NRL Round 10 tips

In Round 9 of the NRL the Warriors bounced back from their thrashing against Melbourne, St George reassured pundits that they are genuine premiership favourites and the Bulldogs went down in a controversial loss in Brisbane. I had a solid week in my tips getting 5/8.

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Image: Grant Trouville/NRL Photos.

Having said that, this round seems as if it may be a tough one to pick.

Tigers v Cowboys

Tigers – A Thursday night game at Leichardt. Can it get much better? It’s going to be a cracker. Cowboys bounced back last week but I can’t see the Tigers losing at Leichardt (or for that matter losing a 4th straight) after their great start to the year.

Knights v Panthers

Panthers – The Knights succumbed to their first loss with Mitchell Pearce out while Penrith went down to the Cowboys in Bathurst. The Panthers will be looking to cement their place in the top four and despite Kalyn Ponga’s terrific form, I think it will be too big a task for the baby Knights.

Bulldogs v Eels

Eels – The Bulldogs will be breathing fire this week after their controversial loss against Brisbane while Parramatta almost did the unthinkable, scoring three late tries against Cronulla. However, I think the Eels’ roster has a bit more skill than the Bulldogs and believe they will get the W.

Warriors v Roosters

Warriors – The Warriors had a great win against the Tigers while the Roosters only just defeated a struggling Manly outfit. The Roosters haven’t proven to me yet that they have enough to beat the top sides which is why I am picking the Warriors at home.

Storm v Titans

Storm – Played at the neutral venue of Suncorp, there’s no home ground advantage for either team. The Storm realised they may not be quite as sharp as pundits believed, losing to St George while the Titans went down in Canberra. I believe the Storm will bounce back as they will be desperate to stay in the top four before Origin comes around.

Sea Eagles v Broncos

Broncos – Despite being a Manly home game, it shall be the second fixture of the double header at Suncorp. Manly showed promise last week against the Roosters despite their drama while Brisbane scraped through in a tight one against Canterbury. Manly’s woes haven’t helped their attempts to find form and it’s likely Brisbane will continue their hot run.

Rabbitohs v Dragons

Rabbitohs – I am tipping this to be much closer than many are expecting. The Dragons have been unstoppable while South Sydney at their best have been clinical in attack. With Sam Burgess back leading from the front, I believe the Rabbitohs will get the win here and upset the Premiership favourites.

Raiders v Sharks

Raiders – The Raiders have won four of their last five despite a slow start. The Sharks played very well for 72 minutes last week and still managed to nearly lose. The Sharks have a good history of late in Canberra, but I’m tipping the Raiders to continue their recent form and get the win.

3 things to look forward to this week

  1. Leichardt Oval footy
  2. Double header in Brisbane
  3. Sam Burgess’ returns

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