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Round 14 has begun and we look ahead to another exciting super Saturday festival of footy. This slate includes three exciting matches.
Titans versus Rabbitohs
The Gold Coast Titans will look to break their three-game losing streak when they host the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Titans have been seriously disappointing so far this season. After making the finals last year, many thought the team was on the rise and would improve after than last campaign.
This is not going to happen, as they are currently sitting in 15th spot on the ladder. The Titans just haven’t been able to play organised footy and have looked extremely sluggish.
Their opponents the Rabbitohs have found themselves on a rollercoaster ride during the first half of the season.
They provided a second-half domination over the Wests Tigers in their last outing, leaving them scoreless during the second period.
Due to their win-loss trend, Souths fans have a reason to be worried about being able to take the two competition points from this battle.
But the Gold Coast will continue their losing streak, as they will be too weak, and the Rabbits will fire up and outclass the Gold Coast.
Prediction: Rabbitohs by 14.
Roosters versus Storm
The Melbourne Storm will travel to Sydney, as they will take on the Sydney Roosters at the SCG.
The Chooks were feeling hot after knocking off the Cronulla Sharks, however the very next week they were outplayed by the Canberra Raiders. But they were without troops, including superstar James Tedesco.
Despite not being at full strength, I thought they still had a good enough side on the park to defeat Canberra.
Hiccups during the season have been common for the Roosters, as they have failed to win games that they are expected to succeed in. That continued in last weekend’s fixture.
The Melbourne Storm will be without Xavier Coates, who suffered a possible long-term injury during Game 1 of Origin.
Cameron Munster, Harry Grant, and Felise Kaufusi are all expected to back up after their Origin victory, although I can’t be certain they will take the field.
All three of those guys listed are so important to this Melbourne team and whether they play or not may sway my tip.
The Storm were able to take care of business at home against Manly, despite being under the pump in the media, after losing back-to-back games beforehand.
As I said earlier, if the three named Origin stars are available on game day, then expect Melbourne to take a tight win.
Due to the three being named on the team sheet, at the moment I think the Storm will collect their tenth win of the season.
Prediction: Storm by four.
Broncos versus Raiders
The Brisbane Broncos are on a high at the moment, as they’ve won six straight and are looking to cement their current place in the top four.
They will be playing off the back of a bye, when they welcome the Canberra Raiders to town on Saturday night.
Brisbane fans like myself haven’t felt better since possibly 2016. This is because the 2015 grand finalists are playing such exciting and entertaining footy.
It shows how much Adam Reynolds has improved not just himself, but the rest of side as well. Reynolds will return after being out of action with a minor injury over the past two matches.
The Broncos caused a fright for fans during the first half of the outing against the Titans. However, they were sensationally able to fight their way back into the contest, and they looked unstoppable.
On the other hand, the Canberra Raiders wouldn’t love anything more than a win on Saturday. Despite a slow start to the season, Canberra have won four of their past five contests, and knocking off a top-four team would mean a lot regarding their process.
Jack Wighton was arguably the Blues’ best on Wednesday night and will be backing up for his club. Hopefully for the Raiders, he will be able to move his form from Origin into his Green Machine performances.
Due to being a Broncos fan, I think they will win their seventh straight at home. They should and hopefully will win comfortably.
Prediction: Broncos by 12.