Updated: Jul 18, 2020
Already we're at Round 10 of the National Rugby League. Let's enjoy it while it lasts, who knows where we get to in the next couple of weeks with Coronavirus causing chaos across Victoria and now, New South Wales. Are we on track for a grand final @ Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane? Who knows, first things first, lets rip into Round 10.
Roosters Vs Raiders
Thursday night football and a grand final replay of epic proportions. Not surprisingly, Gerard Sutton has been handed the whistle for this one, my money was on Ben Cummins!? The defending premiers welcome back skipper Boyd Cordner, Brett Morris and Isaac Liu.
On the flip side, the Raiders will be without Hooker Josh Hodgson who is out for the year with a ruptured ACL. Sadly, for my Raiders top 4 prediction, I can't see them beating the Roosters in this one, the chooks should be too strong and predicting them to win by a fair margin, let's say 16.
Storm Vs Titans
Sunshine Coast stadium, the home base for the Storm get an NRL fixture and based on form, roster and anything else, Melbourne should be winning this in second, maybe even third gear. $1.07 in betting markets could be overs, better than bank interest they say? QLD origin pair, Cameron Munster and Felise Kaufusi back in, sorry Gold Coast, but there's just no chance of an upset. Storm to rest a few of their stars late in and win by 20+.
Tigers Vs Broncos
The other Friday night match might be a little more competitive. Leichhardt Oval the venue, Tigers Vs Broncos. The Tigers welcome back club legend Benji Marshall who will partner Billy Walters in the halves at the expense of Luke Brooks who has been dropped. Earlier in the season I thought Brooks was playing irresistible footy, not now. He's gone. Josh Reynolds also missing the halves, suspended last week for his kick in danger, bit harsh? Maybe.
Whilst for the Broncos, skipper Alex Glenn is gone for the best part of 2 months, but they will be boosted by the inclusion of Joe Ofahengaue. A win last week against a hapless Bulldogs side, could they make it two in a row? I am actually going to tip them to do it. Maybe I am getting over excited about a win against a very poor side, but I am tipping the upset here, #bronxnation to get the win by 4.
Dragons Vs Bulldogs
Poor old Dean Pay is gone, would there be a more relieved bloke in the country? And what about the Dragons last week? Absolutely slaughtered Manly and whilst I normally subscribe to the theory that a new coach brings a victory, I just can not for the life of me see the Bulldogs winning this match.
Dragons might come good now, who knows, regardless of their long term outlook, I think they'll be too good for the Dogs this weekend. Expect a gritty showing from the Dogs but the Dragons to prevail by 12.
Rabbitohs Vs Knights
Match of the round stuff here. South Sydney missing Latrell Mitchell after he put one on Josh Reynold's chin last week, haven't we all wanted to do that at some point. Whilst Latrell pleased many league lovers in the process, his two-week suspension leaves the Bunnies somewhat vulnerable. Alex Johnston will line up at fullback against the Knights, whilst the bloke he is going head-to-head with, Kalyn Ponga, well he is simply due to turn his form around. Disappointing by his lofty heights in recent weeks, it is time for Ponga to turn his form around and I think it is this weekend. I am firmly on both of these teams bandwagons and if it wasn't saturated by COVID, I'd be making the trip to Bankwest to watch this one. I will tip the Knights in a close one, so long as Dane Gagai doesn't go off like last week. Knights by 6!
Sea Eagles Vs Eels
I hate saying it, but Parramatta will be too good here. Tough watch for Manly fans last week and they are still struggling with a lot of injuries. Parra just going from strength to strength, I've finally cottoned on to it and joined the bandwagon, maybe now that I have jump shipped they will lose? Parra by 22.
Warriors Vs Sharks
Warriors almost made it back-to-back wins last week but just couldn't quite get it done against the Titans. The Sharks on the other hand copped an absolute hiding at the hands of the Panthers and will be without Andrew Fifita. What do you do here? Going to tip a mini upset here and go with the Warriors who welcome back Kodi Nikorima, missing last week due to concussion. No confidence here and the Sharks could well come out and win easy, but the Warriors are good one week and not so good the next. They lost last week, so based on that math, they should win, right? Warriors by 8.
Panthers Vs Cowboys
Boys vs men you'd think. Panthers just flying in attack at the moment, 56 points against the Sharks last week. The Cowboys were no match for the Roosters and suspect the same thing will apply on Sunday afternoon at Panthers Stadium. The Storm looked overs at $1.07, same story for the Panthers who are currently $1.14. The Cowboys will be without Val Holmes, sidelined for an extended period and whilst they do welcome back Jordan McLean, I can see this one getting out of hand, Panthers by 26.