Finals footy is just around the corner. Welcome to another week of MR TAB’S round preview; Round 17

BRONCOS vs Panthers Thursday, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Despite Oates, Luke and Hass all returning to the Broncos lineup, its going to take a mammoth effort to beat the chart topping Panthers that’s coming off a 30-6 victory over the Tigers. The boys from Penrith are playing with extreme confidence and don’t be surprised they rack up a few tries against a Broncos outfit that’s had a hell of a season. Penrith to win by over two tries and keep the roll going.

First Try Scorer: Josh Mansour $9

KNIGHTS v SHARKS Friday, 6pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow, NSW
The Knights were extremely disappointing last week when going down 36-6 against the Warriors that just keep causing the upsets and will need to bounce back if they are going to be a threat to the top four teams this year. Expect Mitchell Pearce to step up and take command and look to get the Novacastrians home in front of there fans. The Sharks welcome back Half Chad Townsend and winger Bryson Goodwin who has been named on a extended bench. The Sharks were too good for the Cowboys last week winning 28-12 and will look to come out firing against a outfit that’s coming off a dismal performance. Knights in a close one, the home crowd to get them home.

First Try Scorer: HYMEL HUNT $11 

RABBITOHS v STORM: Friday, 7.55pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
What a Friday night blockbuster, Bunnies vs Storm. Should be a cracker. Bennet’s bunnies are coming off a 38-0 victory over a Eels outfit that’s looking more and more unlikely 2020 is going to be their year. The Rabbitohs racked up seven tries and are playing attractive footy which is great to see. Unfortunately Latrell Mitchell is out for the season with a hamstring injury and Alex Johnstone has been rushed straight into the number one jersey.. The second placed Storm are coming off a 30-6 victory over the Sea Eagles and will look go close to cementing a top two finish with a win tonight. With the ever reliable Cameron Smith calling the shots we like the Storm in a bruising contest.

STORM 1-12
First Try Scorer JOSH ADDO CARR $8

BULLDOGS v TITANS Saturday, 3pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
16th vs 13th, this will be a high scoring encounter with defense thrown out the window. The bottom placed Bulldogs are struggling and cant wait for this season to end. They lead the Raiders by eight at HT and capitulated to not score a point in the second half going down 34-20. Cogger, Thompson, Smith and Sue all return for the Doggies. The Titans welcome Anthony Don and Jai Arrow for this encounter after coming back from the dead to defeat the Dragons 14-10. As stated we see this a high scoring game and going on the way the Titans finsihed stronger to get the two points last week we are going to stick with them wio taste victory again.
First Try Scorer: Will Hopate $12

SEA EAGLES v TIGERS Saturday, 5.30pm, Jubilee Oval, Sydney
Both teams will be desperate for the two points and we expect it to be brutal game as a loss and you could all but say goodbye to either teams campaign. The Sea Eagles lose Joel Thompson and will be without Reuben Garrick for this must win game but with DCE calling the shots and powerhouse Marty Taupau leading the pack expect to see them come out firing from the first hit up. The Tigers this week have told club legend Benji Marshall he isn’t wanted for next season, what toll will this take on Benji and the team. Lawrence, Reynolds and Packer all return for the Tigers that’s going to be hungry for the win. At Brookie we like the Sea Eagles, just!

First Try Scorer: BRAD PARKER $ 11

RAIDERS v ROOSTERS Saturday, 7.35pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Will SBW play or will he be rested again, Coach Robinson has named the duel international on the bench for this encounter agaisnt a Raiders outfit thats going to be hard to beat down in Canberra. The Raiders stormed home to defeat to hapless doggies last round and will need to be on their game againsy a Roosters outfit thats getting players back and starting to peak at the right time as they look to win three premierships in a row. We like the Roosters in this clash!
First Try Scorer: Josh Morris $12 

WARRIORS v EELS Sunday, 2pm, Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast


COWBOYS v DRAGONS Sunday, 4pm, Bank Stadium, North Queensland






Sacked coaches, Injuries and not long till finals time. Welcome to another week of MR TAB’S round preview; Round 16

EELS v RABBITOHS Thursday, 7.50pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Eels v Bunnies, what a blockbuster to kickstart round 16! The home team are coming off a 14-0 victory over the injury depleted Melbourne Storm and expect them to come out firing against a Bunnies outfit that’s out to make it five wins in a row after giving the Sea Eagles a 56-16 flogging last round. The Eels are full strength and are always a hard outfit to beat at home but don’t think the Bunnies will be a pushover especially the way half Adam Reynolds has been playing of late. Expect to see plenty of fireworks tonight but the forward pack of the Eels should be too strong for Bennet’s Bunnies and we like them by less than two converted tries!

EELS 1-12
First Try Blake Ferguson $10 (His due)

DRAGONS v TITANS Friday, 6pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
After defeating the Eels and the Broncos, the Dragons sit just four points outside the top eight in a late bid to make the finals. The team seems to be playing with plenty of confidence and how good is young  Zac McInnes looking in the number thirteen jersey. With Ben Hunt at Hooker they look better in attack and will be seeking to rack up some points here tonight against a Titans outfit coming off a 36-16 loss to the Raiders. The Dragons won this corresponding game 20-8 back in round 6 and should be too classy for a team that’s only won from its past five games. Dragons to win in a high scoring game!

First Try Scorer: Matt Duffy $8

ROOSTERS v BRONCOS: Friday, 7.55pm, S.C.G, Sydney
This game is being played at the famous S.C.G where the likes of Bradman, Waughs, Smiths, Pontings, Tendulkar’s Clarkes have all scored Centuries, can the Rooster rack up 100 points against a Broncos outfit that’s having a season to forgot. Yes it would be good to see but is it likely to happen… most probably not! Great to see captain Boyd Cordner back for the boy’s from Bondi. The Broncos finally parted ways with Anthony Seibold and will be without Anthony Milford for tonight’s clash. Rookie Sean O’Sullivan will play his first NRL match in five-eighth. Hooker Issac Luke is suspended replaced by Cory Paix. Roosters by 30+?

First Try Scorer Brett Morris $7

WARRIORS v KNIGHTS Saturday, 3pm, Scully Park.
The WARRIORS turned it on in the second half last Sunday to defeat to Bulldogs 20-14 and now have won six games including three from there past four. Halfback Tavita returns for the teams from across the Tasman with Eliesa Katoa back in the second row for this encounter. The Knights have made a few changes with Mason Lino replacing Blake Green who suffered an ACL injury in last week 12-0 victory over the Cowboys. Tough game to pick but we expect the Knights to want it more and leave with two valuable competition points.
First Try Scorer: ENARI TUALA $12

SHARKS v COWBOYS: Saturday, 5.30pm, Jubilee Oval, Sydney
The Sharks were no match for the high flying Panthers last week beaten 38-12 but the return of prop Andrew Fafita should bring some firepower back to the team. He hasn’t played since round nine, so look for him to have a huge role in this game. Connor Tracey replaces Matt Moylan in the number six with Shaun Johnston returning at halfback for the Shire boys. The Cowboys will hope the return of Valentine Holmes will give them the spark they need having lost there past five games. the team from Townsville will be without wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo replaced by Josh McGuire. The Cowboys have not won here since 2003 and we don’t see them it happening 2020, Sharks by over two converted try’s!
First Try Scorer Sione Katoa $9

PANTHERS v TIGERS Saturday, 7.35pm, Panthers Stadium, Sydney
The top of the table Panther are on fire and look the real deal as we head closer to the finals. The men from the mountains were too classy for the Sharks last week winning 38-12 to remain three points clear at the top. Coach Cleary brings in Mitch Kenny to dummy half replacing the injured Api Koroisau and Brian To’o returns from ankle injury on the wing shifting Brent Naden to the centres. The Tigers tried valiantly against the premiers Roosters but once the boys from Bondi kicked into gear in the second half the game was over. They welcome back Harry Grant from knee injury but it won’t be enough to defeat the Panthers in Penrith. Last time they did was back in 2013. Panthers to run riot!
Panthers 13+
First Try Scorer: Josh Mansour $9

STORM v SEA EAGLES Sunday, 2pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Future immortal Cameron Smith, Superstar Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes all return for the Storm this week in what’s a much needed boost. Its rare to see a Storm outfit not score any points but the Eels did a great job keeping them scoreless in the 14-0 defeat last Thursday night. Look for Bellemy to have the boys fired in what’s always a great battle between these two sides. The Sea Eagles are having a season to forget with injuries and star fullback turbo Tom still a month away. It’s a going to be a tough task for Des Hasler’s men to leave the Sunshine Coast with the two points. Storm with Smith back by over two converted try’s!
Storm 13+

First Try Scorer: BRANKO LEE $11

RAIDERS v BULLDOGS Sunday, 4pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
The Raiders welcome back to the starting side prop Josh Papalli and Dunamis Lui after coming off the bench in last weeks 36-16 victory over the Titans. Ricky’s men currently sit in fifth position and have the Knights & Bunnies stalking them so they wouldn’t want to slip up against the bottom of the table Bulldogs that will be without British import Luke Thompson who is being rested in what we see a very strange decision. Lets hope there’s no more to the story as he has been one of the Doggies best since his arrival at Belmore. Lachlan Lewis returns in the half’s with prop Dylan Napa back from his suspension. The Raiders at home is like a sure bet and against the Dogs, its safe to say the will be winning this, question is by how much?

First Try Scorer: Nick Cotric $7


PANTHERS -11.5 @2.00 vs TIGERS 




Suspensions and outs, Injuries and more. Welcome to another week of MR TAB’S round
preview; Round 15.

EELS v STORM Thursday, 7.50pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Eels v Storm – BOOM, this clash is fire first up to open the round, Thursday night at
Bankwest. Despite the loss to the Dragons last week the Eels still look the goods.
They have had a few shaky games and narrow wins and perhaps signs of
complacency have crept in, but they are placed third on the ladder, and for good
reason. They are playing well and have been named unchanged. The Storm have
been smashed with injuries of late; Sandor Earl replaces Suliasi Vunivalu (broken jaw),
Jahrome Hughes is replaced by debutant Cooper Johns, Jessie Bromwich has been
suspended and is replaced by Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Darryn Schonig is promoted to
the bench. We’re backing the Eels but know Bellyache will have the Storm firing. Eels just!
Eels 1-12
First Try Blake Ferguson $10

PANTHERS v SHARKS Friday, 6pm, Panthers Stadium, Penrith
1st v 7th Friday night from the foot of the mountains, how good have the Panthers been
going, the good teams find a way to win and that is what the Panthers did last week
against the Warriors. They are unchanged but Brian Toó has been named in the
reserves, coming back from injury. Cronulla are inside the 8 but are searching for
consistency. Since the return they have been, win one week, lose the next, this week.
They have been named unchanged, Halfback Shaun Johnson (groin) and centre Josh
Dugan (knee) suffered minor injuries last week but are expected to play. The Panthers can
run away with the title this year and little old Cronulla won’t stand in their way. Panthers to
win comfortably
Panthers 13+
First Try Scorer Nathan Cleary $15

BRONCOS v DRAGONS Friday, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Mary is now history and I feel like Parra helped send off the big fella last week….enter Dean
Young, Deano was a gutsy footy player and has been in the Dragons system forever, he
know what it takes to win the big games and with assistant Flanagan in the wings we reckon
they will aim up against a ravaged Broncos outfit. No real changes to report for the red V
although rep forward Paul Vaughan is returning and has been named on the bench seeing
Tristan Sailor left out. What can we say about the Broncos, well not much that already hasn’t
been said? Milford is back in the halves, pushing star signing Brodie Croft out. Flegler and
Haas are out meaning Joe Ofahengaue and Rhys Kennedy are the Broncos big boppers.
Turpin and Coates also both injured meaning Issac Luke starts, and Jordan Kahu is back.
We like the inform Dragons to go on with it
Dragons 1-12
First Try Scorer Jordan Pereira $8

TITANS v RAIDERS Saturday, 3pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
From the highest placed QLD side this year, to crashing back down to reality against the
Sharks last week, yeah sure it has been a bit up and down for the Titans recently, but there’s
no doubt they are building nicely. Jai Arrow and Kevin Proctor are out with Jarrod Wallace
starting and Moeaki Fotuaika shifting to lock, Wingers Anthony Don and Phillip Sami are
back from injury. Only the one change for Canberra, Hudson Young is back and takes up the
lock spot, pushing Sutton to the bench. The Raiders are also badly inured with many names
on the sidelines but are sitting 5th on the ladder and will get over the Titans in a tough game.
Raiders 1-12
First Try Scorer Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad $14

TIGERS v ROOSTERS Saturday, 5.30pm, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Tigers v Roosters at the legendary Leichardt Oval Saturday night. An unchanged side for the
Tigers, but forwards Alex Twal (sternum) and Thomas Mikaele (knee) are in the picture to
return from injury after being named in the reserves. The Roosters are down on troops,
Lachlan Lam (ankle) and Luke Keary (ribs) are out with Drew Hutchison and Kyle Flanagan
forming a new halves pairing. JWH comes back into the side Both sides really needing the
win, this will be big at Leichardt were on the Roosters
Roosters 1-12
First Try Scorer James Tedesco $8.5

RABBITOHS v SEA EAGLES Saturday, 7.35pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Just one forced change for the Bunnies due to the suspension of Liam Knight. He is
replaced by Bayley Sironen and Jack Johns gets the call up meaning NRL legend Matty
Johns has both sons playing this weekend! Manly have Reuben Garrick returning at fullback
with Jorge Taufua recalled on the wing. Marty Taupau is back at prop after a head knock
and Jake Trbojevic named at lock. Amazingly Joel Thompson has been named despite
splitting his tongue last week, ouch. Rabbitohs to get the chocolates!
Rabbitohs 13+
First Try Scorer Latrell Mitchell $9

BULLDOGS v WARRIORS Sunday, 2pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
If you want to see what effort and heart looks like, just watch the Dogs play, while
Dylan Napa is out suspended Will Hopoate is set to return at fullback with Nick Meaney
shifting to wing and Marcelo Montoya left out. Jake Averillo returns on the interchange. The
Warriors lose Eliesa Katoa to suspension, Isaiah Papali  moves into the second row. This
will be a close game and either side can win but were on the tough Central Coast Warriors,
they have bee rocking teams all year and will be too strong for the dogs
Warriors 1-12
First Try Scorer Roger Tuivasa-Sheck $13

KNIGHTS v COWBOYS Sunday, 4pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
The Knights are a quality side but have been patchy this season. Poor old Daniel
Saifiti made his comeback last week, but it was short lived as he picked up another
knee injury and is now again back out and replaced by his bro Jake. Michael Morgan
impressed last week, and he will be all the better for the run, no other real changes for
the Cowboys. We still rate the Knights and like Blake Green in red and blue.
Knights 1-12
First Try Scorer Enari Tuala $12


SOUTHS -7.5 vs MANLY @$2.00




Rugby League: the never ending soap opera, here goes another week of MR TABs round
preview; Round 14

ROOSTERS v STORM Thursday, 7.50pm, Sydney Cricket Ground
HUGE game first up at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground. The Chooks have been
hit with a pretty hefty injury list of late but face the Storm without key men Cameron
Smith and Munster. Ryan Papenhuyzen and Dale Finucane are back though for the Storm
and the gifted Ryley Jacks will fill in for mad dog munny. It Looks as though Kyle Flanagan
will miss another week incredibly as Locky Lam has retained his spot in the 7 jersey. Josh
Morris is back from injury, seeing Mitch Aubusson shift to the back row and Nat Butcher to
the bench. Likely to be match of the round and possible GF rehearsal, we like the Roosters, just, in a close one. The last time these teams played (round 8) it was some of the greatest games of footy, period. Will be a cracker!
Roosters 1-12
First Try Joseph Manu $12

WARRIORS v PANTHERS Friday, 6pm, Central Coast Stadium
We mentioned the Warriors can rock sides, and that is exactly what they did to Manly last week, getting the victory 26-22. Despite a tumultuous season thus far the Warriors are looking for 3 straight wins but run into a red hot Panthers outfit who sit on top of the table, deservedly so; how good are they going! Cleary, Yeo, Fisher-Harris, Koroisau, Kikau and Mansour all firing in harmony. The Panthers are looking to bring further strike power back on with Dylan Edwards training with the squad this week and set to return from a hamstring injury. The Warriors lose Jack Hetherington to suspension suspension, moving Lachlan Burr from the bench into the starting side. Isaiah Papali is the new man on the interchange. The Panthers a genuine championship winning material and will go on with it here. Panthers by a bit.
Panthers 13+
First Try Scorer Nathan Cleary $15

EELS v DRAGONS Friday, 7.55pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
There’s been talk this will be Dragons head coach Mary’s last game, but we just cant see that happening. Considering assistant coach Shane Flanagan still must serve more time playing second fiddle but there is talk Dean Young could be the interim coach if Mary is gone. The inform Eels are continuing to find a way to win and look to certify theirspot in the top 4, for the finals ahead. They welcome gun Ryan Matterson into the fold. TheDragons have to go without rep prop Paul Vaughan again but bring back Corey Norman,seeing Ben Hunt shift to hooker and Cam McInnes to lock with Jackson Ford out. TyrellFuimaono starts in the back row and the handy Korbin Sims is added to the bench. The Eels will be too good here.
Eels 13+
First Try Scorer Maika Sivo $6.50

SHARKS v TITANS Saturday, 3pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
All of a sudden, the Titans are the highest placed QLD side this year, I like how Justin
Holbrook is going about his business with the Gold Coast, they are competitive and winning games! AJ Brimson is back and finding his mojo. The Sharkies look like they are building to something then have a bad loss. Jack Williams replaces Teig Wilton on the bench in the only change. This will be a good game as both beach clubs battle Saturday night at Kogarah, the Titans are going well but won’t get over the Sharks. Sharks to bounce back and get the W!
Sharks 1-12
First Try Scorer Jessie Ramien $11

COWBOYS v RABBITOHS Saturday, 5.30pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

“The Cowboys are struggling and its going to take a mammoth effort to defeat the Bunnies coming off a 28-10 victory over the hapless Broncos. The team from North Queensland were totally outclassed against the Titans last week, giving away a 20-0 lead and they never looked cutting into it going down 30-10. South have won there past two in a row and the team from Redfern will be the firm favorites to take out this encounter despite being the away team. Gagai is playing great footy and how good is Tom Burgess playing, wrecking machine. Rabbitohs look too good for the down in confidence Cowboys. Bunnies to win and win well.

Bunnies 13+

First Try Scorer: Dane Gagai $9

RAIDERS v BRONCOS Saturday, 7.35pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra


KNIGHTS v SEA EAGLES Sunday, 2pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle


TIGERS v BULLDOGS Sunday, 4.05pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney



PARRAMATTA -11.5 vs DRAGONS @$1.90




Welcome to another week of MR TAB’S round preview; Round 13!

DRAGONS v ROOSTERS Thursday, 7.50pm, WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Dragons first up again to open the round, but unfortunately for them, its against the reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters. Sensationally, Chooks head coach Trent Robinson has dropped Kyle Flanagan, the leading point scorer this year!!! Lachlan Lam will be his replacement and finally gets his chance to start. Dragons junior Drew Hutchison has also been added to the bench for the men from Bondi. The Dragons have dropped Corey Norman, there has been talk this week there is a deal brewing to bring back former Dragon Gareth Widdop to replace the out of form Norman. Veteran Trent Merrin returns from injury and Centre Euan Aitken has been named but is in doubt with a hamstring injury. Roosters will stamp their authority in this one and Mary more headaches.
Roosters 13+
First Try Ryan Hall $8.50

SEA EAGLES v WARRIORS Friday, 6pm, Lottoland, Sydney
A depleted Sea Eagles side will take on an equally damaged Warriors outfit for the first game this Friday night from Brooky. The Warriors are capable and have been rocking sides lately, they
took it to the Tigers last week and have a list of injured or players that are not
available due to compassionate leave as, long as your arm. In a big shock, experienced half Blake Green has left the club this week, immediately released to the Knights. Manly welcome star Cade Cust back at five-eighth for the injured Dylan Walker and Tevita Funa replaces Brad Parker at centre, Turbo still a couple of weeks away. Manly to get up in a tight
Sea Eagles 1-12
First Try Scorer Peta Hiku $23

RABBITOHS v BRONCOS Friday, 7.55pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Grudge match of the round. Bennett v Seibold. The Bunnies went on to beat the Dragons 32-24
after losing halfback Adam Reynolds last week, he returns for this clash. Cody Walker lifted in his absence last week and we hope he can produce another blinder. The baby Broncos have had no luck and have now lost 9 of their past 10 matches. They did look better with Jake Turpin back at hooker and Darius Boyd at fullback where he remains, but Anthony Milford has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and we can’t back them in this one. Brodie Croft returns. Rabbits to win and do Saint Benny Proud yet again.
Rabbitohs 1-12
First Try Scorer Campbell Graham $9.50

STORM v BULLDOGS Saturday, 3pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium

The Storm will be without the legend Cam Smith (Yes that’s right, his out injured) and Ryan Papenhuyzen. Brandon Smith gets the start at hooker and Nicho Hynes at fullback. The Dogs still have interim coach Steve Georgallis in charge and you can see the team is enjoying there footy. They didn’t have the class to get over the Eels last week when the chance was there to be taken, going down 18-16. The boys from Belmore are trying hard but don’t have the cattle, having said that Luke Thomson from the UK has been a stand out since joining and he is getting better with every encounter. They bring Ofahiki Ogden into the starting side and Sione Katoa at hooker with Aiden Tolman and Jeremy Marshall-King benched. Cant tip against the Storm, Look for Munster to have a blinder!

Storm 13+

First Try Scorer Cameron Munster $12

KNIGHTS v TIGERS Saturday, 5.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

A match that sees two teams desperate for victory and we are expecting a high scoring encounter. The Knight’s are down in form and will look to bounce back after going down to the Storm 26-16 last week. They did win this encounter in round two 42-24. The Tigers were woeful last week going down to the depleted Warriors 26-20 and sitting just outside the eight, expect to see them come out firing. Knights to win this!

Knights 1-12
First Try Scorer Kalyn Ponga $13

PANTHERS v RAIDERS Saturday, 7.35pm, Panthers Stadium, Penrith

First vs Fifth, what a beauty we have to close Saturday night football. The Panthers are firing and Nathan Cleary is just in a league of his own. How costly will that TikTok video be in the race for the Daily M award. The guy is playing the best footy of his career and it’s a pleasure to watch. The Raiders left Townsville with a valuable two points last week, defeating the Cowboys 14-12 in a thriller with the boot of Captain Jarrod Crocker the difference. Its hard to tip against the high flying Panthers and we think they should be to good for Ricky’s troops at Home.
Panthers 1-12

First Try Scorer Viliame Kikau $14

TITANS v COWBOYS Sunday, 2pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

We see two teams at the bottom of the ladder that will be out for  the two valuable points on offer in the first game of the day this Sunday. The Titans made the Roosters work for their victory last week and back at home, they will be expected to fire up for this encounter. The Cowboys have won 16 of the 24 games played between the two sides and going by the way they thrashed the Titans in Round three 36-6, we are going to stick with the Cowboys. Look for the wrecking ball Taumalolo to have a huge game.
Cowboys 1-12
First Try Scorer Phillip Sami $10

SHARKS v EELS Sunday, 4.05pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

We close the round with a beauty that sees the Sharks take on third placed Parramatta Eels at Jubille stadium. The team from the Shire are sitting in sixth spot and a lose could see them slip out of the top eight. They came back and defeated the Broncos by ten points, scoring three tries in the final 10 minutes to cap off a remarkable victory. The Eels got away with one last week after going up 18-0 before the team from Belmore staged a fightback and were unlucky not to leave with the two points. The Eels will look to put that game behind them and expect to see them coming out flying in this encounter. Gutherson and Moses will look to click and if they do it could be a long night for the Sharkies. Eels to win and win well.
Eels 13+
First Try Scorer Blake Ferguson $9


COWBOYS -2.5 @$2.00 vs Titans Sunday 2pm KO




Border closures? – Not for the NRL. We are back for round 12; welcome to another week of MR TAB’S round preview!

DRAGONS v RABBITOHS Thursday, 7.50pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
The ‘robbed’ Dragons take on the Rabbitohs as the opener for indigenous round, at Kogarah oval Thursday night. Both teams coming off losses will be sure to aim up and need the win. When you’re outside the 8, these clashes are a must win, otherwise the season just starts slipping away… Dragons half Adam Clune and forward Trent Merrin are both out with Ben Hunt finally going back halfback, Cameron McInnes to hooker and Jackson Ford starting at lock, while Tariq Sims returns from suspension. The Bunnies
welcome the man Latrell Mitchell back in the no. 1 jersey, pushing Alex Johnston to the wing and Corey Allan out. This will be a big, tough game but the Bunnies are just a touch ahead of the Dragons this year and are a top 8 side.
Rabbitohs 1-12
First Try Campbell Graham $11

TIGERS v WARRIORS Friday, 6pm, SCG, Sydney
The Tigers went down swinging last week against the highflying Eels, whilst the up and down Warriors are looking more down than up recently, having losing their last 3 NRL contests. They also waive goodbye to 4 players including David Fusitua and Ken Maumalo returning to New Zealand. Patrick Herbert starts on one side while Eels loan player George Jennings makes his club debut on the other. Hooker Wayde Egan also returns from a hip injury on the interchange. The Tigers have Russell Packer and Michael Chee Kam out
but welcome back muscle Alex Twal. Tigers have looked dangerous under Mdge this year, tigers in a close game!
Tigers 1-12
First Try Scorer Tommy Talau $11

BRONCOS v SHARKS Friday, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Another loss, another wild week of changes for the Broncos. Like a bucking ah, um Bronco – the team just will not run in the same direction under Anthony Seibold, call it what you will, but I’ll say it; to me it looks like he has lost the dressing room. Have you ever seen a coach come back from losing the dressing room? The Milford fullback mission is over. He moves back to the halves and Darius Boyd returns to fullback, while they welcome Jake Turpin back at hooker. Cronulla will miss part of their spine in Chad Townsend who looks to miss a month of footy due to a calf injury. Young Connor Tracey is his replacement. Josh Dugan returns to play his 200th game as does teammate Aaron Woods, both reaching 200 games each. We’re hearing Bronson Goodwin might be a chance in place of gun Jessie Ramien who is racing the clock with hamstring tightness. Broncos to win, yes you’re reading right!
Storm 1-12

First Try Scorer Sione Katoa $9

ROOSTERS v TITANS Saturday, 3pm, SCG, Sydney
The Titans have been staunch the last couple of weeks and Justin Holbrook looks right at home as head coach, although the Roosters are chasing a dynasty and won’t like being below Eels, Storm and Panthers on the ladder. Ryan Hall replaces Brett Morris on the wing is the only change for the Chooks with the evergreen Morris set to miss a few weeks with a back injury. Mitchell Aubusson has been named to start on the edge and Cap Boyd Cordner has been sidelined due to concussion concerns. The Titans welcome back Keegan Hipgrave in the second row and talent AJ Brimson is closing in on a return being named in the reserves. Roosters to win with Teddy running a muck!
Roosters 13+
First Try Scorer Josh Morris $10

COWBOYS v RAIDERS Saturday, 5.30pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

The Cowboys take on the Canberra Raiders and we are expecting fireworks in this clash with both teams desperate for the two points on offer. The Cowboys will look to bounce back after going down 24-12 against the Sea Eagles here last week. They welcome back a few players including Marsters, Asiata and the lively Jake Granville just to name a few. The Raiders grinded a 18-12 victory against the Bunnies last week and Ricky’s troops will look to come out firing and if they do, watch out!
Raiders 13+
First Try Scorer Jordan Rapana $11

SEA EAGLES v PANTHERS Saturday, 7.35pm, Lottoland, Sydney

Clash of the round! Both teams are coming off last start victories and will be hungry for the two valuable points on offer in what should be a Saturday night blockbuster. The Sea Eagles welcome back Dylan Walker and that’s a huge boost as DCE has been carrying for the past few weeks. The Panthers are flying and will look to remain on top of the table. Coach Cleary has really got the boys from Penrith playing good footy and son Nathan is having a Superb year to date. Manly are always hard to beat at Brookie but we like the Panthers, just!

Panthers 1-12+
First Try Scorer Josh Mansour $9.5

BULLDOGS v EELS Sunday, 2pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

The Bulldogs look to have some bite back and is was great to see coach Georgalis get his first victory as a head coach against the Knights in soggy conditions last Sunday. It will take a mighty effort to back it up against the high flying Eels but confidence is a big thing and it looks like the boys from Belmore are enjoying their footy. The Eels name a strong seventeen and playing at home as the away team won’t mind them. Gutho is playing out of his skin this year and with Maiko Sivo terrorizing the Bulldogs wingers we like the Eels to get the job done in what could be a high scoring encounter.
Eels 1-12
First Try Scorer Michael Jennings $9.5

STORM v KNIGHTS Sunday, 4.05pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium

The Storm at home are always hard to beat and with Papenhuyzen, Munster and Hughes all fit, it could be a long night for the Novacastians. The storm put forty six points on the Broncos last week with seven different try scorers. This team is the team to beat if they all stay fit. Newcastle went down to the Bulldogs at home last week and will be looking to bounce back. Hooker Andrew McCullough is out with injury and that’s a huge blow as he has been playing well. This could get ugly, storm by a mile!

Storm 13+
First Try Scorer Cameron Munster $14


MELBOURNE -10.5 vs Newcastle @$1.90

2020 record:6-5




More sacked coaches, big injury list, see MR TAB’S analysis and tips for Round 11 of the NRL:

EELS v TIGERS Thursday, 6pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney:
A cracking Thursday night game to kickstart Round 11 with the Eels taking on the Tigers at Bankwest. Whilst Parra fell to old foes Manly last week, it’s only the second game they have lost this year. They should welcome guns; Mitchell Moses, Blake Ferguson, Maika Sivo and Nathan Brown, pending final checks. The Tigers will miss Luke Garner being replaced by Michael Chee Kam only, they are a resilient bunch the Tigers and you have to admire the steel head coach Madge McGuire has instilled in them but the Eels are a proven championship contender in 2020, they are second favorites to take out the title. Eels to win in a brutal contest!
Eels 1-12
First Try Clinton Gutherson $10

COWBOYS v SEA EAGLES Friday, 6pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville:
Well the Cowboys become the third NRL team this year to remove the head coach. Old mate Greeny is out and about looking for another gig with others in 2020. Josh Hanny is the fill-in and has named an unchanged side this week for the Cowboys this week. Manly welcome back enforcer Aiden Fonua-Blake from suspension. The Sea-Eagles done well to rattle the cage of the high-flying Eels last week and look to go on with it against an underdone Cowboys. Manly to get the chocolates.
Sea Eagles 1-12
First Try Scorer Curtis Sironen $19

BRONCOS v STORM Friday, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
The Storm are relatively unchanged for the second game on Friday night coming from Suncorp in Brisbane. The under pressure Seibold has named several changes in the hapless Broncos side, including moving half Anthony Milford to fullback. Kotoni Staggs and Herbie Farnworth also return from injury. At this point you have to wonder if he will be the fourth head coach axing this year. We don’t want it to be, but this game looks like a training run for the Storm.
Storm 13+
First Try Scorer Josh Addo Carr $7

WARRIORS v ROOSTERS Sat, 3pm, Central Coast Stadium
The Warriors will face a determined Roosters side at Central Coast on Saturday, The Warriors have more homesick players to deal with and with an ordinary performance last round, we can’t expect much more from them this week against the reigning premiers. The Roosters Mitch Aubusson starts in the back row for Angus Crichton (knee). Isaac Liu starts at lock with Siosiua Taukeiaho shifting to prop and Lindsay Collins to the bench. Roosters to romp home, don’t be surprised they came the Warriors scoreless for 80 mins.
Roosters 13+
First Try Scorer Siosiua Taukeiaho $29

SHARKS v DRAGONS, Saturday, 5.30pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Local derby again for these 2 clubs at Kogarah this time, even though it is a Sharks home game. Both sides head into this game pretty upbeat; The Dragons have won four of their past six games while the Sharks have lost just two of their past seven clashes. Scott Sorensen is out injured for the Sharks and is replaced by Toby Rudolf. Siosifa Talakai starts in the second row for the suspended Briton Nikora. This will be a toughie but we like the Dragons to win and get the two valuable points.
Dragons 1-12
First Try Scorer Sione Katoa $9

RAIDERS v RABBITOHS Sat, 7.35pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
This is a real danger game for the up and down Raiders, they have just come off a monumental win against the premiers and that would of taken some fuel out of them, it’s a big ask to back it up again, but that’s what being in the NRL is about. The bookies are favoring the Raiders, but we think it will be closer than expected, no major changes for the green machine, although we are hearing crowd favourite Johnny Bateman will run out. The Rabbitohs will miss the unlucky James Roberts (Pec) and Ethan Lowe, as Bayley Sironen is
promoted to the staring side. Sticking with the Raiders in what will be a very cold night in the nations capital.
Raiders 1-12+
First Try Scorer Jarrod Croker $10

KNIGHTS v BULLDOGS Sunday, 2pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
No changes for the Knights but they are still missing forward Daniel Saifiti, until Round 16. This could be a cricket score for the dogs, they have Jake Averillo returning at centre with Marcelo Montoya shifting to wing and Christian Crichton omitted. Brandon Wakeham replaces Sauaso Sue on the bench is the only other change. They really are missing both Will Hopoate and Adam Elliot and it will be to tough to go with the Knights,they just don’t have the cattle. Knights to win and make it back to back victories.
Knights 13+
First Try Scorer Kalyn Ponga $9

TITANS v PANTHERS Sunday, 4.05pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Gold Coast up against the flying Panthers to round out the week from Cbus Super stadium and while the Panthers must not fall complacent, the big news is gun hooker Api Koroisau is out with a nasty elbow injury, they will also miss key fullback Dylan Edwards to injury. The Titans have Dale Copley returning along with cap Kevin Proctor. Penrith are the real deal this year and will be too good for the Titans, Nathan Cleary is playing out of skin at the moment and expect to see him run the show yet again.
Panthers 13+
First Try Scorer Isaah Yeo $26