By Stephen Gallagher
FRIDAY: • Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters – ANZ Stadium 21.35NZT
This is going to be a very tough game. These two always put on a bit game, and with some big players in both sides – the Roosters want to continue their winning ways, and the Bulldogs are in dire need of a win.
• North Queensland Cowboys V Brisbane Broncos – 1300 Smiles Stadium 21.35NZT
The battle of little brother North Queensland, against big brother Brisbane. This game has a lot riding on it. The Broncos are top of the table, but in current form I would say that the Cowboys could do this – especially at home. It will all be left out on the field
SATURDAY: • Parramatta Eels V New Zealand Warriors – Pirtek Stadium 17.00NZT
The Eels always seem to get the wood over the Warriors in Parramatta – but can they get that result this week? The axe has been wielded as Chris Sandow gets cut for underperforming. The Eels are lacking a lot of gel – the Warriors need to pounce.
• Gold Coast Titans V Cronulla Sharks – CBUS Super Stadium 19.30NZT
These two have underwhelmed this season, so perhaps the battle of the underachievers? The Titans have such a good balance in their side, but their results say otherwise. The Sharks need to look at their big men to go forward and dominate if they want to win.
• Melbourne Storm V South Sydney Rabbitohs – AAMI Park 21.30NZT
Here’s a thriller. The in form Storm against the Rabbitohs who are slowly clawing back their 2014 champion form. I think this goes down the the forwards. The Storm’s big boys have it over the Rabbitohs at the moment.
SUNDAY: • Saint George Illawarra Dragons V Canberra Raiders – WIN Stadium 16.00NZT
Once upon a time the Raiders used to whip the Dragons in every occasion – over the last year the Dragons have reversed the curse. These two sides are faring really well – higher than the expectations most had on them pre-season. I feel like this game is going to be fun to watch. The way the Raiders have been scoring agaisnt a hard-fought D-line of the Red V.
• Newcastle Knights V Wests Tigers – Hunter Stadium 18.00NZT
Battle of the losers here. Newcastle and Wests are underperforming majorly. Who is going to be more desperate? The rosters are talented, what’s going wrong on field? Knights at home could be the go.
MONDAY: • Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles V Penrith Panthers – Brookvale Oval 21.00NZT
It was only about a month ago where these two sides played – and it was different circumstances to now. The Sea Eagles look to be getting back in to form, where Penrith are slowly falling away each round and each loss. The Sea Eagles back at Brookie will be hard to beat.
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