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!

Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks @ Panthers Stadium
Friday 13th July, 6:00pm

PanthersSharks
Caleb Aekins1Valentine Holmes
Christian Crichton2Sione Katoa
Waqa Blake3Jesse Ramien
Dean Whare4Ricky Leutele
Tyrone Phillips5Edrick Lee
Tyrone May6Matt Moylan
Jarome Luai7Chad Townsend
Trent Merrin8Andrew Fifita
Sione Katoa9Jayden Brailey
James Tamou10Matt Prior
Viliame Kikau11Kurt Capewell
Isaah Yeo12Wade Graham
James Fisher-Harris13Paul Gallen
Wayde Egan14Joseph Paulo
Corey Harawira-Naera15James Segeyaro
Jack Hetherington16Aaron Woods
Moses Leota17Jayson Bukuya


History:
Played 100, Panthers 43, Sharks 53

Last Meeting: Round 7, 2018: Sharks 26 def. Panthers 22

Final Thoughts: James Maloney and Nathan Cleary have been named in the reserves, but it’s unlikely they play on Friday. After what Tyrone May and Jerome Luai produced in the halves last week there isn’t any pressure on the Origin pair to rush back. The Sharks, on the other hand, are at close to full strength. For an older and injured side, the week off will have helped the Sharks. Rested and ready, Cronulla will be strong through the middle and with likes of Valentine Holmes named to play and Jesse Ramien in the centres, they should have too much out wide. It’s going to take another Luai special to get the Panthers over the line in this one.

Tip: Head-to-head – Sharks @ $1.90

Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels @ GIO Stadium
Friday 13th July, 8:00pm

KnightsEels
Nick Meaney1C. Gutherson
Ken Sio2Bevan French
Sione Mata’utia3M. Jennings
Cory Denniss4Jarryd Hayne
S. Kenny-Dowall5George Jennings
Connor Watson6Corey Norman
Mitchell Pearce7Mitchell Moses
Josh King8Daniel Alvaro
Danny Levi9Cameron King
Daniel Saifiti10Siosaia Vave
Mitch Barnett11Marata Niukore
Aidan Guerra12Brad Takairangi
Herman Ese’ese13Nathan Brown
Nathan Ross14Tepai Moeroa
C. Heighington15Tim Mannah
Jamie Buhrer16David Gower
Jacob Lillyman17Peni Terepo


History:
Played 51, Knights 28, Eels 21

Last Meeting: Round 13, 2018: Knights 30 def. Eels 4

Final Thoughts: Mithcell Pearce returns for this one, but there’s not a halfback in the NRL that can dominate consistently behind this pack. No pack runs for fewer or concedes more metres than the Knights. Without Kalyn Ponga, the Knights don’t have much out wide either. While the Eels are hardly brilliant through the middle themselves, Nathan Brown can carry them far enough to get regular cracks at the line. And even though this awful period for the club, we’ve seen Parramatta pile on points in bunches. Newcastle have disappointed throughout this home stretch and it looks set to get worse.

Tip: Handicap – Eels -1.5 @ $1.90

Canterbury Bankston Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ ANZ Stadium
Saturday 14th July, 3:00pm

BulldogsRabbitohs
Will Hopoate1Alex Johnston
Brett Morris2Campbell Graham
Josh Morris3Hymel Hunt
Kerrod Holland4Dane Gagai
Reimis Smith5Robert Jennings
Lachlan Lewis6Cody Walker
J. Marshall-King7Adam Reynolds
Aiden Tolman8Thomas Burgess
Michael Lichaa9Damien Cook
David Klemmer10George Burgess
Josh Jackson11John Sutton
Rhyse Martin12Angus Crichton
Adam Elliott13Sam Burgess
Fa’amanu Brown14Adam Doueihi
Clay Priest15Cameron Murray
Ofahiki Ogden16Mark Nicholls
Danny Fualalo17Junior Tatola


History:
Played 171, Bulldogs 86, Rabbitohs 78

Last Meeting: Round 4, 2018: Rabbitohs 20 def. Bulldogs 16

Final Thoughts: Had the Bulldogs not capitulated to let in three tries in seven minutes last week, they might have been a strong option to cover the +11.5 line in this one. However, that loss will surely act as a soul crusher. The relentless attack of the Rabbitohs will be far too much for the Dogs who, despite having a few points in them the last two weeks, will struggle to keep up with the scoring. All of Souths Origin stars have been named to return but even if they don’t, the Burgess brothers along with Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds will be able to manufacture plenty of points. This one could get ugly.

Tip: Margin – Rabbitohs 13+ @ $2

Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm @ Lottoland
Saturday 14th July, 5:30pm

Sea EaglesStorm
Tom Trbojevic1Billy Slater
Matthew Wright2S. Vunivalu
Moses Suli3Will Chambers
Brian Kelly4Curtis Scott
Brad Parker5Josh Addo-Carr
Dylan Walker6Cameron Munster
D. Cherry-Evans7Jahrome Hughes
A. Fonua-Blake8Jesse Bromwich
Manase Fainu9Cameron Smith
Martin Taupau10N. Asofa-Solomona
Joel Thompson11Felise Kaufusi
Shaun Lane12Ryan Hoffman
Jake Trbojevic13K. Bromwich
Trent Hodkinson14Brandon Smith
Kelepi Tanginoa15Tim Glasby
F. Winterstein16Christian Welch
Taniela Paseka17Joe Stimson


History:
Played 34, Sea Eagles 14, Storm 18

Last Meeting: Round 11, 2018: Sea Eagles 24 def. Storm 4

Final Thoughts: With Lottoland not being the fortress it once was this season, it’s tough to see the Sea Eagles containing this Storm side that just dropped 52 points last week. Regardless of whether or not the two teams were depleted in Round 17, Melbourne has struck form and it will only continue to improve with their full complement of Origin stars named to return to the NRL this week. Cameron Smith is relishing his unfamiliarly fresh body for this time of year. He was instrumental last week. If the opposition pack is beaten, Smith thrives. With only Marty Taupau and Jake Trbojevic worth worrying about in the Manly forwards, Melbourne should walk all over them.

Tip: Handicap – Storm -6.5 @ $1.90

Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys @ GIO Stadium
Saturday 14th July, 7:35pm

RaidersCowboys
Nick Cotric1Lachlan Coote
M. Oldfield2Kyle Feldt
Jarrod Croker3Enari Tuala
Joseph Leilua4Kane Linnett
Jordan Rapana5A. Winterstein
Sam Williams6Te Maire Martin
Aidan Sezer7J. Thurston
Dunamis Lui8John Asiata
Josh Hodgson9Jake Granville
Junior Paulo10Scott Bolton
Joseph Tapine11Gavin Cooper
E. Whitehead12Coen Hess
Josh Papalii13Jason Taumalolo
Blake Austin14Ben Hampton
Luke Bateman15Shaun Fensom
Siliva Havili16Shane Wright
Iosia Soliola17Corey Jensen


History:
Played 41, Raiders 22, Cowboys 18

Last Meeting: Round 8, 2018: Raiders 18 def. Cowboys 8

Final Thoughts: Don’t let the last-gasp win last week fool you, the Raiders were poor for the best part of 70 minutes last week. It took a Blake Austin inspired miracle to beat a Bulldogs side considered a genuine wooden spoon contender. The Cowboys haven’t been registering the wins, but they’ve been close. A week off might be just what their side needed to refresh and cause a few problems over the backend of the season. The Jason Taumalolo v Josh Papalii battle in the middle might decide it and with the Canberra lock backing up from Origin, the advantage lies with Taumalolo. There’s a hint of an upset coming into this one.

Tip: Handicap – Cowboys +4.5 @ $1.90

Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors @ Suncorp Stadium
Sunday 15th July, 2:00pm

BroncosWarriors
Darius Boyd1R. Tuivasa-Sheck
Corey Oates2David Fusitu’a
James Roberts3Peta Hiku
Jordan Kahu4Solomone Kata
Jamayne Isaako5Gerard Beale
Anthony Milford6Blake Green
Kodi Nikorima7Shaun Johnson
Matthew Lodge8James Gavet
A. McCullough9Issac Luke
Sam Thaiday10Agnatius Paasi
Alex Glenn11Isaiah Papali’i
Jaydn Su’a12Simon Mannering
Josh McGuire13Adam Blair
Kotoni Staggs14Jazz Tevaga
Joe Ofahengaue15Chris Satae
Korbin Sims16Joseph Vuna
T. Pangai Junior17Anthony Gelling


History:
Played 42, Broncos 24, Warriors 17

Last Meeting: Round 6, 2018: Broncos 27 def. Warriors 18

Final Thoughts: Confidence can’t be high in the Warriors camp. They were embarrassed last week and now head to Suncorp to face a Broncos side coming into some handy form. Brisbane have named all their Origin reps for this one while the visitors swap in Gerard Beale for an injured Ken Maumalo. With the Broncos pack starting to find their feet, signs are ominous for the Warriors. In games they’re dominated through the middle, the Kiwi outfit has been on the wrong end of some big scores. They looked lost without Tohu Harris on the edge and missed Bunty Afoa’s yardage in Roud 17. They’re going to struggle against what is close to a full-strength Broncos pack.

Tip: Handicap – Broncos -2.5 @ $1.90

St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers @ Jubilee Oval
Sunday 15th July, 4:10pm

DragonsTigers
Matthew Dufty1Moses Mbye
Nene Macdonald2David Nofoaluma
Euan Aitken3Esan Marsters
Tim Lafai4Kevin Naiqama
J. Nightingale5Corey Thompson
Gareth Widdop6Benji Marshall
Ben Hunt7Luke Brooks
James Graham8Russell Packer
Cameron McInnes9Robbie Farah
Paul Vaughan10Ben Matulino
Tyson Frizell11Chris Lawrence
Tariq Sims12Josh Aloiai
Jack de Belin13Elijah Taylor
Jeremy Latimore14Alex Twal
Kurt Mann15Sauaso Sue
Leeson Ah Mau16M. Chee-Kam
Luciano Leilua17M. Eisenhuth


History:
Played 36, Dragons 19, Tigers 15

Last Meeting: Round 13, 2017: Dragons 16 def. Tigers 12

Final Thoughts: All of the Dragons Origin reps have been named to face a Tigers side playing for their season in this one. Wests job of making the Top 8 was made a lot harder after being thumped by the Titans in Round 16. If the extra week off significantly improves Robbie Farah and Moses Mbye’s chemistry within the spine, the Tigers are a chance here. If if doesn’t, the Dragons will be far too strong. St George score more points than anybody in the competition while Wests are 15th in scoring at just 15.1 points per game. Wests aren’t winning if this game turns into a shootout. At home, the Dragons look good to run away with it.

Tip: Handicap – Dragons -8.5 @ $1.90

Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters @ Cbus Super Stadium
Sunday 15th July, 6:30pm

TitansRoosters
Michael Gordon1James Tedesco
Anthony Don2Daniel Tupou
Konrad Hurrell3Latrell Mitchell
Brenko Lee4Joseph Manu
Phillip Sami5Blake Ferguson
Alexander Brimson6Luke Keary
Ashley Taylor7Cooper Cronk
Jarrod Wallace8Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Nathan Peats9Jake Friend
Ryan James10Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Kevin Proctor11Nat Butcher
Keegan Hipgrave12Victor Radley
Jai Arrow13Isaac Liu
Mitch Rein14Zane Tetevano
Moeaki Fotuaika15Lindsay Collins
Will Matthews16Mitchell Aubusson
Jack Stockwell17Kurt Baptiste


History:
Played 18, Titans 8, Roosters 9

Last Meeting: Round 12, 2018: Roosters 34 def. Titans 14

Final Thoughts: The Titans looked lost without Jai Arrow and Jarrod Wallace last week, and while they have been named to back up on Sunday, the Roosters should still win the battle in the middle. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Sio Siua Taukeiaho will get the Chooks rolling to put Cooper Cronk, Luke Keary and James Tedesco on the front foot. From there, the points will come and with what the Titans have out the back, it’s tough to see how they score enough points to compete. Even if Arrow and Wallace can produce a superhuman effort and give the Gold Coast the advantage in the middle, Sydney have the best defence in the competition.

Tip: Handicap – Roosters -8 @ $1.90