SYDNEY ROOSTERS V ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – APRIL 25 – 4:05 PM
NRL Round 7 begins on Thursday for the traditional Anzac Day clash between two in-form sides. The Dragons have typically dominated these contests, while the Roosters are equal first on the ladder.
The Roosters lost their first game, but have won all 5 games since, including a brilliant one point victory last weekend in the top of the table, grand final rematch against the Storm.
The Dragons dropped their first two games against the Cowboys and Souths. They then lost their captain Gareth Widdop during their Round 3 clash with Brisbane, however this has only served to spur the side on. Corey Norman scored match winning field goals against the Broncos and the Knights before the Dragons belted the Knights. Last week they scored a tight win over Manly.
The Roosters have won 7 of their 23 games against St.George and the merged St.George-Illawarra side on ANZAC Day, dating back to 1927.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 4. Joseph Manu 3. Mitchell Aubusson 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Latrell Mitchell 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Victor Radley 14. Nat Butcher 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Lachlan Lam 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Brock Lamb 21. Sam Verrills.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Blake Lawrie 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Zac Lomax 16. Jacob Host 17. Luciano Leilua 18. Mitchell Allgood 19. Jai Field 20. Lachlan Timm 21. Jonus Pearson
Milestones: Cooper Cronk needs 2 tries to reach 100 for his career.
MELBOURNE STORM V NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – APRIL 25 – 7:50 PM
Melbourne has once again been the benchmark team, sitting atop the ladder from the outset of the season, while the Warriors have been anything but.
The Storm started the season with 5 straight wins, although some weren’t the most convincing of performances, yet the class of the side was enough to see them get home. However last weekend, in arguably the game of the year so far, they suffered their first defeat when they went down to the defending Premiers Sydney Roosters last weekend by just 1 point.
The Warriors got off to a stunning start with a thumping 40-6 win over the Bulldogs, but have had just one win since, against the lowly Titans. They’ve been very poor in their other games and they look to be moving further away from their next victory, if form is any guide.
The last 3 times the Storm and Warriors played on ANZAC Day, the Storm won each time and have a combined score of 112-24.
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 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. Tui Kamikamica 17. Marion Seve 18. Patrick Kaufusi 19. Billy Walters 20. Albert Vete 21. Ryan Papenhuyzen
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Gerard Beale 3. Peta Hiku 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Issac Luke 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Tohu Harris 13. Lachlan Burr 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Isaiah Papalii 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Nathaniel Roache 18. Hayze Perham 20. Leivaha Pulu 21. Patrick Herbert 23. Chris Satae.
Milestones: Tohu Harris is 1 loss away from the 50th of his career.
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – APRIL 26 – 6:00 PM
NRL Round 7 odds for this game are pretty close. Both sides are at the wrong end of the table and showing little signs of moving out of there.
The Bulldogs have managed just the one victory this year, an impressive 22-8 win over the then undefeated Wests Tigers. They were very strong in losses to Melbourne and last week against an impressive Rabbitohs outfit, but looks to be struggling talent-wise, to get themselves more wins.
Talent though isn’t lacking at the Cowboys, yet they’ve been struggling themselves. They got off to a great start to the season with a win over the Dragons, but then had 4 straight losses, 3 of which were at home. Last weekend they had their first match outside of Queensland, when they travelled to New Zealand, coming away with just their second win of the year as they beat the Warriors 17-10 in a grinding contest.
The Bulldogs won the last meeting between these two sides, ending a run of 5 straight losses to the Cowboys.
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Ofahiki Ogden 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Rhyse Martin 14. Michael Lichaa 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 17. Chris Smith 19. Christian Crichton 20. Marcelo Montoya 21. Fa’amanu Brown 22. Renouf To’omaga.
Cowboys: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Justin O’Neill 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Enari Tuala 5. Ben Hampton 6. Jake Clifford 7. Michael Morgan 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Josh McGuire 13. John Asiata 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Coen Hess 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo 18. Corey Jensen 19. Tom Opacic 20. Jason Taumalolo 21. Mitchell Dunn.
Milestones: Jordan Kahu needs 9 points to reach 500 for his NRL career.
PENRITH PANTHERS V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – APRIL 26 – 7:55 PM
These two sides enter this game in very different form. Souths have been hanging in and closing out tough games, while Penrith have been throwing wins away to sides they should have beaten.
The Rabbitohs have had 5 wins so far, with their first two the most impressive, against the defending Premiers Roosters and then the Dragons. They’ve then had 4 close games against teams expected to be in the bottom. While they’ve won three and lost just the one, they’ve had a rather fortunate draw. This week they’ll have another bottom side but with a twist, it’s a side woefully out of form, but is considered one of the best teams in the NRL on paper.
Penrith have been woeful in 2019. They’ve recorded two wins, both of which were unconvincing – 16-14 against Newcastle and 9-8 against the Tigers. They lost to the Eels in Round 1, got hammered by the Storm and in the last two weeks threw away leads to lose to the lowly Titans and then the injury hit Sharks last weekend.
Souths have won 7 of their last 10 games against Penrith – with 7 of those games played at Penrith.
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 4. Waqa Blake 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tim Grant 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Sione Katoa 15. Liam Martin 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 18. Jarome Luai 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Dylan Edwards 21. Tyrell Fuimaono.
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Corey Allen 3. Kyle Turner 4. Dane Gagai 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Liam Knight 18. Bayley Sironen 19. Connor Tracey 20. Dean Britt 21. Mawene Hiroti.
Milestones: James Maloney needs 9 points to reach 1800 for his NRL career.
WESTS TIGERS V GOLD COAST TITANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – APRIL 27 – 5:30 PM
The NRL Round 7 team lists revealed few changes for these sides, which was surprising for the Tigers, given their team was hammered by 45 points on Monday and only have 4 days off before this clash.
The Tigers had been travelling well, they were on top of the ladder after the second round. They had a horrible loss to the Bulldogs and a sloppy 1 point loss to the out of form Panthers, before coming from behind to beat the Broncos with a stunning fightback. They followed that up with utter dross on Monday when Parramatta ran up a cricket score to beat them 51-6.
The Titans started the season with 4 straight losses and were sitting plum last before fighting back to beat Penrith and then just last weekend, scoring their second win of the season, and in as many weeks, to beat the Knights 38-14. However they did lose captain Ryan James for the season with a knee operation, which will be a big loss.
The Titans have won 5 of their last 6 games against the Tigers.
Tigers: 1. 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Robert Jennings 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Russell Packer 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Luke Garner 13. Josh Aloiai 14. Ben Matulino 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Elijah Taylor 20. David Nofoaluma 21. Chris McQueen.
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Shannon Boyd 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow 14. Phillip Sami 15. Keegan Hipgrave 16. Max King 17. Jai Whitbread 18. Jack Stockwell 19. Will Matthews 20. Jesse Arthars 21. Ryley Jacks.
Milestones: Dale Copley needs 2 tries to reach 50 tries and 200 points for his NRL career.
BRISBANE BRONCOS V CRONULLA SHARKS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – APRIL 27 – 7:35 PM
The out-of-form Broncos host the injury-hit Sharks at a venue that the Sharks generally don’t do well at. This makes for possibly the hardest of the NRL Round 7 tips to predict.
The Broncos are languishing in third last place on the ladder, having achieved just 1 win from their opening 6 games, a 29-10 victory over the similarly out-of-sorts Cowboys. They threw away victory against the Tigers two weeks ago and then they lost to the Raiders last weekend in a match that they were never in control of, despite the tight scoreline.
The Sharks are in the top 8 despite having to deal with a few injuries and the reliance upon a number of debutants to fill the gaps. They’ve played with spirit and never quit in games, proving to be quite stronger after the halftime break too. Despite being down 30-0 against the Roosters two weeks ago, they put on some tries to reduce the deficit to 14 points by full-time. Last weekend they scored a flurry of late points to down the Panthers 24-20.
Brisbane has won 5 of their last 6 games against the Sharks. The Sharks haven’t won at Suncorp since 2014.
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Jack Bird 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Payne Haas 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Tevita Pangai 14. Kotoni Staggs 15. David Fifita 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Jaydn Su’a 19. Gehamat Shibasaki 20. Tom Dearden 21. Matthew Lodge.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Josh Dugan 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Scott Sorensen 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-uele 18. Ronaldo Mulitalo 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Sione Katoa 21. Billy Magoulias.
Milestones: Anthony Milford will play his 150th NRL game.
MANLY SEA-EAGLES V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – APRIL 28 – 2:00 PM
This match looks set to be quite a good one. Both sides are playing well and inside the top 8, which was caught many pundits quite by surprise. This will be one of the NRL Results in Round 7 that will be hard to predict and will likely bring about some dramatic change to the ladder.
Manly had a shocker to start the season as they were trampled in the wet by the Tigers, however they’ve been a lot better since. They made the Roosters work hard for their win in Round 2 before the Sea-Eagles belted the Warriors, pipped the Rabbitohs by 1, beat the Knights in Newcastle by 8 before suffering an agonising 2 point loss to a very strong Dragons side last weekend.
Canberra has won 5 of their 6 games this year, with their only loss coming against the impressive Melbourne Storm. They’ve beaten the Titans and Eels, keeping them scoreless in the process, while also scoring wins over Newcastle, the Cowboys and last weekend, the Broncos, to move into third place on the ladder.
Since returning to the NRL in 2003, Manly has won 10 of their 14 games against the Raiders at Brookvale.
Sea-Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kane Elgey 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Morgan Boyle 18. Kelepi Tanginoa 19. Sam Smith 20. Lachlan Croker 21. Taniela Paseka.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Jack Murchie 18. Aidan Sezer 19. Bailey Simonsson 20. Jj Collins 21. Hudson Young.
Milestones: Kane Elgey needs to score 2 points to reach 100 for his NRL career.
Jake Trbojevic needs 4 points to reach 100 for his club and NRL career.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – APRIL 28 – 4:05 PM
The round ends with a match between a team that had high expectations but are performing well-below them, and a team that were not expected to be much of a competition, but are proving otherwise.
Much expectations were placed on the Knights for 2019, many tipping them to be a top 8 side, and after a 14-8 win in Round 1 over regular finalists Cronulla, it looked likely. But since then they’ve lost 5 straight games and look to be drifting further and further away from that Round 1 performance every week. Last week the Titans ran rings around the Knights to win 38-14.
The Eels looked to be coasting in 2019 after 5 Rounds. They were good in their victories over Penrith and the Dogs to start the season and played with a lot of energy and determination against the Roosters, despite losing 32-18. They then accounted for the Sharks in a less than emphatic performance and followed it up with a very poor 19-0 loss to Canberra. In Round 6 they opened their new stadium and took on the defensively strong Wests Tigers side….and ran up a cricket score, blitzing the Tigers 51-6 on Monday, making them the form side of all the NRL teams in Round 7.
The Knights have won 10 of their last 12 contests against Parramatta, including the last 3.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. James Gavet 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Daniel Saifiti 17. Josh King 18. Mason Lino 19. Tautau Moga 20. Sione Mata’utia 21. Pasami Saulo.201
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tepai Moeroa 14. Peni Terepo 15. Tim Mannah 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Ray Stone 18. Manu Ma’u 19. Kane Evans 20. Josh Hoffman 21. George Jennings.
Milestones: Mitchell Moses needs to 2 goals to reach 100 for his club.
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