Round 20 is here. A couple of teams limping to the end of the season whilst, there's a few fighting for position inside the Top 8.
Panthers covered the line last week to get our tip of the round up. They have the Bulldogs this week, likely giving Brisbane the opportunity to avoid the wooden spoon with a win Thursday night. Let's dive in.
Formerly you wouldn't need to even promote this local derby and Suncorp would sell out. Not this week, not even with COVID restrictions in play and limited crowd numbers. Could have included just about any game from the past 6-7 years to try and wet the appetite, check out the one below.
Darius Boyd and Gavin Cooper say farewell. Think this is going to be another shocker for Brisbane, Cowboys get a few back which will strengthen them up, whilst the Broncos lose Fifita but get Payne Haas back.
Think the Cowboys send Cooper out a winner, just can't tip the Broncos nowadays, bring on 2021 and Kevvy Walters or perhaps Paul Green.
Cowboys by 10.
Knights were good last week but the Titans are flat out rolling. They'll finish in 9th after a horror start to the year. The signs for 2021 look great.
Knights probably end up 6th regardless of the win or loss given the Roosters will probably take care of the Bunnies. Tipping the Titans to be up for this one and take a win into Mad Monday.
Love the odds for the Gold Coast here. Titans by 14.
Joseph Manu out, but what about the returning cast for the Roosters? Cordner, Fifita, Friend & Tedesco. Wow!
The Bunnies welcome back Dane Gagai but they were so shit last week. Roosters will take a bit to get into gear with so many changes but expecting late in the second half, the Chooks will kick away.
Roosters by 22.
Credit to the Bulldogs for their fight this year and wonderful to see them get a win last week but fuck me, this is tough. Penrith just too good despite a few being rested? Probably.
Might be a touch unders at $1.15 but expect Penrith to grind out a win. Canterbury will head to Mad Monday and look forward to a new coaching crew in 2021.
Penrith by 10.
I have a Top 4 bet with a mate of mine with the Raiders on it. They need to win this week and Parramatta need to lose. What does Ricky do? He fucking rests half the squad. Unbelievable.
Poor old Shaun Johnson will miss the best part of 12 months with his achilles gone-skis, while Josh Dugan is also out.
Sharks probably win this, breaks my heart. Hopefully this Raiders team just play ball and throw it around and spring a surprise.
Sharks by 6.
Benji Marshall says farewell to the club, while Chris Lawrence says farewell to the NRL for good. I just hope the Tigers get the job done here and pray that the young Raiders side upset the Sharks.
Parramatta have been awful the past month, yeah they beat the Broncos, whoop-de-do.
Give the Tigers strength, it may well be Benji's last game in the NRL altogether, get behind him, go the Tigers.
Tigers by 12.
Manly are favourite? What the fuck? Not a chance they beat the Warriors here.
The Warriors will be amped up to get home to their families and friends and they've been brilliant in 2020. A big thank you to them for the sacrifices they have made this year.
They'll win this despite RTS being out, Manly are trash.
Warriors by 14.
Final round game of the year and Craig Bellamy has adopted the Ricky Stuart strategy and rested a lot of his stars. Christian Welch and Ryan Papenhuyzen return to get some time into their legs, other than that, you won't know many of these Storm boys.
The Dragons haven't been too bad of late, but they do lose Ben Hunt this week. Somehow, Bellyache always seems to find a way to get these new faces to kick into gear really quickly and I think they'll still get the job done here.
Storm by 8.