South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos
Thursday 5th May at Accor Stadium, 7:50pm
Adam Reynolds finally gets his opportunity to show his former club what they have lost, after missing their round one clash. Both sides are coming off wins last round, but the Broncos were particularly impressive in taking down an in-form Sharks. This could turn out to be a high scoring shoot out, but the Reynolds factor may give the Broncos the advantage.
Broncos by 6
Canberra Raiders v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Friday 6th May at GIO Stadium, 6pm
The Bulldogs will be buzzing after their upset win over the Roosters, while the Raiders continue to live up to the ‘Faiders’ label with another lead blown to lose to the Warriors. At this stage of the season, the Bulldogs look like a side that is slowly, but surely improving, especially with their defensive resolve. They have a chance to make it two-straight against a struggling Raiders side without star five-eighth Jack Wighton.
Bulldogs by 2
Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
Friday 6th May at BlueBet Stadium, 7:55pm
In what is meant to be the blockbuster match of the round, the Eels have lost some of their premiership hype after being comprehensively beaten by a resurgent Cowboys last round. Brown returns to five-eighth which will hopefully re-spark their attack and make this a competitive game. The Panthers are looking to remain undefeated this season with their ninth-straight win, and 22nd straight win at home. How can you tip against them?
Panthers by 10
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers
Saturday 7th May at 4 Pines Park, 3pm
Both sides were gallant in defeat last round, and if they show the same resilience this weekend, it should be hard-fought contest. The Tigers will need to be at their creative best with their attack, because Manly welcome back current Dally M medalist Tom Trbojevic, which arguably makes them a 12-point better side. Manly also have the home ground advantage and should edge out an improved Tigers.
Sea Eagles by 8
Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast Titans
Saturday 7th May at BB Print Stadium, 5:30pm
The Roosters are desperate to get their out-of-sync attack firing while the Titans must build on an improved performance against the reigning premiers last round. This is a huge opportunity for the Titans to secure a drought-breaking win over an out-of-sorts Roosters outfit, but on paper, the Roosters still have class players across the park and should get the job done in Mackay.
Roosters by 10
North Queensland Cowboys v Newcastle Knights
Saturday 7th May at QCB Stadium, 7:35pm
The Cowboys produced one of their most complete and clinical performances since the Thurston-era, by trouncing premiership heavyweight Parramatta, while the hapless Knights were no match for a rampant Storm side, conceding 50-points. It does not get any easier for the out-of-form, injury-hit Knights who have not scored a single try in their past two games, having to travel to Townsville to take on the most improved side in the competition.
Cowboys by 18
Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons
Sunday 7th May at AAMI Park, 2pm
Although an improving Dragons side have won three-straight, they will be at very long odds to trouble a Storm side that has scored 130-points in their past two games. When the Storm are in this type of scintillating form, then tend to be more ruthless week-after-week. Hopefully the Dragons can show some defensive resolve and make a game of it, but the Storm should cruise to another comfortable in front of their home fans.
Storm by 26
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v New Zealand Warriors
Sunday 7th May at PointsBet Stadium, 4:05pm
The Sharks will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to the Broncos, while the Warriors fought back from their 60-point loss to the Storm, to escape with a win against the Raiders last round. The Sharks look like a team that is very well coached, and with key players back on deck, they should have too much class for the Warriors at home.
Sharks by 14