NRL Tips Round 7
Wow. We’re already up to round 7! We jagged 5 out of the 8 winners last week in a round where not many across the nation managed to find too much success. This round looks tough to pick. Especially with injuries and suspensions taking their toll.
Here’s our preview and Tips for Round 7 of the NRL
BULLDOGS V SEA EAGLES – FRI 17 APRIL, 7:35PM ANZ STADIUM
It’s a battle of the walking wounded with both teams depleted by the early season injury curse. This feels like two very average teams handed the prime-time game of the week. Jamie Lyon is back for Manly. With Steve Matai there as well that sways things the Sea Eagles way.
ATHLETES TALK: Sea Eagles by 4
DRAGONS V BRONCOS – FRI 17 APRIL, 7:35PM, JUBILEE OVAL
Changes aplenty to the Broncos side with Anthony Milford to have his first run at fullback. If he brings the sort of form he showed in the number 1 jersey for the Raiders that’s an exciting prospect. Brisbane has a poor record at Kogarah. I sense they’re every chance in this one though.
ATHLETES TALK: Broncos by 6
TITANS V PANTHERS – SAT 18 APRIL, 3:00PM, CBUS SUPER STADIUM
The Titans finally found some form last week with a demolition job on the Eels. They were on the end of a hiding of their own when they last played the Panthers only a few weeks ago. Things have changed since then but Penrith are due. Flip a coin.
ATHLETES TALK: Panthers by 2
COWBOYS V WARRIORS – SAT 18 APRIL, 5:30PM (AET), 1300 SMILES STADIUM
The Cowboys on a roll are a dangerous beast. After an away win on Monday night they return home to a New Zealand team that appears ripe for the taking. The Cowboys have been involved in some arm wrestles of late. I sense this will be a canter.
ATHLETES TALK: Cowboys by 18
STORM V ROOSTERS – SAT 18 APRIL, 7:30PM, AAMI STADIUM
Easily the game of the round between a host that was tipped to be on the decline and the genuine challenger to the title. It hasn’t quite run to script and the Storm have exceeded expectations. They rarely lose at home but that isn’t as bankable as it once was. The Roosters were good last week against Brisbane. More of the same should be good enough.
ATHLETES TALK: Roosters by 8
WESTS TIGERS V RAIDERS – SUN 19 APRIL, 2:00PM, LEICHHARDT OVAL
This could be a free-flowing, pretty to watch points-scoring spree or a mistake-ridden stinker. Either way the Tigers love a Sunday afternoon stoush at Leichhardt. They just appear to have more depth than the Raiders.
ATHLETES TALK: Tigers by 14
KNIGHTS V EELS – SUN 19 APRIL, 4:00PM, HUNTER STADIUM
How could you tip either of these two teams with any confidence? Both had rounds to forget last weekend. Home ground advantage is the only rule that seems to make any sense!
ATHLETES TALK: Knights by 10
SHARKS V RABBITOHS – MON APRIL 20, 7:00PM, REMONDIS STADIUM
Souths just look light on. If Greg Inglis wasn’t in the side it would be hard to even consider them based on the past few weeks. Monday night has a habit of coughing up the unusual. The Sharks are sniffing blood right now. That makes them very dangerous indeed!
ATHLETES TALK: Sharks by 4