Round 6 of the 2015 NRL Season kicks off at Suncorp Stadium with the in-form Brisbane Broncos taking on a Sydney Roosters side coming off of a shock loss to the Sharks last Sunday. In my opinion this is the biggest test of Brisbane's season.
Yes they played the Rabbitohs in Week 1 and were really outdone but now with some form behind them, Wayne Bennett's men are starting to look like a side that could finish in the top four. A win here would almost shoot the Broncos into premiership contention. It is early but knocking off the favourites for the title would prove a lot about this Broncos line-up.
I've tipped the Roosters though. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves' return will no doubt boost the hopes of the team from Bondi but they'll have to make do with Aiden Guerra for the next six or so weeks. Still I think the Roosters should have what it takes to get the job done but winning at Suncorp is never that simple.
My Tip: Brisbane 12-20 Sydney
This one is very tough to predict. The Sharks are favourites after knocking off the Roosters last weekend but the Knights were top of the table before losing to the in-form Dragons last week. Being held scoreless at home for just the second time in club history would no doubt be playing in the minds of the Knights players.
The team from Newcastle travel to Cronulla without enforcer Beau Scott whilst the Sharks are boosted by the return of Ben Barba. I'm going with a Knights victory because I still think they've got something about them this year. Last week was their first loss and they'll be aiming to bounce straight back.
My Tip: Cronulla 16-24 Newcastle
Both these teams lost last weekend but both showed a lot of positive signs in defeat. The Eels were in control before a couple of decisions went against them and the Tigers turned momentum in the final ten minutes. Yes they conceded three late tries but I don't think it was the Eels' defence, I think it was simply some brilliance from Pat Richards and the Tigers.
The Titans weren't too far off the pace against the Broncos on Friday night. Some better options at the end of sets could have worked well in their favour and I'm sure they'll be primed to improve that on Saturday afternoon.
I'm going with Parra here only because they really do need this win. They in need of a big win in front of their home support and I think they'll get it here.
My Tip: Parramatta 26-16 Gold Coast
Earlier today I jotted down a couple of quick tips in preparation for my previews and I tipped the Tigers. They looked sublime in the final ten minutes against Parramatta last weekend but over the course of the night I've changed my mind and gone with the Warriors.
First of all, this game is in Auckland. I don't know why I thought about tipping against the Warriors at home. It's not very often they lose there. Secondly, it's big Manu Vatuvei's 200th NRL game. I simply can't see the Warriors letting this one go.
And congrats to Manu on 200 games. There's not too many opposition players I really like in the NRL but Manu's one of them. He's an excitement to watch on the field. The explosiveness is second to none. Hopefully he'll power over the try line to celebrate his 200th.
My Tip: New Zealand 24-14 Wests Tigers
It's been a very long time since I last tipped against Manly but the form they're in is just not good enough. Rumours of Aiden Sezer turning down a Manly offer before joining on with the Raiders will not help a side that is decline at the moment. The only limelight from a poor result last week was unearthing Tom Trbojevic in his 1st grade debut.
Penrith are in need of a win after two straight losses and I think the mountain men will see a wounded, out-of form Manly side as the perfect opponent. The Panthers were controversially defeated at Brookvale last season and I'm sure that the result of that game will be spurring them on.
If Manly want to win they'll need to drastically improve their left side of defence. I hate to tip against my own team but I think the Panthers will get it done here.
My Tip: Panthers 28-14 Manly-Warringah
Melbourne's chances took a dent with the news that Billy Slater will miss around a month of footy due to a shoulder injury but they still come into Sunday's game against the Raiders as the favourites. However the Raiders have been a bogey side for the Storm.
Canberra picked up a big win over Manly last week but to be honest I think most teams would have beaten the Sea Eagles in Albury last week. Melbourne is a big test for the Raiders and unfortunately for the side from the capital, I'm tipping the visitors. Despite Slater's absence, there's a fair bit of class in this Storm side and they'll be hoping to avoid a slip-up on Sunday.
My Tip: Canberra 12-24 Melbourne
This should be a very entertaining clash on Sunday afternoon. The Dragons are in really impressive form and come into this one as the favourites. The Bulldogs on the other hand are depleted with injuries and suspensions after a tough day at the office last Friday.
I'd normally tip the Bulldogs, despite last week's controversy and of course the multiple injuries/suspensions but the Dragons are getting my seal of approval. Their last-ditch goal line defending has been second to none. They'll need a big effort here but I think they can do it.
My Tip: Dragons 18-8 Bulldogs
South Sydney will be without star halfback Adam Reynolds for the next few months and are up against a Cowboys side that is starting to find some form after a slow start to the season. This could very well be the match of the round on Monday night.
The Cowboys looked very impressive in last week's 30-10 win over the Panthers but defeating the defending Premiers is another level in my opinion. This will be a very tough game for the boys from North Queensland. South Sydney were extremely lucky to beat the Bulldogs last week and will need to step it up and I think they will. Rabbits for my money.
My Tip: South Sydney 22-12 North Queensland