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Discussion in 'Rugby League - NRL - Super League' started by AuckMel, Aug 1, 2018.

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  1. AuckMel

    AuckMel The Ultimate Warrior

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    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/06/27/nrl-tipping-round-16---what-the-experts-are-saying/

    Dragons v Eels

    The Dragons will be hoping their Test and Origin stars take the field on Thursday night. It was a great start to the season for the Red V, but this period will challenge them physically and mentally. The Eels just need to win and they need an almighty effort from the 17 that take the field.
    Tip: Dragons by 10

    Warriors v Sharks

    Both teams have won three of their past five matches, but the Warriors will benefit from Shaun Johnson and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck having missed the Denver Test. This is the time of year where they need to be making a statement. The Sharks love a grind and in an arm wrestle they will turn to their forwards to lead the way on Friday night. It will be a big test for Cronulla, but they can win in a close one.
    Tip: Sharks by 4

    Roosters v Storm

    The game of the round. Cooper Cronk returns to face his old mates and the Roosters are looking for their fifth win in a row. The Tricolours have been impressive over the past month, with Cronk and halves partner Luke Keary steering the ship. It will be a mental challenge for their Origin stars who are backing up. The Storm have been impressive of late, with Cameron Smith the key to their success in 2018. The No.9 will once again be called upon to be the difference on Friday.
    Tip: Storm by 4

    Panthers v Sea Eagles

    The Panthers will be hoping Nathan Cleary and James Maloney are ready to go after guiding NSW to a series win. The Panthers were poor during their last outing against the Roosters and need to improve to continue to stay a top-four side. Manly will look to Daly Cherry-Evans and the Trbojevic brothers to spark them, but they are busted and down on troops and the task will be too big.
    Tip: Panthers by 10

    Knights v Bulldogs

    Kalyn Ponga is a star, but he can't do it on his own. The Knights halves need to provide more in attack and they need to help the fullback out. The Bulldogs need to go up the F3 and get the job done. They need to turn around their poor performance at Belmore and show their fans what they're capable of. The side needs to block the outside noise and win.
    Tip: Bulldogs by 6

    Broncos v Raiders

    The Broncos sit in eighth position and are four points clear of the Raiders. It's a huge game for Brisbane to keep themselves in the eight and after a tough win against the Sharks in Round 15, the Broncos will have a point to prove. The Raiders were superb against the Wests Tigers thanks to the returning Josh Hodgson. Hodgson has brilliant in his first game back from a knee injury. His composure and game management helped the Raiders halves and ultimately changed the way Canberra played. The No.9 is key to their finals push.
    Tip: Raiders by 6

    Tigers v Titans

    It's a new look Wests Tigers this weekend. Moses Mbye's first outing in his new colours and the return of Robbie Farah. The two additions will provide plenty of options in attack for the Tigers and provide much-needed help for Luke Brooks. The Titans come into the fixture with plenty of confidence after their impressive win over the Bulldogs. Ash Taylor and AJ Brimson have been impressive and their partnership will only get better. They will be up against on Sunday the Gold Coast, but the only way to shut the crowd out is score more points and worry about themselves.
    Tip: Tigers by 4

    Rabbitohs v Cowboys

    The Rabbitohs are genuine title contenders in 2018. Their attack is the best in the competition and a lot of it is generated down their left side. Anthony Seibold has changed the way they play this year and they have benefited from a fit and healthy spine. The Cowboys have been disappointing. Their attack looks slow at times and very predictable. An injured Michael Morgan doesn't help, but the two JTs can't always be the ones to get them out of trouble. You can never write the Cowboys off, but it's just been one of those years for the 2017 grand finalist.
    Tip: Rabbitohs by 10
     

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  2. AuckMel

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    Tomorrow night the Bulldogs hst the Broncos and the Broncos will win.

    Two massive games on Friday night as the Knights play the Tigers in a game most Warriors fans will be cheering for the Knights. The Tigers can't get any worse and the Knights are playing well. A tight win to Newcastle IMO. Following that it's Souths v Melbourne in what should be an absolute beauty. The Storm are back to their very best and Souths have been a bit down. It should be close and lets hope plenty turn up.

    Super Saturday starts with the Dragons v Warriors and anything other than a Dragons comfortable win here would be a huge shock.

    In game 2 the Eels play the Titans and it will be interesting to see if the Titans can make it 2 in a row.

    The Roosters will be keen to pour on the points again and I think they'll win easily.

    Sunday kicks off with Cronulla v Manly and it should be an easy Sharks win. At 4.10 it will be the Panthers up against Canberra in a game where they won't want to give the Raiders an early lead. Have a feeling this will be the best game of the weekend.
     

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  3. Jatz

    Jatz Moderator

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    Will be very disappointed if we don't knock over the Tigers. Both teams are so hot and cold though so I'm not sure which way it'll go.
     
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    Storm vs Rabbitohs should be a ripper!

    Quite a tough couple weeks for Souths coming up with Roosters next week as well. But if we can win both, that's a huge boost for morale as we edge closer into the finals period.
     
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    Broncos pathetic tonight,Bulldogs youngster lewis sure had a good kicking game.
     
  6. AuckMel

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    Just checked the score and couldn't believe it.
     
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    Yeah, that was odd. Fair play to the 3k people that turned up, they’re very much the die hards haha.
     
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    Fantastic win!

    Couldn't be any happier.

    Douehi doing his ACL dampens the mood a bit.
     
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    What a fantastic second half by the bunnies
     
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    How good was Campbell Graham!
     
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    Thanks a lot Newcastle. Great try by Cook.
     
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    Pretty sure that loss ends the Knights finals chances. Tough last 4 games. Had a great season, crowds keep turning up. Looks really positive in Newy.
     
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    Can certainly see them improving in 2019.
     
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    Well done Warriors. Some excellent defense at the end.
     
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    I really wanted to feel bad for Cecchin after the news he shared during the week... but the fact that he's apparently the best referee in the NRL shows how ******* gaff the standard of refs is.

    I don't contend that the Raiders were good enough to make the finals this season - we were far too inconsistent, and far too weak defensively.

    But this is at least the third match this season where 1 or 2 terrible, demonstrably incorrect decisions have materially cost us a win. Of course you can always argue sliding doors if a particular decision doesn't go your way - but Penrith's go ahead try with 7 minutes to go came from a pass that was clearly forward, and their sealer came off an incorrect "late hit" penalty where Mansour was clipped by Rapana in at attempted charge down. There's no doubt in my mind that the result is different if that forward pass is pulled up.

    It was a ******* debacle that ruined what was a really excellent, exciting game up to that point.
     
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    Not even mad anymore


    That's 4 ttimes this season alone vs Penrith we've blown a late lead.
    10 losses all up , win even half of those and we're in the 8.

    Mentally disgusting , front runners who all got their pay rise after 2016
     
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    Massive forward pass just like the one sharks did against warriors to win the game..

    Both time touch judges right there...If they don't call them whats the ruddy point of having them.

    The NRL is ruddy incompetent sometimes.
     
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