Well, there is just one team still undefeated and that is the St George Illawarra Dragons. 

Equally, one team is winless and that is the Parramatta Eels.

Can the Dragons continue their momentum and can the Eels finally open their account?

With some mouth-watering contests ahead in round 7, time will tell if the above happens as teams look for consistency.

Without further adieu, here are the teams for round 7 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

Canterbury Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters (#NRLcbysyd); Thursday, April 19; ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park. Kick-off: 7:50 pm. 

Bulldogs: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Will Hopoate 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Jeremy Marshall-King 7. Kieran Foran 8. Aaron Woods 9. Michael Lichaa 10. David Klemmer 11. Josh Jackson (C) 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Adam Elliott.

Interchange: 14. Asipeli Fine 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Greg Eastwood 17. Kerrod Holland.

Reserves: 18. John Olive 19. Rhyse Martin 20. Renouf Toomaga 21. Matthew Frawley.

Coach: Dean Pay.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Joseph Manu 3. Mitch Aubusson 4. Latrell Mitchell 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Zane Tetevano 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner (C) 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Isaac Liu.

Interchange: 14. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 16. Nat Butcher 17. Victor Radley.

Reserves: 18. Sitili Tupouniua 19. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 20. Kurt Baptiste 21. Reece Robinson.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Ricky’s View: The Roosters, for all their starpower and talent, have been woefully inconsistent in 2018. Their opponents, the Bulldogs, have been equally inconsistent. That one factor alone, inconsistency, makes this a hard clash to tip.
Given the star-studded line-up the Roosters possess, on paper and on the surface, you would imagine they will have too much for the Bulldogs. Roosters by 8.

New Zealand Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons (#NRLwarsgi); Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland; Friday, April 20. Kick-off: 6 pm (AEST) & 8 pm (local time).

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Blake Green 7. Shaun Johnson 15. Sam Lisone 9. Issac Luke 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Simon Mannering 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair.

Interchange: 8. Bunty Afoa 14. Jazz Tevaga 16. Albert Vete 17. Anthony Gelling.

Reserves: 18. Chris Satae 19. Mason Lino 20. Isaiah Papali’i 21. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad.

Coach: Stephen Kearney.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop (C) 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Kurt Mann 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Hame Sele.

Reserves: 18. Jacob Host 19. Zac Lomax 20. Mitchell Allgood 21. Blake Lawrie.

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Ricky’s View: This was potentially set to be the game that saw an undefeated streak come to an end. Though the Warriors loss last week prevented that from eventuating.
In fine, fine form, the Dragons seem to be firing on all cylinders with no end in sight. The Warriors, however, despite the loss, looked good and have found their mojo. Shaun Johnson’s moxie has returned and so too have the Warriors good fortune. Enough to the point that I think they can get the nod done and hand the Dragons a first loss.
Warriors by 2. 

Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm (#NRLbrimel); Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; Friday, April 20. Kick-off: 8:05 pm. 

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (C) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 18. Tom Opacic 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Jack Bird 7. Anthony Milford 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Tevita Pangai Jr. 11. Alex Glenn 12. Korbin Sims 13. Josh McGuire.

Interchange: 14. Sam Thaiday 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Kodi Nikorima 17. Jaydn Su’A.

Reserves: 18. Jonus Pearson 19. Troy Dargan 20. Sam Tagataese 21. Payne Haas.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (C) 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Tim Glasby.

Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Kenny Bromwich 16. Christian Welch 17. Sam Kasiano.

Reserves: 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Joe Stimson 20. Patrick Kaufusi 21. Brodie Croft.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Ricky’s View: After slow starts, both sides are slowly starting to work out the chinks and win games. With no easy game anymore and these two sides desperate for more wins, it looms as an interesting clash.
On paper, the Storm look better and the introduction of Ryley Jacks rejuvenated their attack last week but can it be that way again?
The Broncos halves pairing of Bird and Milford seemed to flow well, and they will want that momentum to continue.
That in mind, the Storm seem to have found fluidity once more and I back them to continue their good form at Suncorp. Storm by 10.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders (#NRLsoucan); Saturday, April 21; Central Coast Stadium, Gosford. Kick-off: 3 pm. 

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Richie Kennar 3. Greg Inglis (C) 4. Dane Gagai 5. Robert Jennings 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. George Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess.

Interchange: 14. Adam Doueihi 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Jason Clark 17. Tevita Tatola.

Reserves: 18. Robbie Farah 19. Hymel Hunt 20. Cameron Murray 21. Kyle Turner.

Coach: Anthony Seibold

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Iosia Soliola 9. Siliva Havili 10. Junior Paulo 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Luke Bateman.

Interchange: 14. Ata Hingano 15. Shannon Boyd 16. Josh Papalii 17. Dunamis Lui.

Reserves: 18. Liam Knight 19. Michael  Oldfield 20. Brad Abbey 21. Jack Murchie.

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Ricky’s View: Yet another tough one to pick given both sides have also been guilty of inconsistency. Sam Burgess returning for the Bunnies is a huge boost, as the Raiders look to overcome the off-field battles faced by Jack Wighton.
With no consistency to really based overall form on, the outcome could either be high-scoring or low-scoring. Rabbitohs by 2. 

Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights (#NRLwstnew); Saturday, April 21; Scully Park, West Tamworth. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Esan Marsters 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Benji Marshall (C) 7. Luke Brooks 8. Matthew Eisenhuth 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Ben Matulino 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Robbie Rochow 13. Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: 14. Pita Godinet 15. Alex Twal 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Sauaso Sue.

Reserves: 18. Tim Grant 19. Chris McQueen 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Tuimoala Lolohea.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.

Knights: 1.Kalyn Ponga 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Nathan Ross 5. Ken Sio 6. Jack Cogger 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Herman Ese’ese 9. Slade Griffin 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitch Barnett.

Interchange: 14. Danny Levi 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jamie Buhrer (C) 17. Jacob Saifiti.

Reserves: 18. Daniel Saifiti 19. Josh King 20. Luke Yates 21. Cory Denniss.

Coach: Nathan Brown.

Ricky’s View: The Tigers continue to surprise and impress and deserve to be in the position they are in. Brooks and Marshall are firing as a halves duo as players around them also step up.
The Knights are not to be overlooked, though, as their own talent is capable of producing exciting play.
Although a last-start loss to the Storm may have their confidence battered somewhat, they have been resilient and could come out with a new point to prove. Knights by 6. 

North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans (#NRLnqlgld); Saturday, April 21; 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville. Kick-off: 7:35 pm. 

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Ben Hampton 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (C) 8. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Te Maire Martin 15. John Asiata 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ethan Lowe.

Reserves: 18. Francis Molo 18. Javid Bowen 19. Enari Tuala 21. Sam Hoare.

Coach: Paul Green.

Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Philip Sami 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ryan James (C) 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Will Matthews 13. Jai Arrow.

Interchange: 14. Max King 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Keegan Hipgrave.

Reserves: 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Ryan Simpkins 20. Brenko Lee 21. Brendan Elliott.

Coach: Garth Brennan.

Ricky’s View: Both teams have had their struggles in season 2018 and so this clash comes as a perfect time for both to arrest their woes. With neither able to take the bull by the horns just yet, opportunities are rife. Can Morgan/Thurston rekindle their halves form and can Ash Taylor lead the Titans side from the front? In another tough one, I tip this with some uncertainty. Titans by 1.

Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLparman); Sunday, April 22; ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park. Kick-off: 2 pm. 

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Jarryd Hayne 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. George Jennings 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitch Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (C) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tony Williams 13. Peni Terepo.

Interchange: 14. Will Smith 15. Kenny Edwards 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro.

Reserves: 18. Beau Scott 19. Josh Hoffman 20. Suaia Matagi 21. Marata Niukore.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Manly: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Brad Parker 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (C) 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Marty Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Matthew Wright 15. Shaun Lane 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Taniela Paseka.

Reserves: 18. Jonathan Wright 19. Lewis Brown 20. Frank Winterstein 21. Toafofoa Sipley.

Coach: Trent Barrett.

Ricky’s View: Manly trounced the Eels in their clash earlier this season but things are different now. Forced to make numerous changes due to injuries, poor form or disgruntled players, Manly will have to dig deep.
The Eels, on the other hand, well, they just want their first win. With both sides desperate to prove they are not out of the finals race altogether, some handy returns could be the catalyst both sides need to win this game and stake their claims.
Eels by 4. 

Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers (#NRLcropen); Sunday, April 22; Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla. Kick-off: 4 pm. 

Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Edrick Lee 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis (C) 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Joseph Paulo.

Interchange: 14. Scott Sorenson 15. James Segeyaro 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Kurt Dillon.

Reserves: 18. Jack Williams 19. Trent Hodkinson 20. Wade Graham (C) 21. Braden Uele.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.

Penrith: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Corey Harawira-Naera 4, Dean Whare 5. Christian Crichton 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. James Maloney 8. Trent Merrin 9. Peter Wallace (C) 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris.

Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa. 15. Kaide Ellis 16. Moses Leota 17. James Tamou.

Reserves: 18. Wayde Egan 19. Nick Lui-Toso 20. Thomas Eisenhuth 21. Jack Hetherington.

Coach: Anthony Griffin.

Ricky’s View: Many thought Penrith would struggle without Cleary but it has been James Maloney leading the side with success. Against a Sharks team that, like many others, has been inconsistent, you would yet again back Penrith.
If rugby league teaches us anything, however, it is that we never assume a result is a given. The Sharks, with everything to play for – despite the loss of key personnel – will look to give their home fans something to cheer about. Sharks by 8.


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