NRL: Tips for Round 17

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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Melbourne Storm

Thursday 7th July at PointsBet Stadium, 7:50pm

The Sharks are fourth and flying under the radar, but there might be a bit of “fools gold” with respect to their form line, winning five of their last seven games, but all against bottom four sides. The Storm have been inconsistent at best over the past two months. They are missing key players to Origin but will still field a formidable lineup. This will be a great test for the Sharks to see where they are really at, but the after the Storm’s terrible loss last round to Manly, they have that bounce back factor more often then not.

Storm by 10

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Newcastle Knights v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday 8th July at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7:55pm

The Knights delivered a much needed win in front of their loyal home fans last round against the hapless Titans, while the Latrell inspired Rabbitohs knocked off the Eels in convincing fashion. The Knights win did not cover up the cracks for though, as they will be missing key players Kalyn Ponga and Dane Gagai to Origin again. Souths might get on a roll as the battle for top eight spots begins to heat up.

Rabbitohs by 14

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels

Saturday 9th July at Leichhardt Oval, 7:35pm

The Tigers have seemingly gotten worse since the sacking of Michael Maguire as head coach, as they come up against one of the three sides they have beaten this season. The Eels will be out to avenge that loss and look to build some momentum into a terribly inconsistent season. The Eels still have plenty to play for, whereas the Tigers season is all but a write off. Expect the Eels to come out firing and secure a comfortable win.

Eels by 16

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Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons

Sunday 10th July at Suncorp Stadium, 4:05pm

The Broncos 2022 resurgence has hit a roadblock after two-consecutive losses, but other results have ensured they remained in fifth position and well entrenched in the race for a top four finish. The Dragons have been in good form to find themselves in the top eight, but they will be missing captain Ben Hunt to Origin, who has been instrumental in their recent run of form. This is a tough game to pick, but the Broncos who are also missing key players to Origin and injury, have quality depth and should edge out the Dragons at home in a close one.

Broncos by 2

Byes: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, North Queensland Cowboys, Penrith Panthers, Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Gold Coast Titans, New Zealand Warriors