Another interesting Super Saturday is on the cards in Round 7 of the NRL. The Cowboys will be desperate to overturn last week’s shocking performance against the Knights. Then we have the QLD Derby between the Broncos and Titans. But the highlight of Super Saturday will be the Eels up against the Raiders at Bankwest Stadium.
(Sat, Jun 27 3:00pm)
After an awful display of Rugby League last week, the Cowboys will hopefully be motivated this week on their home turf. Against the Tigers, the game was basically over at half-time with a 34-0 scoreline as the Cowboys were embarrassingly bad. They’ve given up 99 points in their last 3 games alone so the Knights will pose a challenging prospect if this poor defence continues. In team news, Reuben Cotter will replace Corey Jensen. There’s also a chance that Jordan McLean could play.
The Knights are sitting nicely positioned 2nd on the ladder after 4 wins / 1 draw / 1 loss. They comfortably beat the Broncos last Thursday on the Central Coast and a 10 day break will give them an advantage heading into Saturday’s contest. The key factor in continuing the Cowboys defensive woes will be using the combination of Ponga and Pearce on the outside edges. But they will miss the try-scoring ability of centre Bradman Best as he’s out for this match.
Newcastle smashed the Cowboys 42-6 last year and this could be a similar result if the banged up North Queensland side produce a similar effort to last week. But in the end, this clash should be played at a fast pace in dry conditions and that makes the Over a good bet.
(Sat, Jun 27 5:30pm)
The Broncos and Titans will reignite their rivalry this Saturday when they meet at Suncorp Stadium. Starting with the Broncos, it’s been a challenging start to 2020 with plenty of injuries, suspensions, ill-discipline and questions asked of their team when things get tough. So there’s a lot to play for on Saturday if they’re looking to turn it around against a team they should beat. However, they have suffered more setbacks in team selections. Jamayne Isaako has been dropped to the bench and Tesi Niu will wear the #1 jersey. Meanwhile, suspensions to Carrigan and Flegler have weakened their forward pack.
Gold Coast are sitting last on the ladder and come off another poor performance against the Dragons last week. They were held to just 2 points in 74 minutes and didn’t record a line break for the whole game. So it’s simply a case of a must win game on Saturday to keep their faint top 8 hopes alive. Much like the Broncos, the Titans have plenty of team changes. Dale Copley is back in the centres for Tonumaipea. Mitch Rein has earnt his hooker spot back in place of Erin Clark. Bryce Cartwright has also been dropped out of the starting 17.
This is a tough game to predict as both sides have been pretty awful to watch in 2020. They’re also suffering from continual team changes and poor form, so we’ll be steering clear of this game. The Titans do have a good record over the Broncos at Suncorp so take a punt on the underdog if you like.
TIP: No Bet
(Sat, Jun 27 7:35pm)
This should be a great contest between 1st and 5th on the ladder. While the Eels couldn’t get past the Roosters last week, they lost no admirers in what was a tough battle. They even hit the lead with 20 minutes to go but once again, the Roosters were just too good. However, the Eels should be really confident of beating the suddenly out of form Raiders. Parramatta have been one of the best disciplined teams in the competition and also rank 1st for possession %. So they’ll look to keep the ball away from the Raiders playmakers for the 80 minutes. They have suffered a blow in team selections with Nathan Brown suspended for 2 weeks and Kane Evans injured his calf at training.
This is a huge game for the Canberra Raiders, who’ve been a bit out of sorts lately. In the last 3 weeks, they’ve been smashed by the Knights, struggled to beat the out of form Tigers and scored just 6 points against an injury riddled Manly side. So Ricky Stuart will be demanding more consistency from the Green Machine. It simply starts with getting their completion rate % up and limiting errors because their defensive structure always seems to keep them in the contest. There’s good news in team selections with no changes for this clash.
We feel like this will be a really close game between two fairly similar sides. So we like the chances of either team winning by under 10.5 points, which was the case in last year’s meeting as well.
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