I’m just going to put it out there: what is going on with the NRL? This round so far has been so inconsistent, it makes Kim Kardashian look… I’m not even going to go there.
SolSat’s predictions from round six: 4 of 8 (50%) That damn perfect score is avoiding me.
Friday April 18, 2014
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ ANZ Stadium
The annual Easter Friday bash kicks off the round as the Bunnies and the Doggies collide at ANZ Stadium in what is sure to be a whopper of a game. On the green side, Luke Burgess comes on for his suspended brother George and McQueen replaces the suspended Te’o. On the blue side, Pat O’Hanlon replaces injured co-captain Frank Pritchard on the bench.
SolSat’s prediction: Canterbury Bulldogs
I adore the Rabbitohs, I really do, but their inconsistency has ultimately made me go with the Doggies on this one. Canterbury have finally reached their peak after a lengthy stalemate and I see them defeating the Bunnies in a terrific game of footy.
Newcastle Knights vs. Brisbane Broncos @ Hunter Stadium
Friday’s second game will see the Knights take on the Broncos with their much needed home field advantage. Mullen made a surprise return last week and he just might be the catalyst the Knights need to conquer the baby Broncos. Josh Mantellato comes onto the wing for the Knights while the Broncos remain unchanged.
SolSat’s prediction: Brisbane Broncos
This tip is as tentative as firetruck. I believe in my boys, I really do, but sometimes they just let me down, especially during the last minutes. Mullen’s return ignited a fire in the Knights and they played formidably last week. I’m going with a close win for the Bronx on this one.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ Central Coast Stadium
The most consistent team in NRL will take on the most disappointing at a stadium I don’t think I’ve ever heard of before. The Sea Eagles made good work of the Sharks last week and look to continue their impressive form against the Cowboys who came up short against the Tigers. Jason King makes his return for the Eagles the Cowboys see a rookie debut and an extended bench.
SolSat’s prediction: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
This is like choosing to say goodbye to your child forever. I’m sorry Cowboys, but I just don’t see that North Queensland drive in you yet. I predict a decent win from the Eagles over the Cowboys to close Easter Friday footy.
Saturday April 19, 2014
St. George Illawarra Dragons vs. New Zealand Warriors @ WIN Jubilee Stadium
The controversy-ridden Dragons will look to get their heads back in the game after a terrible call cost them the game last week. The Warriors travel to foreign territory after just losing to the Doggies last week. The Dragons have been named unchanged while the Warriors side sees three new faces due to suspension, injury and “droppage”.
SolSat’s prediction: St. George Illawarra Dragons
Controversy aside, statistically speaking, the Dragons are the better side. Controversy not aside, the Dragons will be breathing fire and will run a riot against the Warriors. I see a comfortable win for the Saints.
Cronulla Sharks vs. Sydney Roosters @ Remondis Stadium
The last-placed Sharks look to use the home field advantage as they have the challenge of facing the Chookies who, despite being the premiers, have not yet impressed so far in the season. Jonathan Wright comes onto the wing for the Sharkies and the Chookies remain unchanged, although they are blessed with an extended bench.
SolSat’s prediction: Sydney Roosters
This one is, dare I say, a breeze to tip. The Roosters are playing decent footy while the Sharks haven’t found their finals-footy niche. The Roosters will have a comfortable win here, methinks.
Sunday April 20, 2014
Canberra Raiders vs. Melbourne Storm @ GIO Stadium
The Raiders have been early predicted as the wooden spooners of the year. They intend to prove those doubters wrong but have to face the Storm to do so. Joel Edwards returns to the starting Raiders side while the Storm’s Dayne Weston returns to an added extended bench and an otherwise unchanged side after the incident we’ll call the “Dragons Stormy night”.
SolSat’s prediction: Melbourne Storm
The Storm aren’t “the Storm” for no reason; they know how to play some good footy. The Raiders are, well, not up there in the stormy side of things. However, Josh Papali’i must be commended for his outstanding form. He is definitely becoming one of my faves. Heartsz.
Monday April 21, 2014
Parramatta Eels vs. Wests Tigers @ ANZ Stadium
Two of the bottom teams from last year’s ladder that are now the names to beat clash as the Eels take on the Tigers to close the Easter weekend round. Darcy Lussick returns from suspension for the Eels while Joel Luani replaces injured captain Robbie Farah for the Tigers. Coincidentally enough, Eels hooker Nathan Peats will be looking to take Farah’s NSW hooker position if he doesn’t come back in time.
SolSat’s prediction: Parramatta Eels
From last year, I’m just not used to writing “Parramatta Eels” next to “SolSat’s prediction” but this year, it’s the truth. The Eels are just playing really, really well. The Tigers have lost their key player and skipper so I see that as the main reason for their downfall. Also, Peatsy… Matthew McConnaugheeeeyyyyyy.
To all our loyal and lovely readers out there, have a lovely Easter, whether you believe in it or not. And have a few beers over some good footy!
– by Noah La’ulu