NRL Tips Round 8
It’s probably best we don’t talk about last week. Could have been a lot better. Could have been worse. But if you stuck with us until the end we did find you a rank outsider winner in the Sharks against the defending premier Souths. This is a special round of rugby league as the NRL pays tribute to the ANZAC’s and those who served. Lest We Forget …
Here’s our preview and Tips for Round 8 of the NRL
BULLDOGS V WESTS TIGERS – FRI 24 APRIL, 7:45PM ANZ STADIUM
It’s just hard to have the Bulldogs with their current injury toll. So many of their frontline stars are missing and with suspensions still lingering they’re a shadow of themselves. The Tigers are just about at full strength and if they can get over their gripe about having to play the Doggies twice within a month they should be too good, despite their epic fade away against the Raiders on Sunday. They lost their last meeting in golden point. Surely they’ll hold on this time.
ATHLETES TALK: Tigers by 10
WARRIORS V TITANS – SAT 25 APRIL, 11:55AM AET (1.45PM NZ TIME), MT SMART STADIUM
The Titans showed what they’re capable of last weekend and if they bring that sort of form again they should challenge the Warriors. The Kiwis are such an unpredictable beast. But I like them in this. They ran the Cowboys down to the final minute last week. That’s pretty good form to take back to Auckland.
ATHLETES TALK: Warriors by 14
KNIGHTS V COWBOYS – SAT 25 APRIL, 2:00PM, HUNTER STADIUM
Two teams unchanged from last weekend. The Knights let a lead slip against the Eels. The Cowboys left it to the final minute to get past the Warriors. The Knights won their match-up last month but the Cowboys are travelling much better now.
ATHLETES TALK: Cowboys by 8
ROOSTERS V DRAGONS – SAT 25 APRIL, 4:00PM, ALLIANZ STADIUM
The traditional ANZAC Day clash which should be bathed in sunshine. This looms as an arm wrestle. The best defence against in the competition against the best attack. They say defence wins games. I say points do. The Roosters should have too many tricks.
ATHLETES TALK: Roosters by 12
STORM V SEA EAGLES – SAT 25 APRIL, 6:15PM, AAMI PARK
Right now, Manly are the worst team in the competition. It’s incredible to fathom given the lofty perch they sat on only a month ago. But injuries will do that to even the best of teams. The Sea Eagles are missing 10 regulars and that’s impossible to paper over in the modern game. Melbourne are tough to beat at home – even when teams are at full strength.
ATHLETES TALK: Storm by 16
BRONCOS V EELS – SAT 25 APRIL, 8:00PM, SUNCORP STADIUM
The Eels have a habit of performing very well at Suncorp Stadium. But with test jumpers up for grabs and Justin Hodges back for the Broncos they should be too good for Parramatta. Under Wayne Bennett, the Broncos have become reliable again. Knowing what you’re going to get from them they should be too good.
ATHLETES TALK: Broncos by 14
PANTHERS V SHARKS – SUN 26 APRIL, 2:00PM, PEPPER STADIUM
Injuries aplenty in this one, mostly among the Panthers squad. They were thumped last week, while the Sharks produced one of their gutsiest performances in torrential rain to down the Rabbitohs. It’s about time the Panthers turned around their fortunes though. They’re better than they’ve shown. Perhaps this is the week that turns into a victory song.
ATHLETES TALK: Panthers by 4
RABBITOHS V RAIDERS – SUN APRIL 26, 4:00PM, BARLOW PARK, CAIRNS
Souths have taken this home game to Cairns, just when they might have needed every bit of Rabbitoh support they could muster. Things haven’t exactly gone to plan for the Bunnies of late and without their Easter miracle against the Dogs they would be riding a 4-game losing streak. Canberra produced a stirring comeback to overhaul the breathless Tigers last week. South aren’t the sort of team you want to give a 22 point start to.
ATHLETES TALK: Rabbitohs by 18