NRL Preview Round 5

3 from 8 last week, absolutely stunk up the joint. In my defence, Manly were robbed and I wasn’t alone in thinking the Tigers would absolutely trounce the Titans, particularly after grabbing an early 12-0 lead. Anyways, ready to go again for another big weekend of Rugby League. Here we go.

Manly Vs Broncos (Thursday Night)

What do you say about the Broncos? Sure they were missing some players but jeezus they were awful. They’ll welcome back a host of players this week, Matt Lodge moves to the starting line up who was probably one of the only Broncos players who can be proud of his performance last week and Ben Te’o will make his return to Rugby League which might provide some flickering hope but until Seibold sorts out his future plans for Milford & Boyd, the Broncos just appear as if they’ll continue to struggle, sadly. Manly too powerful in this one, will be winning you’d think (I’m still a little gun shy at the moment!) and likely still stinging after last week’s controversy. Closer than you’d think however, I’ll take Manly 1-12.

Warriors Vs Cowboys (Friday Night)

Like the Manly Vs Broncos match, this one will be played on the Central Coast. The Warriors didn’t back up after their Round 3 heroics, admittedly against the Dragons, the Cowboys seemed flat against the Sharks. What to do?

Who to tip? That's right Jason Taumalolo is back!

With Taumalolo coming back in and getting them close to 800m a game, the Cowboys are probably rightful favourites here. I reckon this year might be a case of just not being able to trust the Warriors. They’ll be kind to you one week and then burn you the next. I’ll take the Cowboys 1-12 but not with any great confidence.

Eels Vs Panthers (Friday Night)

Having not liked what I saw from the Panthers in Round 3, they turned their form around last week against the Warriors. They also welcome back the TikTok’er, Nathan Cleary this week who I am sure will be bursting at the seems to get out on to Bankwest Stadium and bust a move. Eels are the obvious and flying high on top of the table, I am going to tip an upset here and back the Panthers in a close one. I think it might be a low scoring match so I’m taking the unders for the total game score.

Rabbitohs vs Titans (Saturday Night)

The Titans are fresh off their first win in 364 days, could they make it 2 inside 7 days, I don’t think so. Rabbitohs have issues of their own but welcome back Cody Walker who I’d expect to give them a bit of a kick. The Rabbitohs have also named James Roberts in the centres, which is terrific to see, whilst the Titans get big Jarrod Wallace and Tyrone Roberts back. This game just sets up beautifully for the Rabbitohs, if they don’t win this, it could be a very long season. They are short odds around $1.25 but that looks an absolute living certainty.

Knights Vs Storm (Saturday Night)

Juicy! Knights are running hot and meet a Storm team fresh off a clinical win against the Bunnies. I can’t not tip the Knight in this, that spine of Ponga, Pearce and McCullough is bloody good and I think they’ll make it back-to-back wins and potentially find themselves sitting on top of the table after Round 5 should other results go there way. The Storm have lost halfback Jahrome Hughes but I think replacement Ryley Jacks might actually offer them more in that position. I am firmly on the Knights bandwagon here and can’t possibly work out how they aren’t favourites in this one. Knights to win straight out.

Tigers Vs Raiders (Saturday Night)

A blight on the copybook last week for the Raiders, outplayed by the Knights, but I can’t see them dropping two in a row. The Tigers appeared in full control of their match against the Titans, 12-0 up after 13 minutes but couldn’t close out the game, much to the disgust of Michael Maguire and presumably their entire fan base.

Benji Marshall dropped, what the f#ck?

That said, I can not believe Benji Marshall has been dropped, I thought the week prior he and Brooks were brilliant! Blows my mind! The Raiders are too good for the Tigers and will be winning in a blow out.

Bulldogs Vs Roosters (Sunday Afternoon)

There’s a heartbeat in the Bulldogs after a win over the Dragons but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Their reward? A Sunday afternoon showdown with the defending premiers who welcome back arguably the world’s best player in James Tedesco back into their side. If they show up, the Roosters are far too good for the Dogs, even if they don’t they’ll probably still win by more than 20.

Dragons Vs Sharks (Sunday Night)

Can the Dragons act as if their coach got fired this week? Normally the formula of firing the coach means the team wins that week! That said, I am glad Paul McGregor was spared the axe, I am sure Dragons fans are seeing red (pun intended) and I hope they turn things around. However, I don’t think it’ll be this week, the Sharks do look too strong for them although I am wary of this game, it is a danger game for the Sharks. Andrew Fifita and halfback Chad Townsend back into the Sharks side, they look too big and too strong here. I am going to hedge my bets however and take the unders on the total game score.

Another cracking weekend of Rugby League, or Rugba Leeg as Saint Peter V'Landys calls it, I say again to you Peter, thank you for getting this great sport back on the field. I am sure he doesn’t read this but just in case, thank you Peter.


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