NRL Tips Round 6
If you take Saturday out of the equation, last weekend was perfect for the Athletes Talk tipping campaign. Pity about those three games on Saturday huh! Still, you can’t win them all, but you can have a go and we’re back again this weekend with our tips. Here’s hoping there’s eight winners among them.
Here’s our preview and Tips for Round 6 of the NRL
BRONCOS V ROOSTERS – FRI 10 APRIL, 7:350PM, SUNCORP STADIUM
What a match up this one promises to be. After looking like anything but title contenders in round one, the Broncos have re-emerged as a genuine threat as their new look side starts to gel. By contrast, the Roosters were terrible last week against the Sharks. They’re very rarely that bad two weeks running. They get Jared Waerea-Hargreaves back from injury and that will help. His go forward has been sorely missed. But that is countered by the loss of Aidan Guerra for six weeks. All that in a week where Roger Tuivasa-Sheck told the club he’s leaving at season’s end. There is trouble in the chook pen. The Broncos should win this at home.
ATHLETES TALK: Broncos by 10
SHARKS V KNIGHTS – FRI 10 APRIL, 7:35PM, REMONDIS STADIUM
What a difference a week makes. This time last week the clock was ticking on when the Sharks might taste their first win of the season. Then along came a bloke named Jack Bird and all is forgotten. The two-try hero has made the five-eighth role his own and the man recruited to wear the six, Ben Barba, can only find himself on the bench in his return from suspension. Yes folks, Bird is the word and there’s happiness at last in the Shire. Newcastle suffered their first loss of the season in a dour arm wrestle with the Dragons. It was horrible to watch. The Knights have lost Beau Scott to injury too. He’s one bloke you do want on the park against the big Sharks pack. Momentum is moving in very opposite directions in this match up. I’m following the upward spiral!
ATHLETES TALK: Sharks by 8
EELS V TITANS – SAT 11 APRIL, 3:00PM, PIRTEK STADIUM
You know how they say you should always look for the positives in life. Well … gee, how good is this game going to be? Not convinced? Me neither. This has got stinker written all over it. Injuries hit the Eels in a bad way last week against the Tigers but they did themselves no favours in a mistake-ridden encounter. Surely they will be better than that against the Titans who just fail to enthuse. The Titans are rolling out the same 17 as the one beaten by the Broncos last week. If that’s the best they’ve got, who is playing in the AFL on Saturday afternoon?
ATHLETES TALK: Eels by 12
WARRIORS V WESTS TIGERS – SAT 11 APRIL, 5:30PM (AET), MT SMART STADIUM
There is plenty to like about this game. Two of the most exciting teams to watch going head to head. There should be plenty of points and plenty of bruises between two of the more physical sides in the NRL. The Warriors weren’t as bad as the scoreline suggested in their loss to the Storm on Monday night. The shortened week shouldn’t be a problem either as the Tigers are also coming off an Easter Monday schedule. Home ground advantage tips it the Warriors way.
ATHLETES TALK: Warriors by 10
PANTHERS V SEA EAGLES – SAT 11 APRIL, 7:30PM, PEPPER STADIUM
If you believe the paper talk, Geoff Toovey has been told only wins going forward will save his job. What does news like that do for the Sea Eagles? You’d have to think very little if they continue to play like they have been. Take away their five-star halves and dynamite fullback and there’s little to fear in the Manly set-up. It is a far cry from the all-star assembly that started the season. No Jamie Lyon. No Steve Matai. Jorge Taufua remains sidelined. It’s hard to see Manly getting the points away to Penrith – who aren’t travelling too well themselves. That’ll change on Saturday. It’s just a matter of by how many.
ATHLETES TALK: Panthers by 14
RAIDERS V STORM – SUN 12 APRIL, 2:00PM, GIO STADIUM
Just like the Sharks, the Raiders have been written off by all. But then they ran into Manly and put them to the cleaners and suddenly things look bright again in the nation’s capital. Or do they? Sure, they were brilliant against the Sea Eagles, but Manly were simply terrible. Sometimes perspective can be cruel! The Storm were thorough in their disposal of a gallant Warriors outfit. Billy Slater’s loss is significant but not enough to tip the scales. Should be close though.
ATHLETES TALK: Storm by 4
DRAGONS V BULLDOGS – SUN 12 APRIL, 4:00PM, ANZ STADIUM
They’re angry these Bulldogs. Mad dogs indeed. They’re still seething over their loss to the Rabbitohs and then they had James Graham and David Klemmer scrubbed out for barking at the referees. The ramifications of that are significant. The Dragons are the most improved side in the competition and Graham and Klemmer are crucial cogs in the Doggies’ style. You just sense that the Bulldogs have a few more points in them than the Dragons’ most recent opponents and should find a way, even without their skipper.
ATHLETES TALK: Bulldogs by 12
RABBITOHS V COWBOYS – MON APRIL 13, 7:00PM, ANZ STADIUM
Is there anything worse than someone saying in round 6 – “a possible Grand Final preview this”? No? Well this is a possible Grand Final preview this. Johnathan Thurston is firing and the Cowboys have gone two from two. They meet a Souths team bloodied by their Easter dust-up with the Bulldogs and without their star halfback for up to two months. They’re hardly rudderless though. Reynolds out. Sutton in. Keary goes to halfback. Hey presto! All’s good. The best teams find a way to win against the odds. Souths did that last week. The Cowboys are still somewhat of a mystery. Better the Devil You Know. The Rabbitohs in a close one.
ATHLETES TALK: Rabbitohs by 2