BRISBANE BRONCOS V SYDNEY ROOSTERS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JUNE 4 – 7:50 PM
NRL Round 4 kicks off on Thursday night again in front of empty stadiums due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Brisbane were outclassed and comfortably beaten last week by expected premiership heavyweights Parramatta. The Broncos trailed the Eels by just 6 points at the break, but conceded 22 unanswered points in the second half to go down 34-6. Kotoni Staggs has been suspended, which sees Jesse Arthurs shift from the wing to centre and Herbie Farnworth coming into the side to fill the vacancy on the wing. Ethan Bullemor will replace the injured Alex Glenn in the back row.
The Roosters struggled through the opening two rounds prior to the Coronavirus lockdown. However last weekend they came out with a very impressive performance against traditional rivals South Sydney. The Roosters blitzed the Bunnies in the second half to record a comfortable 28-12 win. Mitchell Aubusson and Siosiua Taukeiaho are both named on the extended bench, however both could well be in the 17 come game day, which will be a big boost to the side.
Head-to-Head Played 50 – Broncos 30, Roosters 20.
The last time these two sides met was in Round 10 last year, where the struggling Broncos put on a masterful display to defeat the defending Premiers 15-10. Brisbane has won 3 of their last 4 games against the Roosters.
Broncos: 1.1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Darius Boyd 5. Herbie Farnworth 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Ethan Bullemor 12. Jamil Hopoate 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tesi Niu 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Matthew Lodge 18. Cory Paix 19. Xavier Coates 20. Tom Dearden 21. Pride Petterson-Robati.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Victor Radley 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Sitili Tupouniua 18. Siosiua Taukeiaho 19. Mitchell Aubusson 20. Ryan Hall 21. Lachlan Lam.
Milestones: Boyd Cordner needs to score 2 points to reach 200 for his club and career.
PENRITH PANTHERS V NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 5 – 6:00 PM
NRL Round 4 tips for this game are largely favouring Penrith, however they are still without their star halfback Nathan Cleary.
Penrith looked set to score a big win midway through the first half of their clash with the Knights last weekend, getting out to a 14-0 lead, while the Knights were without their halfback and hooker through injuries and had a debutant at Fullback. However the Knights fought back to level scores, with neither side able to score the win after Golden Point. Only one change to the Panthers side this weekend, with Liam Martin replacing Billy Burns on the bench.
The Warriors have every reason to struggle to get any wins this year, however on the weekend they scored an impressive 18-0 win over the struggling Dragons. More impressively, the Warriors completed 40 straight sets and ended the game with a completion rate over 96%. This weekend will see Karl Lawton replace the injured Peta Hiku at centre. Poasa Faamausili replaces the suspended Agnatius Paasi while Josh Curran comes onto the bench.
Head-to-Head Played 44 – Panthers 25, Warriors 18, Drawn 1.
Penrith won the last encounter between these sides in Round 15 last year courtesy of a Golden Point field goal to James Maloney. Penrith have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Warriors.
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Liam Martin 18. Brent Naden 19. Billy Burns 20. Jack Hetherington 21. Charlie Staines.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Karl Lawton 4. Gerard Beale 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Adam Blair 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Isaiah Papali’i 14. Jack Murchie 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. King Vuniyayawa 17. Josh Curran 18. Chanel Harris-Tavita 20. Hayze Perham 21. Adam Pompey 22. Leivaha Pulu.
Milestones: Lachlan Burr will play his 50th career game.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck needs to score 4 points to reach 200 for his career.
MELBOURNE STORM V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 5 – 7:55 PM
NRL Round 4 odds for this match strongly favour the Storm, given they’ve never lost a game to the Rabbitohs in Melbourne.
The Storm were outplayed in every facet of the game last weekend against 2019 Grand Finalists Canberra. Canberra raced out to an 18-6 lead at halftime before the Storm restricted the Raiders to just 4 points after the break. Christian Welch replaces Nelson Asofa-Solomona who has been suspended. Ryley Jacks comes onto the bench.
The Rabbitohs looked to be a step behind the Roosters for the entirety of their Round 3 match last weekend. Latrell Mitchell copped a lot of criticism after his first two games at fullback, however he looked to be somewhat better last weekend, but still has plenty more improvement in him. They will make just one change this weekend, with Patrick Mago pushing Tom Amone out of the 17.
Head-to-Head Played 31 – Storm 26, Rabbitohs 5.
Round 21, 2019 was the last time these two outfits clashed, with the Storm strolling home with a 10 point victory. The Storm have won their last 2 games against the Bunnies, while Souths have made 15 trips to Melbourne in their history and lost every time.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Marion Seve 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Ryley Jacks 17. Max King 18. Brenko Lee 19. Albert Vete 20. Darryn Schonig 21. Chris Lewis.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. Braidon Burns 5. Alex Johnston 6. Troy Dargan 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Cameron Murray 13. Liam Knight 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Ethan Lowe 16. Bayley Sironen 17. Patrick Mago 18. Bryson Goodwin 19. Tom Amone 20. James Roberts 21. Keaon Koloamatangi.
Milestones: Suliasi Vunivalu needs to score 4 points to reach 300 for his club and career.
Campbell Graham needs to score 8 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
Latrell Mitchell will play his 100th career game.
PARRAMATTA EELS V MANLY SEA-EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 6 – 5:30 PM
The NRL Teams Round 4 for these impressive sides are unchanged from last weekend.
The Eels strengthened their Premiership claims last weekend when they easily accounted for the Broncos 34-6. The Eels look focussed and dominant across the park. They’ve made no changes to their squad from last weekend.
Manly looked solid in the first half of their clash with the Bulldogs last weekend, with the exception of Tom Trbojevic, who was simply superb. After halftime though, Manly lifted another gear and ran away with the game, bagging 7 tries. They too have not made any changes to their squad from last weekend.
Head-to-Head Played 141 – Eels 53, Sea-Eagles 84, Drawn 4.
Parramatta scored a comfortable 32-16 win in the last Round of the 2019 season against Manly in the last clash between these two sides. Parramatta has now won 8 of their last 10 games against Manly.
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Marata Niukore 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Ray Stone 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. George Jennings 20. Will Smith 21. David Gower.
Sea-Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Jack Gosiewski 20. Tevita Funa 21. Brendan Elliot.
Milestones: Blake Ferguson needs to score 8 points to reach 500 for his career.
Michael Jennings needs to score 2 tries and 8 points to reach 150 career tries and 600 career points respectively.
Maika Sivo needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
Daly Cherry-Evans needs to score 9 points to reach 500 for his club and career.
Curtis Sironen needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his career.
Joel Thompson will play his 50th club game.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS V CRONULLA SHARKS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 6 – 7:35 PM
NRL Round 4 betting for this match is tricky to pick a winner, given a number of key player changes due to injuries for both sides.
North Queensland had the most favourable match last weekend after the competition had been suspended for two months. They came up against the last placed and reigning wooden spooners Gold Coast Titans, playing in their new stadium. Hulking lock Jason Taumalolo decimated the Titans in the second half as the Cowboys strolled to a 30 point victory. This weekend though, Taumalolo won’t play due to knee bruising. Josh McGuire will replace him at lock and Francis Molo moving into the front row, while Tom Gilbert and Gavin Cooper are named on the bench.
Cronulla’s once stingy defence looked brittle against the Wests Tigers last weekend, while their attack was clunky and failed to genuinely threaten the Tigers defence, as they went down 28-16. This weekend they will be without halfback Chad Townsend, who will be replaced by the inconsistent Matt Moylan. Connor Tracey and Siosifa Talakai are both named on the bench.
Head-to-Head Played 48 – Cowboys 18, Sharks 30.
Cronulla picked up a tight 2 point victory in their last match against the Cowboys, giving them their third straight win against North Queensland.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Ben Hampton 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Josh Mcguire 14. Reece Robson 15. John Asiata 16. Tom Gilbert 17. Gavin Cooper 18. Corey Jensen 19. Shane Wright 20. Tom Opacic 21. Reuben Cotter.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Jack Williams 14. Connor Tracey 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Siosifa Talakai 17. Scott Sorensen 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Royce Hunt 21. Teig Wilton.
Milestones: Cronulla need to kick 9 goals to reach 4000 in their history.
CANBERRA RAIDERS V NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 7 – 4:05 PM
NRL Round 4 odds are in favour of the Raiders after they produced arguably the best performance last weekend.
The Raiders recorded their third successive win against the Storm last weekend, all of which have been in Melbourne, a sure sign of just how dominant and impressive Canberra are playing. They put 3 tries on the Storm in the first half in a brilliant display. Bailey Simonsson comes onto the wing, replacing Jordan Rapana, who shifts to the bench.
The Knights produced a mighty effort last weekend to come away with a draw against Penrith, after they lost Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson early in the first half, while also being without Kalyn Ponga who was serving a suspension. Ponga comes back into the side this weekend, while new recruit from the Broncos Andrew McCullough, replaces Watson at hooker. Herman Ese’ese shifts to Lock, pushing Tim Glasby to the bench.
Head-to-Head Played 49 – Raiders 27, Knights 20, Drawn 2.
It’s been over a year since the last encounter between these two outfits, which saw the Raiders score a tough 17-10 victory in Round 3 last year. Neither side has scored consecutive wins over the other since 2015.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Jordan Rapana 18. Tom Starling 19. Matt Frawley 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Michael Oldfield.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Aidan Guerra 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese 14. Tex Hoy 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Tim Glasby 17. Brodie Jones 18. Gehamat Shibasaki 19. Chris Randall 20. Mason Lino 21. Pasami Saulo.
Milestones: Siliva Havili will play his 50th club game.
Jack Wighton needs 2 tries and 8 points to reach 50 tries and 200 points for his club and career respectively.
GOLD COAST TITANS V WESTS TIGERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 7 – 6:30 PM
If last weekend’s NRL results are any guide, then the NRL result Round 4 should see the Wests Tigers come away with a clear win.
Gold Coast Titans are a team that look to be struggling in every aspect of play. Coupled with a roster suffering from injuries, out-of-form players and a number of rookies, makes for a tough combination to build success from. Tyrone Roberts will provide some much needed experience and playmaking skill as he returns to the fullback role. Erin Clark will start at hooker. The Titans have an all-new bench, with Tanah Boyd, Jaimin Jolliffe, Bryce Cartwright and new recruit Young Tonumaipea replacing Nathan Peats, Jarrod Wallace, Jai Whitbread and Jonus Pearson.
The Wests Tigers showed off their spine, all of whom worked well together, most notably hooker Harry Grant and halves Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks. The Tigers notched a very good 28-16 victory over the Sharks last weekend. They’ve made no changes to their side from last weekend.
Head-to-Head Played 21 – Titans 9, Tigers 12.
The Wests Tigers strolled to a solid 6 tries to 2 victory over the Titans back in Round 7 last year. It was the second win from their last three games against the Titans.
Titans: 1. Tyrone Roberts 2. Phillip Sami 3. Dale Copley 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Brian Kelly 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Sam Lisone 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Young Tonumaipea 18. Jarrod Wallace 19. Jai Whitbread 20. Anthony Don 21. Jonus Pearson.
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Robert Jennings 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal 14. Oliver Clark 15. Billy Walters 16. Chris Lawrence 17. Alex Seyfarth 18. Josh Reynolds 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. Corey Thompson 21. Michael Chee-Kam.
Milestones: Brian Kelly needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his career.
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS PREDICTION
MONDAY – JUNE 8 – 4:05 PM
The NRL Round 4 team lists for these sides have both had some major changes, making it a tough game to predict.
The Bulldogs were outplayed by Manly last weekend, with their attack looking very ineffective. However the return of star half Kieran Foran will be an immense boost for their attack and young halfback Lachlan Lewis.
Rumours that Dragons coach Paul McGregor has just 2 games to save his job has seen him weild the axe and make a host of changes to his side there miserable to watch last weekend, as they lost 18-0 to the lowly Warriors. Corey Norman shifts to fullback, forcing Matt Dufty out of the side. Rookie Adam Clune will start at halfback, with Ben Hunt shifting to five-eighth. Josh Kerr replaces Korbin Sims in the front row while Trent Merrin and Issac Luke come onto the bench.
Head-to-Head Played 38 – Bulldogs 24, Dragons 14.
The Dragons won 2 of their 8 games in 2019 against the Bulldogs, and both by big scores. In Round 5 they romped home with a 40-4 win, then in Round 13 they racked up a 36-12 victory. The Dragons have won 3 of their last 4 games against the Bulldogs.
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Will Hopoate 5. Christian Crichton 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Dean Britt 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jake Averillo 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Sauaso Sue 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Kerrod Holland 21. Sione Katoa 22. Brandon Wakeham.
Dragons: 1. Corey Norman 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Ben Hunt 7. Adam Clune 8. Josh Kerr 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. James Graham 14. Trent Merrin 15. Blake Lawrie 16. Issac Luke 17. Euan Aitken 18. Tyrell Fuimaono 19. Matthew Dufty 20. Jacob Host 21. Jackson Ford.
Milestones: Kieran Foran will play his 200th career game.
Ben Hunt will play his 50th club game
Matt Dufty needs to score 8 points to reach 100 for his club and career.