Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos
Thursday 19th May at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7:50pm
The Knights snapped a seven game losing-streak against fellow cellar dwellers the Bulldogs at Magic Round, while the resurgent Broncos stunned Manly with a huge shutout win to go four in-a-row. The Knights welcome Anthony Milford into the side to play against his former club, but the Adam Reynolds inspired Broncos should secure the win and consolidate their position in the top eight.
Broncos by 14
Wests Tigers v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Friday 20th May at Leichhardt Oval, 6pm
It has been a rough week for the hapless, and now coach-less Bulldogs as they languish in last place. The Tigers may also be languishing near the bottom of the ladder, but they are far from ‘hapless’. They have shown plenty of fighting spirit but have simply lacked the cattle to have notched up more wins. But that fighting spirit should result in a win over the Bulldogs at Leichhardt.
Tigers by 4
Parramatta Eels v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Friday 20th May at CommBank Stadium, 7:55pm
Two sides who should be going better than their current ladder positions suggests, and both will be looking to bounce back from poor losses at Magic Round. The Eels have beaten both Storm and Panthers at home, but sit in sixth position due to their inconsistency. Manly have had their injury woes, but they still have a side good enough to be higher than ninth. The Eels have the home ground advantage and should secure the win.
Eels by 8
St George Illawarra Dragons v New Zealand Warriors
Saturday 21st May at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 3pm
Two more sides coming off disappointing losses at Magic Round. This game has a lot riding on it, as both Dragons and Warriors sit on eight competition points in 11th and 12th respectively, and a loss would see their finals hopes begin to fade away. A toss of the coin game, but the Dragons are in better form and should edge out a struggling Warriors.
Dragons by 6
North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm
Saturday 21st May at QCB Stadium, 5:30pm
The Cowboys have been the surprise packets of 2022. Riding high on a five-game winning streak and sit outright third on the ladder, we are about to find out if they are the real deal against a Storm side reeling from a big loss to the Panthers at Magic Round. The Storm rarely lose two in-a-row, and after they experience such losses, they usually take out their frustration on their next opponents. This Cowboys side should push them to their limits, but it is hard to tip against the Storm anytime let alone after a loss.
Storm by 8
Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers
Saturday 21st May at SCG, 7:35pm
The Roosters find themselves in the top four, having finally hit form and their attack has started to click after an inconsistent first eight rounds. The Panthers flexed their premiership might against an undermanned Storm and they are looking as clinical as ever. An upset cannot be ruled out considering the world-class players in the Roosters lineup, but the Panthers are simply on another level at the moment.
Panthers by 12
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders
Sunday 22nd May at Apex Oval, 2pm
The Rabbitohs almost blew a 26-point lead against a lowly Warriors at Magic Round, while the Raiders produced one of their most resilient wins in a long time against a quality Sharks side. A win for the Raiders would see them equal Souths on 10 competition points and stay in touch with the top eight. And with star five-eighth Jack Wighton set to return from suspension, it could be enough to spring an upset over an inconsistent Rabbitohs in Dubbo.
Raiders by 2
Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Sunday 22nd May at Cbus Super Stadium, 4:05pm
The Titans secured a drought-breaking win over the Dragons at Magic Round, while the Sharks delivered their worst performance of the season in a shock loss to the struggling Raiders. If the Titans are going to make a run for the finals, they must win this game. For the Sharks, it is all about finding consistency if they are to challenge for the premiership. The Sharks have the advantage with experience and class in key positions to get the job done.
Sharks by 10