Tipping for Dummies: Round 9

I can’t even remember doing the last TFD because it was that long ago, what with the rep week and the week I accidentally missed. Nonetheless, here I am again with Tipping for Dummies!

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Friday May 9, 2014
Sydney Roosters vs. West Tigers @ Allianz Stadium
The reigning premiers are sitting fifth on the ladder after a very disappointing start to the season. Sitting one rung up on the ladder are the Tigers whose winning streak was cut off by the Titans two weeks ago. The Chookies receive an extended bench while Blake Austin returns as five-eighth for the Wests.
SolSat’s prediction: Sydney Roosters
What would have been a blind-easy prediction last year has been a very difficult prediction now. I don’t see how they’ve improved but by golly the Tigers have improved. I am predicting a close game from both of these top teams.

North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos @ 1300 SMILES Stadium
The second Queensland derby of the year takes place this Friday, however the hosting roles will be changed as the Cowboys host the Broncos. Gavin Cooper returns for the Cowboys while Cameron King will make his debut for the club; Thaiday is still out for the Broncos while Polar Bear has been replaced by David Hala on the bench.
SolSat’s prediction: Brisbane Broncos
Bias aside, of the two Queensland teams, the Broncos have had way better form, and based solely on that, I’m backing my baby Broncos for the second-straight win in this Queensland derby. I’mΒ really hoping that the Cowboys hit form soon though because I actually love them.

Saturday May 10, 2014
New Zealand Warriors vs. Canberra Raiders @ Eden Park

Two of the bottom teams will look to increase their form as the Warriors take on the Raiders at Eden Park to open Saturday footy. The Warriors are coming off a win in the last round while the Raiders weren’t so lucky two weeks ago. Kevin Locke may make his first appearance of the year after being named on the Warriors’ bench while Papali’i and Shillington have been put on the Raiders bench.
SolSat’s prediction: New Zealand Warriors
Even though they’re arguably the most inconsistent team in the league, the Warriors have been known to play some solid footy when the situation calls for it, and given their low seating on the ladder, I would say the situation is calling for it.

Gold Coast Titans vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Cbus Super Stadium
The Queensland team who have been sitting comfortably in the top rungs of the ladder host the Rabbitohs who should also be so lucky. William Zillman returns for the Titans from a groin injury while Aidan Sezer is in doubt for Saturday. The Souths remain unchanged with an extended bench.
SolSat’s prediction: Gold Coast Titans
Even though the odds are in the Bunnies’ favour, I am actually expecting an “upset” of sorts with a Titans victory. Hopefully Sezer will be okay to play because he has been the catalyst for several of the Titans wins this season and last.

Melbourne Storm vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles @ AAMI Park
The Storm haven’t had a great season and it shows as the team used to being in the finals sit at tenth place. They host the Sea Eagles who have had three straights wins and look to make it four. Will Chambers returns from suspension for the Storm while the Eagles will miss Jamie Lyon and Glenn Stewart due to injury.
SolSat’s prediction: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Even with the home crowd advantage, I don’t have faith that the Storm can dethrone the always-top form Eagles. I mean, they’re sitting at second place on the ladder for a reason, right?

Sunday May 11, 2014
Newcastle Knights vs. Penrith Panthers @ Hunter Stadium

As #RiseForAlex becomes stronger, the Knights form becomes weaker with two straight losses for the side. The Panthers are barely hanging on at eighth place on the ladder. Akuila Uate returns for the Knights while Korbin Sims will miss the game due to a not-yet-happened suspension. Tyrone Peachey starts for the Panthers.
SolSat’s prediction: Penrith Panthers
I am actually convinced that the Panthers are a hidden force in the league and their full potential will be reached when no one’s expecting it. Let this be the start of said potential with a comfortable win over the Knights.

St. George Illawarra Dragons vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ ANZ Stadium
Is ANZ Stadium the home of like every Sydney team? Regardless of this, the Dragons host the first-placed Bulldogs at ANZ on Sunday, even though the stadium is the home for the latter. Joel Thompson moves to the centres while Bronson Harrison takes his second row spot for the Dragons while Tim Lafai returns for the Doggies.
SolSat’s prediction: Canterbury Bulldogs
While the Dragons are definitely one of the teams to watch, the Doggies aren’t sitting on the top of the ladder for no reason. Enough said, pretty much.

Monday May 12, 2014
Parramatta Eels vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Pirtek Oval
Nathan Peats (who is one of my new faves) and the Eels side host the Cronulla Sharks to close the round. The big sweet story coming into this one is the season debut for Luke Lewis who has been out with injury from the World Cup. Darcy Lussick and Pauli Pauli start for the Eels.
SolSat’s prediction: Parramatta Eels
Even with the added boost of having Lewis back, I don’t see the Sharks taking the win over the Eels on Monday, especially with the Eels dominance in their home field. Here’s to a Peatsy-inspired win.

I’m pretty much set for comp footy after a phenom week of rep last week. Let’s go!

– by Noah La’ulu

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