PENRITH PANTHERS V GOLD COAST TITANS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JULY 12 – 6:00 PM
NRL Round 17 will take place over 3 days as opposed to the usual 4 this weekend, starting on Friday night between the Panthers and the Titans.
The Panthers had an atrocious start to the year, winning just 2 of their opening 10 games, to sit dead last on the ladder. However they have completely switched their form to win all of their last 5 games to jump into 11th place on the table. They’ve beaten Parramatta, Manly, The Roosters, Souths and the Warriors.
The Titans have been unable to stick to any decent form all year, having won just 4 of their 15 games this season, being equal last on competition points with the Bulldogs. They’ve lost their last two games against the Warriors and Manly.
Gold Coast won their last game against Penrith, back in Round 5 this year.
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 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. Isaah Yeo 13. Liam Martin 14. Wayde Egan 15. Frank Winterstein 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Hame Sele 21. Nathan Cleary.
Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jack Stockwell 9. Nathan Peats 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jarrod Wallace 14. Mitch Rein 15. Shannon Boyd 16. Jai Whitbread 17. Will Matthews 18. Sam Stone 19. Leilani Latu 20. Brenko Lee 21. Jesse Arthars.
Milestones: Moses Leota will play his 50th club and career game.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V CANTERBURY BULLDOGS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JULY 12 – 7:55 PM
The last placed Bulldogs will take on an injury and Origin hit Knights side in what could be one of the toughest NRL Round 17 tips to make.
The Knights were tipped to be a genuine finals contender all off-season, but after 6 games of 2019, they were second last on the ladder with just 1 win. But they then started to click and won 6 straight games to climb up into the top 4. A 34-4 loss to the Storm prior to their 26-12 win over the Broncos both happened leading into last weekend’s tight and somewhat controversial 24-20 loss to the Warriors.
The Bulldogs 2019 campaign was always going to be a tough one as the side is still reeling from poor management in past seasons. Despite that, they’ve been fighting and competing well, however they’ve only won 4 games and sit at the bottom of the table. Their last game was an unexpected 14-12 win over the top 8 placed Sharks. They had a bye last weekend and will be fresh and near full-strength for this game.
Newcastle won the last clash between these two sides 22-10, back in Round 9 this year. It ended a 6 game losing run against the Bulldogs.
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. Josh King 11. Jamie Buhrer 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. Pasami Saulo 16. Phoenix Crossland 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Tautau Moga 19. David Klemmer 20. Daniel Saifiti 21. Tim Glasby 22. Brodie Jones 23. Chris Randall.
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jack Cogger 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Chris Smith 14. Adam Elliott 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Ofahiki Ogden 17. Sauaso Sue 19. Jeremy Marshall-King 20. Fa’amanu Brown 21. Kerrod Holland 22. Danny Fualalo.
Milestones: There needs to be 29 points scored for 15,500 to have been scored at this venue.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS V MANLY SEA-EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 3:00 PM
NRL Round 17 odds for this match are tight as the out of form and third placed Rabbitohs take on the in-form fifth placed Manly.
Souths had a magnificent start to the season, winning 10 of their opening 11 games. Their sole loss, interestingly enough, was 13-12 to Manly. After reaching the top of the table, Souths have since lost their last 4 games against Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith and the Wests Tigers. Last week they had a much needed bye.
Manly have surprised many pundits in 2019, winning 9 games and spending all bar the first 2 weeks inside the top 8. They come into this game having won three straight games against the Cowboys 22-20, the Dragons 34-14 and then the Titans 30-12 before having a bye last weekend.
Since 2015, these sides have traded wins for 8 straight games. The last encounter was in Round 4 this year where Manly won.
Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray 14. Ethan Lowe 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Dean Britt 17. Kyle Turner 18. Jaydn Sua 19. Connor Tracey 20. Tom Amone 21. Corey Allan 22. Billy Brittain 23. Bayley Sironen.
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. Brad Parker 21. Haumole Olakauatu 22. Lloyd Perrett.
Milestones: James Roberts needs 6 points to reach 300 for his career.
Reuben Garrick needs 8 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
Apisai Koroisau will play his 100th career game
BRISBANE BRONCOS V NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 5:30 PM
The NRL Teams Round 17 for both these sides are quite different, given the Warriors are near full strength while the Broncos side has been hit hard by Origin representation.
Brisbane has been struggling all year, sitting outside the top 10 for all bar 4 weeks and outside the top 8 for all bar 1 week. After suffering three consecutive dismal losses against the second last Titans, the out-of-form Eels and the injury and Origin hit Knights, they managed to score a 2 point win last weekend against the Sharks, thanks largely to Cronulla’s woefully goal kicking.
The Warriors have struggled all year despite reaching the finals last year. They’ve had just 6 wins this season, just 2 more than the last placed Bulldogs and Titans. Last week they scored a 24-20 win over the Knights, but were not convincing.
Brisbane won their last game against the Warriors in Round 11, in a dour game, 8-2.
Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai 13. Thomas Flegler 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. David Fifita 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Keenan Palasia 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Cory Paix 21. Jamayne Isaako 22. Izaia Perese.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Peta Hiku 4. Gerard Beale 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Issac Luke 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papalii 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Chanel Harris-Tavita 18. Hayze Perham 20. Blake Ayshford 21. Ligi Sao 23. Leivaha Pulu.
Milestones: Matt Lodge will play his 50th career game.
Kodi Nikorima needs to score 2 points to reach 100 for his career.
MELBOURNE STORM V CRONULLA SHARKS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 7:35 PM
The NRL Teams Round 17 for both these sides are very competitive across the park, both sides are in the top 8, but are also in different form.
The Storm have won their last 7 games to skyrocket to the top of the ladder. The Origin period has hit the club, but not enough to make them lose any games. Their current run of wins started with a 64-10 flogging of the Eels, followed by wins over the Tigers, Bulldogs, Warriors, Knights, Roosters and then the Dragons last weekend.
The Sharks last weekend became the first time since 1908 to score more tries than their opponent in 3 straight games, but lost all 3. Their goal kicking has been dire and has now cost them wins against Canberra (they lost by 2 points and missed 2 goals), Canterbury (they lost by 2 points and missed 3 goals) and last weekend against the Broncos (they lost by 2 points and missed 4 goals).
Cronulla won the last encounter between these sides 20-18, back in Round 8 this year.
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. Tino Faasuamaleaui 20. Tui Kamikamica 21. Sandor Earl 22. Tom Eisenhuth 23. Solomone Kata.
Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Dugan 5. Josh Morris 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Jack Williams 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Aaron Woods 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Aaron Gray 21. Blayke Brailey.
Milestones: Cameron Smith will play his 400th club and career game.
Cameron Smith needs 6 points to reach 2500 for his club and career.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 14 – 2:00 PM
The NRL Teams Round 17 for both these sides sees a swag of origin stars return to club footy, which will be welcomed by both sides as they look to lock in some good form for their run to the finals.
The Roosters won 8 of their opening 9 games to sit atop the Premiership ladder, before losing three straight games to drop down to third place. They then beat the last placed Dogs 38-12, lost another tight game to the Storm 14-12 before beating the Tigers last weekend 24-16.
The Cowboys were languishing in second last after 7 games, before they turned their form around to win 4 of their next 5 matches. The Origin period though took its toll on the team as they’ve lost all of their last 3 games against Manly, the Tigers and the Dragons before last weekends bye, to slip back down to 13th place on the ladder.
The Roosters won their last clash with the Cowboys.
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. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Nat Butcher 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Isaac Liu 15. Angus Crichton 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Poasa Faamausili 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Sam Verrills.
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Javid Bowen 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. John Asiata 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo 18. Coen Hess 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Corey Jensen 21. Murray Taulagi.
Milestones: Cooper Cronk needs to score a try to reach 100 for his career.
Gavin Cooper will play his 300th career game.
WESTS TIGERS V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 14 – 4:05 PM
This game could well be one of the trickiest NRL results Round 17 to predict, given the up and down form of the Eels and what happened the last time these sides met at this venue.
The Tigers sit in 9th place but have struggled to nail down consistently good form for more than 2 weeks at a time. They beat the Cowboys 27-26 and then scored a last gasp try against Souths to win 14-9 before last week’s disappointing performance against an Origin-depleted Roosters side 24-16.
Parramatta, much like the Tigers, have also struggled to maintain any reliable form for more than a fortnight. They had a bye last weekend, but prior to that they belted the Broncos 38-10 and then beat top 4 side Canberra 22-16.
Parramatta have won their last 2 games against the Tigers, the last clash being at this venue in Round 6, where they scored a 51-6 victory.
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.
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. Marata Niukore 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Daniel Alvaro 20. Greg Lelesiuao 21. Bevan French.
Milestones: Benji Marshall will play his 300th career game.
Elijah Taylor needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his career.
Mitchell Moses needs to score 3 points to reach 500 for his career.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 14 – 6:10 PM
The NRL Round 16 team lists for these sides are hit hard by both injuries and Origin representation, which could make for an interesting clash, which will be the last game of the Round.
The Dragons had a cracking run of 4 straight wins just after the season started, but the weight of injuries to playmakers immediately took its toll. They followed up 4 straight wins with 5 straight losses. In their last 4 games, they’ve won 2 games against the very lowly placed Bulldogs and Cowboys, while losing to Manly and the Storm.
The Raiders have spent the entire season in the top 5, which is a credit largely to their stoic defence. They recently won three straight games against the Bulldogs, Tigers and Sharks before suffering a somewhat disappointing loss to the Eels 22-16 two weeks ago. Last weekend they had a bye.
The Dragons have won 5 of their last 6 games against the Raiders, including the last encounter.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jonus Pearson 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Darren Nicholls 8. Jeremy Latimore 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jacob Host 12. Tariq Sims 13. Luciano Leilua 14. Korbin Sims 15. Reece Robson 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Josh Kerr 18. Tristan Sailor 19. Jason Saab 20. James Graham 21. Ben Hunt 22. Paul Vaughan 23. Tyson Frizell.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Nick Cotric 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. Michael Oldfield 20. Royce Hunt 21. Emre Guler.
Milestones: This venue is 9 tries away from having 2000 scored on it.
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