How good is it to have footy back on our teles! What’s even better is that my beautiful face was featured at the end of the Broncos game where I was cheering decked out in Broncos gear. What’s even better than that is I got to meet the victorious team afterwards! Memberships = worth every dollar.
SolSat’s predictions from round one: 3 of 8 (37.5%) Oops. However, I will make note that the Queensland teams were the ones to not let me down. Yeah. Think about it.
Friday March 14, 2014
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Bluetongue Stadium
Manly are coming off a last minute-one point loss to Melbourne Storm in round one after an extremely impressive first half. The Bunnies, however, caused what many believed to be an upset when they toppled the reigning premiers with a 20 point win. South Sydney have made no changes to their team, while Wolfman makes his return for the Sea Eagles.
SolSat’s prediction: South Sydney Rabbitohs
Call me old fashioned but I believe in the idea that momentum serves a lot to a team’s spirit and form. The momentum that the Bunnies have gotten so far with their win over the Chookies last week will catapult them into victory over the always-impressive Eagles.
Brisbane Broncos vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ Suncorp Stadium
Queensland’s major rivalry comes to a head as the Broncos take on the Cowboys at Suncorp. Betting odds were against the Broncos last week but my boys proved their critics wrong with a six point victory over the Bulldogs. The Cowboys were also successful over the Raiders in their own six point victory, so both teams will be looking to continue their momentum in the Queensland Derby match.
SolSat’s prediction: Brisbane Broncos
No offence against my boys but this is a tentative tip. The Broncos are good, sure, but the Cowboys are one of the most consistently excellent teams in the NRL, but I do believe that the Broncos will have the slight edge over North Queensland this week.
Saturday March 15, 2014
New Zealand Warriors vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons @ Eden Park
The Warriors will host the Dragons this Saturday at Eden Park after suffering a huge loss to the reinvigorated Parramatta Eels. Dragons players Jack de Belin and Michael Witt join Josh Dugan on the injury sideline. After an impressive performance from newly acquired Gareth Widdop, the Dragons will look to continue their winning form.
SolSat’s prediction: St. George Illawarra Dragons
Gareth Widdop anyone? But seriously, after a disappointing effort from the Warriors last week, I kind of expect the Dragons to make good work of the Warriors. On a side note: Gareth Widdop anyone?
Melbourne Storm vs. Penrith Panthers @ AAMI Park
The Storm and the Panthers clash at AAMI Park with both teams being victorious in the previous round over Manly and Newcastle respectively. Storm playmaker Cooper Cronk returns to the Melbourne side but Penrith’s Jamal Idris and Tim Grant will be rested for another week.
SolSat’s prediction: Melbourne Storm
This one is a tentative tip as well as the Panthers have clearly had the best off season of any team in the NRL. Their acquisitions and their re-design of the club has clearly led to better form, but the Storm are the Storm. And Cooper Donkey’s back.
Sydney Roosters vs. Parramatta Eels @ Allianz Stadium
The Chookies will look to recover after a huge defeat at the hands of the Rabbitohs last week in the opening game while the Eels have been motivated with a win over the Warriors. The Chookies will be without big man Sonny Bill Williams after a shoulder charge ruled him out for three weeks.
SolSat’s prediction: Sydney Roosters
Soz not soz Eels, the Chookies are a dominant team despite their loss last week. Even with the Eels dominating last week against the Warriors, I expect their momentum to be stopped by Robbo’s team of athletes.
Sunday March 16, 2014
Gold Coast Titans vs. Wests Tigers @ CBUS Super Stadium
The Titans caused possibly the biggest upset of round one with a victory over the Sharkies but the Tigers were the victims of a 20 point loss to the Dragons. Titans player Luke Douglas will be in doubt for this game with a thumb injury despite being named. The Tigers have an extended bench for this game.
SolSat’s prediction: Gold Coast Titans
The Titans are, in my sweet and humble opinion, one of the most underrated teams in the game today. They make solid runs and Aidan Sezer’s kicking game is unmatched. The Tigers will need to so some major re-thinking if they want to get back into finals contention.
Newcastle Knights vs. Canberra Raiders @ Hunter Stadium
The Knights take on the Raiders in the closing game of Sunday. Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been ruled out with injury and will be replaced by Kurt Gidley while Canberra’s side remains unchanged. Both teams will look to get back on the right track after losing in round one.
SolSat’s prediction: Newcastle Knights
The Knights had a bit of a hiccup last week. Well, a huge hiccup, but still, their form is much better than that of the Raiders. Come on, Ricky Stuart, sort it out. I like the Raiders side and it’s sad to see them this… sad.
Monday March 17, 2014
Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Cronulla Sharks @ ANZ Stadium
The Bulldogs will host the Sharks at ANZ Stadium in the last game of the round. The Sharks continue to get bad news as captain Paul Gallen has been ruled out for the next six weeks with an injury, and Andrew Fifita has been named in the side despite facing a possible shoulder charge suspension.
SolSat’s prediction: Canterbury Bulldogs
After suffering a loss at the hands of my boys (insert arrogant hair flip here), the Doggies will use that as a fire under their asses to get back to their top form. Amongst all this ASADA crap that is ruining the game, the Sharks have lost their own fire, so the Doggies will take advantage of that.
– by Noah La’ulu