NRL: Tips for Round 6

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Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys

Thursday 14th April at GIO Stadium, 7:50pm

Both sides are struggling to build momentum into their seasons and will be desperate to get a win before their long Easter turnaround. The last time these teams met, the Cowboys trounced the Raiders at home in round two, but this will be the first time this season the Cowboys leave Queensland. This game is a toss of the coin, but the cooler temperatures and the home field advantage may give the Raiders the slight edge.

Raiders by 6

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Friday 15th April at Accor Stadium, 4pm

The annual Good Friday contest between the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs is usually a fiery clash and this game might be no different. The Rabbitohs will be looking to return to the top eight while an improving Bulldogs will be desperate to get their second win to take the pressure off the players and coach. The Bulldogs have shown signs of improvement and this is a big opportunity to spring an upset with the Rabbitohs losing Latrell Mitchell for an extended period due to injury.

Bulldogs by 2

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Penrith Panthers v Brisbane Broncos

Friday 15th April at BlueBet Stadium, 7:55pm

This will be the biggest test yet for a Broncos side struggling to make progress with their new recruits, as they face the reigning premiers who are undefeated in 2022. In a massive blow to the Broncos chances, they lose forward leader Payne Haas to suspension. The Panthers have won 19-straight at home and it is highly unlikely that streak will end this weekend.

Panthers by 20

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Gold Coast Titans

Saturday 16th April at 4 Pines Park, 5:30pm

Manly will be looking for four straight wins while the hot and cold Titans desperately need to find some consistency. Manly have dominated the Titans in recent contests, but largely due to outrageous performances from Tom Trbojevic. With ‘Turbo’ missing, this game might be closer than most fans think, but Manly should still have enough class to edge out the Titans at home.

Sea Eagles by 4

4 Pines Park (Brookvale Oval): Courtesy of austadiums.com

Melbourne Storm v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Saturday 16th April at AAMI Park, 7:35pm

In what could be the match of the round, the new and improved Sharks take on their toughest challenge yet, playing the Storm in Melbourne. This will be the game to see where the Sharks are really at with their progress. Finucane and Hynes have proven invaluable to the Sharks early season form, but no team can methodically break down the oppositions best players like the Storm, and nobody knows Finucane and Hynes like they do.

Storm by 8

Sydney Roosters v New Zealand Warriors

Sunday 17th April at Sydney Cricket Ground, 2pm

Both sides narrowly escaped with wins last round. The Warriors have now won three-straight while the Roosters are slowly, but surely getting back to their best football. Sam Walker is starting to come into his own at five-eighth and his combinations with Keary and Tedesco are starting to click. The Roosters should have too much class for the Warriors.

Roosters by 14

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St George Illawarra Dragons v Newcastle Knights

Sunday 17th April at WIN Stadium, 4:05pm

Both these sides will be desperate to return to the winners circle and relieve some of the external pressure being hurled their way. The Dragons welcome back Josh McGuire and George Burgess to their engine room, while Knights enforcer David Klemmer also makes his return. This is an opportunity for Kalyn Ponga to find some form against a struggling Dragons outfit and fulfill those match-winner expectations.

Knights by 10

Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers

Monday 18th April at CommBank Stadium, 4pm

While the Eels have shown their premiership credentials in recent weeks, the hapless Tigers are 0-5 and it does not look like the suffering will end anytime soon for them and their supporters. They have made a few changes which includes switching Brooks to five-eighth and a returning Hastings to take control of the side at halfback. The Eels lose forward leader Junior Paulo but they still have a stacked side which should comfortably dispose of the struggling Tigers.

Eels by 16

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