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The Roar's NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 22

The Parramatta Eels take on the Canberra Raiders. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)
2nd August, 2016
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Welcome to The Roar‘s NRL expert tips for Round 22. But before we get into the games… a scene!

“I have a dream today!”

Yes, Jarryd?

“I have a dream that one day, down in Parramatta, with its upset fans, with its board having their lips dripping with the words of corruption and disruption — one day right there in Minto little boys and girls will be running around in Gold Coast jerseys.

“I have a dream today!”

Come on, mate.

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the dreamer shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

Yes we know you have a dream, Jarryd.

“I have a…”


Enough mate!

Lachlan Bickley
Dragons, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs (Powerplay), Sharks, Storm, Titans, Wests Tigers, Roosters.

“While the Eagles finals chances still look slim with games against the Bulldogs and Storm still to come they should have enough to get over the fragments that remain of the Parramatta Eels 2016 season.

“The Knights continue to put in the effort but this game could get ugly. Bulldogs comfortably.

“I’m taking the Wests Tigers whether or not Johnathan Thurston plays. The Tigers were impressive against the Eels despite losing halfback Luke Brooks at half time with the outstanding Mitchell Moses demonstrating his enormous potential.”

Mary Konstantopoulos
Broncos, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs, Raiders, Storm (Powerplay), Titans, Wests Tigers, Panthers.

“The poor old Knights. They really are trying but unfortunately just can’t get over the line. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs won in a thriller against the Dragons, partly due to some Will Hopoate magic. Watch them make it two in a row this weekend.

“The Sharks are no longer on their undefeated streak so perhaps some of the pressure will be lifted this week. The Raiders continue to prove they are a force to be reckoned with as we head to the business end of the season. They could really cement their position in the top 4 with a win here and prove that they really are contenders.


“Finally, last week the Roosters showed their fans what they are truly capable of. This week they travel to the base of the mountains though where Penrith will be keen to get back on track after their loss to the Warriors last week. Panthers in a close one.”

Tim Gore
Broncos, Eels, Bulldogs, Raiders, Storm (Powerplay), Titans, Cowboys, Panthers.

“Broncos to get back into the winners circle by beating the hapless Dragons down in Wollongong on Thursday night.

“The Eels will beat the Sea Eagles who while patting themselves on the back for the NRL equivalent of taking candy from a baby, are coming off a dreaded five day turnaround.

“The mixture of Konnie Hurrell playing his old side with a point to prove, and the Hayne Plane landing at Cbus Super Stadium will get the surging Titans the points against the Warriors.”

Curtis Woodward
Dragons, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs, Raiders, Storm (Powerplay), Titans, Cowboys, Panthers.

“I am still shaking my head at Tyson Frizell getting a week for brushing by the referee. They’ll still have too much for the hapless Broncos who have absolutely no idea how to get out of this slump.

“Yes, Cronulla are at home and haven’t been beaten in aeons, but Canberra’s form is irrepressible – Raiders in an upset.


“Was tempted to take Wests Tigers and happy to get this tip wrong but I feel like the Cowboys will just slip away with it.”

Catch Curtis and The81stMinute Call Team this Friday night from 6.55pm on

Round 22 Tim Curtis Lachlan Mary The Crowd
DRAvBRO Broncos Dragons Dragons Broncos Broncos
EELvSEA Eels Sea Eagles Sea Eagles Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
KNIvBUL Bulldogs Bulldogs Bulldogs Bulldogs Bulldogs
SHAvRAI Raiders Raiders Sharks Raiders Raiders
STOvRAB Storm Storm Storm Storm Storm
TITvWAR Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans
WESvCOW Cowboys Cowboys Wests Tigers Wests Tigers Cowboys
PANvROO Panthers Panthers Roosters Panthers Titans
POWERPLAY Storm Storm Bulldogs Storm Storm
OVERALL 131 126 124 115 129

Now it’s your turn… tip against the experts for Round 22.