WESTS TIGERS V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JUNE 27 – 7:50 PM
NRL Round 15 gets underway on Thursday night when the Wests Tigers attempt to re-enter the top 8 when they take on the second placed Rabbitohs.
The Tigers have been minimally impacted by the representative fixtures this year, with just Mbye playing Origin. Benji Marshall had an emotional and stunning return to Test footy which will give him a huge confidence boost, while Farah turned out for Lebanon. The Tigers won their last match by 1 point against the Cowboys, ending a 3 game losing run.
The Bunnies haven’t had such luck this rep season. After star Greg Inglis retired earlier this year, they’ve had a large contingent playing rep footy in the past few weeks, namely Damien Cook, Dane Gagai, Cameron Murray and Cody Walker. Adam Reynolds returns after a 3 week absence due to injury. Souths have lost their last three games to Parramatta, Newcastle and Penrith.
Souths have won their last 2 games against the Tigers.
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Matt Eisenhuth 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Elijah Taylor 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Chris McQueen 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Oliver Clark.
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Dean Britt 17. Kyle Turner 18. Corey Allen 19. Connor Tracey 20. Adam Doueihi 21. Sam Burgess 22. Tom Amone.
Milestones: Elijah Taylor needs 4 points to reach 100 for his career.
James Roberts needs 6 points to reach 300 for his career.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 28 – 6:00 PM
These two NRL teams in Round 15 are sitting further down the ladder than many thought they would be this year.
The Dragons currently sit in 13th place after being as high as sixth place after 6 games. They’ve won just 1 of their last 7 matches, against the last placed Bulldogs. Ben Hunt returns to halfback after playing at hooker for the Maroons in State of Origin Game 2 last Sunday, while Vaughan, Tariq Sims and Frizell are back after playing for the Blues. Dragons lost their last game 34-14 to Manly.
The Cowboys had a woeful start to the season, scoring just 1 win against Cronulla in the opening Round of the season, before losing 5 of their next 6 games. They then won 4 of their next 5 games to knock on the door of the top 8 before back-to-back losses to Manly, by 2 points, and the Tigers, by 1 point, has seen them slip back to 12th place. Former Storm player Scott Drinker will debut for the club at fullback, allowing Morgan to move back into the halves.
The Cowboys won the last encounter between these two sides.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jonus Pearson 4. Timoteo Lafai 3. Euan Aitken 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jacob Host 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyson Frizell 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Reece Robson 16. Korbin Sims 17. Luciano Leilua 18. Jai Field 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Lachlan Maranta 21. Josh Kerr.
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Enari Tuala 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Scott Bolton 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Reuben Cotter 15. John Asiata 16. Corey Jensen 17. Francis Molo 18. Peter Hola 19. Javid Bowen 20. Matt Scott 21. Emry Pere.
Milestones: The Dragons are 5 points away from conceding 2000 points at this venue.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 28 – 7:55 PM
The NRL Round 15 team lists for these two sides reads as a veritable who’s who in the NRL today. Both sides are full of superstars. Between them, they had 22 players playing rep footy last weekend.
The Roosters sat atop the competition ladder after 9 games, having won all bar 1 match, their Round 1 game against Souths. They then suffered three straight losses to Brisbane, Newcastle and Penrith to drop down to third place. They then ran over the last placed Bulldogs to end the run of losses. They’ve got 9 players backing up after last weekend’s representative fixtures.
The Storm are now at the top of the ladder having won all of their last 5 games, where they have scored 182 points (an average of 36.4 per game). They have 13 players backing up after last weekend. They beat the Knights 34-4 in their last game.
The Roosters have won their last two games against the Storm. https://www.sportsbet.com.au/results/racing/test
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Ryan Hall 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Zane Tetevano 9. Victor Radley 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu 14. Nat Butcher 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Mitchell Aubusson 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Brett Morris.
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Marion Seve 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. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 18. Justin Olam 19. Tui Kamikamica 20. Tino Faasuamaleaui 21. Sandor Earl.
Milestones: Cooper Cronk needs 1 try to reach 100 for his career.
Felise Kaufusi will play the 100th game for his club and career.
GOLD COAST TITANS V MANLY SEA-EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 28 – 3:00 PM
This game could well be one of the toughest NRL results in Round 15 to predict, as both sides have shown an ability to play brilliantly and go missing throughout the season.
Gold Coast had won just 2 of their opening 10 games, before beating Manly 36-18 in Round 11 at the Sea-Eagles home ground in a very impressive performance. They then lost to the Cowboys by 2 points, beat the Broncos 26-18 in another amazing performance before losing their last game 24-20 to the Warriors.
Manly have surprised many pundits by reaching the top 8 and staying there for 12 weeks now. They’ve struggled to maintain top form for more than 2-3 weeks though and they come into this game having won their last two games against the Cowboys and Dragons. The big reason for those last two wins was the return of star fullback Tom Trbojevic.
Gold Coast have won their last 3 games against Manly.
Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Will Matthews 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Whitbread 14. Mitch Rein 15. Tyrone Peachey 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Shannon Boyd 18. Leilani Latu 19. Phillip Sami 20. Brenko Lee 21. Kevin Proctor.
Sea-Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Brendan Elliot 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Kane Elgey 20. Haumole Olakauatu 21. Lloyd Perrett.
Milestones: Tyrone Roberts will play his 150th NRL game.
Apisai Koroisau will play his 100th career game.
Curtis Sironen will play his 100th career game.
Jake Trbojevic needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V BRISBANE BRONCOS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 28 – 5:30 PM
NRL Round 15 Odds for this game are tight, with both sides coming off disappointing losses in their last game.
Newcastle turned their season completely around after losing 5 straight games, to go on and win their next 6 straight, spearheaded by the stunning form of Mitchell Pearce. Their last match though saw them come crashing back to earth when they were thumped 34-4 by Melbourne.
Brisbane have really struggled all year to get going, evidenced by the fact that they’ve been outside the top 8 for all bar one week this year. They come into this game having had two disappointing losses in a row, firstly to the near-last-placed Titans 26-18 and then to the up and down Eels 38-10, in a match where the Broncos looked all at sea.
Newcastle won the last match between these two sides, which ended their 6 game losing run against the Broncos.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. James Gavet 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Tim Glasby 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Josh King 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Mason Lino 19. David Klemmer 20. Jacob Saifiti 21. Aidan Guerra.
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Richard Kennar 6. Anthony Milford 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Tevita Pangai 14. Jake Turpin 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Xavier Coates 19. Jaydn Su’A 20. James Segeyaro 21. Shaun Fensom.
Milestones: Brisbane are 1 try away from conceding 2400 in their history.
PARRAMATTA EELS V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 28 – 7:35 PM
This will be another of the tougher NRL Round 15 tips to make, as the Eels are brilliant, especially in attack, at their new home ground, while the Raiders are ranked second in defence.
Parramatta are clinging to their place in the top 8 purely by percentages. In their new home ground, they’ve had 4 of their 7 wins, and just 1 loss. However, while this is a home game for the Blue and Golds, it’s being played at Darwin. Away from their new home ground, the Eels have had 3 wins and 6 losses this year. Their last match saw them win 38-10 at BankWest Stadium against a woeful Broncos side.
Canberra has been in the top 5 all year and come into this game with 3 straight wins under their belts, against the Bulldogs 12-10, a 28-0 shut-out of the Wests Tigers and a 2 point victory over the Sharks. They’ve kept 3 teams scoreless in 2019 and the last time they played Parramatta, they held them to nil too.
Canberra has won their last 5 straight games against Parramatta.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Nathan Brown 14. Jaeman Salmon 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Marata Niukore 18. Daniel Alvaro 19. Tepai Moeroa 20. George Jennings 21. Will Smith.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Corey Horsburgh 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan Sutton 18. Sam Williams 19. Emre Guler 20. Royce Hunt 21. Michael Oldfield.
Milestones: Mitchell Moses needs 13 points to reach 500 for his career.
Jarrod Croker needs 8 points to reach 1900 for his career.
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS V PENRITH PANTHERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 30 – 2:00 PM
This match is expected to be, well unexpected. Penrith are finally starting to build some winning form and confidence, while the Warriors form is harder to pin down than a chicken on the loose.
The Warriors form has been wildly inconsistent all year. The opened with a pristine 40-6 hiding of the Bulldogs and followed up with a 34-6 loss to the Tigers and a 46-12 loss to Manly. They then beat the Titans, before very nearly beating Souths, North Queensland and Melbourne, before getting drubbed 36-18 by the Knights. They scored wins against the Dragons and Panthers before losing to Brisbane and Melbourne. They won their most recent game against the Titans, in a close match.
Penrith had a woeful start to the year, especially for a team that was expected to be a top 4 contender in 2019. Instead they had 2 wins from their opening 10 games and were sitting dead last. Since then though, they’ve scored 4 straight wins over Parramatta (the Eels only loss at BankWest Stadium), Manly, the defending Premiers the Roosters and most recently, a one point victory over the second placed Souths.
The Warriors won their last encounter with Penrith, just 6 weeks ago.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Peta Hiku 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Karl Lawton 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papalii 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Nathaniel Roache 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Sam Lisone 17. Leivaha Pulu 18. Gerard Beale 20. Ligi Sao 21. Chris Satae 22. Chanel Harris-Tavita.
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Isaah Yeo 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. James Maloney 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Liam Martin 14. Wayde Egan 15. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 16. Moses Leota 17. Hame Sele 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 20. Sione Katoa 21. Dean Whare.
Milestones: Blake Green will play his 150th NRL career game.
Ken Maumalo needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
Kodi Nikorima needs to score 2 points to reach 100 for his career.
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V CRONULLA SHARKS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 30 – 4:00 PM
The final game of Round 15 will see the last placed Bulldogs take on the revamped Sharks side, in what could well be Chad Townsend’s audition for the vacant Blues halfback jumper.
Canterbury’s salary cap debacle from past seasons has seen them run out with a very inexperienced squad this year, with results as expected. They’ve never given up in games, but have regularly been outclassed. They’ve won just 3 matches this year, against the Tigers, the Cowboys and the Titans. They come into this match on a 4 game losing run, with their 38-12 loss to the Roosters their most recent game.
The Sharks started the year in plenty of turmoil, most notably, with a new coach. A swag of injuries also saw a number of rookies get handed opportunities and they haven’t disappointed. The Sharks are now getting a full strength side on the field, but have somehow managed to keep themselves in the top 8 for 13 weeks now. They lost their last match 22-20 against Canberra.
Cronulla has won their last 5 straight games against the Bulldogs.
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Kieran Foran 7. Jack Cogger 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Chris Smith 14. Rhyse Martin 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Ofahiki Ogden 17. Sauaso Sue 19. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Adam Elliott 22. Renouf To’omaga.
Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Josh Dugan 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Kurt Capewell 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Aaron Gray 21. Aaron Woods.
Milestones: Aiden Tolman will play his 250th career game.
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