NRL Round 9 tips
As the season continues to unravel itself, we are afforded a clearer view as to where teams are and should be sitting. The Storm and Dragons are coming off terrific Anzac Day performances while the Cowboys and Sea Eagles continue to struggle and desperately need to string a few solid performances together.
Broncos v Bulldogs
Broncos – Brisbane had a great win last week away against South Sydney, spoiling GI’s 250th. The Bulldogs started off well but ended up falling behind and losing to a depleted Penrith side. Brisbane have failed to notch back to back wins since round three, but I’m expecting them to get the win and begin to gain some consistency against a Bulldogs side that is lacking in attacking prowess.
Knights v Rabbitohs
Rabbitohs – Newcastle defied all odds last weekend and defeated Manly at Lottoland in their first game without Mitchell Pearce. The Rabbitohs were disappointing against Brisbane as they went down at home in a tight match and couldn’t get the job done for GI’s 250th. I am expecting the Rabbitohs to bounce back and for the Knights to be tested as they realise how hard the next three months will really be without their halfback and captain.
Panthers v Cowboys
Panthers – These teams are experiencing polar opposite seasons. One is injury depleted and defying all odds to sit in the top four while the other has a full squad and are coming 15th despite being premiership favourites before a ball was kicked. The Cowboys are going to need to win to change things around but I don’t believe they will. I am tipping Penrith to win in Bathurst on Friday night.
Raiders v Titans
Raiders – The Raiders are beginning to string some form together after beginning the season with four straight losses. The Titans lost last Saturday in a tight one against the Sharks. Both teams are in a similar position on the ladder so it is a crucial match and an opportunity for both to make their claim for the top 8. I am expecting the Raiders to continue their form, having won three of their last four games, and to get the win in front of a home crowd.
Warriors v Tigers
Warriors – Warriors copped an absolute belting on Anzac Day at the hands of the Storm while the Tigers lost another tight one against the Eels. The Warriors were embarrassed and will be looking to bounce back and the Tigers will be trying to find a way to win the tight ones, following a third loss by a measly two points. It is hard to see the Tigers losing three straight considering how well they have played this season but with Shaun Johnson back and a poor performance last week, I am tipping the Warriors to get the chocolates.
Sharks v Eels
Eels – Both teams are coming off tight wins and strong performances getting up by one and two points respectively. The Eels are beginning to gain some momentum while the Sharks are doing well despite their injury troubles at this point in time. With that being said, I am tipping the Eels to make it three on the trot despite the Sharks having home turf advantage.
Dragons v Storm
Storm – The match of the round. How good will it be to witness the competition’s two heavy weights battling it out at Kogarah? They have both been so impressive this season, especially in their respective Anzac Day victories last week. It is going to be a very tight game. I am tipping the Storm, but don’t quote me on this one. It’s going to be a cracker!
Roosters v Sea Eagles
Roosters – Both teams have failed to impress this season. Manly are far lower on the ladder, but the Roosters have not shown any reasons why they should be favourites for the comp. However, Manly’s internal issues will be too much for them and I am expecting us to come out of this game with some arguments as to why the Roosters are still premiership threats.
3 things to look forward to
- Friday night footy in Bathurst
- Can the Eels make it three straight after a 0-6 start?
- The competition leaders going head to head in Kogarah