The NRL resumes it's regular fixture this weekend with eight games on the schedule! Matta91 is back to preview all eight games in Round 13 which get underway with a Friday night double header kicking off at 6pm!
South Sydney starts as favourites on Friday night at ANZ against the Knights but they’ll be the more impacted team from Origin. Cook probably won’t back up with an 80-minute performance and it’s hard to know if Walker, Murray and Gagai play. Interestingly though, James Roberts will make his debut for the Rabbitohs. For Newcastle, they’re riding a 5 game winning streak and an impressive 38-12 victory over the Roosters before the bye. So despite a poor record against Souths lately at 1-10 since 2010, this seems like the perfect time for Newcastle to beat the odds. Also, Souths do have a poor home ATS record after a loss (8-22).
Wests Tigers return to Bankwest where they’ll be looking for a better showing compared to their first outing here. On that day, Parramatta opened the stadium with a 51-6 scoreline. The Raiders are heavily impacted by Origin at the moment but they still managed to beat the Bulldogs 12-10 last week. In a boost to their lineup, Rapana is back this week but it is hard to judge which Origin players will back up. The odds can’t separate either side so this is looking like a close but high scoring affair. The total is set fairly low at 36.5 points as the Tigers are trending towards the Overs lately. As such, 4 of their last 5 games have totalled over 40 points. Also, the 36.5 total has been beaten in all of the last 9 meetings between these two.
The Warriors and Storm rivalry is always good to watch so hopefully this is another battle on Saturday. The two sides met on Anzac Day with the Storm getting on top 13-12, but it wasn’t convincing. Meanwhile, the Warriors are back from the bye and will look to rebound from an 8-2 loss against Brisbane. But with a matchup against the Storm’s great defence, it’s hard to see them improving out of sight. Melbourne have a nice 6-3 Unders record at Mt Smart and the last meeting was a 12-6 result. There’s also a chance Melbourne rest their Origin players, which limits their scoring potential.
Another rivalry matchup on Saturday will see the 6-5 Sharks take on the 6-6 Eels. Parramatta ended a 3 game skid with a 26-14 win over Souths last week, but South Sydney were missing a host of key players. Cronulla is playing decent footy at this stage with 3 wins in their last 4 and will be rested from the bye. The two sides have met in 2019 and the Eels won on that occasion 24-12. While in the last clash here, the Sharks just got over the line 22-20. The jury is still out on Parramatta at the moment but I think will no Origin disruption and the Sharks still missing a few players, this should be close. Cronulla are just 13-23 ATS at home in night games so Eels at the line.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Manly Sea Eagles (Saturday, Jun 8 7:35pm)
Both the Cowboys and Sea Eagles hold 6-6 records so this is an intriguing clash. But Origin means this matchup will be impacted with unknown team changes. Manly do get Tom Trbojevic back from injury but they might not risk DCE after Origin. Meanwhile, Morgan is listed at fullback but again, he might not play. So this is probably one of the most unpredictable games of the round and will be a no bet.
Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans (Sunday, Jun 9 2:00pm)
Brisbane’s season is back on track mainly thanks to their form at Suncorp and they’ll look to continue their dominance of the Titans. Since 2010, Brisbane holds an impressive 15-3 SU record. At Suncorp, they have won 3 on the trot and that includes a great 15-10 win over the Roosters. For the Titans, they were beyond frustrating last week in a 6-4 loss against the undermanned Cowboys. After smashing the Sea Eagles 36-18 the week before, it was just another inconsistent display we’ve come to expect in 2019. With the Broncos coming off an 8-2 win over the Warriors in NZ, it’s hard to see the Titans attack improving here so I like the chances of the Under here. Brisbane have conceded just 8.66 points per game at Suncorp in their last 3 and they look strong defensively under Seibold.
Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters (Sunday, Jun 9 4:05pm)
Penrith will play the Roosters at the right time this week due to Origin. Sydney have 4 players expected to back up from NSW selection and they have named Cooper Cronk. But they do have a knack of making late team changes at the moment. Meanwhile, the Panthers might not risk Cleary after Origin and Kikau missed last week with injury. With 2 straight wins, the Panthers season looks to be back on track but to be fair, they’ve only beaten the injury-riddled Sea Eagles and inconsistent Eels. Their record against the Roosters isn’t great at this venue either at 1-3. However, it’s hard to predict which side the Roosters will run with on Sunday. So this will be a no bet with unpredictability surrounding this matchup.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Dragons (Monday, Jun 10 4:00pm)
The Dragons are a shadow of the team that crushed the Bulldogs 40-4 in mid-April as they’ll be looking to end a 5 game losing streak. But the Bulldogs aren’t looking much better on the bottom of the ladder with a 3-9 record. Last week, they couldn’t get past the undermanned Raiders and they’re underdogs once again this week. The good news for St. George is the return of Corey Norman because they have sorely missed him. Monday games between these two sides trend towards the Under so considering either side’s form, it’s hard to see a high scoring game this Monday. The last 2 games average a total of 26 points and hopefully, this trend continues.
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