The Palmerbet Sports Team run their eye over this weekend’s NRL action. Everything you need to know about team line-ups, crucial clashes, and where the money is going for each game – right here!

Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys @ Leichhardt Oval
Thursday 10th May, 7:50pm

Corey Thompson1Lachlan Coote
David Nofoaluma2Kyle Feldt
Esan Marsters3Justin O’Neill
Kevin Naiqama4Ben Hampton
Mahe Fonua5A. Winterstein
Benji Marshall6Michael Morgan
Luke Brooks7J. Thurston
Russell Packer8Matthew Scott
Elijah Taylor9Jake Granville
Ben Matulino10Scott Bolton
Chris Lawrence11Gavin Cooper
Robbie Rochow12Coen Hess
M. Eisenhuth13Jason Taumalolo
Alex Twal14Te Maire Martin
Jacob Liddle15Shaun Fensom
M. Chee-Kam16Corey Jensen
Sauaso Sue17Ethan Lowe

Played 35, Tigers 18, Cowboys 16

Last Meeting: Cowboys 22 def. Tigers 14

Final Thoughts: What has happened to the Tigers defence over the last three weeks? Staring at a fourth consecutive defeat, Wests are up against it this week. Looking at North Queensland’s record, you’d back Wests to get their season back on track. That might not be the case, though. The Cows undoubtedly have the cattle; they just need the iron bar to spark them into life. Last week and their dominant first half might be all they need. With the Cowboys improving and Tigers falling away, Johnathan Thurston is a good chance at snapping his 12-game losing streak against Wests in Sydney.

Tip: Handicap – Cowboys -1.5 @ $1.90

Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Friday 11th May, 6:00pm

Kalyn Ponga1D. Watene-Zelezniak
Ken Sio2C. Crichton
Sione Mata’utia3Isaah Yeo
Nathan Ross4Dean Whare
S. Kenny-Dowall5Tyrone Phillips
Connor Watson6Tyrone Peachey
Brock Lamb7James Maloney
Herman Ese’ese8Trent Merrin
Slade Griffin9Peter Wallace
Josh King10R. Campbell-Gillard
L. Fitzgibbon11Viliame Kikau
Mitch Barnett12C. Harawira-Naera
Aidan Guerra13J. Fisher-Harris
Danny Levi14Sione Katoa
C. Heighington15Kaide Ellis
Luke Yates16James Tamou
Daniel Saifiti17Jarome Luai

Played 47, Knights 23, Panthers 19

Last Meeting: Panthers 30 def. Knights 20

Final Thoughts: The Knights are limited when it comes to competing with the best teams in the NRL winning just one of their five games against Top 8 clubs. This week they face a Panthers side sitting third on the ladder. They might be injury-depleted, but Penrith still produces in the middle. They rumble up the field and allow James Maloney to work his magic. Getting up the field is an area the Knights really struggle so Kalyn Ponga’s opportunities with the football will be limited this week. Unless Newcastle gets out to an early lead, Penrith should be too strong.

Tip: Doubles – Panthers Half-time/Full-time @ $2.25

Canterbury Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels @ ANZ Stadium
Friday 11th May, 7:55pm

Moses Mbye1C. Gutherson
Brett Morris2Bevan French
Josh Morris3M. Jennings
Will Hopoate4Brad Takairangi
Marcelo Montoya5George Jennings
Matt Frawley6Corey Norman
Kieran Foran7Mitchell Moses
Aaron Woods8Daniel Alvaro
J. Marshall-King9Will Smith
David Klemmer10Suaia Matagi
Josh Jackson11Manu Ma’u
R. Faitala-Mariner12Tepai Moeroa
Rhyse Martin13Peni Terepo
Adam Elliott14Beau Scott
Danny Fualalo15Kenny Edwards
Renouf To’omaga16David Gower
Kerrod Holland17Siosaia Vave

Played 154, Bulldogs 82, Eels 65

Last Meeting: Eels 20 def. Bulldogs 4

Final Thoughts: A bottom of the table clash, this one could be ugly. That ugliness knows no bounds. It could be a low-scorer between the NRL’s two lowest scoring teams. The Eels might finally put their attack together like we know they can. The Bulldogs might reproduce the 27 points they scored against the Cowboys. Anything could happen here. The only area of consistency is Bevan French scoring tries. Since being dropped for Parramatta’s Round 7 clash, French has responded with a try in each of his next two games. Picking a winner is tough, but French scoring seems like a given against a leaky Bulldogs defence.

Tip: Anytime Tryscorer – Bevan French @ $2.10

New Zealand Warriors v Sydney Roosters @ Mt Smart Stadium
Saturday 12th May, 3:00pm

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck1 James Tedesco
David Fusitu’a2Joseph Manu
Peta Hiku3Latrell Mitchell
Solomone Kata4Mitchell Aubusson
Kan Maumalo5Blake Ferguson
Blake Green6Luke Keary
Mason Lino7Copper Cronk
Bunty Afoa8Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Issac Luke9Jake Friend
Agnatius Paasi10Dylan Napa
Simon Mannering11Boyd Cordner
Tohu Harris12Ryan Matterson
Adam Blair13Isaac Liu
Karl Lawton14Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Sam Lisone15Zane Tetevano
Isaiah Papali’i16Kurt Baptise
James Gavet17Victor Radley

Played 40, Warriors 22, Roosters 16

Last Meeting: Warriors 30 def. Roosters 6

Final Thoughts: Continuing to defy all preseason expectations, the Warriors are second on the NRL ladder. Meanwhile, the Roosters are falling shorter of their preseason premiership favourite tag more and more every week. Having already beaten the Roosters once already this season without Shaun Johnson, the Warriors won’t be too worried about having Mason Lino in there again this week. The Sydney middle has been poor. Almost every week they are being dominated around the ruck. The Warriors, on the other hand, have no trouble getting up the field. Especially at home. It’s the host’s to lose this week.

Tip: First team to score – Warriors @ $1.78

Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans @ Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 12th May, 5:30pm

Billy Slater1 Michael Gordon
S. Vunivalu2 Anthony Don
Will Chambers3 Dale Copley
Curtis Scott4 Brenko Lee
Josh Addo-Carr5 Phillip Sami
Cameron Munster6 AJ Brimson
Ryley Jacks7 Ashley Taylor
Christian Welch8 Max King
Cameron Smith9 Mitch Rein
Nelson Asofa-Solomona10 Ryan James
Felise Kaufusi11 Kevin Proctor
Ryan Hoffman12 Will Matthews
Dale Finucane13 Jarrod Wallace
Brandon Smith14 Bryce Cartwright
Kenny Bromwich15 Keegan Hipgrave
Joe Stimson16 Jack Stockwell
Sam Kasiano17 Moeaki Fotuaika

Played 19, Storm 11, Titans 6

Last Meeting: Titans 38 def. Storm 36

Final Thoughts: This one could be a bloodbath. The Titans are looking at a fifth-straight loss while the Storm will be eager to make up for their 34-14 defeat at the hands of the Dragons last week. Being played as the first of a doubleheader at Suncorp, both teams will be comfortable with the trip. For the Titans, it’s just a short drive up the M1. For the Storm, they’ve won 14 of the 19 games they’ve played in Brisbane. With Jai Arrow out and AJ Brimson making his debut in the halves, there are plenty of holes in the Titans the Storm can exploit this week. Storm to win by plenty.

Tip: Handicap – Storm -14.5 @ $1.90

Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos @ Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 17th March, 7:35pm

Sea EaglesBroncos
Tom Trbojevic1 Darius Boyd
Matthew Wright2 Corey Oates
Moses Suli3 James Roberts
Brian Kelly4 Jack Bird
Akuila Uate5 Jamayne Isaako
Dylan Walker6 Anthony Milford
D. Cherry-Evans7 Kodi Nikorima
A. Fonua-Blake8 Matthew Lodge
Apisai Koroisau9 A. McCullough
Martin Taupau10 Sam Thaiday
Joel Thompson11 Alex Glenn
Shaun Lane12 Jaydn Su’a
Jake Trbojevic13 Tevita Pangai Junior
Lewis Brown14 Payne Haas
F. Winterstein15 Joe Ofahengaue
Lloyd Perrett16 Korbin Sims
Taniela Paseka17 Tom Opacic

Played 45, Sea Eagles 21, Broncos 21

Last Meeting: Broncos 24 def. Sea Eagles 14

Final Thoughts: With everything going on with the Sea Eagles off the field, it’s hard to have confidence in them on it. Just as the Jackson Hastings issue leaves the headlines, news of the Bears possibly buying the club have entered. The nightmares of that potential sale will surely be keeping players up at night. The Broncos, however, a trucking along. They’re not playing great, but are going about their business. Their biggest issue is the halves carrousel with Kodi Nikorima back in the seven jumper with Jack Bird into the centres. Never too far from playing good footy, though, this might be the week the Broncos unleash.

Tip: Margin – Broncos 13+ @ $2.72

South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George-Illawarra Dragons @ ANZ Stadium
Sunday 13th May, 2:00pm

Alex Johnston1 Matthew Dufty
Campbell Graham2 Nene Macdonald
Greg Inglis3 Euan Aitken
Dane Gagai4 Tim Lafai
Robert Jennings5 Jason Nightingale
Cody Walker6 Gareth Widdop
Adam Reynolds7 Ben Hunt
Thomas Burgess8 James Graham
Damien Cook9 Cameron McInnes
George Burgess10 Paul Vaughan
John Sutton11 Tyson Frizell
Angus Crichton12 Tariq Sims
Sam Burgess13 Jack de Belin
Cameron Murray14 Jeremy Latimore
Mark Nicholls15 Kurt Mann
Jason Clark16 Leeson Ah Mau
Junior Tatola17 Zac Lomax

Played 45, Rabbitohs 19, Dragons 22

Last Meeting: Dragons 16 def. Rabbitohs 12

Final Thoughts This one is going to be a beauty. Two gargantuan packs running straight each other makes for a mouthwatering fixture. Souths have managed to climb up to fifth on the ladder without much notice. All the press has been on the NRL-leading Dragons. They just thrashed the Storm, but the Rabbitohs got a big 36-18 win over their own against the Knights last week. Sam Burgess returning gives the Bunnies a massive boost with his clash against fellow Englishman, James Graham, another intriguing battle. As good as the Dragons are, they’re going to trip up from time to time. There aren’t many teams better positioned to push them than the Rabbitohs.

Tip: Head-to-head – Rabbitohs to win @ $2.52

Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks @ GIO Stadium
Sunday 13th May, 4:10pm

Jack Wighton1 Valentine Holmes
Nick Cotric2 Sosaia Feki
Jarrod Croker3 Jesse Ramien
Joseph Leilua4 Ricky Leutele
Jordan Rapana5 Edrick Lee
Blake Austin6 Matt Moylan
Aidan Sezer7 Chad Townsend
Iosia Soliola8 Andrew Fifita
Siliva Havili9 Jayden Brailey
Shannon Boyd10 Matt Prior
Joseph Tapine11 Kurt Capewell
Elliot Whitehead12 Jayson Bukuya
Josh Papalii13 Paul Gallen
Ata Hingano14 Joseph Paulo
Luke Bateman15 James Segeyaro
Charlie Gubb16 A. Seumanufagai
Dunamis Lui17 Jack Williams

Played 74, Raiders 33, Sharks 39

Last Meeting: Raiders 30 def. Sharks 12

Final Thoughts: A bit of a fizzer to end the round, the Raiders and Sharks haven’t done much to suggest they are any more than one of the many fringe Top 8 teams in the NRL. Cronulla keeps making too many errors while Canberra is yet to register a victory over a side higher than them on the ladder. The Sharks get a boost with Paul Gallen returning which could give them the upper hand considering the Raiders have just lost Junior Paulo for 6-8 weeks. As arguably the better team along with their history of keeping games close, the Sharks are a good chance on the road in this one.

Tip: Handicap – Sharks +4.5 @ $1.90