ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JULY 4 – 7:50 PM
A shortened NRL Round 16 gets underway on Thursday night when the Dragons take on the Storm in a game where the NRL Round 16 team lists for both sides are heavily hit by State of Origin commitments.
The Dragons were sitting in 6th place on the ladder after winning 4 straight games, but they then lost their next 5 straight matches, before scoring wins over the last placed Bulldogs 36-12 and the lowly Cowboys 22-14 either side of a 34-14 loss to Manly. They will be without halves Ben Hunt and Corey Norman and forwards Tyson Frizell and Paul Vaughan due to Origin and Tariq Sims to suspension.
Melbourne have won 12 of their 14 games so far this year, including their last 6 straight matches, including a 14-12 win in the return match against the Roosters, overturning their 1 point loss from Round 6, to keep the Storm at the top of the ladder. They’ll be without Will Chambers, Dale Finucane, Josh Addo-Carr, Felise Kaufusi and Cameron Munster.
Melbourne won their last game against the Dragons.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jonus Pearson 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Jai Field 7. Darren Nicholls 8. Korbin Sims 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Jeremy Latimore 11. Jacob Host 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Blake Lawrie 14. Josh Kerr 15. Reece Robson 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Mitchell Allgood 18. Jordan Pereira 19. Jackson Ford 20. Lachlan Timm 21. Tristan Sailor.
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 4. Solomone Kata 3. Justin Olam 5. Sandor Earl 6. Billy Walters 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Joe Stimson 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Brandon Smith 14. Albert Vete 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Tui Kamikamica 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 18. Marion Seve 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Max King 21. Harry Grant.
Milestones: Cameron Smith needs 6 points to reach 2500 for his club and NRL career.
WESTS TIGERS V SYDNEY ROOSTERS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JULY 5 – 7:55 PM
Recent history suggests that this should be one of the easiest NRL Results Round 16 to predict, with the Roosters winning 16 of their last 18 clashes with the Wests Tigers.
A Tigers win and a Sharks loss on Sunday will see the Tigers move into the top 8. The Tigers come into this match on the back of two tight victories against the Cowboys 27-26 and then Souths 14-9 last weekend, thanks to a last gasp try to win the game. They will go into this match without Moses Mbye.
The Roosters won 8 straight games to go to the top of the ladder, but they have since lost 4 of their last 5 games against Brisbane 15-10, Knights 38-12 and Penrith 19-10, before belting the last placed Bulldogs 38-12. Last weekend they went down to the Storm 14-12. They’ll be without Boyd Cordner and James Tedesco.
The Roosters have won their last 2 games against the Tigers.
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 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. Russell Packer 19. Chris McQueen 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Oliver Clark.
Roosters: 1. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Brett Morris 5. Ryan Hall 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Victor Radley 10. Zane Tetevano 11. Nat Butcher 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu 14. Angus Crichton 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Sitili Tupouniua 18. Matt Ikuvalu 19. Daniel Fifita 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Sam Verrills 22. Drew Hutchison.
Milestones: Cooper Cronk needs 1 try to reach 100 for his NRL career.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 28 – 7:55 PM
NRL Round 16 odds for this match are the tightest of all games this round, when a threadbare Knights side takes on the Warriors in what could be one of the toughest NRL Round 16 tips to make.
The Knights go into this game without star fullback Kalyn Ponga due to injury, while Tim Glasby, Daniel Saifiti and possibly even David Klemmer will be out due to Origin commitments. After winning 6 straight games to surge into the top 5 before going down to the Storm 34-4. They bounced back last weekend with a 26-12 victory over the Broncos.
The Warriors have been wildly inconsistent all season and this has been seen clearly in their last 4 games, where they were strong despite losing 8-2 to Brisbane, were soundly beaten 32-10 by the Storm, scored a scratchy 24-20 win over the Titans and then last weekend they lost to Penrith 19-18 in a game they should’ve won.
The Knights have won their last game against the Warriors.
Knights: 1. Connor Watson 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Kurt Mann 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. James Gavet 9. Danny Levi 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. David Klemmer 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Josh King 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Aidan Guerra 19. Brodie Jones 20. Tex Hoy 21. Tautau Moga.
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. Issac Luke 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Sam Lisone 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Gerard Beale 20. Ligi Sao 21. Leivaha Pulu 22. Chanel Harris-Tavita.
Milestones: Kurt Mann will play his 100th career game.
Ken Maumalo needs 4 points to reach 100 for his club and NRL career.
Kodi Nikorima needs 2 points to reach 100 for his NRL career.
CRONULLA SHARKS V BRISBANE BRONCOS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 7 – 4:05 PM
The NRL Teams Round 16 for both these sides have a number of players missing or in very poor form, making it a tricky one to predict a winner.
The Sharks have Wade Graham missing for this match as he lines up for New South Wales, while Shaun Johnson and Matt Moylan have been in very poor form. Johnson’s poor goal kicking has cost the Sharks wins for two straight weeks now against Canberra and the last placed Bulldogs.
The Broncos will have 5 players in Origin – David Fifita, Matt Gillett, Corey Oates and Joe Ofahengaue and Anthony Milford, while Darius Boyd and Andrew McCullough have been in very poor form. Brisbane has lost their last 3 games against the lowly Titans 26-18, the up-and-down Eels 38-10 and a Knights side missing star player Kalyn Ponga last weekend 26-12.
Brisbane have won their last 5 straight games against the Sharks.
Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Josh Dugan 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen 14. Kyle Flanagan 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Blayke Brailey 19. Scott Sorensen 20. Billy Magoulias 21. Aaron Gray.
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Herbie Farnworth 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Xavier Coates 6. Jake Turpin 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai 13. Thomas Flegler 14. James Segeyaro 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Shaun Fensom 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Keenan Palasia 19. Cory Paix 20. Patrick Mago 21. Izaia Perese.
Milestones: Paul Gallen will become just the 7th player to reach 339 NRL club games.
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