Eight bold predictions for Round 11

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    Round 11 of the NRL season kicks off this week, and though there are several teams clinging to hope, others are looking to cement themselves in the eight.

    Here are this week bold predictions.

    Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers
    Sorry, Dad

    After being named to return from injury Nathan Cleary will take on the Tigers coached by his father, Ivan. Given the Tigers new-look defence and the Panthers’ ability to keep opponents out in the second half, this game should stay fairly close. I’m predicting the scores to be level heading into the last ten minutes. Nathan will slot the field goal, giving the Panthers a one-point victory.

    Panthers 23-22.

    Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors
    Where there’s life there’s hope

    The Eels season is all but done. They will need to replicate what only they have done (in 2006) to make the finals. With no Shaun Johnson, I’m expecting the Eels to come away with the two points. Clint Guterson will have his best game of the season and score a double.

    Eels 26-16.

    Tim Mannah

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    Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters
    Cock-a-doodle-doo

    The Roosters will make light work of the Broncos in this one. I’m expecting a blowout as the Roosters slowly get their spine working the way we had all anticipated.

    Roosters 40-10.

    Gold Coast Titans vs Newcastle Knights
    Sparks fly as swords clash

    This could be a surprisingly good game. I predict there will be plenty of points scored in a free-flowing end-to-end match. Kalyn Ponga is their hero in this one. Expect the young fullback to score a hat-trick and kick at 80 per cent.

    Knights 28-24.

    Newcastle Knights fans

    (AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

    North Queensland Cowboys vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
    Sammy wins battle of the 13s

    Expect the Souths to continue on the up this week. They’re the best attacking side in the competition and will score plenty against the underperforming Cowboys. Sam Burgess will crash over for the first try and take out man of the match honours.

    Rabbitohs 28-6.

    Melbourne Storm vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
    A dynasty ends

    Manly will be too good for a Melbourne side missing Cameron Smith. It will be a close game, but the experience of Daly Cherry-Evans will get the job done. The debate about who should be Melbourne’s number seven going forward will continue.

    Manly 16-14.

    Martin Taupau

    (Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

    St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders
    The Dragons are for real

    After a poor performance last week the Dragons will bounce back into the winners circle. Ben Hunt will shine as he continues to put his hand up for State of Origin selection. On the other side of the field Josh Papaii will continue to perform at lock with a 250-metre and 30-tackle performance.

    Dragons 24-12.

    Cronulla Sutherland Sharks vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
    Dogs out back in the kennel

    The Sharks will be too good for the dogs here. Expect it to be a reasonably tight game, but the Sharks will remain on top throughout. Valentine Holmes will continue to make his mark on the Fullback position. Holmes for a double.

    Sharks 18-10.

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    • Roar Rookie

      May 17th 2018 @ 7:43am
      BA Sports said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      I will predict that if the officials are doing their jobs to the letter of the law there will be more penalties than points (or more penalty goals than tries if you prefer) in the Panthers v Tigers game. Both teams are very happy to give a way penalties in their own 20m.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 10:01am
        Peter Phelps said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:01am | ! Report

        ….. and would that make for a good game ?

    • Roar Guru

      May 18th 2018 @ 10:20am
      DingoGray said | May 18th 2018 @ 10:20am | ! Report

      Can’t see the Sea Eagles beating the storm.

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