NRL: Tips for MAGIC ROUND

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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Newcastle Knights

Friday 13th May at Suncorp Stadium, 6pm

It is last verses second-last to kick off Magic Round and although there is a good chance this game may turn out to be a bit of a bludger, both sides will be desperate to get off the bottom of the ladder. Poor weather is predicted, which may help the Bulldogs nullify Ponga’s attacking influence. They just need to find some points against a limp Knights defence.

Bulldogs by 2

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos

Friday 13th May at Suncorp Stadium, 8:05pm

Manly and Brisbane currently sit seventh and eighth respectively with five wins each, with only a 10-point differential separating them. The Broncos defence has improved out-of-sight, and the expected wet conditions may work in their favour against a Manly attack which thrives on momentum in dry, fast conditions. Kicking game will be the key to victory and Reynolds has been in great form. Broncos to make it four-straight wins in a close one.

Broncos by 6

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New Zealand Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saturday 14th May at Suncorp Stadium, 3pm

The Warriors were god awful last round in their loss to the Sharks, while the Rabbitohs will be looking to bounce back after being schooled by their former captain and halfback, Adam Reynolds. The Warriors are not in a good place at the moment, but they did bounce back after their shellacking against Melbourne. The Rabbitohs will pose a tough challenge though, which mentally, they might not be up for.

Rabbitohs by 12

Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons

Saturday 14th May at Suncorp Stadium, 5:30pm

The Titans have made some changes after a run of poor losses in recent weeks, while the Dragons copped a reality check from the Storm after winning three-straight. The Titans have plenty of attacking flair, but in order for them to rack up points, they need to find some resilience in defence. On current form, the Dragons should win as they look to keep in touch with the top eight.

Dragons by 8

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Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers

Saturday 14th May at Suncorp Stadium, 7:45pm

It is the main event of Magic Round and perhaps the highest anticipated match of the year so far. The reigning premiers will be looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season, while the Storm will look to avenge last years preliminary finals loss at the same ground. The Storm losing Papenhuyzen to injury, who has been their most potent attacking weapon, might be enough to tilt this game Penrith’s way, but this is a toss of the coin game.

Panthers by 4

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Canberra Raiders

Sunday 15th May at Suncorp Stadium, 1:50pm

The Sharks will be buzzing after their spirited win against the Warriors last round with only 12, then 11-men on the park, while the Raiders picked up a pressure-easing win against the Bulldogs. Both sides are missing key players but on paper, the Sharks have far better depth, they are playing like premiership contenders and they should win comfortably.

Sharks by 16

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Sydney Roosters v Parramatta Eels

Sunday 15th May at Suncorp Stadium, 4:05pm

This should be a fascinating contest between two of the top sides in the competition, with the Roosters attack starting to click, and an Eels side looking to find some consistency after their huge loss against the Cowboys followed by a famous streak-breaking win against the Panthers. If the Tedesco-Walker-Keary combination can get a roll on, the Roosters are a big chance of winning. If not, the Eels will likely grind them out of the contest.

Eels by 8

Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys

Sunday 15th May at Suncorp Stadium, 6:25pm

Both sides have shown plenty of improvement in recent weeks, the Cowboys more so as they currently sit third on the ladder after four-straight wins. The Tigers have been the Cowboys bogey side over the years, and they are a chance of causing another upset if they put in another spirited performance. But their struggles to score points will not get any easier against the side with the third-best defence in the competition.

Cowboys by 14