be hard pressed to make the cut from here. A strong win for the Manly side will have them quietly confident of a late season charge.