NRL Round 11 tips
Following 10 rounds of heavy congestion in the middle of the table, a few wins and losses at either end of the ladder have helped to slowly form a picture of the competition’s power rankings.
The Cowboys and the Eels continue to struggle while the Storm and Penrith maintain their positions at the top end of the table after bouncing back from disappointing performances in Round 10.
Panthers v Tigers
Panthers – Cleary vs Cleary and Watene-Zelezniak vs Watene-Zelezniak. Family rivalries mean bragging rights are up for grabs. With a home ground advantage and Maloney in great form leading into Origin, I think Nathan and Dallin will be the ones gloating at their respective dinner tables.
Eels v Warriors
Warriors – I’ve tipped the Eels every match this season but I just couldn’t get past their poor performance last week. As rubbish as the Warriors were, they’re a changed team this year and should bounce back from their poor home performance against the Roosters.
Broncos v Roosters
Roosters – The Roosters are just starting to find their mojo while Brisbane were beaten at Suncorp to a club stifled with off the park drama in Manly. The Broncos have been a bit lucky this season winning a couple of close games but I believe that the Roosters will win convincingly.
Titans v Knights
Knights – The Titans have been unlucky losing the last few weeks to quality teams while Newcastle have had back to back losses against South Sydney and Penrith. I believe Kalyn Ponga will be the difference in this one and will get Newcastle over the line. It will be a lot closer than anticipated.
Cowboys v Rabbitohs
Rabbitohs – Cowboys were tipped to be one of the premiership contenders this year but the bottom line is that they just aren’t good enough. Against an ageing roster, I am tipping South Sydney to continue their terrific run of form and win up North.
Storm v Sea Eagles
Storm – Both teams won their respective matches in the double header in Brisbane last Saturday. The Trbojevic brothers are hitting some form but I think Melbourne will be far too good.
Dragons v Raiders
Dragons – St George received their second lost of the season at the hands of South Sydney while Canberra were defeated by Cronulla at home. The Dragons have been so professional this year and I don’t expect anything less this weekend.
Sharks v Bulldogs
Sharks – Both teams are coming off great wins last weekend. The Dogs have shown promising signs while the Sharks are quietly on a roll. On a Sunday afternoon in front of a home crowd, I can’t see the Sharkies getting beaten.
3 things to look forward to
- Cleary v Cleary
- Dragons in Mudgee
- Sunday arvo at Shark Park