North Queensland Cowboys v St George Illawarra Dragons
Friday 10th June at QCB Stadium, 7:55pm
The Cowboys bounced back from their loss against Penrith with a strong defensive effort against the Titans last round, despite missing key players to Origin. The Dragons will be fresh coming off a bye and will be looking to push into the top eight. The Cowboys have been strong at home this season and whether or not their Origin stars back up 48-hours after Origin I, they should grind out the win at home.
Cowboys by 10
Gold Coast Titans v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Saturday 11th June at Cbus Super Stadium, 3pm
The Titans season of woe continues and they now find themselves in second last. Souths will be looking to hold on to their top eight spot with a win away from home. The Titans lose perhaps their most potent player in Jayden Campbell to injury in a game which may come down to a high scoring shootout, and they simply do not have the resilience in defence to withstand the Rabbitohs attacking options.
Rabbitohs by 14
Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm
Saturday 11th June at SCG, 5:30pm
Both the Roosters and Storm have been well below their best in recent weeks and this game will be a solid test for both sides. The Storm will be looking to hold on to their top-two position and stay within reach of the Panthers and another minor premiership, while the Roosters are on the verge of dropping out of the top eight completely if they cannot find some consistency with their performances. If the Storm’s Origin players back up, it is hard to tip against them.
Storm by 12
Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders
Saturday 11th June at Suncorp Stadium, 7:35pm
The Broncos will be looking to record seven-straight wins and consolidate their position in the top four, while the Raiders have hit some form and have gotten their finals ambitions back on track. This could be a close game, but with Reynolds returning for the Broncos, they should have enough class to edge out the Raiders in a close one.
Broncos by 4
Wests Tigers v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Sunday 12th June at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, 2pm
The first game post-Michael Maguire era for the Tigers and it will be interesting to see how they respond to the sacking of their coach. Manly will be looking to capitalize on their big win over the Warriors last round to stay in touch with the top eight. The Tigers have tried hard this season without getting the results, and Manly should have enough points in them to crush the Tigers spirit even further.
Sea Eagles by 12
Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers
Sunday 12th June at McDonald Jones Stadium, 4:05pm
The Knights will be fresh coming off the bye and desperately need to cause a boilover against the reigning premiers to keep their finals hopes alive. The Panthers NRL quality depth players were on full display last round with a clinical win over the Bulldogs, and regardless of how many of their Origin stars backup, they should have too much class for Newcastle.
Panthers by 18
New Zealand Warriors v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Sunday 12th June at Moreton Daily Stadium, 6:15pm
The other side who lost their head coach this week is the hapless Warriors who have lost five-straight. The Sharks will be desperate to find some consistency, as the gap between their best and worst football is far too big if they are to challenge for a premiership. The rest from the bye may have done the Sharks a world of good, and if they want to be taken seriously in this competition, they must trounce the struggling Warriors.
Sharks by 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels
Monday 13th June at Accor Stadium, 4pm
The Eels will be eyeing off a return to the top four with an emphatic win over the last placed Bulldogs. If the Bulldogs show up with plenty of energy in defence, they could make it hard for the Eels who have struggled against some of the lower sides this season, but they should far too much class and come away with a comfortable win.
Eels by 20