BRISBANE BRONCOS V WESTS TIGERS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – APRIL 11 – 7:50 PM
NRL Round 5 gets underway on Thursday night up in Brisbane. Both sides come into this clash after less than impressive performances last weekend. The Broncos were easily disposed of by the Roosters while the Tigers were scrappy in their golden point loss to the out-of-form Panthers.
The Wests Tigers record against the Broncos isn’t pretty either, as they have only won 5 of their 27 clashes. The only joy from that statistic is that 4 of those 4 wins came at Suncorp Stadium, where this game will be played.
Broncos backrower Alex Glenn has won 9 of his 10 games against the Tigers and will need a big performance given his teammate, the rampaging powerhouse Tevita Pangai Junior is out injured.
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jack Bird 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. David Fifita 14. Gehamat Shibasaki 15. Jaydn Su’a 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Payne Haas 19. Shaun Fensom 20. James Roberts 21. Richard Kennar
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Robert Jennings 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Russell Packer 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Luke Garner 13. Josh Aloiai 14. Ben Matulino 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Elijah Taylor 20. David Nofoaluma 21. Chris McQueen
Milestones: Elijah Taylor needs 4 points to reach 100 for his NRL career.
GOLD COAST TITANS V PENRITH PANTHERS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – APRIL 12 – 6.00 PM
The two NRL teams in Round 5 playing about as poorly as they can. The Titans can attribute some of their form to injuries, while the Panthers just have a complete lack of cohesion. Penrith only just scraped home in their two wins against sides they were expected to beat comfortably in the Knights (by 2 points) and the Tigers (by 1 in Golden Point).
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, who will be coaching his 300th NRL game here, will be hoping his centre Waqa Blake continues his amazing run of form against the Titans, which has seen him score at least 1 try in every game he’s played against the Titans.
However it is the big men for both sides that need to stand up in this game. They both have very strong forward packs, but they’ve both been struggling to match up with their opponents.
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow 14. Alexander Brimson 15. Max King 16. Shannon Boyd 17. Keegan Hipgrave 18. Jack Stockwell 19. Phillip Sami 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Ryley Jacks
Panthers: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Waqa Blake 5. Dylan Edwards 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Sione Katoa 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Wayde Egan 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Moses Leota 17. Hame Sele 18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 19. Tim Grant 20. Jarome Luai 21. Liam Martin
Milestones: Michael Gordon will play the 250th game of his NRL career.
James Maloney needs 9 points to reach 1800 for his NRL career.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
FRIDAY – APRIL 12 – 7:55PM
Two teams at opposite ends of the ladder here. The only team still undefeated, Melbourne, travel up to Townsville to take on the second last Cowboys. The Storm have an impressive recent record against North Queensland, having won 19 of their last 24 clashes.
Josh Addo-Carr has scored just one try so far in 2019, however he might be about to improve his tally in this game, given that he has scored 4 tries in his last 4 games against the Cowboys.
The Cowboys will be in for a tough time here, as they’ve struggled to break the line or make metres without Jason Taumalolo in the side. This, coupled with the fact that the Storm are the best defensive side in the comp right now, makes for a tall order for the Cowboys. The Storm look to be the team most likely to be one of the NRL Round 5 winners.
Cowboys: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Enari Tuala 5. Ben Hampton 6. Jake Clifford 7. Michael Morgan 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Josh McGuire 14. John Asiata 15. Corey Jensen 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Francis Molo 18. Shane Wright 19. Justin O’Neill 20. Kurt Baptiste 21. Peter Hola
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Marion Seve 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Tui Kamikamica 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 18. Billy Walters 19. Patrick Kaufusi 20. Albert Vete 21. Sandor Earl
Milestones: Jordan Kahu will play the 100th game of his NRL career.
Cameron Smith needs to score 3 points to become the highest point scorer in NRL history.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS V NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – APRIL 13 – 3:00 PM
The Rabbitohs have the wood on the Warriors in recent times, having scored 7 wins from the last 8 clashes between the two sides. Bunnies coach Wayne Bennett hasn’t had much success in Sydney against the Warriors, having failed to get a win since 2000.
The Warriors finally returned to the winners circle last weekend after two woeful performances in the previous 2 weeks, while the Bunnies undefeated run came to an end when they suffered a disappointing loss to an injury hit Manly in golden point last weekend.
The Warriors centre Peta Hiku has scored 5 tries in his last 6 games against the Rabbitohs while Alex Johnston has scored 5 tries in his 4 games against the Warriors. The Bunnies though will again be without superstar Greg Inglis here. Despite that, the NRL Round 5 odds for a Rabbitohs win are the shortest of any side this Round.
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Corey Allen 3. Kyle Turner 4. Dane Gagai 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Liam Knight 18. Connor Tracey 19. Bayley Sironen 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Jacob Gagan
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Peta Hiku 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Karl Lawton 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Tohu Harris 13. Lachlan Burr 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Isaiah Papalii 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Sam Lisone 18. Ligi Sao 20. Gerard Beale 21. Adam Keighran 23. Issac Luke
Milestones: Dane Gagai needs 1 loss to reach 100 for his NRL career.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V MANLY SEA-EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – APRIL 13 – 5:30 PM
The Knights track record at Brookvale is miserable to say the least, having won just 3 of their 19 games there since 1988. However their last visit to Brookie saw the Knights win 18-12 in Round 8 last year.
The opposing wingers for this game have brilliant try scoring form in recent games against each other. Knights winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall has scored 13 tries in his last 16 games against Manly, while Sea-Eagles winger Jorge Taufua has scored 9 tries in his last 6 games against the Knights.
Manly though will be without star fullback Tom Trbojevic, who suffered a hamstring injury last week. The Sea-Eagles have won just 38.89% of games when Tom hasn’t played for them.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. James Gavet 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Tim Glasby 14. Kurt Mann 15. Aidan Guerra 16. Daniel Saifiti 17. Mitchell Barnett 18. Josh King 19. Connor Watson 20. Herman Ese’ese 21. Tautau Moga
Sea-Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kane Elgey 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Trent Hodkinson 19. Lachlan Croker 20. Kelepi Tanginoa 21. Taniela Paseka
Milestones: Kalyn Ponga needs 4 points to reach 100 for his club.
Daly Cherry-Evans will play the 200th game of his career and for his club.
CRONULLA SHARKS V SYDNEY ROOSTERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – APRIL 13 – 7:35 PM
The Sharks return home and will be boosted by the return of Test half Shaun Johnson and the ageless Paul Gallen. The Roosters will also have a player returning when Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns after missing last week’s game with a rib injury. These will be big boosts for both of their respective NRL Round 5 team lists.
The Roosters were impressive last week against the Broncos, especially fullback James Tedesco and utility Mitchell Aubusson. The Sharks were less than impressive against the Eels last week, however they had been hampered by the loss of Johnson an hour before kick-off.
While the Roosters have won their last 3 games against the Sharks and a have a good record at Shark Park, the Sharks have won 31 of their last 46 games at home. The Sharks new recruit Josh Morris has a great track record against the Roosters, having scored 13 tries in his 19 games against them.
Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Sione Katoa 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Scott Sorensen 18. Kyle Flanagan 19. Will Kennedy 20. Braden Hamlin-uele 21. Aaron Gray
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Victor Radley 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Poasa Faamausili 17. Mitchell Aubusson 18. Nat Butcher 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Sam Verrills 23. Lachlan Lam
Milestones: Paul Gallen needs 1 loss to equal Scott Prince for the most career NRL losses on 166.
Jayden Brailey will play the 50th game for his NRL and club career.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V CANTERBURY BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – APRIL 14 – 4:05 PM
After a slow start by the Bulldogs, they’ve shown great improvement to beat the previously undefeated Wests Tigers before very nearly defeating the Melbourne Storm last weekend. The Dragons have lost their captain Gareth Widdop to injury, but new recruit Corey Norman has stepped up, kicking match-winning field goals in both of their last two games. Coach Paul McGregor will be hoping a third Dragons game decided by a field goal won’t be one of the NRL Results in Round 5.
Dragons centre Tim Lafai will be looking to get across the line to score his first try against the Bulldogs, as they are the only NRL side he has yet to bag a 4 pointer against.
The Bulldogs possess sharpshooting back rower Rhyse Martin, who has converted 41 of his 45 goal attempts, at a strike rate of 91.11%. Don’t be surprised if the Dogs take a few penalty goals to get ahead of the Dragons on the scoreboard too.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Blake Lawrie 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Zac Lomax 16. Jacob Host 17. Luciano Leilua 18. Mitchell Allgood 19. Jai Field 20. Josh Kerr 21. Jonus Pearson
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Ofahiki Ogden 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Rhyse Martin 14. Michael Lichaa 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Adam Elliot 17. Chris Smith 19. Danny Fualalo 20. Marcelo Montoya 21. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 22. Fa’amanu Brown
Milestones: Rhyse Martin needs 2 points to reach 100 for his NRL career and club.
CANBERRA RAIDERS V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – APRIL 14 – 6:10 PM
Many NRL Round 5 tips are going to be split about this match. Both these sides are in good form right now with the Raiders having won 3 of their 4 games so far, including a comfortable 30-12 win against the struggling Cowboys up in Townsville last weekend. The Eels have also won 3 games with their 32-18 loss to the Roosters and last weeks 24-12 against the Sharks showing just how much they’ve improved this year.
The Raiders have been very dominant at GIO Stadium in matches against Parramatta, having won 17 of the 21 clashes between the two since 1991. The last time the Eels tasted success in the nations capital was back in 2006.
Eels star centre Michael Jennings has scored 8 tries in his last 8 games against the Raiders, while Raiders captain Jarrod Croker has his highest win percentage against Parramatta, at 76.92% (10 wins from 13 games).
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Royce Hunt 19. Aidan Sezer 20. Bailey Simonsson 21. JJ Collins
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tepai Moeroa 14. Peni Terepo 15. Tim Mannah 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. David Gower 19. Ray Stone 20. Josh Hoffman 21. Bevan French
Milestones: Brad Takairangi will play the 150th game of his NRL career.