NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS V CANTERBURY BULLDOGS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – AUGUST 29 – 7:50 PM
NRL Round 24 gets underway on Thursday night when the Cowboys do battle with a red-hot Bulldogs outfit.
The Cowboys ended a 5 game losing run last weekend with a solid 24-10 victory over the Penrith Panthers, who were trying to remain in the top 8. The win saw the Cowboys move up from second last on the ladder. They’ll be looking to record a win in their last game on home soil for the year.
The Bulldogs are one of the form teams in the competition right now, in the post-Origin period. They’ve won 6 of their last 8 games, including their last 4 straight, to move from last place and up into 12th. A win here will help them retain their slimmest of finals chances.
Canterbury have won the last two games between these sides.
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. John Asiata 7. Michael Morgan 16. Scott Bolton 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Reuben Cotter 15. Coen Hess 17. Francis Molo 18. Peter Hola 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Corey Jensen 21. Enari Tuala 23. Jake Clifford.
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jack Cogger 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Chris Smith 19. Danny Fualalo 20. Morgan Harper 21. Fa’amanu Brown 22. Ofahiki Ogden.
Milestones: Kerrod Holland needs 2 points to move into the Bulldogs top 25 all-time pointscorers.
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – AUGUST 30 – 6:00 PM
NRL Round 24 tips for this game will be tough given both sides have been in erratic form for several weeks.
After climbing to 9th place through the Origin period, the traditional Warriors fade at the end of the year kicked in, as they’ve won just 1 of their last 5 games to slide down to 13th place. They’ve conceded at least 40 points in 3 of their last 4 games, including last weekend’s 42-16 loss to the Sharks.
Souths had a stellar start to the year but the Origin period cruelled them, as they won 4 of their last 11 games to drop down to 5th place after spending 3 weeks at the top of the ladder previously. Last weekend they worked hard to beat the Broncos 22-20.
South Sydney have won their last 2 games against the Warriors.
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. Issac Luke 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papalii 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Ligi Sao 17. Chanel Harris-Tavita 18. Bunty Afoa 20. Blake Ayshford 21. Adam Keighran 22. Adam Pompey.
Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Corey Allan 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Sam Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Kyle Turner 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Mark Nicholls 18. Tom Amone 19. Dean Britt 20. Bayley Sironen 21. Mawene Hiroti.
Milestones: James Roberts needs to score 6 points to reach 300 for his career.
Blake Ayshford will play his 50th club game.
Issac Luke needs 4 points to reach 600 for his career.
Agnatius Paasi will play his 100th career game.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck needs 8 points to reach 200 for his career.
BRISBANE BRONCOS V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – AUGUST 30 – 7:55 PM
NRL Round 24 odds for this match are fairly tight considering both sides are in the top 8.
Brisbane are desperately clinging to eighth place on the ladder after last weekend’s loss by 2 points to Souths. They need to win this match to keep their place in the top 8. A loss here and a win by the Panthers or the Tigers would see the Broncos slip out of the top 8 with only one week left to go to before the finals.
Parramatta finally ended their run of inconsistent form in recent weeks, to win 7 of 8 games before they had a shock loss last weekend to the Bulldogs by 12-6. The Eels have already clinched a place in the finals, but have the potential to move into the top 4 over the next 2 weeks.
Parramatta won their last game against the Broncos.
Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 5. Jamayne Isaako 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 2. Corey Oates 6. Darius Boyd 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Gehamat Shibasaki 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Rhys Kennedy 19. Izaia Perese 20. Herbie Farnworth 21. Fanitesi Niu.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 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. Marata Niukore 14. Peni Terepo 15. David Gower 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brad Takairangi 18. Tepai Moeroa 19. Ray Stone 20. Stefano Utoikamanu 21. Josh Hoffman.
Milestones: Anthony Seibold will coach his 50th career game.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V GOLD COAST TITANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 31 – 3:00 PM
The NRL Teams Round 24 for these sides show two sides that are in atrocious form and both are now without a coach.
Newcastle ended a run of 6 straight losses with an emphatic 42-6 victory over the Cowboys to keep their finals aspirations alive. But the news that their coach was set to leave the club at seasons end resulted in the Knights getting smashed last weekend 46-4 by the Wests Tigers. The club has now parted ties with coach Nathan Brown, further adding to the chaos at the club.
The Titans also severed ties with their coach in recent weeks, which has not served to improve the clubs performances, as they have lost all 6 games since, extending their current run to 9 straight losses. After 5 weeks of being on the receiving end of hidings, they were much better last weekend against the top of the table Storm, going down 24-8.
The Titans won their last encounter with the Knights, back in Round 6 this year.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Bradman Best 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Josh King 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Kurt Mann 19. James Gavet 20. Tautau Moga 21. Chris Randall.
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Jai Arrow 14. Alexander Brimson 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Will Matthews 18. Anthony Don 19. Jack Stockwell 20. Ash Taylor 21. Tanah Boyd.
Milestones: Tautau Moga needs to score 7 points to reach 100 for his career.
Michael Gordon needs 6 points to reach 200 for his club.
Nathan Peats will play his 150th career game.
MANLY SEA-EAGLES V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 31 – 5:30 PM
The NRL Teams Round 24 for these sides show them as both being at full strength, in winning form and in the top 4.
Manly are one of the form teams in the NRL at the moment, having won 8 of their past 10 matches to climb from 7th place on the table and up into the top 4. Last weekend they survived a tough battle with Canberra, winning by 4 points.
Melbourne’s form has dipped in recent weeks, which has seen them lose 11-10 to Manly and 22-18 to Canberra, while last weekends 24-8 win over the Titans was arguably Melbourne’s worst game of the year. They are still sitting comfortably in first place though and look set to wrap up the Minor Premiership with just one more victory.
Manly won the last game between these two sides. The last two games between Manly and Melbourne have been decided by just 1 point.
Sea-Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brendan Elliot 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Manase Fainu 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Tevita Funa 20. Brad Parker 21. Lloyd Perrett.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Max King 17. Tom Eisenhuth 18. Curtis Scott 19. Brodie Croft 20. Sandor Earl 21. Harry Grant.
Milestones: Curtis Sironen needs 8 points to reach 100 for his career.
Mosese Suli will play his 50th career game.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona will play his 100th club and career game.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS v PENRTH PANTHERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 31 – 7:35 PM
The NRL Teams Round 24 for both these sides show the Roosters as the form team of the competition up against a Panthers side that are all but out of finals contention.
The Roosters are the form side of the competition right now, having won their last 6 games. They haven’t bene just winning though, most of the games has seen them dominate their opposition. They beat Newcastle 48-10, The Titans 58-6, Warriors 42-6 and last weekend they cruised home with a 34-12 win over the Dragons.
Just as the Panthers looked to be getting their season back on track, where 7 straight wins saw them climb from last place to 7th on the ladder, Penrith have gone on to win just 1 of their last 5 games – a 6 point win over the Sharks. After going down to the Broncos 24-12, Penrith lost to North Queensland last weekend by 24-10.
Penrith won the last time these sides met.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Angus Crichton 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Billy Smith 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Asu Kepaoa 21. Boyd Cordner.
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Moses Leota 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Jarome Luai 15. Spencer Leniu 16. William Burns 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 18. Wayde Egan 19. Sione Katoa 20. Hame Sele 21. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak.
Milestones: Zane Tetevano will play his 100th career game.
CRONULLA SHARKS V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 1 – 2:00 PM
This match could be one of the higher scoring NRL results Round 24 when Sharks legend Paul Gallen plays his last game on home soil.
Cronulla will be playing their last home game in the Shire for two years this weekend as the venue undergoes some upgrades. It will also be the last game at the venue for club legend Paul Gallen. This match is a sell out and is expected to be packed to the rafters. Cronulla have won 4 of their last 5 games to climb back into the top 8. Last weekend they hammered the Warriors 42-16 in their best performance of the year.
The Raiders defence has been the backbone of their performances all year, with only one of their last 7 games seeing the side concede more than 18 points in a match. After a miraculous 22-18 win over the Storm, Canberra fell agonisingly short last week against fellow top 4 side Manly, losing 18-14.
Canberra won the last game between the Raiders and Sharks.
Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sione Katoa 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Jayson Bukuya 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Blayke Brailey 20. Kyle Flanagan 21. Matt Moylan.
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. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Hudson Young 18. Sam Williams 19. Emre Guler 20. Michael Oldfield 21. Tom Starling.
Milestones: Jason Bukuya needs 4 points to reach 100 for the club.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V WESTS TIGERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 1 – 4:05 PM
The NRL Round 24 team lists for this clash show a Tigers side desperate for a win and fresh off a huge win last weekend.
After winning 4 of their opening 6 games to sit in sixth place on the ladder, the Dragons have gone on to record just 3 wins from their last 16 matches to plummet down the ladder to second last. Last weekend they were easy accounted for by the Roosters 34-12.
The Wests Tigers are the biggest threat to the top 8. Their huge 46-4 win last week against the Knights saw them jump up into 9th place and dramatically improve their points difference. They will be sweating on a Broncos loss, as it will open the door for the Tigers to jump into 8th place with a win here and with just 1 week remaining before the finals.
The Dragons won the last meeting between these two sides and 3 of their last 4 clashes.
Dragons: 1. Tristan Sailor 2. Zac Lomax 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Corey Norman 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jackson Ford 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Tyson Frizell 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Korbin Sims 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Patrick Kaufusi 18. Mikaele Ravalawa 19. Josh Kerr 20. Jacob Host 21. Ben Hunt.
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Josh Reynolds 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Alex Twal 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Tommy Talau 19. Chris McQueen 20. Sam McIntyre.
Milestones: Matt Dufty will play his 50th club and career game.
Elijah Taylor needs 4 points to reach 100 for his career.
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