Bird Posted August 9, 2011 Share Posted August 9, 2011 Tough week last weekend, but some good games, this weekend more of the same. Broncos 1-12 The Cowboys have named Thurston, Bolton and Fai Fai Loa while the Broncos have McGuire in to relace Hannant with Hala coming onto the bench. Locky plays his 350th match for the Broncos tonight and the Broncos have won 6 of the last 7 between these two sides. I'm with the Broncos here in what should be a thrilling contest. Broncos by 7 Wests 1-12 The Magpies or Tigers are going great winning when all seems lost is always a good sign, while the Panthers were taught a lesson last weekend by the Storm. The Panthers welcome the return of rookie Harry Siejka with Lewis out injured and Vaivai and Weston also come back into the lineup. Seluini will start at hooker in place of Kevin Kingston. while The Tigers bring in Mitch Brown to replace Lawrence. The Panthers have a great record against the Tigers and even without Lewis have some real excitement about them in this line up, Jennings at fullback and Vai Vai in the side is dangerous as both are brilliant with ball in hand, the Panthers pack is also the match of the Tigers but Marshall and Farah are in for the Tigers and so a Magpies win appears on the cards. Tigers by 1 Knights + 6.5 The Knights are flying high and will come in to this match feeling confident, while the Warriors showed last weekend how dangerous they can be but also how inexperinced their halves can be. The Warriors get Moon back with Ta'i for this match while the Knights are unchanged. The Knights have not won in Auckland in their last 5 trips but that could change this weekend as they are in hot form and with Gidley and Mullen playing great they really should win this match, the Warriors might be going well but they cannot score from structured play and tonight that will cost them, i'm backing the Knights to take this game all the way and maybe even win. Warriors or Knights by 4 Storm - 17.5 No Prince and injury concerns all over the Park for the Titans is not a good sign when facing the Storm, a thrashing appears on the cards here and thats all I have to say about that. Storm by 30 Sea Eagles 1- 12 The Eels will want to make up for their flogging at the hands of the Bunnies last weekend while the Sea Eagles will want to win and maintain momentum. For the Eels, Reni Maitua is expected to make his return while Justin Poore's is retained in their lineup.While for the Sea Eagles they'll miss Jason King for the rest of 2011, but they do welcome back Robertson and George Rose earns a starting spot with King's absence. The Eels were thumped by the Bunnies but before last week had played well in defence and I think they will stand up here tonight and make Manly play hard to gain a win. Only 3 of the last 10 between these sides has been a blowout and I don't think this one will be either. Manly by 8. Souths - 2.0 Scary game for the Bunnies here as everything is going well for them which normally means bad news while the Raiders need to win here just for the sake of their fans. Changes for the Raiders though throw this game firmly to the Bunnies if they are good enough to take those chances, the Bunnies are unchanged but the Raiders are without Vidot due to personal reasons, meaning Reece Robinson returns on the wing.But Dane Tilse and Glen Buttriss will also be missing due to injury which means Bronson Harrison and Danny Galea will come into the starting side. The Bunnies should win this match and i'll go with them to do it well, if this game was a night game I might take the Raiders but it's a Sunday afternoon match in which Souths tend to go well. Souths by 12 Dragons - 12.5 The Dragons need to bounce back here and they likely will, The Dragons have no changes to their side while the Roosters could but at present have named all 3 players in question. The Dragons should have little worries in dispatching of the Roosters this wekend no matter who plays for them and so a Dragons win is on the cards. Dragons by 24 Dogs 1-12 The Sharks last two home matches have ended in disaster with losses to the Titans and Knights and so a big effort is needed here today to restore some pride while the Dogs beat the Cowboys but it was hardly impressive although Pritchard was. There are a few changes for this match for either side, for the Sharks they get Gardner in the custodian role while Paul Gallen has been named despite facing the judiciary tomorrow while Issac Gordon stays in the side in place of Wright, with Ricky Leutele retaining his place in the centres. Taulima Tautai is relegated with Wright to NSW Cup, while Jason Bukuya and Albert Kelly return. Canterbury have two changes, with Josh Reynolds promoted to starting hooker in the absence Romelo. Mickey Paea is on the bench meaning the Bulldogs will have a four-forward rotation. While Roberts is also back at five-eighth. The Dogs should win this match but again it will likely be clsoe. Dogs by 7 Good Luck to all betting on the NRL this weekend. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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