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BRONCOS VS EELS:  Thursday May 28, Suncorp Stadium 7.50pm 

Parra have the next six games at what is essentially their home stadium: Bankwest, although there will be no crowds (for now), this is still a good thing for the blue and gold and they look to remain unbeaten and start the season 3-0. The Broncos are missing superstar enforcers; Tevita Pangai jnr (suspension, round 6), David Fifita (knee, 6 weeks) compound that with no Jack Bird and Jordan Kahu, we like the Eels in what should be a blockbuster to start the revised season.
Eels 1-12
First Try Scorer: Waqa Blake $15

COWBOYS VS TITANS: Friday, May 29th, Queensland Country Bank Stadium 6.00pm
The Cowboys are missing Michael Morgan but we like the look of Scott Drinkwater and Esan Masters. They are both making a positive impact and will be out to impress coach Paul Green, on the other hand you have the Titans. After going down in the first 2 games, they appear to be clutching with many changes including a reshuffled backline with Tyrone Roberts at fullback, Tyrone Peachey and Dale Copley at centre, Phillip Sami on the wing, Jamal Fogarty debuting at halfback moving Ash Taylor to five-eighth to accommodate. The Cowboys look to strong!
Cowboys 13+
First Try Scorer: Valentine Holmes $9

ROOSTERS VS RABBITOHS: Friday, May 29th, Bankwest Stadium, 7:50pm
Were back at Parra, with Bankwest hosting this Friday night mouth-watering clash between two clubs that dislike each other. Latrell Vs his old club the Roosters. Need we say any more? Well, err we must. The good news is Latrell will be in the no. 1 jumper, but the Bunnies do miss key players Cody Walker (suspended, 2 weeks) and James Roberts (personal reasons). The Roosters will miss Mitchell Aubusson and welcome the ever-reliable Josh Morris (Great to see the Morris brothers representing the same club, again!) We did tip them in rounds 1 and 2 but surely, we will not see the reigning premiers go down in the effectively the first 3 games of the season? We are going Chooks in a Friday night blockbuster.
Roosters 1-12
First Try Scorer: James Tedesco $9

WARRIORS VS DRAGONS: Saturday, May 30th, Central Coast Stadium 3.00pm
Those poor Warriors have sacrificed a lot to line up for this clash against the Dragons after
relocating to the Central coast from Auckland due to restrictions around the ‘pandemic’. Despite a few key injuries, this Warriors outfit will be up for the challenge and ready to go against the Dragons. The men from the Gong, who are still struggling under McGregor will benefit greatly from this break as they welcome back Cam McInnes, Tariq Sims, Korbin Sims, Mikaele Ravalawa and Matthew Dufty but they have lost their past 11 away games which is a worry. Going Dragons, just!
Dragons 1-12
First Try Scorer: Matthew Dufty $10

SHARKS VS TIGERS: Saturday, May 30th, Bankwest Stadium 5.30pm
Unfortunately, the news of the round is no doubt the suspension and subsequent standing down of
Bronson Xerri, strangely enough Matty Moylan still has not been named due to that niggling calf strain but we hear he could line up close to game time. Josh Dugan makes his way back into the side to replace Xerri. The Tigers have a reshuffled back line with Adam Doueihi at full back and Co-captain Moses Mbye at centre but welcome boom halfback Luke Brooks. The Tigers will also feature a new hooker in Harry Grant, though Billy Walters is named on the bench and will get plenty of game time. The Sharks are still favs and we are backing them despite the turmoil the club has been through the past few days.
Sharks 1-12
First Try Scorer: Joseph Leilua $13

STORM VS RAIDERS: Saturday, May 30th, AAMI Park 7.35pm
Two of the top sides in the comp and old mates Sticky and Bellyache go head to head for a cracking
Saturday night match. The storm have relocated back to Melbourne after a short stint in lovely border town of Albury. The Raiders will miss talk of the town Johnny Bateman but did upset the storm at AAMI park twice last year, despite this Bateman is a big loss and were gong the Storm at home in tight one.
Storm 1-12
First Try Scorer: Ryan Papenhuyzen $11

PANTHERS vs KNIGHTS: Sunday, May 31st, Campbelltown Stadium 4.05pm
Two of the real dark horses this year in our eyes go head to head this Sunday, a huge clash as both teams are unbeaten in 2020. You got to feel devastated for young Nathan Cleary (suspended, round five) I mean the poor bloke got suspended due to making a dancing video with 4 or 5 young ladies, how weird? The Knights have Kalyn Ponga still injured with 9’s sensation Tex Hoy finding himself at full back, Connor Watson is named on the bench. This is tough to call but the bookies prefer Penrith and so do we in a game that could end up finishing a draw after 80 mins. Its that close to call!
Panthers 1-12 or DRAW
First Try Scorer: Edrick Lee $10

SEA EAGLES VS BULLDOGS: Sunday, May 31st, Central Coast Stadium 6.30pm
The Sea Eagles and Bulldogs will close out the round with Des Hasler taking on the club that tore up his contract for rookie 1st grade coach and ex club player Dean Pay. Bulldogs Forward Joe Stimson will miss the season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery and with Keiran Foran out due to a niggling hamstring injury that seems to never go away, we see the Sea Eagles running rampant and proving too good for the boys from Belmore. Manly will have the fit Trbojevic brothers, Dylan Walker and DCE all poised to have a big game and throw in powerhouse forward Marty Taupau, we just can’t see the men from Brookie not leaving without the two points.
Manly 13+
First Try Scorer: Tom Trbojevic $9.50


MANLY -7.5 vs BULLDOGS @$1.90




Welcome to Round 2 of what could be a very important weekend of footy as no one can be certain how any games are left in 2020! with that said – let’s get into round 2!

BULLDOGS VS COWBOYS: Thursday March 19, ANZ Stadium 8.05pm
The dogs went down to the Eels in a low scoring season opener. Their were a lot of positives about how the men from Belmore defended and expect them to come out firing against the Cowboys who are also coming off a disappointing
round 1 loss to the Broncos. They do welcome back rep forward Josh McGuire and Val Holmes will be all the better with round 1 under his belt.
We’re tipping Cowboys in a thriller.
Cowboys 1-12
First Try Scorer Esan Marsters $15

DRAGONS VS PANTHERS: Friday March 20th, 6:00pm, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium 6.00pm
The Dragons haven’t started well and as mentioned last week, there’s doubt they want to play for head coach Paul McGregor, especially after cutting young Zac Lomax from his desired spot of full back after just 1 game and slotting in speed machine Matt Dufty. Mary surely ain’t building fans. They also lose Tariq Sims due to suspension. The Panthers on the other hand are beaming with confidence after a solid win over the 2019 Champions. Viliame Kikau has been named to start and how good was Api Korosau last week! We see the Panthers and winning well!
Panthers 13+
First Try Scorer Viliame Kikau $17

BRONCOS VS RABBITOHS Friday March 20th, 8:05pm, Suncorp Stadium
This is the grudge match of the round as both head coaches are out to prove a point against their old clubs. The Broncos were impressive defeating the Cowboys 28-21 to start the season but lose Tevita Pangai to
suspension.  The bookies can’t split the 2 although the Rabbitohs did beat the Broncos twice last year and Wayne’s loyalty system of picking and sticking is working well and should get the bunnies home in a blockbuster.
Rabbitohs 1-12
First Try Scorer James Roberts $13

WARRIORS VS RAIDERS Saturday March 21st, 3:00pm, CBUS Super Stadium
The Warriors appear to be trapped in Australia and have to make some forced changes as well as losing Tohu Harris to a nasty foot injury, The Raiders on the other hand have only some small positional changes to deal with and both key players Jarrod Croker and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad have been named to play despite failing to finish the game due to HIA’s last week. We like the Raiders!
Raiders 13+
First Try Scorer Josh Hodgson

ROOSTERS VS SEA EAGLES Saturday March 21st, 5:30pm, Leichhardt Oval
The Reigning premiers take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Leichadrt Oval, yep that’s right Leichardet oval, weird right? The Roosters welcome back Angus Crichton (from a chest infection) and Captain Cordner next week, The Sea Eagles lost, but performed well for 60 mins against the storm round 1 and come out relatively unscathed with no injuries which allows all 17 players to stay intact, like Wayne’s Bunnies, Des the Wiley old fox knows unity
and repetition builds confidence amongst footy sides. You can’t imagine the Roosters going two down straight up. Roosters to bounce back!
Roosters 1-12
First Try Scorer Joseph Manu $12

SHARKS VS STORM Saturday March 21st, 7:30pm, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Cronulla v Melbourne at Kogarah? yeah, the Sharks home stadium is being rebuilt, so have moved games to Kogarah for 2020. Josh Dugan has been named to return (on the extended bench), say what you will about Josh, but on his day, he is a devastating ball runner and can be the telling factor. These 2 sides always bring out the best in each other and both don’t have any major changes to report, we think this will be close game but are sticking to Melbourne for the win.
Storm 1-12
First Try Scorer Jahrome Hughes $17

TIGERS VS KNIGHTS Sunday March 22nd, 4:05pm, Leichhardt Oval
An interesting game as both sides have come off good high point scoring wins in round 1. Luke Brooks will miss around 4 weeks of footy due to a calf injury but wow didn’t Benji Marshall step up, he had the ball on a string and was gelling well with new dummy half Billy Walters, the young hooker played 80 mins and he looked right in place in the role. Tigers are still missing Moses Mbye and we feel Newcastle have a tad more class in key positions i.e Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce. Knight’s in a high scoring game.
Knights 1-12
First Try Scorer Josh Reynolds $26

TITANS VS EELS Sunday March 22nd, 6:05pm, CBUS Super Stadium
Neither side impressed last week despite Parramatta getting the 2 points over the Bulldogs to start the season. The fans expected more attack and it just didn’t gel against the team from Belmore. Watch them come out firing again the titans that have dropped Tyrone Peachy to the bench for Brian Kelley to start and boom players AJ Brimson and Shannon Boyd are slim chances of running out. The Eels are warming up and we can see a lot of points in this game which should bring welcomed confidence to Brad Arthurs men. Were on Parra to make it two from two!
Eels 13+
First Try Scorer Waqa Blake $13

BEST BET: PARRAMATTA 13+ @$2.50 (1/1 for the season)

Goodluck and we hope your team has a win.



The footy Is BAAAAAAAAAACK and MR TAB’s Sports division has you covered throughout 2020!

First up we have
Eels v Bulldogs, Thursday night at Bankwest Stadium 8.05pm:
Parra have looked good in preseason and have purchased well with big inclusions Regan Campbell- Gillard and Ryan Matterson, both rep players that are big impact. Alternatively, the Bulldogs find themselves yet again in hot water as Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor have been stood
down due to disciplinary reasons and ultimately breaches in the games Code of Conduct. We like the Eels to win and win well. Watch Mitchel Moses closely this year, we think he will play himself into a blue jersey!
Eels 13+
First Try Scorer Maika Sivo $8

Raiders v Titans, Friday night at GIO Stadium 6.00pm
Canberra Raiders are the 2019 grand finalists and gain Storm talent Curtis Scott despite losing gun Joey Leilua, The QLD mob have a big year ahead and a lot of hard work in front of them in order to be a top 8 side in 2020. Were also hearing gun AJ Brimson is injured and will miss the opener. We
think the Raiders at home are hard to beat!
Raiders 13+
First Try Scorer Jack Wighton $17

Cowboys v Broncos, Friday night at Queensland Country Bank Stadium 8.05pm:
What a game! The Cowboys have recruited well with Val Holmes back from NFL dreams and playing in front of a packed new stadium should see them come out firing. The Broncos lost Jack Bird after he tore his ACL and will be without forward Matt Lodge. We see the Cowboys taking this out in a thriller.
Cowboys 1-12
First Try Scorer Scott Drinkwater $23

Knights v Warriors, Saturday, McDonald Jones Stadium 3pm:
Not many additions to note for either side here, although Jayden Brailey is a great pick up for the knights and a new head coach for the blue and red men should see them prove hard to beat against the team from across the tasman. Pre-season tells us the Warriors got done by the Tigers and the Knights had an almighty win (58-0) over a depleted Roosters. We like the Knights at Newcastle but the forwards must fire.
Knights 1-12
First Try Scorer Kalyn Ponga $11

Rabbitohs v Sharks, Saturday afternoon at ANZ Stadium 5.30pm:
A great game to watch with 2 of the best NRL teams having to learn how to move on without household names Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess, John Sutton and Paul Gallen. In saying that the bunnies are star studded with players like Dane Gagai, James Roberts, Cody Walker, Damien Cook and Cameron Murray, they also welcome Latrell Mitchell who will start in the number 1 jersey. Cronulla are also down key players Matt Moylan and Josh Dugan out and J Morris moving to the Roosters in Round 3, they seem in turmoil!  We’re going the bunnies to start the season with a win!

Rabbits 1-12
First Try Scorer Campbell Graham $10

Panthers v Roosters, Saturday night at Panthers Stadium 7.35pm:
What will the Roosters be like without Cooper Cronk? Brilliant is the answer. Kyle Flanagan is a superstar in the making! Master mind Trent Robinson has put his young new no. 7 at ease by handing Kyle the jersey early on and its Kyle’s to own, watch him go this year. The Panthers are a top side and can rock the big teams this year, although Dylan Edwards has been ruled out with a bad ankle injury and Jimmy Maloney has flown the coup, 2 key positions without a lot of game time suggest to us the Roosters will get the chocolates.
Roosters 13+
First Try Scorer Victor Radley $31

Sea Eagles v Storm, Sunday afternoon at Lottoland 4.05pm
What a game at Brooky, Old foes Desy and Bellyache at it like a couple of old stubborn dogs fighting over the last bone, these teams lift when they play each other and its always a cracker. Dylan Walker has been named in the no. 6 Jersey (not his best position) with Lachlan Crocker starting on the bench.
Boom full back Ryan Papenhuyzen has beat Jerome Hughes to the no. 1 Jersey at the storm and we like him there. We tip the machine like Melb Storm in a bruising affair.
Storm 1-12
First Try Scorer (Our man) Ryan Papenhuyzen $12

Dragons v Wests Tigers, Sunday night at WIN Stadium
McGregor’s Dragons take on the Tigers for the last game of the round at Wollongong and he will hope his side can come out firing and to save his career as head coach for the joint venture. Look for James Graham to lead the pack and have a big game with reports his been training the house down in the preseason. I like the look of the Tigers under head coach Madge McGuire. I just can’t forget how they rolled a few top sides in 2019 and with brilliant off season purchases in Adam Doueihi, Joseph and Luciano Leilua,my money is on the Tigers to leave the gong with the two points.
Tigers 1-12
First Try Scorer Joseph Leilua $13

BEST BET: RAIDERS 13+ @$2.20

Goodluck and we hope your team has a win.


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