Hello and welcome to my first post here on AuzzieTiger.blogspot.com. I'll be doing a more detailed welcome and what not within the next few days but I thought it'd be a good idea to put up my first round of NRL tips for 2015 before the season kicks off at Suncorp Stadium tonight between the Brisbane Broncos and the defending premiers South Sydney.
Each week I'll be talking about each tip and why I'm going for a particular result but seeing as I'm hurry this post and it's the start of the season I won't be going too far into detail.
First up I can see the Rabbitohs kicking off their season in style and in turn ruin Wayne Bennett's return to Brisbane. Souths will want to show everybody that they will be aiming for a second-straight title.
(Brisbane 16-22 Souths)
For those who don't know me I'm a Manly Sea Eagles fan and of course I'll be tipping them to beat Parramatta on Friday night. The game will be a bit more fiery than normal after Anthony Watmough's comments a few weeks ago. Obviously the players will let their performance do the talking but there's sure to be some feeling between the two arch rivals. Push It Up Manly!
(Parramatta 12-20 Manly-Warringah)
I wanted to tip the Warriors to pick up a win on the road in Newcastle but as a Novocastrian local I know how fired up the Knights get in front of a packed Hunter Stadium crowd and with Rick Stone back in the coach's box, the team in the red and blue stripes are surely going to be putting in a big effort to kick off season 2015.
(Newcastle 18-8 New Zealand)
I don't think I need to go too far into why I'm tipping the Wests Tigers to beat the Gold Coast Titans. I would have tipped the Tigers even if the Titans weren't in turmoil but the recent events are surely playing on the minds of the remaining Gold Coast players and I can see them being troubled by the Tigers young guns such as Brooks and Moses.
(Gold Coast 6-24 Wests Tigers)
Cowboys v Roosters isn't receiving the hype of the two Channel Nine but it very well could be the match of the round. JT and his Cowboys are a very hard team to beat in Townsville and I'm pretty sure I remember the Roosters getting their feather's plucked at 1300Smiles Stadium last season. I can see it being a close game but the Cowboys are favourites for a reason.
(North Queensland 22-16 Sydney)
An all-Sydney showdown headlines Sunday Afternoon Footy and the Panthers hosting the Bulldogs in a Preliminary Final rematch is sure to get viewers tuning in to the new Channel Nine timeslot of 3pm. Penrith have a great team full of young stars but the Bulldogs have a massive pack along with two great halves. Bulldogs for mine.
(Penrith 10-24 Canterbury-Bankstown)
Canberra are a team that have been tipped to fight for the wooden spoon. I'm not sure why the betting agencies and what not have the Raiders ranked so far outside the rest of the teams but I personally can't see them making the eight. Whilst they won't get the spoon (IMO) they will struggle and it'll start at Remondis Stadium this Sunday.
(Cronulla 18-6 Canberra)
St George-Illawarra look to be a bit of a smoky this season with a somewhat impressive lineup on paper. The inclusion of one of my personal favourites George Rose is surely going to help their forwards. However I'm going for the Storm only based on their form over the last decade. Melbourne aren't tipped to do much this year and I guess we'll find out pretty quickly if they are still the same Premiership-challenging outfit from recent seasons.
(St George-Illawarra 12-20 Melbourne)