Bird Posted August 2, 2011 Share Posted August 2, 2011 Dragons 1-12 The Dragons have lost their last 2 matches and now have to face one of the form sides in the Tigers, this week they get Dean Young back and that will give them better options in attack. The Tigers on the other hand have won their last 3 matches but last week had to come back to win after looking well gone at half time, they have no changes for tonight's big clash. I'm going with the Dragons in a close match,they need to find some form to instill confidence and I think the last 2 weeks of heartbreaking losses will See a great effort that will get them home, but I fully expect the Tigers to be right in this match to the end. Cowboys - 1.5 The Bulldogs get Morris back for tonight's match but that is the only positive for them after winning only one game in their last 5 and that was in golden point 2 weeks ago. The Cowboys are unchanged for this match and come into this match having won their last 2 matches and 3 of their last 4. The Cowboys have a great forward pack and some real excitement in the backs while the Bulldogs have some players who are just not trying, most notably Jamal Idris, which does not bode well for tonight's match. Even without Thurston the Cowboys have experience and toughness across the field and since the Bulldogs have allowed 20 or more in 4 of their last 5 as have the Cowboys I expect some points on offer tonight, but I also expect the Cowboys to muscle their way to a victory. Storm 1-12 The Storm came back to beat the Eels in a good MNF match last week while the Panthers went down to the Cowboys after Luke Lewis went off right on half time. The Storm side remains the same as Monday nights match and so again no Gareth Widdop which is a big loss for this Storm side, for the Panthers Lewis will play and they will need him, still no Coote for the Panthers. The Panthers have lost 3 of their last 4 but have remained close in those matches playing some very tough footy, their record against the Storm is poor having lost their last 8 against them whether home or away, but their last 10 matches against the Storm only 3 matches have seen a blowout scoreline and the last 4 in Melbourne have seen narrow Storm wins and a Panthers win.The Panthers season is on the line and they are playing like that, I'll look for them to keep it close but fall again in heartbreaking fashion. Warriors + 6.5 Both sides get a boost tonight with Teo back for the Broncos and Brown back for the Warriors. The Warriors will get good support here and will be in this match, I'm tempted by the Broncos 1-12 as I really don't se this game being a blowout, The Warriors enter in good spirits as will the Broncos after the thrashing of the Sharks last weekend, however this is not the Sharks and the scoreline should be closer tonight. I fancy the Warriors to spring a surprise here across the park they have more experience than this Broncos side, should be a great game with plenty of ups and downs , maybe a true Top 8 battle is on the cards. Sharks - 7.5 Tonight the Sharks are boosted as they get Gallen back as well as Paul Aiton, Isaac Gordon and Ricky Leutele, while the Titans also make whlsesale changes. The Sharks were in a rich vein of form but have lost their last 3, however those losses came against Teams in good form in the Broncos, Knights and Dragons while the Titans are being dealt to at every turn, If this match was at Skilled park I would be tempted to take the Titans but it's not and with Gallen and co in for this match and the Sharks latest losses I fully expect the Sharks to muscle up here and win well. The Sharks have scored 28 or more in their last 3 home matches against the Titans and in 4 or their last 5 at home when facing the Titans and have won by 13 or more in 4 of those matches and 8 in the other, but I think the Sharks will play well and win well tonight. Knights 1-12 The Knights are flying high after 2 comprehensive wins while the Raiders came crashing back to earth last weekend against the Warriors. Both sides have injury worries but have named and stated that the players in question will play. I think the Raiders will show up here and play well, their forward pack is very strong and should they compete well the Raiders are a chance in this match. The Knights also have a tough forward pack with Joel Edwards playing great defensive footy, any kids out there wanting to learn how to tackle should watch Edwards whose timing is impeccable. The Knights are hot favs but really eve though winning have only beaten the Titans and Sharks in their last 2 matches so they are hard to trust to much,but they are at home and have won their last 4 at home against this Raiders team, I'm looking for a hard game today with the Knights edging the Raiders i a close game. Sea Eagles 13+ The Sea Eagles will welcome this match against the Roosters after last weeks meltdown against the Tigers while the Roosters may of beaten the Bulldogs but have not faced anyone of note in their last 5 matches and have leaked points like a faulty running toilet. When the Sea Eagles have lost this season they have bounced back well the following weekend and I expect them to repeat that this Sunday. Souths 1-12 and Dave Taylor to score at anytime The Bunnies get Dave Taylor back tonight while the Eels are without Robson for the rest of the season but do have good backup in McGuire. The Rabbitohs should be up beat after beating the Dragons in the way they did last weekend but should be wary of a meltdown here against the Eels this week, while the Eels should be all out for respect after losing from a winning position last Monday night against the Storm. It does scare me a bit that every time that the Bunnies have caused an upset they have then lost the following weekend but the Eels just cannot win their matches, but they sure can stay in them till the end and I think they will do that again tonight, but the Bunnies in a close one with Dave Taylor busting through out wide are my picks for this match. Good luck to all this weekend if you are betting on the NRL. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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