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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 14

Hey Roarers! 

Well, we survived the spilt round. Nathan Brown and Michael Maguire didn’t, but that’s another story.

Let’s recap. 

Thursday night the Cowboys mage light work of a woeful Titans side 32-6, even without four of their Origin players. Taumalolo had a huge game, along with Scott Drinkwater and Reece Robson. Poor Tino was on the sideline with the Maroons watching his Gold Coast team get manhandled and couldn’t do anything to help.

The Panthers followed suit on Friday night, and they were missing six superstars. The Bulldogs put up a bit of a fight, with Burton trying to guide his side and Foxx grabbing a double to hopefully impress Freddy. But in the end the premiers were just too strong winning 30-18, with James Fisher-Harris and Dylan Edwards standing up with so many out. And how good was the Kurt Falls story? Debuting at 25 and having a great game. Never give up on your dream, kiddos!

See, I told you last week it was going to be So-So Saturday. Manly minus DCE just ran all over the Warriors, giving them a 44-12 thrashing and handing them their fifth loss in a row. Reuben Garrick was sensational for the Sea Eagles, and the forward pack was solid. But the Warriors, hooley dooley. They are just a dumpster fire at the moment. Let’s see what happens now Brown has jumped ship. 

Sunday footy was the match of the round, with the Raiders getting a hard fought 22-16 win over the Roosters. Both sides were missing troops thanks to Origin, and JWH was a late scratching for the tricolours. The game came down to the wire, with the Roosters throwing everything they had at the Green Machine, but a strong Canberra defence throughout the whole game proved the difference. 

So, smarty pants AJ got another perfect round. Mary, all of you champions out in The Crowd and I tipped 3/4. Yes, me. Mike and Paul got 2/4 and I am sure have vowed to never tip the Titans again. AJ is streaking further away from the pack, leading the comp with 72 overall. Paul is in second on 68, Mary and The Crowd are coming third on 67, Mike is fourth on 60 and I’m hanging out with the other Cameron Smith on 59. 

Ok, let’s check out Round 14!

Now remember there are no Thursday night games after Origin, so we jump straight to Friday. 

The Dragons head up to Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville to face the Cowboys at 7.55pm. At the time of putting this together all Cowboys rep players were on the reserves bench, and Todd Payten had named the same 17 that beat the Titans last week. Ben Hunt and Tariq Sims had been named in the Dragon’s staring sides, and the rest of the Red V will be very rested after the bye last week. Will that prove the difference?

Super Saturday kicks off at 3pm with the Titans hosting the Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium. The Gold Coast are going nowhere fast, and the Bunnies had last week off. Souths have Cook and Murray are meant to be backing up, while the Titans have Big Tino back but will also be missing young superstar Jayden Campbell who is out injured. 

At 5.30pm we make our way to the SCG where the Roosters and the Storm will do battle. Again, all Origin stars except for Xavier Coates are allegedly backing up. Melbourne had the bye, and the Tricolours had a loss. If you go off recent form, Storm will win. If you go off the Roosters results since round 10 with a win/loss/win/loss record, they are due for a win. 

We head back across the border for the final match of the day between the Broncos and the Raiders at Suncorp Stadium at 7.35pm. Big Papa and Wighton have been named to play, and the Raiders are coming off a great win against the Roosters. Adam Reynolds returns from injury for Brisbane, Staggs, Cobbo, Carrigan and Haas are backing up, but they are resting Kurt Capewell. This will be a close one. 

We also get a Super Sunday! Campbelltown Sports Stadium is the place to be on at 2pm to see the Tigers and the Sea Eagles face off. Only DCE is backing up for the Sea Eagles, and his teammates are coming of that sensational win against the Warriors. But all eyes will be on seeing how the Tigers begin life without Madge. 

Haumole Olakau'atu, Morgan Harper and Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles celebrate a Harper try

(Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

We then venture up the freeway where the Knights host the Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium at 4pm. Knights had last week off and both Ponga and Gagai have been named to play. Penrith beat the Bulldogs while missing six superstars, and they are all set to back up here. Can Newcastle take advantage of a tired Panthers? 

Then at the special time of 6.15pm the Sharks head up to Moreton Daily Stadium to face the Warriors. Nicho Hynes is back from being the Blues 18th man, and Cronulla are coming off the bye. The Warriors got smashed last week and lost their coach this week. It is a long way back for them. 

And thanks to the Queen having a birthday, we get to watch the Bulldogs and the Eels on Monday at 4pm at Accor Stadium. Parramatta have named their three Origin players to back up with the rest of the pack having the bye last week. Canterbury got done by the Panthers but didn’t have anyone play Origin. (Sorry Foxx, didn’t mean to rub it in.) 

If you would like to see how you go up against the Experts this round, just remember to get your tips in below by 5pm tonight to be counted in The Crowd’s tips.

For this round I’m going to let Paul lead us off.

Good luck with your tipping everyone!

Paul Suttor

Cowboys, Rabbitohs, Storm, Broncos, Tigers, Panthers, Sharks, Eels

Cowboys are a machine right now and Origin won’t slow that down against the Dragons

The Titans are really struggling, and no Jayden Campbell means no chances against the Bunnies

Roosters are still hot and cold so the Storm to get up at the SCG

The Broncos have more players backing up from Origin except for Kurt Capewell so they should account for the Raiders in Brisbane

The belief surrounding teams winning after sacking their coach is a myth but what the hey, Brett Kimmorley could become a very good coach so Tigers to upset Manly at Campbelltown

Penrith will crush the Knights in Newcastle even if all six Blue Panthers don’t back up

The Warriors are dreadful from top to bottom and won’t go close to Cronulla, virtually unaffected by Origin

Parra will be too professional for Canterbury, but it’ll be interesting to see how Jake Averillo goes at fullback

Mary Konstantopoulos

Cowboys, Souths, Storm, Broncos, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Sharks, Eels 

Both teams will be missing key players, but the Cowboys showed last week that they can still dominate teams even during the State of Origin period. The Cowboys will win this one and I expect the Dragons to struggle without their key playmaker in Ben Hunt.

Given the Titans record over the last couple of weeks, it would take an awful lot for me to tip them. Even without their SOO players the Bunnies should have no problem defeating a Titans team that crumbles at the first sign of adversity. 

The Storm have struggled in recent weeks, but so have the Roosters. The Roosters seem to have no trouble making it into the attacking zone, but then seem to struggle to score points.  The Storm have enough in them to outscore this mediocre Roosters team.

The Broncos will beat the Raiders and a big part of that will be due to the return of Adam Reynolds.

I’m not brave enough to tip the Tigers, but I think they could give Manly a real shake. Manly continue to miss several key players but proved that didn’t make a difference when they beat the Warriors last weekend. 

In the last three games, I am tipping the obvious – the Panthers, Sharks and Eels. For the Eels, it could be a danger game, but I’m hopeful that the return of Maika Sivo will mean plenty of points scored.

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

AJ Mithen

Cowboys, Rabbitohs, Storm, Raiders, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Sharks, Eels

Bye week cannot stop me as I continue to charge many lengths ahead of you all, ‘experts’ and ‘crowd’ alike. You can try to run me down but you’re wasting your time, especially when I produce tipping like this week’s…

North Queensland will beat the Dragons, but it’ll be closer than first thought as the Far Northerners deal with several Origin hangovers for the first time in a while.

Rabbits over Titans in a similar style too, because the Titans will be due for a win at some point, I’m just not tipping it’s this week.

Storm over Roosters in the Saturday twilight match at the SCG, but I still think the Roosters are a good club and they’re not without a chance.

Your presumptive champions, the people’s team, the Canberra Raiders will roll into Brisbane and make hay, putting 56 on the hapless ponies and bringing their six-game win streak to a shuddering halt.

On Sunday the coach-less Tigers will lost to the Sea Eagles, the coach-less Warriors will lose to the Sharks and the topped-up Panthers will beat the Knights in Newcastle, with the home team giving it a good crack.

Finally, we spend Monday respecting Australia’s head of state by publicly sacrificing Bulldogs to Eels. Bring your ponchos.

Mike Meehall Wood

Cowboys, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Broncos, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Sharks, Eels

Cowboys over Dragons. It’s hard to tip this game as both are missing key Origin players and it’s unlikely that they will back up, but a Ben Hunt-less Dragons are untippable, as he’s by far their best player and they’ll miss him more than NQ will miss their guys. 

The Bunnies are missing Cam Murray but have done that before of late, so it won’t be *as* big an out. Tino missing for the Titans, allied to the Jayden Campbell injury, plus them generally being terrible, means Souths all the way.

Roosters v Storm is all about who plays. If Teddy backs up and Munster doesn’t, then Roosters. Let’s assume that nobody backs up and suddenly that Storm backline looks very flaky, so I’ll still say Roosters. I’m stupid like that though, and last in this tipping comp for a reason.

The Raiders are resurgent, but I expect the Broncos to be back on form with Adam Reynolds and Ezra Mam in the halves. Staggs, Cobbo and Carrigan will play, Bronx get the job done.

The coach-less Tigers aren’t a hope in hell against Manly, especially if DCE plays. My Sea Eagles to win in Campbelltown.

I’ll tip the Panthers regardless of Origin or anything, so this is easy. 

I’ll tip against the Warriors regardless, plus the Sharks only have 18th man Nicho Hynes missing and he’ll likely not play, or if he does play, will play short minutes. Ramien back too, meaning that killer 1-7 is back in full for the first time since last time these met, when the Sharks won with 12 men.

The Bulldogs are resilient, but Parra will have all their big guns back on deck with the game being on a Monday, so I can’t look past them. A high-scoring win for the Eels

Danielle Smith

Cowboys, Rabbitohs, Storm, Broncos, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Sharks, Eels 

The Cowboys never missed a beat while their Origin players were out, and even if all of them are rested, I still think they will be too strong for the Dragons at home. 

I cannot tip the Titans. Bunnies comfortably.

Even with the definitive scientific evidence I presented earlier for the Roosters, I’m going Storm. 

As good as the Raiders are at the moment, Broncos will be too strong and well rested to get beaten at home. 

After everything that has taken place this week, I would love to see the Tigers overcome it all and get the upset. But I can’t see it happening. Manly to win.

Same for the Warriors. I’d love for them to get the two points. Again, can’t see it happening. Sharks for the win.

Remember when Bulldogs v Eels matches were epic? Those were the days. Not now though. Parra by 1000. 

Arrrgghhh! We have to play Penrith again?! As always, I’m tipping my Knights. 

Kalyn Ponga in action for Newcastle Knights

(Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Round 14 AJ Danielle Mary Mike Paul Crowd
Last Week (4 games) 4 3 3 2 2 3
Total 72 59 67 60 68 64

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