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!

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ ANZ Stadium
Thursday 14th June, 7:50pm

Bevan French1Alex Johnston
Josh Hoffman2Campbell Graham
Michael Jennings3Greg Inglis
Jarryd Hayne4Dane Gagai
George Jennings5Robert Jennings
Clinton Gutherson6Cody Walker
Corey Norman7Adam Reynolds
Daniel Alvaro8Thomas Burgess
Cameron King9Damien Cook
Peni Terepo10George Burgess
Manu Ma’u11John Sutton
Brad Takairangi12Angus Crichton
Nathan Brown13Sam Burgess
Reed Mahoney14Adam Doueihi
Tim Mannah15Cameron Murray
David Gower16Jason Clark
Marata Niukore17Junior Tatola

Played 132, Eels 59, Rabbitohs 68

Last Meeting: Round 26, 2017: Eels 22 def. Rabbitohs 16 at ANZ

Final Thoughts: The Eels snapped their losing streak last week, but it came against an awful Cowboys team that made 20 errors. Their attack is still bang-average with their defence not much better. Being so slow through the middle is a recipe for disaster for the Eels this week. Not only will the Rabbitohs use their size and power to move up the field, Damien Cook returns this week to break them through the middle. With six wins in a row, the Rabbits will have eight in their sights with the Eels and Cowboys over the next fortnight ahead of the bye. They won’t take it easy like they did against the Titans last week.

Tip: Handicap – Rabbitohs -10 @ $1.90

North Queensland Cowboys v New Zealand Warriors @ 1300SMILES Stadium
Friday 15th June, 6:00pm

Michael Morgan1R. Tuivasa-Sheck
Kyle Feldt2David Fusitu’a
Kane Linnett3Peta Hiku
Enari Tuala4Solomone Kata
Javid Bowen5Ken Maumalo
Te Maire Martin6Blake Green
J. Thurston7Shaun Johnson
Matthew Scott8James Gavet
Jake Granville9Issac Luke
Scott Bolton10Agnatius Paasi
Gavin Cooper11Isaiah Papali’i
Coen Hess12Tohu Harris
Jason Taumalolo13Adam Blair
Ben Hampton14Karl Lawton
Shaun Fensom15Chris Satae
Corey Jensen16Bunty Afoa
Sam Hoare17Simon Mannering

Played 39, Cowboys 19, Warriors 19

Last Meeting: Round 5, 2018: Warriors 22 def. Cowboys 12 at Mt Smart

Final Thoughts: The realisation that finals football is all but out of the question will have hit the Cowboys hard this week. Will it be enough to bounce back? Probably not. All the work they had done to improve over the last month was thrown out the window in their loss to the Eels. Now, they have to host an exciting Warriors side that boasts the best road record in the NRL right now. Shaun Johnson has 80 minutes in him since returning from injury and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is back after a week off. The Warriors should have too many points in them for the Cowboys to keep close for the full 80 minutes.

Tip: Handicap – Warriors -1.5 @ $1.90

Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers @ Allianz Stadium
Friday 15th June, 7:55pm

James Tedesco1D. Watene-Zelezniak
Daniel Tupou2C. Crichton
L. Mitchell3Tyrone Peachey
Joseph Manu4Dean Whare
Blake Ferguson5Tyrone Phillips
Luke Keary6James Maloney
Cooper Cronk7Nathan Cleary
J. Waerea-Hargreaves8Trent Merrin
Jake Friend9Sione Katoa
Dylan Napa10R. Campbell-Gillard
Boyd Cordner11C. Harawira-Naera
M. Aubusson12Isaah Yeo
Isaac Liu13J. Fisher-Harris
S. Taukeiaho14Wayde Egan
Zane Tetevano15Kaide Ellis
Kurt Baptiste16J. Hetherington
Victor Radley17James Tamou

Played 95, Roosters 58, Panthers 35

Last Meeting: Round 3, 2017: Roosters 14 def. Panthers 12 at Panthers Stadium

Final Thoughts: As the favourite for match of the round, two sides with a combined seven wins in a row make it tough to pick. The Roosters are finally starting to look like a decent team, but the Panthers have been doing that all season. Playing at home will help the Chooks a touch. James Tedesco’s improved form has been the main catalyst for Sydney’s improvements. He will need to dominate like he did Origin Game I to give the Roosters a chance here. The Panthers are the best defensive team in the NRL and have the third-best attack. They do it all on both sides of the ball and will need to be dominated through the middle before looking vulnerable.

Tip: Margin – Panthers 1-12 @ $3.20

Canterbury Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans @ Belmore Sports Ground
Saturday 16th June, 3:00pm

Moses Mbye1Michael Gordon
Brett Morris2Anthony Don
John Olive3Dale Copley
Will Hopoate4Brenko Lee
Marcelo Montoya5Phillip Sami
J. Marshall-King6A. Brimson
Matt Frawley7Ashley Taylor
Aaron Woods8Jack Stockwell
Michael Lichaa9Nathan Peats
David Klemmer10Ryan James
Josh Jackson11Kevin Proctor
R. Faitala-Mariner12Keegan Hipgrave
Adam Elliott13Jai Arrow
Clay Priest14Mitch Rein
Kerrod Holland15Will Matthews
Renouf To’omaga16Moeaki Fotuaika
Aiden Tolman17Morgan Boyle

Played 16, Bulldogs 8, Titans 7

Last Meeting: Round 25, 2017: Bulldogs 26 def. Titans 14 at CBUS

Final Thoughts: The Bulldogs and Titans and played relatively well in recent weeks. They just don’t have the wins to show for it. Both lost 18-16 last week so they’re getting closer to an elusive victory. The Bulldogs are benefiting from their key players missing out on Origin selection, but the salary cap saga hangs over their head. Every week until June 30 could be the last time Moses Mbye or Aaron Woods plays for the club. The Titans, on the other hand, simply don’t have the depth. Jai Arrow, Jarrod Wallace, Ryan James and Ash Taylor are good enough to keep them competitive, but they don’t get enough help. Playing at Belmore should give the Dogs the lift they need to win.

Tip: Head-to-head – Bulldogs to win @ $1.68

St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Sea Eagles @ WIN Stadium
Saturday 16th June, 5:30pm

DragonsSea Eagles
Matthew Dufty1Tom Trbojevic
Nene Macdonald2Jorge Taufua
Euan Aitken3Moses Suli
Tim Lafai4Brian Kelly
Kurt Mann5Akuila Uate
Gareth Widdop6Trent Hodkinson
Ben Hunt7D. Cherry-Evans
James Graham8A. Fonua-Blake
Cameron McInnes9Manase Fainu
Paul Vaughan10Martin Taupau
Tyson Frizell11Joel Thompson
Tariq Sims12F. Winterstein
Jack de Belin13Jake Trbojevic
Jeremy Latimore14Matthew Wright
J. Nightingale15Brad Parker
Leeson Ah Mau16Shaun Lane
Jacob Host17Taniela Paseka

Played 27, Dragons 17, Sea Eagles 9

Last Meeting: Round 20, 2017: Dragons 52 def. Sea Eagles 22 at WIN

Final Thoughts: The Dragons aren’t what they were to start the season. The spark is gone and it’s not looked close to reigniting in recent weeks. State of Origin will have played a role, but the slide in form began before players left for camp. Ben Hunt, in particular, has struggled. As if the Manly team list didn’t lack enough quality outside of Daly Cherry-Evans and the Trbojevic brothers, Api Koroisau is out for the next three months with Manase Fainu named to debut. Against a Sea Eagles pack that struggles for traction through the middle, this is the week for the Dragons to recapture their early-season form.

Tip: Half-time Handicap – Dragons -4.5 @ $1.93

Cronulla Sharks v Brisbane Broncos @ Southern Cross Group Stadium
Saturday 16th June, 7:35pm

V. Holmes1Darius Boyd
Sione Katoa2Corey Oates
Jesse Ramien3James Roberts
Ricky Leutele4Jordan Kahu
Edrick Lee5Jamayne Isaako
Matt Moylan6Anthony Milford
Chad Townsend7Kodi Nikorima
Andrew Fifita8Matthew Lodge
Jayden Brailey9A. McCullough
Matt Prior10Sam Thaiday
Luke Lewis11Alex Glenn
Wade Graham12Jaydn Su’a
Paul Gallen13Josh McGuire
Joseph Paulo14Patrick Mago
James Segeyaro15Joe Ofahengaue
Jack Williams16T. Pangai Junior
Jayson Bukuya17Kotoni Staggs

Played 56, Sharks 20, Broncos 34

Last Meeting: Round 23, 2017: Broncos 32 def. Sharks 10 at Suncorp

Final Thoughts: The Sharks have taken a backwards step since winning six in a row. Their loss to the Rabbitohs was poor with their win over the Tigers unconvincing. Points are still hard to come by, but their defence makes up for it. The Broncos have similar issues in attack. It was looking as though they were on the up entering Round 14, however, a heavy defeat to the Storm stalled their progress. James Robers returning this week should give them a lift. It’s shaping up to be a classic close Sharks match. Neither side offers much excitement in attack with Cronulla’s home ground advantage and superior defence likely to be enough to sneak to a win.

Tip: Handicap – Broncos +4.5 @ $1.90

Newcastle Knights v Melbourne Storm @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Sunday 17th June, 2:00pm

Kalyn Ponga1Billy Slater
Ken Sio2S. Vunivalu
Sione Mata’utia3Will Chambers
Cory Denniss4Curtis Scott
S. Kenny-Dowall5Josh Addo-Carr
Connor Watson6Cameron Munster
Jack Cogger7Ryley Jacks
Herman Ese’ese8Tim Glasby
Slade Griffin9Cameron Smith
Josh King10N. Asofa-Solomona
L. Fitzgibbon11Felise Kaufusi
Mitch Barnett12Ryan Hoffman
Aidan Guerra13K. Bromwich
Danny Levi14Brandon Smith
C. Heighington15Christian Welch
Luke Yates16Joe Stimson
Jacob Lillyman17Jahrome Hughes

Played 40, Knights 15, Storm 24

Last Meeting: Round 6, 2018: Storm 40 def. Knights 14 at AAMI

Final Thoughts: This one is looking like it could get ugly for the Knights. They’ve lost five of their last six games and are preparing to face a Storm side that has put 40+ points on them in each of their last three encounters. Melbourne might not be the juggernaut now that it had been the last three years, but they’re still an elite side. Cameron Smith being healthy at this time of year is a luxury while Billy Slater is set to return from injury. It’s all coming together for the Storm. The Knights, meanwhile, struggle to compete if Kalyn Ponga isn’t outstanding. There’s a good chance Craig Bellamy has a trick up his sleeve to limit Ponga’s impact for this one too. A storm is brewing in Newcastle.

Tip: Handicap – Storm -10.5 @ $1.90

Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders @ Campbelltown Stadium
Sunday 17th June, 4:10pm

Corey Thompson1Jack Wighton
M. Watene-Zelezniak2Nick Cotric
Esan Marsters3Jarrod Croker
Mahe Fonua4Joseph Leilua
Kevin Naiqama5M. Oldfield
Josh Reynolds6Blake Austin
Luke Brooks7Aidan Sezer
Russell Packer8Iosia Soliola
Elijah Taylor9Josh Hodgson
Ben Matulino10Shannon Boyd
Chris Lawrence11Joseph Tapine
Robbie Rochow12E. Whitehead
M. Eisenhuth13Josh Papalii
Alex Twal14Siliva Havili
Matt McIlwrick15Luke Bateman
Josh Aloiai16Dunamis Lui
Tim Grant17Liam Knight

Played 38, Tigers 18, Raiders 15

Last Meeting: Round 3, 2017: Raiders 46 def. Tigers 6 GIO

Final Thoughts: OWe’re calling this an early D-Day for both sides! One can’t defend well enough to hold onto leads, while the other can’t score enough points to find it in the first place. This one is a coin flip. Canberra impressed for much of last week with their attack looking lethal. Then Jordan Rapana went down and shortly after, so did their lead. It’s a different story for the Tigers. Their 15.6 points per game ranks 14th in the NRL with their third-best defence no longer enough to get them to victory. Elijah Taylor has been named to start at hooker again which doesn’t help, but Josh Reynolds gets another shot starting in the halves. There’s potential for improvement. Potential won’t be enough against this Raiders side that welcomes back Josh Hodgson this week, though. Look for the ‘Green Machine’ to rally in the second half of the season and rocket into a finals spot with their talisman hooker back in the side.

Tip: Head-to-head – Raiders to win @ $2.04