Yes, I am back after another hiatus, this time family enforced. Damn nuisances with their by-pass surgery. Anyway, gonna be snappy this week so straight into it.
Cowboys vs Broncos.
Broncos captain Darren Lockyer returned last week after yet another recovery period for his injured knee. Cowboys skipper Jonathan Thurston is out, after having minor knee surgery on his meniscus (?), for up to six weeks. Cowboys will not win again until he returns and this week will see the Broncos deliver them their 11th straight loss.
Broncos by 20
Sea Eagles vs Eels
Sea Eagles are the team to beat at the moment having won 9 of their last 10 matches. Eels are without sensational five eighth Feleti Mateo and Luke Burt has been dropped from first grade. Their forwards are their biggest problem though and will be no match for the Sea Eagles pack. However, if history is any thing to go by this is the one game the Eels are most likely to lift for. I’ll go with the upset.
Eels by 6
Titans vs Panthers
After their sensational win against top four side the Roosters last week the Titans now know they can win without Prince and Bailey. Expect that confidence to be on show. Panthers have been solid without being sensational.
Titans by 10
Sharks vs Knights
Sharks missed far too many tackles last week in their loss to the Sea Eagles. Knights looked good in the second half against the Panthers once penalties started going their way ie they tightened up their discipline. Won’t be too much in this one and I think home ground advantage must see the Sharks get the points.
Sharks by 10
Bulldogs vs Warriors
Bulldogs scored an upset last week to roll the Broncos while the Warriors had a win over the Cowboys (who hasn’t though?). Should be a good crowd with Bulldogs giving free entry to anyone with a Polynesian or Kiwi passport. The Bulldogs can still cause headaches to most teams if the play to their ability and they should rattle the warriors.
Bulldogs by 14
Raiders vs Roosters
the Raiders victory last week against the apparent form team of the competition, the Dragons, came as no surprise to me. They were far more committed and determined. They will be the same this week against the Roosters but the “Chooks” are a different kettle of fish. Willie Mason was this week voted by his peers as the most over-rated player in the competition and, much like in the third State of Origin this year, I think Willie will be wanting to silence a few of his critics.
Roosters by 20
Rabbitohs vs Tigers
While the Rabbitohs have had some what of a resurgence in the back end of the season with five straight wins, three of those though were against fellow bottom four sides. The Tigers played well last week to only lose by 12 to the Storm after being level at half time. Will be a good match but I expect the Tigers to get the money.
Tigers by 8
Storm vs Dragons.
Storm. Greg Inglis. Unstoppable. If he plays this week like he did against the Tigers then there is no reason Storm cannot put 30 points on the Dragons. The Dragons though will be smarting from their “unexpected” loss to the Raiders and may turn up ready to play. Either way, Storm will win and do so comfortably.
Storm by 18
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