Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Thursday 21st April at PointsBet Stadium, 7:50pm
The Sharks were soundly beaten by the Storm last round but they should have taken a lot out of that game in regards to where they need to improve as a team. Manly have won 4-straight and have learned how to get the job done without Tom Trbojevic. This battle of the beaches clash should be an entertaining game, but the Sharks should bounce back and get the job done at home.
Sharks by 8
Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Friday 22nd April at Suncorp Stadium, 7:55pm
One of these sides will record a draught breaking win after a few tough weeks. The Bulldogs have 12 players from their roster unavailable due to covid but will still field the majority of their best 17. The Broncos will try a new halves combo with Reynolds now teaming up with Gamble. Te Maire Martin returns for his first game since 2019. This should be a close game, but the Broncos should get it done at home.
Broncos by 4
North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans
Saturday 23rd April at QCB Stadium, 5:30pm
The Cowboys have impressed this season while the Titans have been disappointing. Statistically the Cowboys have the second best defence in the competition, but the Titans have the ability to blow teams off the park with their attack. The problem with the Titans is their inability to put together an 80 minute performance. If the Cowboys can take advantage of those Titans lull periods, they should escape with the win.
Cowboys by 6
Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Saturday 23rd April at CommBank Stadium, 7:35pm
The Tigers will have a spring in their step after their miraculous last-second win against the Eels last round, while the Rabbitohs are slowly, but surely getting back to their best football. If the Tigers can put in the same effort and show the same resilience in defence, they are a chance against the Latrell-less Rabbitohs, but it is hard to tip against last years grand finalists.
Rabbitohs by 10
Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels
Sunday 24th April at McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm
The struggling Knights will be buoyed by the re-signing of marquee fullback Kalyn Ponga until the end of 2027. The Eels will be out to make a statement after their shock loss to the Tigers. The Knights form has nosedived after winning their first two matches, and they may be in for a long afternoon against a rampant Eels side who must deliver a clinical performance.
Eels by 14
Penrith Panthers v Canberra Raiders
Sunday 24th April at BlueBet Stadium, 4:05pm
The reigning premiers are still undefeated this season and it is hard to see that changing against a Raiders side who is seemingly incapable of staying focused for a full 80 minutes. The Raiders also face the daunting reality of facing the Panthers who are on a 20-game winning streak at home. The Panthers will win, but by how many will be up to them.
Panthers by 20
St George Illawarra Dragons v Sydney Roosters
Monday 25th April at SCG, 4pm
The Dragons recorded their second win of the season last round in a much needed confidence boost, while the Roosters escaped with the win against the Warriors. On paper, the Roosters have the far better side and this is an opportunity for them to fix their out-of-sync attack and put on a clinical performance in front of a big Anzac Day crowd.
Roosters by 18
Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors
Monday 25th April at AAMI Park, 7pm
Feature photo: Courtesy of sydney.com
The Warriors were unlucky not to secure a win last round against the Roosters, while the Storm put on their most clinical performance of the season against a quality Sharks side. The Warriors are improving and will not go down without a fight, but the Storm at home is likely a challenge too big for the Warriors.
Storm by 16