Can you smell that? It's the sweet scent of finals footy which is edging closer to us. 6 rounds remaining, arguably the Top 8 has been locked in and now those teams are just jostling for position. Round 14 provided us with some excellent matches, 1 major upset and plenty of drama, what will Round 15 deliver?
By ladder position, this is an absolute belter of a game. Soured somewhat of course by the injuries to some of the Storm's best. Despite the high profile injuries, Melbourne emphatically got the job done against the defending premiers last week. Now they lose Dale Finucane and Suliasi Vunivalu, with Jahrome Hughes also in doubt. Dear oh dear! Surely this injury toll will catch up with them or will Bellyache weave some more magic?
The Eels got beaten by a desperate Dragons team last week, I think they'll turn their fortunes around this week. I think it'll be really close, Eels might just win but the bet I want to have in this game is the total match score under 36.5 @ $1.90. I think it'll be a tight, low scoring contest. For the record, Eels by 6.
What a cracking 6pm Friday night game. Stability in both these sides, both coming off unconvincing wins last week against inferior opponents but boasting some good recent form. Panthers of course are the obvious here but surely they can't just keep winning? I am convinced this is a real danger game for them. Again, I am going to tip a close one, leaning slightly to the Panthers but wouldn't be surprised if the Sharks sprung a surprise. Panthers by 6.
Broncos are $3.50. How? Okay, they get back Milford, Bullemor and Jordan Kahu who will play his first game in a long while, but as 2020 would have it for Brisbane, they now lose Payne Haas, Jake Turpin and Thomas Flegler. It never ends!
The Dragons were terrific last week, upsetting the much more fancied Eels and keeping alive a faint hope of playing finals footy in October. How good is Zac Lomax!? Outstanding.
If the Broncos of the first half against Canberra were to show up, they'd win. But will they? Perhaps the Dragons got the standard win you get when you fire your coach last week for Paul McGregor. I can't believe I am going to do this, but tipping the Broncos by 1 in a famous victory, maybe that's why they're only $3.50!?
Jai Arrow and Dale Copley both out for the Titans, joining skipper Kevin Proctor on the sidelines having been suspended for his 'bite' on Shaun Johnson. I think the Raiders are far too good here, backing the green machine to make a nice run over these next 6 weeks. Raiders by 16.
Well, if you're not across the INS and OUTS for the Roosters