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!

St George Illawarra Dragons v Sydney Roosters @ Allianz Stadium
Wednesday 25th April, 4:10pm

Dragons Roosters
Matthew Dufty 1  James Tedesco
Nene Macdonald 2  Joseph Manu
Euan Aitken 3  Latrell Mitchell
Tim Lafai 4  Mitchell Aubusson
Jason Nightingale 5  Blake Ferguson
Gareth Widdop 6  Luke Keary
Ben Hunt 7  Cooper Cronk
James Graham 8  Zane Tetevano
Cameron McInnes 9  Jake Friend
Paul Vaughan 10  Dylan Napa
Tyson Frizell 11  Boyd Cordner
Tariq Sims 12  Ryan Matterson
Jack de Belin 13  Isaac Liu
Jeremy Latimore 14  Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Kurt Mann 15  Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Leeson Ah Mau 16  Nat Butcher
Jacob Host 17  Victor Radley


History:
Played 39, Dragons 19, Roosters 17

Last Meeting: Roosters 13 def. Dragons 12

Final Thoughts: We’re still waiting for the Roosters to catch fire; they certainly didn’t in their 6-0 win last week. Surely desperate to make up for putting anybody that sat through that 80-minute monstrosity, the Chooks will be aiming up. Likewise, the Dragons are coming off their first loss of the season and eager to avoid two on the trot. The Dragons pack has it all over the Roosters, but Sia Siua Taukeiaho returning will give the chooks a lift. These Anzac Day games are traditionally close. Two teams smarting after unconvincing  Round 7 performances suggest this one will be no different.

Tip: Margin – Either team wins by Under 12.5 points @ $1.50

Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors @ AAMI Park
Wednesday 25th March, 7:00pm

Storm Warriors
Billy Slater 1  R. Tuivasa-Sheck
Y. Tonumaipea 2  David Fusitu’a
Will Chambers 3  Peta Hiku
Curtis Scott 4  Anthony Gelling
Josh Addo-Carr 5  Ken Maumalo
Cameron Munster 6  Blake Green
Ryley Jacks 7  Mason Lino
Tim Glasby 8  Bunty Afoa
Cameron Smith 9  Issac Luke
N. Asofa-Solomona 10  Agnatius Paasi
Felise Kaufusi 11  Simon Mannering
Ryan Hoffman 12  Isaiah Papali’i
K. Bromwich 13  Adam Blair
Brandon Smith 14  Jazz Tevaga
Christian Welch 15  Sam Lisone
Sam Kasiano 16  Albert Vete
Joe Stimson 17  C. Nicoll-Klokstad


History:
Played 42, Storm 22, Warriors 16

Last Meeting: Storm 20 def. Warriors 14

Final Thoughts: Shaping up as the game of the round, both teams are coming in hot. The Storm are back to their best. The Warriors just beat the best. Melbourne have the wood over New Zealand in the matchup historically, but those were the old Warriors. This mob are different to any side we’ve ever seen fly across the ditch. No Shaun Johnson is a worry, but he’d be of no use to the Warriors if they didn’t win the battle in the middle in the first place. Expect much of the game to be played between the two 20-metres lines with the home ground advantage getting the Storm over the line. But only just.

Tip: Handicap – Warriors +6.5 @ $1.96

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos @ ANZ Stadium
Thursday 26th April, 7:50pm

Rabbitohs Broncos
Alex Johnston 1  Darius Boyd
Richard Kennar 2  Corey Oates
Greg Inglis 3  James Roberts
Dane Gagai 4  Tom Opacic
Robert Jennings 5  Jamayne Isaako
Cody Walker 6  Anthony Milford
Adam Reynolds 7  Jack Bird
Thomas Burgess 8  Matthew Lodge
Damien Cook 9  Josh McGuire
George Burgess 10  Sam Thaiday
John Sutton 11  Alex Glenn
Angus Crichton 12  Jaydn Su’a
Cameron Murray 13  T. Pangai Junior
Adam Doueihi 14  Sam Tagataese
Mark Nicholls 15  Joe Ofahengaue
Jason Clark 16  Kodi Nikorima
Junior Tatola 17  Korbin Sims


History:
Played 41, Rabbitohs 11, Broncos 27

Last Meeting: Broncos 24 def. Rabbitohs 18

Final Thoughts: The Broncos have been rocks and diamonds this season. Mostly rocks. They can’t afford to be anything less than brilliant this week against the Rabbitohs side eating metres. The Burgess twins have been running rampant but will yet again be without their older brother, Sam. Another suspension will keep him on the sidelines for the next two weeks. It’s been in the middle where Souths have done all their damage and with Andrew McCullough unavailable for Brisbane, they’ll struggle to contain Damien Cook, in particular. Suncorp could have levelled this up. However, this trip looks too difficult for the Broncos.

Tip: Head-to-head – Rabbitohs to win @ $1.56

Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights @ Lottoland
Friday 27th March, 6:00pm

Sea Eagles Knights
Tom Trbojevic 1  Kalyn Ponga
Matthew Wright 2  Ken Sio
Dylan Walker 3  Sione Mata’utia
Brian Kelly 4  Nathan Ross
Akuila Uate 5  S. Kenny-Dowall
Lachlan Croker 6  Connor Watson
D. Cherry-Evans 7  Jack Cogger
A. Fonua-Blake 8  Herman Ese’ese
Apisai Koroisau 9  Slade Griffin
Martin Taupau 10  Daniel Saifiti
Joel Thompson 11  L. Fitzgibbon
Jack Gosiewski 12  Aidan Guerra
Jake Trbojevic 13  Mitch Barnett
Lewis Brown 14  Jamie Buhrer
Shaun Lane 15  C. Heighington
Lloyd Perrett 16  Luke Yates
Taniela Paseka 17  Jacob Saifiti


History:
Played 52 Sea Eagles 31, Knights 20

Last Meeting: Knights 19 def. Sea Eagles 18

Final Thoughts: Manly’s $1.54 odds following their awful performance last week are extremely short. There’s good chance the off-field issues haven’t subsided just yet with another six players being fined throughout the week. Mitchell Pearce is out for the Knights, but Connor Watson returns to soften the blow. Kalyn Ponga is going to see more ball than he ever has done before which certainly isn’t a bad thing. The worry is his errant boot that almost cost Newcastle the game in Round 7. Struggling on the road and visiting Lottoland, a Knights win is unlikely. They have the cattle to keep this close, though.

Tip: Margin – Sea Eagles 1-12 @ $2.90

Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs @ Panthers Stadium
Friday 27th April, 7:55pm

Panthers Bulldogs
Dylan Edwards 1  Moses Mbye
C. Crichton 2  Brett Morris
C. Harawira-Naera 3  Josh Morris
Dean Whare 4  Will Hopoate
D. Watene-Zelezniak 5  Marcelo Montoya
Tyrone Peachey 6  J. Marshall-King
James Maloney 7  Kieran Foran
Trent Merrin 8  Aaron Woods
Peter Wallace 9  Michael Lichaa
R. Campbell-Gillard 10  David Klemmer
Viliame Kikau 11  Josh Jackson
Isaah Yeo 12  R. Faitala-Mariner
J. Fisher-Harris 13  Adam Elliott
Sione Katoa 14  Asipeli Fine
J. Hetherington 15  Danny Fualalo
Moses Leota 16  Greg Eastwood
James Tamou 17  Kerrod Holland


History:
Played 103, Panthers 41, Bulldogs 58

Last Meeting: Bulldogs 20 def. Panthers 18

Final Thoughts: Nobody that watched the Bulldogs play will have any faith in tipping them this week. Dean Pay was meant to improve the Canterbury attack – he hasn’t. Only the Eels score fewer points per game, but they at least show the odd sign of improvement. The Panthers, on the other hand, have shown they can win without Nathan Cleary and will back themselves to do so at home this week. With so little needed in the form of attack to beat the Dogs, Penrith just needs to hold firm defensively to win quite comfortably this week.

Tip: Handicap – Panthers -5.5 @ $1.90

Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla Sharks @ Cbus Super Stadium
Sunday 28th March, 5:30pm

Titans Sharks
Michael Gordon 1  Josh Dugan
Anthony Don 2  Edrick Lee
Brendan Elliot 3  Jesse Ramien
Konrad Hurrell 4  Ricky Leutele
Phillip Sami 5  V. Holmes
B. Cartwright 6  Matt Moylan
Ashley Taylor 7  Chad Townsend
Jarrod Wallace 8  Andrew Fifita
Mitch Rein 9  Jayden Brailey
Ryan James 10  Matt Prior
Kevin Proctor 11  Scott Sorensen
Will Matthews 12  Wade Graham
Jai Arrow 13  Joseph Paulo
Max King 14  Jayson Bukuya
Jack Stockwell 15  James Segeyaro
Keegan Hipgrave 16  A. Seumanufagai
Morgan Boyle 17  Kurt Dillon


History:
Played 18, Titans 8, Sharks 8

Last Meeting: Titans 30 def. Sharks 10

Final Thoughts: Finally, the Titans play at Cbus Super Stadium following weeks on the road during the Commonwealth Games. The Titans are a side that fight for everything while the Sharks loving nothing more than to get themselves involved in an arm-wrestle. Given their injuries, Cronulla isn’t at full strength which has caused inconsistencies in their attack all year. With the Titans getting a lift at home and the Sharks always needing time to find their feet, prepare for plenty of lead changes in a close match.

Tip: Race to 10 points – Titans @ $2.08

North Queensland Cowboys v Canberra Raiders @ 1300 SMILES Stadium
Saturday 28th April, 7:35pm

Cowboys Raiders
Lachlan Coote 1  Jack Wighton
Kyle Feldt 2  Nick Cotric
Justin O’Neill 3  Jarrod Croker
Ben Hampton 4  Joseph Leilua
A. Winterstein 5  Jordan Rapana
Michael Morgan 6  Blake Austin
J. Thurston 7  Aidan Sezer
Matthew Scott 8  Iosia Soliola
Jake Granville 9  Siliva Havili
Scott Bolton 10  Junior Paulo
Gavin Cooper 11  Joseph Tapine
Coen Hess 12  E. Whitehead
Jason Taumalolo 13  Josh Papalii
Te Maire Martin 14  Ata Hingano
Shaun Fensom 15  Shannon Boyd
Corey Jensen 16  Luke Bateman
Ethan Lowe 17  Dunamis Lui


History:
Played 41, Cowboys 18, Raiders 21

Last Meeting: Cowboys 31 def. Raiders 18

Final Thoughts: It’s a bit early to say the Cowboys are back; they weren’t all that convincing last week. However, the Raiders haven’t shown up at all to start the 2018 NRL season. Wins over the Bulldogs and Eels don’t impress anyone. The Canberra middle should be where they earn their advantage, but they’ve not been able to consistently produce throughout the opening seven rounds. It does look like the Cowboys – Jason Taumalolo, in particular – are starting to rumble up the field. Dominated by the Cowboys pack, the Raiders don’t stand a chance playing away from home.

Tip: Handicap – Cowboys -7.5 @ $1.95

Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers @ ANZ Stadium
Sunday 29th April, 4:10pm

Eels Tigers
C. Gutherson 1  Corey Thompson
Bevan French 2  David Nofoaluma
M. Jennings 3  Esan Marsters
Brad Takairangi 4  Kevin Naiqama
George Jennings 5  M. Watene-Zelezniak
Corey Norman 6  Benji Marshall
Mitchell Moses 7  Luke Brooks
Daniel Alvaro 8  M. Eisenhuth
Kaysa Pritchard 9  Jacob Liddle
Suaia Matagi 10  Ben Matulino
Manu Ma’u 11 Chris Lawrence
Tony Williams 12  Robbie Rochow
Peni Terepo 13  Elijah Taylor
Will Smith 14  Pita Godinet
Kane Evans 15  Josh Aloiai
Josh Hoffman 16  M. Chee-Kam
Cameron King 17  Sauaso Sue


History:
Played 37, Eels 20, Tigers 15

Last Meeting: Tigers 30 def. Eels 20

Final Thoughts: A month after beating the Eels 30-20, the Tigers will be desperate to repeat the dose on Sunday. Suffering a heartbreaking loss to Newcastle last week, Wests know they can’t start getting back into bad habits. Similarly, the Eels can’t afford to begin another losing streak having just snapped a six-gamer. If the Parra pack keep aiming up, they can beat anybody. The effort looks to be back while cracks are starting to show in this concrete Tigers defence. Prepare for an upset.

Tip: Head-to-Head – Eels to win @ $2.02