NRL Tips Round 10
We hit back with a mighty five from eight last weekend but head into what looks like a seriously tough round of fixtures! Here’s hoping we can find you a winner or two … or … ideally … eight!
Here’s our preview and Tips for Round 10 of the NRL
BULLDOGS V ROOSTERS – FRI 15 MAY, 7:35PM ANZ STADIUM
Finally, the Bulldogs are back to full strength with James Graham returning from suspension. Throw Josh Reynolds back in the mix and you suddenly have two of the competition heavyweights going at it on the eve of the representative season. That’s enticing because the NSW halves combination could be decided by the outcome of this contest. The Roosters just appear to be tracking much better right now and last weekend’s demolition of the Tigers is hard to ignore.
ATHLETES TALK: Roosters by 8
COWBOYS V BRONCOS – FRI 15 MAY, 7:35PM, 1300SMILES STADIUM
The key trait of premiership teams is the ability to find a win in the close contests. The Cowboys are doing that this season, despite their poor start to 2015. That included a loss to the Broncos on a warm night in Brisbane. On their home turf the Cowboys are a different proposition but they feel like a team on the verge of being toppled. There is something about the Broncos. Josh McGuire’s suspension will hurt but that’s countered by the return of Sam Thaiday.
ATHLETES TALK: Broncos by 4
EELS V WARRIORS – SAT 16 MAY, 3:00PM, PIRTEK STADIUM
The problem with the Eels is they win the games you least expect them to win, which makes them incredibly hard to tip. A complete lack of logic says this is their week. The Warriors are on the road for a second week running and after test match duties the travel could start to tell. Luke Kelly comes in for Chris Sandow. The Eels are usually much better at home!
ATHLETES TALK: Eels by 10
TITANS V SHARKS – SAT 16 MAY, 5:30PM, CBUS SUPER STADIUM
There have been plenty of hidings in the Titans recent past but none more so than the one handed out to them by Canberra last weekend. Surely there is bounce back in this side. The last time they met the Sharks they escaped with a miracle win in the dying stages when all looked lost. It ignited a run of sorts. Back at home they should bring more resolve.
ATHLETES TALK: Titans by 4
STORM V RABBITOHS – SAT 16 MAY, 7:30PM, AAMI PARK
Just when Souths looked like all their problems were resolved with the return of Adam Reynolds, he suffers a broken thumb and will be sidelined for another month at least. It won’t help their cause against a Storm side that looked back to its best against the Eels. Souths aren’t travelling well. This doesn’t get any easier for the defending premiers.
ATHLETES TALK: Storm by 8
DRAGONS V RAIDERS – SUN 17 MAY, 2:00PM, WIN STADIUM
Hands up if you saw this scenario as being possible at the start of the season – the best defence in the competition against the NRL’s best attack. That’s what it’s come to and it’s set the scene for a beauty in Wollongong. Athletes Talk usually veers in the direction of optimism, but pragmatism wins out on this occasion. Defence gets the chocolates.
ATHLETES TALK: Dragons by 6
KNIGHTS V WESTS TIGERS – SUN 17 MAY, 4:00PM, HUNTER STADIUM
A battle between two of the more disappointing teams from round 9. The Knights were pumped by Manly. The Tigers copped a hiding from the Roosters. What do we make of that? Throw a coin in the air and it will more than likely land on the home ground of Newcastle. That will do! The Knights get the nod as the home team.
ATHLETES TALK: Knights by 4
SEA EAGLES V PANTHERS – SUN MAY 18, 7:00PM, BROOKVALE OVAL
Rounding out one of the hardest rounds of tipping in NRL history is a match-up between two teams who both turned in impressive performances last weekend. The Panthers were extremely unlucky against the Broncos and showed their defence is back to its determined self. The Sea Eagles wound back the clock against the Knights and reminded everyone they’re still in the mix. With Steve Matai back and fortress Brookvale seemingly again a factor, Manly should win this.
ATHLETES TALK: Sea Eagles by 8