After missing last week’s TFD due to the bus ride from hell (that took double the time it usually takes), we’re back with Tipping for Dummies!
Friday April 11, 2014
Penrith Panthers vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Sportingbet Stadium
The Panthers are coming off a close win last week, due largely to the skill of rookie debutant Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who retains his spot on the wing. The Rabbitohs have finally broken their losing streak and look to make a winning streak against Penrith. Both sides remain unchanged but with extended benches.
SolSat’s prediction: Penrith Panthers
With all due respect to the Rabbitohs – and Greg Inglis, because I love him – but their inconsistent play has me skeptical on whether they can continue to perform as well as they did last week. The Panthers are a deadly team this season and I’m expecting a close game between both sides, but a victory for the home team.
Gold Coast Titans vs. Brisbane Broncos @ CBUS Super Stadium
The local Queensland derby takes place tonight as the first-ranked Titans host the third-ranked Broncos. SolSat golden boy Aidan Sezer returns from a quad injury to the number six jersey with Maurice Blair shifting back to the centre. Justin Hodges has been named to start for the Broncos. The Titans are coming off a win against the Storm while the Broncos lost a nailbiter against the Eels last week.
SolSat’s prediction: Brisbane Broncos
I love the Titans, I really do, but I just don’t think they have it in them to down the Broncos. Captain Cozza scored his 1000th point last week, which just goes to show how dominant the Broncos can be when they’re on their best. Here’s to a good game. UP THE MAROONS.
Saturday April 12, 2014
Canberra Raiders vs. Newcastle Knights @ GIO Stadium
Perth will see their second game of the year as the Raiders take on the Knights at GIO Stadium. Both teams are coming off losses from last week, the latter of which was a sizeable difference. Josh Papali’i is among the four Raiders players who return to the team after missing games for different reasons. The Knights remain unchanged, as I impatiently await Mullen’s return.
SolSat’s prediction: Newcastle Knights
Parramatta Eels vs. Sydney Roosters @ PIRTEK Stadium
The Eels and the Roosters meet for the second time this season at the newly named PIRTEK Stadium. The Roosters dominated the Eels in their first match, however the Eels recent winning form may be a changing factor. Fuifui Moimoi returns for the Eels from injury while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns for the Chookies after a one week suspension.
SolSat’s prediction: Sydney Roosters
I actually don’t mind the Eels this season, what with the return of Hoppa and the newly signed Peatsy. In saying that, I unfortunately do not see them downing the Roosters, despite the Chookies surprisingly inconsistent season. I am predicting this one to be much closer than the previous.
Wests Tigers vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ Campbelltown Sports Stadium
The team of many home grounds will host the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown this weekend. Both teams have been rather inconsistent with their form, however the Tigers have had a much better season. Debutant Kurtis Rowe replaces the injured Tedesco on the Tigers side while the Cowboys remain unchanged.
SolSat’s prediction: North Queensland Cowboys
When the Cowboys are on, they’re on. If the Cowboys continue the play that they had last week against the Knights, then I am comfortably predicting a Cowboys win here.
Sunday April 13, 2014
New Zealand Warriors vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Eden Park
On-again-off-again is the recurring theme between these two teams who both started the season very poorly but have come into form recently, more apparent in the Doggies, who sit second on the ladder. The Doggies are coming off a much needed one point win while the Warriors were decimated. Both teams make important changes to their respective sides due to injury.
SolSat’s prediction: Canterbury Bulldogs
As I stated before, the Doggies have had a more apparent change in form. It seems as if they’ve re-found their pizzazz that made them a killer side in the first place. The Warriors are too inconsistent for my liking so I’m predicting a comfortable win for Canterbury to open Sunday.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Brookvale Oval
The Eagles are coming off a shock loss against the Tigers last week after having a kickstart to the season this year. The Sharkies, meanwhile, dominated in their game against the Warriors. Case, set and point. Glenn Stewart and James Hasson return for the Eagles while Chris Heighington swaps Tinirau Arona to start as lock for the Sharks.
SolSat’s prediction: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
What would’ve been an obvious pick a couple of weeks ago has turned into a tentative one, and I am tentatively backing the Eagles on this one. Something has lit a fire in the Sharks and they’re firing on all cylinders; however, the Sea Eagles are the Sea Eagles. This’ll be a darn close one!
Monday April 14, 2014
Melbourne Storm vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons @ AAMI Park
Closing the round are the Storm, who are out of the top eight for the first time in like 10 years, hosting the Dragons at AAMI Park. Gareth Widdop will be facing his old team for the first time this round. Both teams were on the bad end of the stick last week with respective losses to the Titans and the Rabbitohs. Tim Glasby replaces Dayne Weston on the Storm and Michael Witt has been named as Dragons halfback.
SolSat’s prediction: Melbourne Storm
This one is also a tentative pick. The Storm haven’t been playing “Storm footy” recently while the Dragons have been on point. However, I am going with the more “experienced” team in this one in what will be a great closing game.
There we go. Without the hiccup of bus rides from hell.
– by Noah La’ulu