NRL: Tips for Round 8

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Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Thursday 28th April at Suncorp Stadium, 7:50pm

Both sides are coming off a win, but it is the battle within the battle, Staggs v Talakai that everyone is talking about. The challenge for the Broncos is getting Staggs good ball, a challenge the Sharks have done well with Talakai. The Broncos are struggling for consistancy while the Sharks are proving to be a premiership contender.

Sharks by 10

Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers

Friday 29th April at Cbus Super Stadium, 6pm

The Titans have been the disappointment of the season so far as they come up against a rampant reigning premier looking to go 8-0. Not even a spine reshuffle will be enough to beat a Panthers side who are relentless on both sides of the ball. The Titans lack of experience in key positions has really shown and the Panthers should win comfortably.

Panthers by 20

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South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Friday 29th April at Central Coast Stadium, 7:55pm

Both sides have struggled for consistency and will be looking to this game as an opportunity to start building some momentum into their seasons. Both sides are still missing their star fullbacks, but on paper for this game, Manly have the stronger halves combination while Souths have the stronger forward pack. Toss of the coin game, but if it turns out to be close, DCE and Foran have the experience in delivering in the clutch moments.

Sea Eagles by 1

New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders

Saturday 30th April at Moreton Daily Stadium, 3pm

The Warriors are coming off a club record 70-10 loss to the Storm while the Raiders were utterly dominated in the second half against the Panthers last round. Both sides will be looking to bounce back, but the scars inflicted on the Warriors by the Storm might take a while to heal. The Raiders should edge them out in a close one.

Raiders by 4

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters

Saturday 30th April at Accor Stadium, 5:30pm

The Bulldogs have tended to compete well for 40-50 minutes in most games this season, but they always fall away at the backend of games while the Roosters have been inconsistent and struggling with an attack that is out of sync. However, it is only a matter of time before things click for the Roosters, but the Bulldogs problems are running deep at the moment.

Roosters by 14

Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday 30th April at TIO Stadium, 7:35pm

This will be a huge test for the Cowboys as we will find out where the club is really at with their progress against a top team. The Eels will be looking to consolidate their position in the top four. The Cowboys are statistically the second best defensive side in the competition at the moment, but they will need to be at their resilient best if they are to withstand a potent Eels attack.

Eels by 8

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Newcastle Knights v Melbourne Storm

Sunday 1st May at McDonald Jones Stadium, 2pm

This will be a daunting task for the Knights, coming up against a Storm side who just put 70 points on the Warriors after they themselves were comprehensively beaten by the Eels. It is hard to see where the effort and enthusiasm has gone since their impressive wins in the opening two rounds. On current form, the Storm should rack up another big score in Newcastle.

Storm by 26

St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers

Sunday 1st May at WIN Stadium, 4:05pm

It is hard to believe we will be talking about one of these sides winning three in-a-row after this game. The Dragons have been gritty while the Tigers have delivered in the clutch moments over the past two rounds. Another toss of the coin game and it may come down to which halfback, Hunt or Hastings, can get the job done for their teams. Dragons with the slight advantage playing at home.

Dragons by 2