NRL round 7 tips

After six rounds of rugby league, it is becoming more apparent that some teams are flying, others are stable and some team really need to get a few wins under their belt before State of Origin comes around. Here are my tips for round seven.

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Bulldogs v Roosters

Bulldogs – After their best team performance of the season last week, I’m picking that the Bulldogs will continue their form and win in front of a home crowd on Thursday night. Despite a star studded roster, the Roosters don’t seem to be jelling as well as hoped. Their forwards will need to step up if Tedesco and Cronk are able to play their natural game.

Warriors v Dragons

Warriors – Two of the best teams in the competition currently; who would’ve picked that? Coming off their first loss of the season, the Warriors will be looking to continue their strong start to the year against the competition leaders. Lead by Widdop and Dufty, St George won’t be a walkover. It will be a very tight game on Friday night.

Broncos v Storm

Storm – The Broncos will be coming off a very good win against the Warriors in New Zealand last weekend, while the Storm will be looking to replicate the performance that saw them victorious over Newcastle after a few early season losses. The Storm will be too professional and will get the job done.

Rabbitohs v Raiders

Rabbitohs – I am tipping this to be one of the closer games of the round and I am really looking forward to the match. Souths have competed in every game while the Raiders have picked up back to back wins after beginning the season with four straight losses. However, with Sam Burgess back after a two-week suspension and GI beginning to hit some form, I expect the Rabbitohs to win a fierce and competitive match. Expect plenty of points.

Tigers v Knights

Tigers – The Tigers played extremely well at Lottoland on Sunday and have made a statement in the competition. I had doubts about their attacking ability but Luke Brooks’ running game and Benji’s composure has proven they are capable of plenty of points. The Knights have started off well with three wins and three losses but I expect the Tigers to clock their sixth win of the season.

Cowboys v Titans

Cowboys – Both teams are coming off losses with the Cowboys throwing up a disappointing performance against Canterbury while the Titans were defeated comfortably by a red-hot Penrith outfit. With Paul Green re-signing and the Cowboys needing to turn their season around, I am picking that they’ll have more to play for and will get the all important two points.

Eels v Sea Eagles

Eels – Again, both teams coming off very disappointing performances. The Eels lost their sixth straight in a try-less performance while Manly were smashed in front of their own fans at Lottoland. If the Eels are to have any chance of turning their season around, they need to win this weekend. In front of a home crowd and after many sub-par performances, I’m picking them to collect their first win of 2018.

Sharks v Panthers

Panthers – The Sharks competed very well last Friday against the Dragons considering they received injuries to Gallen, Fifita and Graham. Penrith had a very convincing win led by James Maloney against the Titans. With a few injuries to the Sharks and Penrith in form, I’m picking James Maloney to lead the Panthers and remind the Sharks that they shouldn’t have let him go.

3 things to look forward to this weekend

  1. Sam Burgess back from suspension.
  2. James Maloney’s return to Shark Park.
  3. Country footy in Tamworth.
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