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Round 13 Tips
Season: 53/92 (58%) â€“ Last week: 5/7 â€“ Stand-outs: 5/12
At a glance: Broncos, Tigers, Raiders, Warriors, Storm, Roosters, Dragons, Cowboys
Broncos v Sea Eagles, Suncorp Stadium
This should be a ripper contest in front of a massive Queensland crowd â€“ and Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll make their feelings known to DCE. The Manly line-up is the best it has looked all year, but I just canâ€™t go past the Broncos at home. They just seem to be able to get the job done and even without Parker (rest) I think they can squeak home.
Tigers v Titans, Leichardt Oval
Two sides desperate for a win come together on FNF at the boutique Leichardt Oval in what is an absolute tipsterâ€™s nightmare. Instinctively you take the Tigers at home, but this is exactly the sort of the game the Titans win: backs to the wall, under the radar and away from home. While the signs point Titans I just canâ€™t take them in current form. Theyâ€™re a much weaker side without Bird and Falloon and even though theyâ€™ll come out all guns blazing after the DCE backflip, the Tiger cubs will be hell-bent on getting their season back on track. A Titans win would not surprise, though, especially with some rumoured late outs for Wests (Sironen, Nofoaluma in doubt).
Knights v Raiders, Hunter Stadium
Argh, another awful game to tip. Both of these sides have been poor the last few weeks, but I think the Raiders have more upside: theyâ€™ve been great on the road this year as underdogs and with the Knights missing their 6, 7 and possibly Gidley and Gagai as well I think theyâ€™re ripe for the picking.
Rabbitohs v Warriors, NIB Stadium
This is a really interesting match-up, especially given itâ€™s been played in Perth which makes for a looong road trip for the Warriors. While the Bunnies have a great record over New Zealand and a great record in Perth, I reckon the Warriors will be too good for Souths. Without Reynolds they really struggle to score points and this Warriors side is really starting to build momentum. Iâ€™ll go for the upset but you can never be too confident with the Warriors.
Panthers v Storm, Pepper Stadium
Look-out Penrith: the Storm rarely deliver consecutive poor performances and I expect the Panthers to feel the brunt of a fired-up Melbourne outfit smarting after their thrashing at the hands of the Chooks. The Panthers will also be without Moylan and Soward will be playing hurt, so theyâ€™ll really be up against it. Itâ€™ll be a willing contest but the Storm should get home.
Sharks v Roosters, Remondis Stadium
Wow, the Roosters were superb last week in disassembling the Storm while the Sharks were absolutely diabolical against the Dragons. As a result I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s much chance of the Sharks repeating their upset win in round five over the Roosters. Forget about their barren patch earlier this season, the Roosters are warming up in 2015 and the Sharks could be in trouble â€“ even with Gallen expected to return.
Bulldogs v Dragons, ANZ Stadium
Itâ€™s incredible to think that a side thatâ€™s won eight of its last nine matches could go in as underdogs against a side thatâ€™s won five games all year, but thatâ€™s how the market has been framed. The Dogs are approaching full strength and with Brett Morris rumoured to be returning for this game thereâ€™s every chance they can knock-off the Dragons, but Iâ€™ll take the side in form any day. Dugan, Marshall, Widdop and Rein are in a purple patch, and the Dragons pack is muscling up week-in week-out. I think theyâ€™ll make a big statement with a win over the Dogs on Monday afternoon.
Eels v Cowboys, Pirtek Stadium
Round 13 concludes with the Eels hosting the Cowboys, who will be out to make it 10 wins on the trot. The Cowboys have a good record over the Eels, a good record on MNF but more importantly they are the form team in the comp and I donâ€™t think Parramatta will be able to match it with them.
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