Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers: The Storm have only been average in the first few rounds, but their average is a class above the rest. I have a feeling they will fire on all cylinders in this game and put the blow torch on Penrith. Penrith will need to improve discipline to ensure they don’t lose by a truck load. After Burt cut the Panthers to pieces last week, expect Billy Slater to do more of the same.Melbourne comfortably.
Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders: Both these teams are so much better at home, this time Cronulla get the home ground – and have shown improvement each week. Canberra on the other hand have been inconsistent and face some injury concerns. The Sharks will be too strong at home.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans: Brookvale is the home of this anticipated clash – with the flamboyant Titans facing the gutsy and brick wall like Manly team. I think this might go the Titans way, as it’s very hard to defend against the likes of Presto and Prince – and Manly might get hurt with the second phase play. Titans in a close one.
Parramatta Eels vs Bulldogs:
Typically a fierce clash between these old foes. The Eels have found some rhythm and will be right in this one with a shot, but I feel the Bulldogs will be hurting with the Manly loss and will be ready to come out of their shell firing after the SBW saga and Willie reporter annoyance. Bulldogs should be too strong in the forwards here, even though the game is at Parra Stadium. Bulldogs.
Newcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos:
Knights at home and in the game to salute Joey – will be too strong for the tired Broncos – who lose too many stars to the Australia test team. The Knights should be too good here, and tough competition for spots sees Macdougall on the extended bench – the Knights to win.
North Queensland Cowboys vs South Sydney Rabbitts:
Souths now trying to stop the rot after two losses, have a tough journey up north to Cowboyville. The Cowboys will also be keen to avenge the away loss to the Warriors and I think will have too much at home for the Bunnies. The forwards from Nth Queensland will win this battle with the Kiwi contingent from Souths backing up from the test. Souths missing Kidwell. Cowboys to win.
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That’s a pretty bold prediction re: the Titans. Time will tell though.