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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 19

Hey Roarers!

Footy was back in full swing with eight games for Round 18. Question – do you prefer having no footy on a Thursday night and a three game Super Sunday instead? Hmmmm….I will make a note for my next chat with PVL. 

Let’s recap – 

The Sharkies made it four wins in a row, downing an understrength Cowboys side 26-12 on Friday night up in Townsville. After falling off the radar for a while, Cronulla are making us all sit up and take notice again.

In the second Friday night game, the Eels were too strong for the Warriors at CommBank Stadium. Beating the visitors 28-18, the biggest news to come out of the match was the death threats poor Mitch Moses received before the game. What is wrong with people?

The Roosters and the Dragons kicked off Super Saturday on the Central Coast, with a game that really had it all! A Joey Manu cramp that got everyone talking, two ACL injuries, a passer by acting as ball boy, and poor Ben Hunt trying to do everything while running on fumes and adrenaline from Origin. In the end his shoulders couldn’t carry the Red V all the way, with the tri-colours running out huge winners with a 54-26 score line.  

Oh yes, this game. My Knights continued to give me heartburn, putting on a mixed performance against a Manly side that remembered a game goes for 80 minutes. DCE’s kicking game is just next level at the moment, with his boot guiding his side to a massive 42-12 victory. Good win Mike.

And didn’t this game surprisingly entertain us?! The last match of Super Saturday between the Broncos and the Titans at Suncorp Stadium was expected to be a whitewash. Instead, the Gold Coast turned up to play and Brisbane had to fight until the end to hold on for a 16-12 win. 

On Sunday we saw a heavily depleted Panthers side snatch a 18-16 victory in the final minutes from the desperate Tigers out a CommBank. There were some exciting parts, as well as some frustrating parts, with both sides full of errors. And how did all the match officials miss that blatant professional foul by Mitch Kenny on James Tamou?

We then headed down to AAMI Park, to watch AJ’s Green Machine keep their brilliant record in Melbourne intact. The Raiders handed the Storm their third loss on the trot, with a 20-16 win that went down to the wire. And poor Papenhuyzen’s horror run with injuries continues, suffering a broken knee-cap that will sideline him for the rest of the season.  

The last match of the round was a real arm wrestle, with the Bunnies and the Dogs battling it out at Accor Stadium. The sides continued to trade punches until the last ten minutes when Souths laid on three quick tries for a hard fought 36-28 victory. 

AJ and Mary won the round tipping a sensational 7/8, with Mike, Paul and you legends in The Crowd tipping a solid 6/8. I tipped 4/8, and I’m sure no one is surprised. 

AJ is still out the front, hitting triple digits reaching 100. Paul is still hot on his tail on 98, with the Crowd in third on 95. Mary is fourth on 94, Mike in fifth on 86, and I am coming first on the golf card with my mate the other Cam Smith on 79.

Ok, onto Round 19. And it looks like a cracker!

Tonight, we are back out at CommBank (I feel like almost every game is played there) for the clash between the Eels and the Broncos at 7.50pm. Both sides are close to full strength and will be looking to jump into the top four. 

The Dragons host the Sea Eagles out at Kogarah for the first Friday night match at 6pm. The Red V will be looking to make up for their embarrassing loss last week, can a Manly side minus a Covid-stricken Jack Trbojevic spoil their plans?

We then head up the M1 to see my boys host the Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium at 8pm. I think it’s more a question of how much we will lose by as opposed to who will win. But I always hold out hope – the Roosters might all suffer from cramp at the same time. 

Super Saturday kicks off at 3pm in the nation’s capital, with the Raiders and the Warriors set to do battle. Jordan Rapana is suspended, Reece Walsh has been benched, . 

At 5.30pm we head out to BlueBet Stadium to watch 1st v 3rd, Panthers v Sharks. The premiers are back to full strength after resting their Origin players, can Cronulla cause an upset for their fifth win on the trot?

We then make our way across town to Accor Stadium for our second belter of the day between Souths and Melbourne at 7.35pm. Can a team without Paps stand up to a team with Latrell? 

Latrell Mitchell of the Rabbitohs reacts after being sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle on Joseph Manu

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Sunday footy kicks of at 2pm…….back out at CommBank. The Bulldogs and the Titans are both trying to avoid the spoon and will be hoping for the win to move further up the ladder. Let’s see if Big Tino and Burton are friends yet. 

Then at 4pm we head up to Townsville for the Cowboys v Tigers match. Can James Tamou get win in his 300th NRL match against the side where it all began?

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.

I’m going to let Paul lead us off will his tips today.

Good luck with your tipping everyone!

Paul Suttor

Eels, Sea Eagles, Roosters, Raiders, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Cowboys

Broncos to just miss out against Parra. The Eels still haven’t hit top gear since they beat Penrith many moons ago. 

Manly be many over the Dragons. 

Newcastle will arc up at home but the Roosters’ strong record at the venue will continue. 

Raiders could put 40 on the Warriors. 

A rested Panthers outfit will be too sharp for the Sharks. 

Souths are building momentum and the Storm are stalling so Rabbitohs in a narrow win. 

Bulldogs have been consistently not terrible. Can’t say the same for the Titans. 

Cowboys should cruise to victory over the Tigers. 

AJ Mithen

Eels, Sea Eagles, Roosters, Raiders, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Cowboys

This week I shall be brief as my lead remains. 

Parra over Broncos in a belter. 

Manly of St George-Illawarra in a blowout. 

Roosters over Knights but just. 

Your presumptive champions, the people’s team, the Canberra Raiders to lay 56 on a lacklustre New Zealand. 

Penrith over Cronulla by a mile cos they’ll see this as a test and take it seriously.

Bunnies over Storm cos Latrell and the Storm’s edge D is for diabolical right now. 

Bulldogs over Titans and Cowboys over Tigers in two bludgers.

Chad Townsend passes

(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Mike Meehall Wood

Eels, Sea Eagles, Roosters, Raiders, Panthers, Bunnies, Bulldogs, Cowboys

Parra need the win and Brisbane are down on troops…a statement victory for the Eels.

The Dragons are rubbish and Manly are improving, so my Sea Eagles for the win.

The Knights are falling apart at the seams and the Roosters need to win, so easy choice for the Chooks.

The Raiders are on a roll, the Warriors are not. Canberra will win.

I can’t tip against Penrith in Penrith, so no matter how good the Sharkies have looked, this one is an easy tip.

The game of the round is Bunnies v Storm: and I’m backing Souths to keep the good times rolling.

Dogs are on the up, the Titans are not. The Potterl-ution continues.

Cowboys are good, Tigers are crap. This could be a cricket score.

Mary Konstantopoulos

Eels, Sea Eagles, Roosters, Raiders, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Cowboys

There are a couple of tough games to pick this week and it starts on Thursday night with a battle between the Eels and the Broncos with a potential top four position on the line. The Eels have been underwhelming in their last two games, but I am picking them to beat a Broncos team that will be bolstered by the return of some key players. The Eels enjoy playing at home and will be bolstered by the return of Ryan Matterson. I expect the Eels to target Tesi Niu at fullback and work hard in the opening 20 minutes to ensure their forward pack wins the battle. 

The Sea Eagles have been flying under the radar recently, but I have been impressed with their last few performances. In particular, Daly Cherry-Evans looked like he was still on cloud nine last week after his Origin heroics. The Dragons on the other hand are having some real challenges. They were poor against the Roosters and threw the game away with silly penalties and errors. It also looks like aside from Ben Hunt and Cody Ramsay their attacking options are limited. Sea Eagles to win this one easily.

Despite losing several players to injury the Roosters will beat the hapless Knights and the Raiders will beat an average Warriors side. 

The Sharks have a big test against the reigning premiers which should show them whether they are on pace or not. Given how many players the Panthers have returning I am picking them to win, but am very interested in how the Sharks perform.

I’m not sure if I’m tipping an upset, but the Rabbitohs to beat the Storm. The Storm are on the slide with injuries now to Ryan Papenhuyzen to add to their woes. Whilst I still think the Storm will make finals, I’m expecting the Rabbitohs to really spread the ball and target the Storm’s edge defence. Latrell Mitchell has completely changed how this team play and I think they will win.

The Bulldogs will beat the Titans and the Cowboys should have no trouble beating the Wests Tigers.

Matt Dufty of the Bulldogs during the round eight NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia on April 30, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Danielle Smith

Broncos, Sea Eagles, Knights, Raiders, Panthers, Storm, Bulldogs, Cowboys

I’m still not convinced by Parramatta, and the Broncos have a lot of boys back. Brisbane for the win.

The Red V are on struggle street. Manly should get the two points comfortably. 

Raiders will run rampant over the Warriors. 

Really looking forward to this one. Sharks will put up a great fight, but I’m going Panthers at home in a close one. 

Ahh, my flip back and forth one. I’m probably going to jinx them, but the Storm just do not lose four in a row. They just have to win, don’t they? 

Dogs were unlucky last week against the Bunnies, and the Titans put up a great fight against Brisbane. Hopefully an exciting match, but Canterbury should get the win. 

Cowboys back to full strength should make like work of the Tigers.

And then we have Knights v Roosters. I know, I know, I’m so close to the top of the tipping leader board, why would I risk it? As always, I’m tipping my Knights.

Round 19 AJ Danielle Mary Mike Paul Crowd
Last Round 7 4 7 6 6 6
Total 100 79 94 86 98 95

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