Palmerbet Sports Team provide their NRL Tips for Week 2 of the Finals where two of the competitions consistent performers prepare to play a pair on their second or third wind of the season.

Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers @ Allianz Stadium
Friday 14th September, 7:40pm

SharksPanthers
Valentine Holmes1D. Watene-Zelezniak
Sosaia Feki2Josh Mansour
Josh Dugan3Waqa Blake
Ricky Leutele4Tyrone Peachey
Edrick Lee5Christian Crichton
Matt Moylan6James Maloney
Chad Townsend7Nathan Cleary
Andrew Fifita8Trent Merrin
Jayden Brailey9Sione Katoa
Matt Prior10Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Luke Lewis11Viliame Kikau
Scott Sorensen12Isaah Yeo
Paul Gallen13James Fisher-Harris
Kurt Capewell14Tyrone May
James Segeyaro15Moses Leota
Aaron Woods16Corey Harawira-Naera
Jayson Bukuya17James Tamou


History:
Played 100, Storm 54, Panthers 43

Last Meeting: Round 18, 2018: Sharks 24 def. Panthers 12

Final Thoughts: The Sharks let three tries slip last week and, as a result, failed to get past the NRL minor premier, Roosters. They have, however, beat the Panthers in each of their last five games including two already this season. No Wade Graham certainly hurts the Sharks, but they have won six of the seven games he’s missed this season. The Panthers are coming in off a decent enough win but will need a significant improvement again if they’re to get up in this one. This Sharks side isn’t going to give up an early lead quite as easy as the Warriors did last week. It all comes down to how the Panthers start. The Sharks have proven time and time again that they can win ugly and hold down a lead. Penrith needs to play from in front and perhaps take a few risks early. If they come off, we’re in for a thriller. If not, the Sharks will put themselves in the driver’s seat and are unlikely to be shifted.

Tip: Handicap – Sharks -3.5 @ $1.90

South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George-Illawarra Dragons @ ANZ Stadium
Saturday 15th September, 7:40pm

RabbitohsDragons
Alex Johnston1Matthew Dufty
Campbell Graham2Nene Macdonald
Greg Inglis3Zac Lomax
Dane Gagai4Tim Lafai
Robert Jennings5Jordan Pereira
Cody Walker6Kurt Mann
Adam Reynolds7Ben Hunt
Thomas Burgess8James Graham
Damien Cook9Cameron McInnes
George Burgess10Leeson Ah Mau
John Sutton11Tyson Frizell
Angus Crichton12Tariq Sims
Sam Burgess13Jack de Belin
Hymel Hunt14Jeremy Latimore
Cameron Murray15Hame Sele
Jason Clark16Blake Lawrie
Dean Britt17Luciano Leilua


History:
Played 45, Rabbitohs 20, Dragons 22

Last Meeting: Round 10, 2018: Rabbitohs 24 def. Dragons 10

Final Thoughts: The Rabbitohs showed everybody that they are one of the NRL’s real premiership contenders last week. They went down by a point in Melbourne but could have won that game by as much as they lost it had things gone slightly differently. While the Dragons impressed last week, there are more questions surrounding them on Saturday. Gareth Widdop is already out. Will Jack de Belin be too? Can Euan Aitken recover to play? Did they use all their juice in thrashing the Broncos? The St George pack will need to play better than they have done all season to slow down the Rabbitohs forwards. Once the Burgess boys get rolling, the edges fly and the points flow. With De Belin on one foot at best, it’s difficult to see the Dragons putting a lid on the Rabbitohs through the middle for the full 80 minutes. Likewise, the Dragons also need to find points without Widdop against the fourth-best defence in the competition. This looks like the end of the road for the Red V.

Tip: Team to win both halves – Rabbitohs @ $2.10