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

Eels Rabbitohs
Bevan French 1 Alex Johnston
Josh Hoffman 2 Campbell Graham
Michael Jennings 3 Greg Inglis
Jarryd Hayne 4 Dane Gagai
George Jennings 5 Robert Jennings
Clinton Gutherson 6 Cody Walker
Corey Norman 7 Adam Reynolds
Daniel Alvaro 8 Thomas Burgess
Cameron King 9 Damien Cook
Peni Terepo 10 George Burgess
Manu Ma’u 11 John Sutton
Brad Takairangi 12 Angus Crichton
Nathan Brown 13 Sam Burgess
Reed Mahoney 14 Adam Doueihi
Tim Mannah 15 Cameron Murray
David Gower 16 Jason Clark
Marata Niukore 17 Junior Tatola


History:
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

Cowboys Warriors
Michael Morgan 1 R. Tuivasa-Sheck
Kyle Feldt 2 David Fusitu’a
Kane Linnett 3 Peta Hiku
Enari Tuala 4 Solomone Kata
Javid Bowen 5 Ken Maumalo
Te Maire Martin 6 Blake Green
J. Thurston 7 Shaun Johnson
Matthew Scott 8 James Gavet
Jake Granville 9 Issac Luke
Scott Bolton 10 Agnatius Paasi
Gavin Cooper 11 Isaiah Papali’i
Coen Hess 12 Tohu Harris
Jason Taumalolo 13 Adam Blair
Ben Hampton 14 Karl Lawton
Shaun Fensom 15 Chris Satae
Corey Jensen 16 Bunty Afoa
Sam Hoare 17 Simon Mannering


History:
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

Roosters Panthers
James Tedesco 1 D. Watene-Zelezniak
Daniel Tupou 2 C. Crichton
L. Mitchell 3 Tyrone Peachey
Joseph Manu 4 Dean Whare
Blake Ferguson 5 Tyrone Phillips
Luke Keary 6 James Maloney
Cooper Cronk 7 Nathan Cleary
J. Waerea-Hargreaves 8 Trent Merrin
Jake Friend 9 Sione Katoa
Dylan Napa 10 R. Campbell-Gillard
Boyd Cordner 11 C. Harawira-Naera
M. Aubusson 12 Isaah Yeo
Isaac Liu 13 J. Fisher-Harris
S. Taukeiaho 14 Wayde Egan
Zane Tetevano 15 Kaide Ellis
Kurt Baptiste 16 J. Hetherington
Victor Radley 17 James Tamou


History:
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

Bulldogs Titans
Moses Mbye 1 Michael Gordon
Brett Morris 2 Anthony Don
John Olive 3 Dale Copley
Will Hopoate 4 Brenko Lee
Marcelo Montoya 5 Phillip Sami
J. Marshall-King 6 A. Brimson
Matt Frawley 7 Ashley Taylor
Aaron Woods 8 Jack Stockwell
Michael Lichaa 9 Nathan Peats
David Klemmer 10 Ryan James
Josh Jackson 11 Kevin Proctor
R. Faitala-Mariner 12 Keegan Hipgrave
Adam Elliott 13 Jai Arrow
Clay Priest 14 Mitch Rein
Kerrod Holland 15 Will Matthews
Renouf To’omaga 16 Moeaki Fotuaika
Aiden Tolman 17 Morgan Boyle


History:
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

Dragons Sea Eagles
Matthew Dufty 1 Tom Trbojevic
Nene Macdonald 2 Jorge Taufua
Euan Aitken 3 Moses Suli
Tim Lafai 4 Brian Kelly
Kurt Mann 5 Akuila Uate
Gareth Widdop 6 Trent Hodkinson
Ben Hunt 7 D. Cherry-Evans
James Graham 8 A. Fonua-Blake
Cameron McInnes 9 Manase Fainu
Paul Vaughan 10 Martin Taupau
Tyson Frizell 11 Joel Thompson
Tariq Sims 12 F. Winterstein
Jack de Belin 13 Jake Trbojevic
Jeremy Latimore 14 Matthew Wright
J. Nightingale 15 Brad Parker
Leeson Ah Mau 16 Shaun Lane
Jacob Host 17 Taniela Paseka


History:
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

Sharks Broncos
V. Holmes 1 Darius Boyd
Sione Katoa 2 Corey Oates
Jesse Ramien 3 James Roberts
Ricky Leutele 4 Jordan Kahu
Edrick Lee 5 Jamayne Isaako
Matt Moylan 6 Anthony Milford
Chad Townsend 7 Kodi Nikorima
Andrew Fifita 8 Matthew Lodge
Jayden Brailey 9 A. McCullough
Matt Prior 10 Sam Thaiday
Luke Lewis 11 Alex Glenn
Wade Graham 12 Jaydn Su’a
Paul Gallen 13 Josh McGuire
Joseph Paulo 14 Patrick Mago
James Segeyaro 15 Joe Ofahengaue
Jack Williams 16 T. Pangai Junior
Jayson Bukuya 17 Kotoni Staggs


History:
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

Knights Storm
Kalyn Ponga 1 Billy Slater
Ken Sio 2 S. Vunivalu
Sione Mata’utia 3 Will Chambers
Cory Denniss 4 Curtis Scott
S. Kenny-Dowall 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Connor Watson 6 Cameron Munster
Jack Cogger 7 Ryley Jacks
Herman Ese’ese 8 Tim Glasby
Slade Griffin 9 Cameron Smith
Josh King 10 N. Asofa-Solomona
L. Fitzgibbon 11 Felise Kaufusi
Mitch Barnett 12 Ryan Hoffman
Aidan Guerra 13 K. Bromwich
Danny Levi 14 Brandon Smith
C. Heighington 15 Christian Welch
Luke Yates 16 Joe Stimson
Jacob Lillyman 17 Jahrome Hughes


History:
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

Tigers Raiders
Corey Thompson 1 Jack Wighton
M. Watene-Zelezniak 2 Nick Cotric
Esan Marsters 3 Jarrod Croker
Mahe Fonua 4 Joseph Leilua
Kevin Naiqama 5 M. Oldfield
Josh Reynolds 6 Blake Austin
Luke Brooks 7 Aidan Sezer
Russell Packer 8 Iosia Soliola
Elijah Taylor 9 Josh Hodgson
Ben Matulino 10 Shannon Boyd
Chris Lawrence 11 Joseph Tapine
Robbie Rochow 12 E. Whitehead
M. Eisenhuth 13 Josh Papalii
Alex Twal 14 Siliva Havili
Matt McIlwrick 15 Luke Bateman
Josh Aloiai 16 Dunamis Lui
Tim Grant 17 Liam Knight


History:
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