5 rounds remaining, it's fair to say all the upsets I have been tipping just simply have not come to fruition. Another sad week in Brisbane, they probably need another team in the town so that all the spotlight isn't always on the Broncos? Or just be better, that's the other option I suppose.
Anyways, let's get into this week's preview. Some games that probably should be forfeited and others that will provide some competition and entertainment.
Match of the round! This'll be a good one, the Rabbitohs are working their way into some good form, putting on an absolute clinic against the Sea Eagles last week. Sitting 7th on the table, they welcome back QLD origin star Dane Gagai and there's a sense of momentum about the Bunnies.
Parramatta, they've been rock solid all year under the guidance of Brad Arthur and leadership of Clint Gutherson. But I like what Souths has done in the past month as they look for their 5th straight win. One thing we know for sure, they can score points, if they can match it up front with the Eels pack and get quick ruck speed for Cook to go to work with in behind, they can cause an upset here. Rabbitohs by 8.
Welcome news for the Gold Coast this week, re-signing coach Justin Holbrook until the end of 2024. Rugby League, it is a funny world isn't it, just one more win than the Broncos and Holbrook gets a healthy extension whilst Seibold loses his job.
For this week, it's going to be the Dragons who get their third win in a row. Who would have thought? Admittedly, they're going to miss Korbin Sims and Paul Vaughan up front but I think down at home at Jubliee, they will get away with this one against a Titans side that is actually the best team in Queensland, the only problem, they're 13th on the ladder! Dragons by 12.
Well, what a week in Brisbane. The soap opera rolls on, overshadowing the fact that they actually have a game of football this Friday night. Their opposition? Oh yeah, the defending premiers. Skipper Boyd Cordner returns, the Roosters looking to gain some momentum as October looms. Roosters by 34.
If there's to be an upset in Round 16, I'd be tipping it comes in this game. Albeit, my tipping of the upsets of late has been nothing short of shithouse. The Warriors, amazingly, still have a heartbeat in season 2020 and this is a must win.
It's one of those games, the Knights could come out and put on a clinic, but I don't think that'll be the case. The loss of Blake Green to a season ending ACL injury won't help matters, tipping the Warriors to spring a surprise on Saturday night, Warriors by 10.
The Cowboys can't take a trick! More changes this week than a dressing room. The big one, Jason Taumalolo will miss, among others, whilst they welcome back marquee off-season signing Valentine Holmes. If they had everyone fit for this, you'd think it would be a danger game for the Sharks, but I can't see that being the case.
The Sharks are the team hanging on to 8th spot and this week, they've dropped their five-eight, Matt Moylan. Have to say, we kind of saw that coming. Some big ins as well, Fifita, Johnson and Bryson Goodwin, the Sharkies will be too good here but don't know if it will be all that convincing. Sharks by 10.
Desperate, the Tigers will come to play. Lose here and it is certainly curtains for season 2020 from a finals perspective. Sadly, they take on the Panthers chasing 11 straight wins. Do they need to drop a game before October, is the reality check required? They are going that well that maybe they don't.
Api Koroisau will miss for the Panthers with a low grade calf strain, only expected to miss 1-2 weeks, Penrith in a fortunate enough position to be able to take their time with the injury. Don't think it will matter, Panthers by 18.
The old rivalry, Storm and the Sea Eagles. Remember the Battle of Brookvale? Glenn Stewart & Adam Blair going toe-to-toe, god bless them.
Manly, like Wests, St George & the Warriors are desperate here but it's all about the Storm. Smith & Munster return, as does Jahrome Hughes and Jesse Bromwich. Expecting this to be tight early as these guys find their feet for the first 20 minutes or so, but ultimately, the Storm will have too much class.
Manly will welcome the return of back-rower Joel Thompson, but expecting the Storm to make a statement here late and pull right away, Storm by 20.
Like every week, the Bulldogs will put up a fight but they're just simply lacking some bite this season. Raiders will match the win of the Roosters and stay even with them on points as they fight out 4th spot on the ladder. Raiders by 22.