MANLY SEA-EAGLES V BRISBANE BRONCOS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JUNE 11 – 7:50 PM
NRL Round 5 gets underway on Thursday night still in front of empty stadiums due to Coronavirus.
Manly were robbed of a big win last weekend, when a late try against the top-of-the-table Eels was disallowed, only for the referee’s boss to later admit that the try should’ve been awarded. Manly coach Des Hasler has stuck strong with his side that has looked mightily impressive since play resumed 2 weeks ago.
The Broncos are a team in damage control right now. Last Thursday night they went down 59-0 to the defending Premiers. It was their biggest loss at home and their second 50 point drubbing in their last 5 games. Coach Anthony Seibold has shuffled the deck chairs around, moving Corey Oates to the back row and promoting Matt Lodge and Joe Ofahengaue to the run-on side. Xavier Coates comes onto the wing, Kotoni Staggs returns at centre after serving his suspension while new recruit Ben Te’o will come off the bench.
Head-to-Head – Played 46 – Sea-Eagles 22, Broncos 23, Drawn 1.
The last time these two sides met was in Round 9 last year, where the inconsistent Broncos scored a solid 26-10 victory. The Broncos have won 4 of their last 5 clashes against Manly.
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
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Darius Boyd 5. Herbie Farnworth 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Cory Paix 10. Payne Haas 11. Corey Oates 12. Joe Ofahengaue 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tesi Niu 15. Ben Te’o 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Thomas Flegler 18. Jamil Hopoate 19. Richard Kennar 20. Tom Dearden 21. Ethan Bullemor
Milestones: 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.
Matt Lodge will play his 50th club game.
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 12 – 6:00 PM
NRL Round 5 tips for this game are largely favouring North Queensland despite being without Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo again.
After the Warriors beat the woeful Dragons 18-0 in their first game back after the Covid-19 lockdown, much was expected of them last week, however they were shutout 26-0 by an understrength Panthers outfit. Lachlan Burr comes into the front row in the only change to their 17. Peta Hiku and Agnatius Paasi may be late inclusions.
The Cowboys went into last weekends match against the winless Sharks without Jason Taumalolo and Michael Morgan and while they were solid, they failed to dominate, going down 26-16. There’s a few changes with Ben Hampton, Jake Granville and John Asiata are all out of the squad, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow set to make his debut on the wing, while Reece Robson will start at 9 and Coen Hess returns to the back row. No Taumalolo named, but he is on the extended bench, so he may well be a late addition.
Head-to-Head – Played 40 – Warriors 20, Cowboys 20.
North Queensland won the last encounter between these two sides in Round 6 last year by 7 points over in Auckland. The last time they met in Townsville was in Round 15, 2018, where the Warriors won by 7 points.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Hayze Perham 4. Gerard Beale 5. Adam Pompey 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair 14. Karl Lawton 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. King Vuniyayawa 17. Jack Murchie 18. Agnatius Paasi 20. Peta Hiku 21. Isaiah Papali’i 22. Chanel Harris-Tavita.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Hamiso Tabuai-fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Josh Mcguire 14. Reuben Cotter 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Shane Wright 17. Gavin Cooper 18. Corey Jensen 19. Peter Hola 20. Jason Taumalolo 21. Tom Opacic.
Milestones: Lachlan Burr will play his 50th career game.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck needs to score 4 points to reach 200 for his career.
Adam Blair will play his 50th club game.
Justin O’Neill needs to score 8 points to 300 for his career.
PARRAMATTA EELS V PENRITH PANTHERS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 12 – 7:55 PM
NRL Round 5 odds for this match favour the Eels, but Penrith are bolstered by the return of their Origin half Nathan Cleary.
The Eels got the rub of the green last weekend to beat the impressive Sea-Eagles side 19-16, leaving them at the top of the ladder as the only side to win all of their opening 4 games. Nathan Brown returns from suspension to start at Lock, while Ray Stone comes onto the bench. Marata Nuikore drops to the bench while Brad Takairangi and Oregon Kaufusi are pushed out of the 17.
Penrith have weathered the loss of halfback Nathan Cleary well after the Origin halfback copped a suspension for dancing on a TikTok video with some female friends, when he should’ve been in self-isolation. They escaped with a draw against the Knights in Round 3 and then blitzed the Warriors 26-0 last weekend. Cleary starts at halfback, with Matt Burton dropping to the bench and Mitch Kenny missing out completely.
Head-to-Head – Played 98 – Eels 57, Panthers 40, Drawn 1.
Penrith overcome the odds to win 16-10 at BankWest Stadium in Round 11 last year – the last time these sides met. Penrith has won 5 of their last 7 games against the Eels.
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. Nathan Brown 14. Ray Stone 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo 18. Brad Takairangi 19. Oregon Kaufusi 20. George Jennings 21. Will Smith.
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Matt Burton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Liam Martin 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Billy Burns 20. Jack Hetherington 21. Dylan Edwards.
Milestones: Blake Ferguson needs to score 8 points to reach 500 for his career.
Michael Jennings needs to score 1 try and 4 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.
James Tamou will play his 250th career game.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS V GOLD COAST TITANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 3:00 PM
The NRL Teams Round 5 shows a number of big changes to the Rabbitohs side.
The Rabbitohs are struggling to find their groove so far this year, and this was evident against last weekend as they went down to the Storm 22-8 in what was a clunky contest. The Bunnies though have two big additions to their side, with strike centre James Roberts and Origin five-eighth Cody Walker both returning.
The Titans managed to end a 364 day winless run last Sunday with a gutsy last-gasp try to sink the Wests Tigers 28-23. Subsequently, coach Justin Holbrook has made no changes to his side for this game.
Head-to-Head – Played 17 – Rabbitohs 11, Titans 6.
South Sydney beat the Titans 28-20 in their last clash, back in Round 3 last year. The Rabbitohs have now won 9 of their last 11 games against the Titans, including the last 3 straight.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. James Roberts 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray 14. Liam Knight 15. Patrick Mago 16. Tom Amone 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Braidon Burns 21. Keaon Koloamatangi.
Titans: 1. Phillip Sami 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Brian Kelly 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Sam Lisone 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Keegan Hipgrave 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Tyrone Peachey 18. Jarrod Wallace 19. Jai Whitbread 20. Beau Fermor 21. Tyrone Roberts.
Milestones: Campbell Graham needs to score 8 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
Cody Walker needs to score 8 points to reach 200 for his club and career.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 5:30 PM
NRL Round 5 betting for this match is in favour of a Storm victory given their dominance over the Novocastrian side in recent years.
The Knights kept their unbeaten record alive last weekend when they toppled the 2019 Grand Finalists Canberra by an impressive 34-18. As such, they have opted to field the exact same side for this game against the Storm.
Melbourne were a bit hit and miss at times against Souths last weekend, but got the job done to win comfortably 22-8. Craig Bellamy’s experiment with Jahrome Hughes at halfback looks to be over as he has brought in Ryley Jacks to wear the number 7. Christian Welch has been promoted to the run-on side in the front row, pushing Brandon Smith to the bench, where he will be joined by the returning Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Head-to-Head – Played 41 – Knights 15, Storm 26.
Melbourne have been dominating the Knights in recent years, winning all of their last 7 clashes, most by big margins. Their last meeting was in Round 14, 2019 where the Storm won 34-4.
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. Tautau Moga 19. Josh King 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Lachlan Fitzgibbon.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Brenko Lee 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ryley Jacks 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. Max King 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Marion Seve 20. Cooper Johns 21. Nicholas Hynes.
Milestones: If Newcastle avoids a loss, it will be the first time they’ve been undefeated after 5 games since 2002.
WESTS TIGERS V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 7:35 PM
NRL Round 5 odds are in favour of the Raiders here, who have been racking up cricket scores over the Wests Tigers in recent years.
After the Tigers put up an impressive performance in Round 3 to down the Sharks, it was expected they’d keep the form going last weekend against the winless Titans. Instead the side threw away a decent lead midway through the second half to lose 28-23. Coach Michael Maguire was not happy and has made some big changes this week, most notably dropping Benji Marshall, while Luke Garner, Billy Walters, Robert Jennings and Oliver Clarke have all been dropped. Tommy Talau is on the wing, Josh Reynolds at five-eighth. Zane Musgrove comes into the front row and Chris Lawrence moves from the bench to start in the second row. Russell Packer and Michael Chee Kam are on the bench.
Canberra were no match for the Knights last weekend, going down by 16 points to record their first loss of the year. Despite this loss, Ricky Stuart has kept the same team together for this game.
Head-to-Head – Played 37 – Tigers 19, Raiders 18.
Canberra has won 8 of their last 10 games against the Tigers, including their last match-up in Round 18 last year by 20-12.
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luciano Leilua 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Alex Twal 14. Thomas Mikaele 15. Russell Packer 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Alex Seyfarth 18. Benji Marshall 19. Luke Garner 20. Billy Walters 21. Corey Thompson.
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. Ryan Sutton 21. Michael Oldfield.
Milestones: Jack Wighton needs 1 try and 4 points to reach 50 tries and 200 points for his club and career respectively.
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V SYDNEY ROOSTERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 14 – 4:05 PM
Last weekend both these sides had big wins, but it’s the Roosters who looked most impressive.
The Bulldogs look set for another year of gritty losses, but on Monday they produced a solid 20 point victory over the struggling Dragons, giving them their first victory for 2020. The only change to last weeks side is Christian Crichton coming onto the bench, with Kerrod Holland dropping out of the 17, however if Reimis Smith cops a suspension at the judiciary, expect Holland to start at centre.
The Roosters took to the field last weekend without star fullback James Tedesco, however they didn’t miss him, as they romped home to a massive 59-0 victory over the Brisbane Broncos. Tedesco returns for this game, pushing Brett Morris onto the wing and Ryan Hall out of the side.
Head-to-Head – Played 175 – Bulldogs 80, Roosters 90, Drawn 5.
The Roosters haven’t dropped a game to the Dogs since 2016 and are on a 6 game winning run against them, with their 20-12 win in Round 19 last year their most recent encounter.
Bulldogs: 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.
Roosters: 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: Boyd Cordner needs to score 2 points to reach 200 for his club and career.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V CRONULLA SHARKS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 14 – 6:30 PM
The NRL Round 5 team lists for these sides have both had some major changes, making it a tough game to predict.
The Dragons are the only side yet to win a game in 2020 after they went down to the Bulldogs on Monday by 22-2. Embattled coach Paul McGregor made a number of changes last week and has made a few more this week, with Euan Aitken replacing Brayden Williame at centre, Tyrell Fuimaono replaces Tariq Sims in the back row, while Fullback Matt Dufty comes onto the bench.
The Sharks scored a solid first win of the season last week when they toppled the understrength Cowboys 26-16. Their attack looked a little sharper and their defence a little more committed and it was enough to get the job done. Chad Townsend returns to halfback, with Matt Moylan dropping to fullback, which has pushed William Kennedy out of the 17. Ronaldo Mulitalo is injured and his spot on the wing will be filled by Mawene Hiroti. Andrew Fifita also returns, starting at prop, which pushes the talented Toby Rudolf onto the bench.
Head-to-Head – Played 44 – Dragons 22, Sharks 21, Drawn 1.
Cronulla have won the last two matches between these sides, both of which were last year. In Round 11 they won 22-9 and then in Round 22 they won 18-12.
Dragons: 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.
Sharks: 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: Tyson Frizell will play his 150th club game.
James Graham will play his 50th club game.
Matt Dufty needs to score 8 points to reach 100 for his club and career.