The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 15

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    AJ has lost the lead. This is not a drill. Tim has levelled the score with 11 weeks to go and let me tell you he is reasonably happy about it. Here are The Roar‘s NRL expert tips for Round 15.

    So, he didn’t quite take the lead, but Tim has made up something like seven tips on AJ in the last month, who has promised he will be back to his best this weekend.

    Of course, less said about Tom and my tipping, the better. The Crowd are two tips behind Tim and AJ as well, so the battle is well and truly alive.

    Round 15, a full round ahead of Origin 2, gets underway with the in-form Rabbitohs playing the out of sorts Eels, although Parramatta did beat the similarly poor Cowboys in Darwin last weekend.

    The Friday fair is an intriguing one with the Cowboys hosting the Warriors and the Roosters playing the Panthers, while the Bulldogs and Titans could be one of the worst games of all time on Saturday afternoon. Okay, maybe not that bad, but it’s not going to set the world on fire.

    St George Illawarra will then be heavy favourites against the Sea Eagles, before the Broncos try to win on a tough road trip to Cronulla.

    Sunday brings with it the Storm and Knights, as well as the Tigers and Raiders.

    Don’t forget to submit your tips on the form below by 5pm (AEST) to be part of The Crowd as you take on the experts.

    With seven last week, Tim will get things rolling this week.

    Tim Gore

    Tips: Rabbitohs, Cowboys, Roosters, Bulldogs, Dragons, Sharks, Storm, Raiders

    The Eels had a great win last week in Darwin, but they’ve been travelling and now they return to play the resurgent Rabbits. I predict a long night for the Eels.

    Why do I think that the Cowboys are going to beat the Warriors when they are playing so poorly? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because the Warriors only beat a very poor Manly last week but will think they’re back in form. Maybe it’s because the Warriors have a rotten record in Townsville. Maybe I just still believe in Thurston.

    I just reckon the Roosters will upset the Panthers apple cart. Without Kikau I reckon the Roosters pack might just get a bit more of a foothold. That’s my logic anyway.

    I’ve got no good reason to go for the Bulldogs apart from them being at home. This game could go either way. I’m guessing.

    The Dragons will smash the Sea Eagles. A makeshift hooker, two outside backs on the bench. Taupau not happy. In Wollongong. I smell a flogging.

    I’m going with The Sharks purely because they are at home. I can really see the Broncos challenging here but falling short. Can Moylan keep playing well? Maybe.

    The Storm is just too strong for the Knights. In every position. Even at home the Knights will struggle to be competitive against the Purple Horde.

    The Raiders will beat the Wests Tigers because Josh Hodgson is back. Joe Tapine is back. And because I believe. I bleed green.

    Tom Rock

    Tips: Rabbitohs, Cowboys, Roosters, Bulldogs, Dragons, Sharks, Storm, Tigers

    Hard to go past South Sydney in the opener to Round 15. The Rabbitohs have won 8 of their last 9 games while Parramatta are in last position on the NRL ladder and crushing hard on the wooden spoon. The Eels were dull and listless against the Cowboys up in Darwin, and their win said more about the quality of their opposition than the strength of their performance. Bunnies by plenty.

    Speaking of the Cowboys, I just can’t stop tipping them. It doesn’t seem to matter how many games they lose or how appallingly they play, I just look over their team sheet and start swooning. My excuse this week is that Townsville is a long way from Auckland and a lot more humid than Christchurch.

    I’m banking on the Bulldogs to do just enough to pip the Titans in a dour, defensive affair; the Dragons will have far too much class for a Sea Eagles team barely holding it all together; and the Sharks will continue their surge up the ladder with a fluent offensive onslaught against the fading Broncos.

    Up in beautiful Newcastle, the Knights will be given a rugby league lesson by the Storm. Nobody researches their opposition better than Melbourne, and with Newcastle’s overreliance on Ponga to generate points, expect the Storm to focus heavily on nullifying the prodigious fullback. And over in Campbelltown, I have zero faith in the Raiders. While the Tiger’s attack is patchy, I have no confidence in Canberra closing out a game. Wests by a couple.

    And in Tom’s ‘rock solid’ tip of the week, get out the brown paper bag and load up on the Roosters to put a stack of points on Penrith. I’m still not sold on the Panthers this season despite their lofty spot on the ladder, so I’m banking on the Chooks dishing out some Rooster reality.

    AJ Mithen

    Tips: Rabbitohs, Warriors, Panthers, Bulldogs, Dragons, Sharks, Storm, Raiders

    Well, my lead is gone, like the annual referee’s crackdown, it burned brightly before vanishing overnight. But I’ll be back. You watch. I’m fully recovered from my illness so I’m on the comeback to shake things up starting this week! Let the rebuild begin…

    Souths will take care of business against the Eels who have been celebrating all week after a win in the top end. The Bunnies are a couple of wins away from that sweet spot where finals are guaranteed and the top four becomes the goal. Who’s to say they can’t get up there?

    The Cowboys, the Cowboys, the Cowboys. Bereft of confidence, bereft of finishing. My premiership tip have been abominable from the starter’s pistol. A matchup in Townsville against the Warriors is usually a simple tip for the home side but New Zealand are starting to get their balance after a big stagger. Warriors.

    Rooster vs Panther had all the makings of a beauty, but now the crackdown is over we can look forward to a festival of players laying all over the ruck and dragging the game into a pit fight. I’ve got the Panthers on the back of their defence. And now they can layabout with impunity! How good will the game flow!

    Belmore plays host to the carnival of the also-ran when the Gold Coast tackle the Doggies. The Dogs have played hard without luck lately and they’ll get the win. Also winning this weekend are the Dragons, who might be listing just a touch but are still getting the job done. They’ll beat Manly.

    Brisbane at Cronulla will be another NRL sanctioned snoozefest as both sides fight over the comfy spot in the ruck while the ref looks the other way. These are the games Brisbane can sneak but not this week. Sharks win.

    Melbourne will beat Newcastle in another highly enjoyable outing at McDonald Jones Stadium and to wrap things up, the patched up Raiders will celebrate the return of Josh Hodgson with a convincing win over the Tigers at Campbelltown.

    That’s plenty good enough to get things back on track!

    Scott Pryde

    Tips: Rabbitohs, Cowboys, Roosters, Titans, Dragons, Sharks, Storm, Raiders

    What a round this promises to be. So many difficult games and if tipping doesn’t come off – well, it’s not going to end well is it?

    Of course I’m going to start with the Dragons. They are going to win and win well against Manly in Wollongong who are without Apisai Koroisau.

    Anyway, let’s leave Thursday behind and head straight onto Friyay (yes, I meant to say yay). Like Tim, I have no idea why I’m tipping the Cowboys. I blasted them in my talking points last week for simply showing no discipline and no will to compete against the Eels, but the Warriors have never been good in Townsville and they haven’t fully convinced me about being back in form yet. If their forwards play well they are a chance, but I’m going the Cowboys.

    The other Friday game is a doozy. The Roosters are picking up the pieces slowly but again didn’t convince anyone against Newcastle last week. They need to make a statement though and the Panthers, who have won four straight, are due for a loss.

    The Bulldogs-Titans clash to kick-off Saturday could be an ugly game, but the Bulldogs attack is awful, so I’ll take the Titans. The Sharks should win at home against the Broncos as well – incredibly hard to beat in the Shire, so incredibly hard to tip against as well, no matter what the Broncos showed in the first half against Melbourne away from home last weekend.

    Melbourne will demolish Newcastle, then I’m going to (stupidly? maybe?) take the Raiders to beat the Tigers at Campbelltown. They have to win. They will probably self-destruct in the last 20, but I’ll feel like I’m on a winner at halftime.

    Oh yeah, back to Thursday – Rabbitohs. By a lot of points. It’s going to be a blowout.

    Round 15 Tim Tom AJ Scott The Crowd
    EEL v RAB RAB RAB RAB RAB RAB
    COW v WAR COW COW WAR COW WAR
    ROO v PAN ROO ROO PAN ROO ROO
    BUL v TIT BUL BUL BUL TIT BUL
    DRA v SEA DRA DRA DRA DRA DRA
    SHA v BRO SHA SHA SHA SHA SHA
    KNI v STO STO STO STO STO STO
    TIG v RAI RAI TIG RAI RAI TIG
    Last week 7 6 5 6 7
    Total 66 57 66 56 64

    Crowd tipping will close at 5pm (AEST) on Thursday evening. Be sure to submit your tips on the form below before then to make your opinion count as part of The Crowd.

    Scott Pryde
    Scott Pryde

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 2000 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • June 14th 2018 @ 9:45am
      14-12 said | June 14th 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Wouldn’t be surprised at all if Brisbane beat my Sharkies this weekend. We always seem to struggle against the broncs.

      • Roar Guru

        June 14th 2018 @ 1:02pm
        Scott Pryde said | June 14th 2018 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

        Hard to beat in the Shire though.

        • Roar Guru

          June 14th 2018 @ 1:43pm
          Andrew Jackson said | June 14th 2018 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

          Brisbane have won 4 of their past 5 at Cronulla though Scotty.

    • June 14th 2018 @ 9:47am
      kk said | June 14th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      Games 2,3,4 and 8 are the only games where the experts have one standout
      difference in selection.

      Sorry Scott . I agree with your lot except for G2. I refuse to select the Cowboys
      until they show signs that every one of them is serious about their duties and
      obligations.

      Roosters: Because Cordner is back to near his best.
      Titans: Speed will win the day.
      Raiders: Tapine is back. Hodgson may inspire.

      RAB, WAR, ROO, TIT, DRA, SHA, STO, RAI

    • Roar Rookie

      June 14th 2018 @ 11:17am
      Joe said | June 14th 2018 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      Going the same as Tom this week.

      • Columnist

        June 14th 2018 @ 5:01pm
        Tom Rock said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

        That should be enough of a hint for you to change your tips Joe

    • Roar Guru

      June 14th 2018 @ 12:44pm
      Andrew Jackson said | June 14th 2018 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

      I’m going all out with five upsets this week:

      Rabbitohs by 20 – Well Parramatta is one upset I am certainly not considering…
      Cowboys by 6 – Every time I pick them to win they disappoint, then when I jump off they win. Green has made some changes this week and that might just spark something… or maybe I’m just clutching at straws.
      Panthers by 2 – If Penrith dominate this up the middle they’ll win. They are a smarter footy team.
      Titans by 8 – Pick of the round. Ash Taylor to win this one alone.
      Dragons by 16 – No Api Koroisau. DCE’s a “bad guy” dramas. Dragons should have got a spray after last week.
      Broncos by 6 – Bennett will have them primed to bounce back.
      Storm by 10 – Melbourne to win but they need to put in an 80-minute performance if they are to put the Knights through the cleaners.
      Raiders by 8 – Hodgson back is enough for me to lean to them here.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 3:41pm
        JN said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

        Panthers beating the roosters is not an upset. So that makes it four upsets

        • Roar Guru

          June 14th 2018 @ 4:30pm
          Andrew Jackson said | June 14th 2018 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

          Roosters are $1.85 Panthers are $2.00 so don’t see your logic. Penrith are outsiders.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 10:25am
            JN said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:25am | ! Report

            just because gamblers suggest it is doesnt mean anything. You look at most tipping websites and i guarantee more people are picking panthers. Panthers have arguably have been better, and most critics agree. There are more ways to find out an upset than sportsbet

    • June 14th 2018 @ 3:06pm
      Albo said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

      Bunnies ( in a cricket score)
      Warriors ( just cannot pick Cows on current form)
      Panthers ( Pack to control things, Jimmy to provide the touches)
      Dogs ( Belmore to bring a change of luck)
      Dragons ( Manly in big trouble despite the brothers T)
      Sharks – (Pack to control , Moylan to finish them off)
      Storm – ( The GOAT to run the show and limit the Kid’s returns)
      Tigers – (Too committed for the flaky Raiders)

    • Roar Rookie

      June 14th 2018 @ 5:54pm
      Ray Stewart said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

      Eels – Good defensive effort last week, Bunnies just might be off tonight with the Origin stars a bit rusty. Penalty goal difference in Parra’s favour
      Cowboys – Travel factor for the NZ team and Cows will be rearing to go after last week lack lustre effort.
      Panthers – Possible game of the round, Cleary’s boot to get the visitors home.
      Bulldogs – Can’t get a read on the Titans, but Liccha’s return should get the Dogs on the front foot throughout.
      Dragons – Expecting a close battle, Dragons have been flat for the past fortnight.
      Sharks – Brisbane’s halves will be targeted and be disorganised as expected. Should be a comfortable win for the home side.
      Storm – Knights will try, but at their best still won’t be enough to topple the Storm
      Tigers – Raiders without Rapana just won’t have enough points against the Tigers.

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