Thursday, 2 April 2015

2015 NRL Tips-Round 5

The traditional Good Friday blockbuster between Canterbury and South Sydney could be the game of the round. This should be a good clash but I don't think it'll match the quality of last year's Grand Final. The Rabbitohs were invincible in the pre-season and early rounds but had a reality check at Parramatta last week.

The Bulldogs got the job done against the Tigers in golden point but this game is a much different proposition. The Rabbitohs will be looking to bounce back after their loss last week and I'm tipping them to be too strong here. I don't think it'll be a blow out like the Grand Final but a Rabbits win nonetheless.

My Tip: Canterbury-Bankstown 12-22 South Sydney

This is one of the Gold Coast's biggest games of the season as they host their local rivals at Cbus Super Stadium. The Broncos are rapidly climbing the table after three-straight wins, including an impressive win in Auckland last week whilst the Titans got over the line in Cronulla.

Realistically there should only be one winner here and that's Brisbane. The Broncos can move into the top four with a win and I think they'll get it done.  Sam Thaiday in particular is a player who really has something to prove and his just too good a player to let himself fall out of form.

My Tip: Gold Coast 10-24 Brisbane

I'm not too sure I like the idea of Manly taking their home game to Albury but nonetheless the game will indeed be played at the Lavington Sports Ground on Saturday. This is a hugely important game for the Manly team. They lose this and in my opinion they lose any hopes of a top four finish.

I know it's only early but as a life-long Manly fan I know when the team's in trouble and at the moment there isn't much quality in what Manly are doing on the field. They were awful against the Dragons last week with one of the worst first half displays in recent memory.

As of 2pm Friday, Geoff Toovey has named Tom Trbojevic to make his NRL debut and I for one am excited to see how the young speedster goes. This isn't a game Manly should be losing. Canberra with all due respect are a very beatable football side and Manly should get the points here. 

At Brookvale I'd tip Manly to win big but being in Albury (which in all honesty is more of a Canberra home game) I expect it to be a closer game than usual. Manly need to end their conversion woes and start kicking goals. The forwards need to step up and the errors need to go. Manly to win.

My Tip: Canberra 20-10 Manly-Warringah

The Knights play host to the Dragons on Saturday night and are looking at going five from five with a win. Who would have thought the Knights would sit alone at the top after the first month of the season. Returning coach Rick Stone picked up Rugby League Week's first ever Coach of the Month award and it's not a surprise at all.

This is a team that struggled under Wayne Bennett. There was of course a Preliminary Final appearance in 2013 but the final season of Bennett's reign ended in disappointment and the Novocastrian's went back to the future by appointing Rick Stone. It's worked an absolute treat.

Depending on weather another big crowd could descend upon Hunter Stadium for this one. The Dragons will be up against it and whilst they looked pretty average in attack last week, their goal-line defence was what got them over the line against a poor Manly side.

Saturday's game is a much different proposition for the Dragons. I think they'll struggle against the in-form Knights. Newcastle can remain alone on top with a win and I'm tipping them to make it five in a row.

My Tip: Newcastle 26-14 St. George

I don't think I need to go into too much detail about this game. The Roosters should win, they should win well and they should win big. They let a huge lead slip in this game last year and I think this time round they'll be prepared to smash the Sharks across the park. Roosters by plenty.

My Tip: Sydney 32-6 Cronulla


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