NRL Round 12 tips

Cleary

Nathan Cleary will be hoping to impress the NSW selectors as he prepares to take on St George.

Round 12 is looking like a cracker of a round. 1 v 2, 3 v 4 and the final round before both State of Origin sides are picked (one final opportunity to impress selectors). I am seriously nervous for this week’s tips, it’s going to be tough to pick a winner.

Broncos v Eels

Brisbane – I have a genuine soft spot for Parramatta, but it just keeps going from bad to worse for them. I would tip them, but Brisbane at home are too appealing a prospect for me. I believe they will get it done at Suncorp.

Raiders v Sea Eagles

Canberra – The Raiders were unlucky last week losing against St George in Mudgee. Manly really showed what they are made of with a comfortable win against the reigning premiers in Melbourne, but I think Canberra are a quality football side that have been unlucky and as Manly will be missing their hooker Api Koroisau, I’m tipping Canberra to win at home.

Cowboys v Storm

Melbourne – A grand final rematch, but you wouldn’t believe that if you’d seen the teams play a game this season. Whilst North Queensland were unlucky last weekend, I can’t see Melbourne playing that poorly two weeks in a row.

Roosters v Titans

Roosters – Both teams had tight matches last week, with the Roosters narrowly going down to the Broncos and the Titans getting it done against the Knights. At a neutral ground, Central Coast Stadium, I think the Titans will struggle to replicate last week’s performance and the Roosters will pick up a much needed win.

Warriors v Rabbitohs

Warriors – Two teams that are playing an exciting and exhilarating brand of footy. This is going to be exceptionally tight, but I am tipping the Warriors purely on the fact that the match is being played in New Zealand.

Panthers v Dragons

Dragons – The top of table clash. Who would’ve picked this before the season began? St George have so many potential Origin players and they will be staking their claims this week. That should be enough to get the W.

Knights v Sharks

Sharks – The Knights were defeated by Gold Coast last weekend while Cronulla won by six against Canterbury. The Sharks have won five straight but haven’t necessarily been flash hot. However, I believe they will make it six straight this Sunday.

Tigers v Bulldogs

Tigers – The Wests Tigers did not play well at all last week and were unable to come up with a try against Penrith. The Bulldogs have been very unlucky losing five games by eight points or less, but I am going with the safer option and picking the Tigers, with little confidence.

Three things to look forward to this weekend

  1. A grand final rematch with plenty to play for
  2. Footy on the Central Coast
  3. A riveting Saturday night with 1 v 2 and 3 v 4
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