Round eleven selections

Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers – Thursday night – BankWest Stadium

Back to back losses for the Eels will have Parramatta fans a little nervous, although they did improve their defense in round ten after quite the humiliation in round nine. They do need to fire up in attack though, scoring just ten points in their last two outings. That said, ten points may be enough. The Panthers have averaged less than 9 points in attack in their last three games, and conceded a whopping 30 points every single time. You don't win a lot of football games if you concede 30 points. These sides met in round one where the Eels triumphed out at Panthers Stadium. Since then the Eels have probably improved while the Panthers certainly haven't. Just two very narrow wins for the Panthers this year – their season is effectively over and the club can pencil in another enormous financial loss for the year. They were supposed to build an empire, but it's a pretty lousy empire. Meanwhile they can check out the Eels schmicky new stadium on Thursday night, where the Eels haven't lost yet against two Sydney teams that are better than the Panthers. Everything points to the Eels.

Verdict – Parramatta by 14

Result – Panthers 16 defeated Eels 10

Manly Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans – Friday night – Lottoland

Des Hasler, it must be said, is quite the coach. When he first grabbed the clipboard at Manly he took a team that hadn't played finals football for decades and made them a force. The only team that was better than them at the time was the Storm (and we know why). He shuffled over to the Bulldogs and took a struggling team all the way to a grand final. Now he's back at his spiritual home, and with half his salary cap in rehab he has the Sea Eagles on the cusp of the top four. If they beat the Titans on Friday night they have already won as many games as they won all season in 2018. Few expected them to beat the Sharks at Cronulla last weekend but they never looked like losing. Given that performance, it's hard to imagine them losing to the Titans at Brookvale.

Verdict – Sea Eagles by 8

Result – Titans 36 defeated Sea Eagles 18

Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters – Friday night – McDonald Jones Stadium

Game of the round stuff here. The Knights are on quite the roll with four wins in a row and, impressively, their last three wins have all been away from home. They're back at Newcastle on Friday night and you'd expect the joint to be heaving. The Roosters had a rare loss last weekend to a team they throttled earlier in the season, but the standard of that game was top shelf...possibly the best game I've seen this year. The Chooks don't look like a team that will lose two in a row very often. Also note that the Knights have a sprinkling of Roosters rejects in their line-up (Pearce, Kenny-Dowall, Watson), and I expect they will all be up for the occasion. Taukeiaho is unlikely to play for the visitors and he's a massive out if that's the case, but the Roosters seem to be able to cover for injuries better than most, and Cordnor and Tupou should be back this week. A Knights win wouldn't surprise me one bit, but I'm tipping the tricolours.

Verdict – Roosters by 7

Result – Knights 38 defeated Roosters 12

Canberra Raiders vs North Queensland Cowboys – Saturday afternoon – GIO Stadium

There are a few form lines you can read when considering this contest. The most obvious one is from back in round four, when the Raiders beat the Cowboys comfortably up in Townsville. The other slightly less obvious form line is through the Rabbitohs. The Cowboys lost to the Rabbits in round nine and the Raiders lost to the Rabbits in round ten. The Raiders loss was, arguably, more competitive, and while the Raiders were playing at home the Cowboys were playing at Suncorp (which is arguably more like home for them anyway). It's not cut and dried, not remotely so. Taumalolo can win a game on his own and he has McGuire back this week who will be keen to impress the Origin selectors. The battle between these two forward packs is worth the price of admission alone. Looks a contest.

Verdict – Raiders by 4

Result – Cowboys 22 defeated Raiders 16

New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos – Saturday night – Mt Smart Stadium

Take my tip with a grain of salt here folks, for the Broncos are my achilles heel this season. As I write this I can hear the Broncos training in the background. They sound buoyant and they have every right to be. The win over the Roosters was top class. The win over the Sea Eagles the week before wasn't bad either. At the time I questioned the form of that result, but the Sea Eagles came out and franked the form a week later. It's taken a while but the Broncos are starting to look like the team I thought they would be this season. Winning a premiership from here seems unlikely, but they are clearly a top eight side and then some. The Warriors are usually hard to beat at Mt Smart but they've only won half their games at home this season. Those wins were against the teams currently 14th and 15th on the ladder. Their last two games at home were losses to the Cowboys and the Knights. The Broncos are, at least, as difficult an opponent as those two.

Verdict – Broncos by 8

Result – Broncos 8 defeated Warriors 2

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers – Saturday night – ANZ Stadium

Wayne Bennett has always had a pretty impressive winning percentage as a coach, but he's peaking this year at a whopping 90%. You'd have to be a bit of a loon not to tip them here, but call me Loony McLoonface. The Bunnies backline is starting to look a bit cobbled together, with Ethan Lowe likely to slot in for Kyle Turner in the centres (who was basically slotting in out of position himself). The Tigers did everything but beat the Storm last weekend – if their forwards can hold their own against that band of Burgess brothers they can pull off a serious upset here.

Verdict – Tigers by 2

Result – Rabbitohs 32 defeated Tigers 16

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm – Sunday afternoon – Belmore Sports Ground

A Sunday afternoon at a traditional suburban Sydney game is always a delight, and the Bulldogs will be feeling optimistic about their chances here. They nearly beat the Storm in Melbourne not so long ago, and they ran down a big lead last weekend to get the points over the Titans. The Storm have been inconsistent this season but only by their standards. For the Storm, inconsistent still means 8 wins from 10 games. There's a whole bunch of teams that would kill to be that inconsistent. Jahrome Hughes returns at fullback (although Papenhuyzen looks the goods and keeps a spot on the bench). Christian Welch is out injured but not as injured as everyone thought. In his absence the rest of that mighty Storm pack should stand tall and the match winners in that Storm backline can find a way to be match winners.

Verdict – Storm by 8

Result – Storm 28 defeated Bulldogs 6

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks – Sunday afternoon – WIN Stadium

Neither side heads into the local derby in dashing form but both are likely to lift for this. The Dragons couldn't get much worse, stringing together a bunch of losses and, to my eye, they're getting worse every week. They've conceded an average of more than 30 points per game over the last month and the Sharks are a team that can offer plenty in attack. The only positive I can find for the Dragons is the venue – this is just their second game at WIN Stadium and they did beat the Sea Eagles here in round six. Sadly, they haven't won a game since. Not for me.

Verdict – Sharks by 2

Result – Sharks 22 defeated Dragons 9

Wally Lewis - round eleven selections (in bold)

Note: tips from Wally will be published on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

  • EELS vs Panthers
  • SEA EAGLES vs Titans
  • Knights vs ROOSTERS
  • RAIDERS vs Cowboys
  • Warriors vs BRONCOS
  • RABBITOHS vs Tigers
  • Bulldogs vs STORM
  • DRAGONS vs Sharks


The Thinker's picture

Greetings tipsters

I have updated the NRL ladder and the tipping competition after the completion of round ten.

Congrats to NuLIF3 who top-scored with 6 from 8 this weekend. BigPeteBX and Footy Chick are our equal leaders for now.

As you can see the round eleven tipping page is live. I'll add my previews and selections on Tuesday, and I'll add Wally's tips on Wednesday night.

All the best

NuL1F3's picture

Thank you Mr Thinker :) The Titans let me down in the a game but I don't think any one us that tipped them were too confident. 6 from 8 isn't too bad an effort, it is also the most I have managed since starting the tipping game last season. The elusive 8 out of 8 seems like a pipe dream, I will be celebrating hard when I finally get 7! LOL.

mark ashford's picture

Congratulations to NuLIF3 getting 6/8 I think I got 3 on another round of upsets. Round 11 isn't any easier so good luck to all tipping.
I would like to wish Cooper Cronk all the best in his retirement. A great player for Storm, the Maroons and now the Roosters. A true gentleman of the game with a great RL head on his shoulders.

tigerholic's picture

Gidday Folks, greetings from Venice(Italy). I was watching my tips thanks to Rocket last week and they ended up all right, it seems that any chance of making a run for the title is gone for me but I have decided to step in and make my selections early this week as I sip on a red wine in my hotel room after an afternoon of shopping.
My missus and I have tomorrow in Venice again with a tour of a glass blowing factory, more shopping and then a Gondola ride before dinner. We fly to Paris on Wednesday then fly out for beautiful Australia on Saturday.
I have to tell you all a story that started our time in Venice off on a shitty note. We caught a train from Lake Como to Venice then a water taxi up the river a bit then we had to walk, as the stress levels were rising trying to follow the GPS and local map I called for a drinks break, the first restaurant/bar was right in SAN Marco Square, I should have tweaked when the waiters all wore white jackets, still my thirst over took my senses and we sat down.
The waiter gave us a menu and drinks list, I ordered an orange juice for Mrs Tiger and a beer for me, The drinks arrived and a small OJ, 330ml beer, some complimentary nuts and chips.
We finished up and I signalled the bill, after the waiter picked me up off the cobblestone floor, I double checked that I had read right, 35€ for 2 drinks. Work that out in Aussie dollars and it’s about $60.
If you are planning on a trip to Italy and Venice, stay well clear of this restaurant, it’s called Grand Cafe.
Anyway, hope everyone has been well, god I have missed the footy and am excited to be heading home soon, of course I have missed the kids as well.
Cheers from Italy

BigPeteBx's picture

Morning Tigerholic from Oz Land this Tuesday 21st May at 7.30am'ish.
Nice area u r at mate. Plenty of walking can be done in Venice along the Via's. I was at Lake Lugarno the day that the soccer fraud took place with Paolo Rossi, all those years ago. Memories for me there as well with tray service etc. We had the same effect in Paris many years ago, until we found out that it was cheaper to walk to the bar and buy/pay for drinks, hot dogs (massive length) etc., as you didn't have to pay the VAT for them bringing it to you. Dining on the Grand Canal (Venice) would also have its extra's. I think it was St Marks Square, where you also have the glory of all the pigeons mate.
You'll find the glass factory very good and educational. Take a ferry or boat whatever across (you can't walk there...hahahaha) with the tour you do, if its like the one I did back in early 80's.

Enjoy the remainder of your trip, its worth it all, to see where all the forefathers etc came from, as Aust wasn't discovered until a "couple" of centuries after. When in Paris, if you get the chance to go to Versailles, do so, its an eye-opener of a palace and garden of many acres. Dates back to King Louis XVI, I think it was.
Cheers mate and another Peroni Birra for you.
Big Pete

The Thinker's picture

Ah Tigerholic

San Marco Square is quite the tourist trap...but at least you can say you've been there. And now you have a cool story about your most expensive drink  :-)

Did you check out the cathedral at the square with the wobbly floor (can't remember the name)? They're all bent out of shape from the constant flooding.

BigPeteBx's picture

BTW Tiger - the glass factory name, just came back to me.
Its at Murano. I'll be thinking of you. Very artistic the way it is all done.

Cheers - Big Pete

mark ashford's picture

Glad to hear you and Mrs Tiger are having a great time in Europe. The memories will last until you can afford to go again and well it just starts all over again. Paying a huge price in a fancy restaurant can hurt but it gives you a story to tell your mates when back in Aus.

Islander's picture

Hi Thinker, appreciate the kindness but I have to be honest. You gave me an extra point last round. My total should be 47 not 48.

Islander's picture

Now for that elusive perfect round in 2019. "Take 11"

Eels by 2
Sea Eagles by 16
Knights by 1 (pearce f/g)
Broncos by 10
Raiders by 12
Rabbitohs by 6
Storm by 14
Dragons by 6

a's picture

Here’s my tips

Eels by 8 I think the Eels will be too good for the Panthers on Thursday night

Sea Eagles by 4 I think the Sea Eagles will beat a much improved Titans here

Roosters by 2 I think the Roosters will end the Knights good run here

Raiders by 6 I think the Raiders will bounce back here

Broncos by 1 I think the broncos will win In a thriller

Rabbitohs by 10 I think the Rabbitohs will get over the West Tigers here

Storm by 12 I think the Storm will run away against the Bulldogs here

Dragons by 2 I think the Dragons will beat the Sharks in a thriller here

Baggy_Gee's picture

Horrible news Thinker, you gave me an extra point last week, it should have only been 2/8. On the other hand the girls got 4/8 to take the to 44/80, here are their tips this round.
Panthers - Because they are really really quick.
Manly - Because they look really MANly in purple (dad's reason). I think they are going to do a great job.
Knights - Because they are dangerous. (they haven't heard the result in the last few weeks)
Cowboys - Because our teacher is on long service and out west and that's where Cowboys go.
Broncos - Because we are back on the band wagon.
Tigers - Because they creep up on you (like a curry)
Storm - We are also on the Storm Band wagon this week.
Sharks - Because they are scaly and slimy.

christine 's picture

"a" I don't know if you know or not but no dufty for saints he isn't playing ...

newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

It’s now official. There’s two sides I have jumped off completely and I will not be tipping them again until they win a game, but more likely not until they win two. It may come as no surprise to some of you but these 2 sides are the Panthers and the Titans. Absolutely no faith in them whatsoever. It’s a bit of a shame though as I still believe they’re both capable of much more than what they’ve shown us so far.

Just quickly, big call from the Boss tipping the Tigers. Never saw that comin’. OK, let’s get into this week’s thrilling installment of “The Newbie Chronicles”… and yes, I’m trying to get my posts shorter but man, it’s hard work! Please give me a little more time to work on it (ha-ha)…

Eels vs Panthers 65-35 @ Bankwest
Ladder Position = Eels

Eels - 30 missed tackles and too many errors and penalties more than likely contributed to the Eels losing last week. That needs to be addressed somehow. One good thing is they’re playing at Bankwest this week. That and the desire to bounce back from a couple of ordinary weeks will come into play. They won’t get a better opportunity than this week against an underperforming Panthers outfit.

Panthers - These fellas have me SMH big time. They had more possession than the Warriors last week but still managed 51 missed tackles and were down 14-0 at half-time. Better effort in the second half (points-wise) but the damage had already been done. Is it any wonder they’re propping up the table? Then again, someone has to, don’t they? With no Maloney this week it won’t help things either.

Considering the form the Panthers are in and the fact this will be played at Bankwest, I’m obviously tipping Baggy’s BOYS in this one.

Manly vs Titans 70-30 @ Brookvale
Ladder Position = Manly

Manly - A mighty effort from the Manly boys last week. They went into the break leading 18-4 and did enough in the second half and ran out 24-14 winners. Sheer grit, determination and some great defence got them there in the end. They conceded11 penalties to the Sharks’ 5 and still won.

Titans - OK, being ahead 16-0 at one stage and then letting in 22 unanswered points doesn’t cut it with me. I’m pretty sure this is the second week in a row they’ve been scoreless in the second half. WTH? They’ve lost the plot. If not for the Panthers pitiful points differential, the Titans would be sitting last on the ladder. Sheesh!

I just can’t imagine the Titans turning their game around that much where they’d be in a position to cause an upset here. Nah, Manly for me.

Knights vs Roosters 35-65 @ McDonald Jones
Ladder Position = Roosters

Knights - Are the Knights just ticking along nicely or what? Leading 28-0 at half-time last week was just insane. Beat the Dragons easily and that was while they (the Knights) made 22 missed tackles and copped a sin-bin! Apparently Ponga had a blinder and he’s just one of the many Knights’ players my BBB need to keep an eye on and somehow find a way to nullify. Easier said than done for sure.

Roosters - Pretty proud of my BBB last week. Not making excuses as we were beaten fair and square by the better side, but having a 5 day turnaround and missing some key players didn’t help us. Nor did a disappointing 41% possession rate either. Impressed we only lost by 5 to be honest. Not too worried we got rolled as I’d rather it happen early in the season rather than later in the finals (ha-ha). Getting Cordner and Tupou back will definitely help us out this week against a very capable Knights side. I’m hoping we can lift for Cooper in light of his “retirement announcement”.

On paper, this should be a cracker of a game. But you know I’ll be tipping the Roosters don’t ya. Begurk! Begurk!

Raiders vs Cowboys 70-30 @ GIO
Ladder Position = Raiders

Raiders - Another tough game (again) against top quality opposition (again) and just fell short (again). They’re not doing much wrong at the moment and could be considered unlucky not to have won last week against the Bunnies. The Cowboys will be a somewhat easier proposition this week.

Cowboys - The Cowboys won well last week and impressed in the second half. By all accounts they put in a determined effort and Morgan was back to controlling the game when things got tough. The Cowboys’ forward pack are getting their act together and the side will undoubtedly get some confidence from that.

As much as the Cowboys have improved of late, I’m looking at the Raiders’ form from the last 2 weeks (Roosters & Bunnies) and just think that should be enough for them to get up here. Raiders for me.

Warriors vs Broncos 50-50 @ Mt Smart
Ladder Position = Warriors

Warriors - The Warriors were pretty darned good last week and no offence intended, but you gotta keep in mind who they beat. Historically they perform better on the road so when you take into account they’re at home and you throw a hot Broncos into the equation, it asks some questions. Mind you, they’re travelling alright at the minute and a bonus for them is the form of their back 3. Add in the “Nikorima factor” and they’re a good chance in this one. I’m just a little concerned about the Warriors home form and the fact they haven’t got any big scalps so far this year.

Broncos - The Broncos got up last week against the Roosters but it wasn’t easy. They had to really focus and play one of their best games so far this year. But hey, they were hungry and wanted it more and in front of a home crowd, it was just what they needed. You could almost say they were “irresistible”. I know my BBB lost but I really enjoyed watching the “battle” that unfolded and Brisbane were good. Very good. Can they keep the intensity up though? How much did last week’s game take out of them?

This is tough. With no confidence whatsoever I think I’ll go the Warriors.

Rabbitohs vs Tigers 70-30 @ ANZ
Ladder Position = Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs - The Rabbitohs won another close one. It’s not pretty but as long as you’re winning it’s all that really matters in the end. Some may argue that the Bunnies should have lost that one last week considering the errors from the Raiders but you need to take the good with the bad in this game. There were “warning signs” for sure and it makes me wonder when their next loss is due. Not sure when but it’s getting closer. You know what I say don’t you … ”the longer you keep winning, the closer you get to losing”. Just sayin’. Mind you, the form their “big guns” are in at the moment (Cook, Reynolds, Walker & Burgess), I’m not sure when their next loss will be to be honest.

Tigers - The Tigers were absolutely “dudded” last week and should’ve beaten the Storm. No excuses though. They would’ve won had they been just a tad more desperate. Meh, these things happen. Given their effort last week, they should have the confidence and belief they can match it with the big boys but, and this is a big but, they need to work on their consistency otherwise it’s all for nought. They will be right up against it this week though and it will be a huge test for them fronting the Bunnies at ANZ. Look, they’re a chance but only if they’re “switched on” and can match the Bunnies for the full 80.

I think last week’s games have taken a bit out of both these sides but based purely on current form (as well as my ratings and the bookies prices) I’ll have to go the Bunnies.
Bulldogs vs Storm 30-70 @ Belmore
Ladder Position = Storm

Bulldogs - The Bulldogs made more errors and gave away more penalties and still managed to smack the Titans last week. What happened there? Great to see Belmore getting another run but it’s not a good omen for the Doggies’ chances as their recent win/loss record at this ground shows. Kieran Foran has definitely made a difference of late and they’d be hoping for another solid effort from him. As good as their comeback win was last week, you gotta remember it was only against a very lacklustre and disappointing Titans. The Storm are an entirely different (and more difficult) proposition though.

Storm - Look, as good as the Storm are, they were very lucky to win that one against the Tigers last week. I’m noticing that it’s starting to become somewhat of a “habit” for them. If they don’t start well this might be another tough one for them as the Dogs have “history” in these games. Pretty sure the Storm’s discipline will improve this week and things will get back on track. I’m thinking Munster and Smith will be the difference here.

The experienced Storm should be able to get the job done in this one. Storm for me.

Dragons vs Sharks 45-55 @ WIN
Ladder Position = Sharks

Dragons - Oh how the mighty have fallen. Dragons are unrecognisable from what I saw on Anzac Day. Last week they went into the half-time break 28-0 down. On top of that they lost the second half 17-12 meaning a final scoreline of 45-12. That’s totally unacceptable and it’s irrelevant who actually gives you the belting as far as I’m concerned. Nah, I’m really confused on where the Dragons are at the minute. I know they’re much better than what they’ve been showing lately. Seriously, these blokes need to step up. I could mention something about drinking cement (no doubt you’ve all heard that one before) but I won’t. Last week the Knights had 22 missed tackles but the Dragons had 36. Can’t win games when you miss 36. It’s been said before but the Dragons desperately need to get back to playing basic footy. If not then they’ll be consigned to the trash heap I’m afraid. Having said that I’ve got a funny feeling they’ll come out firing this week. The embarrassment from last week especially will “force” them to.

Sharks - As hard as they tried, the Sharks couldn’t find a way around a determined Manly last week. Unfortunately for them it’s why they’ve now dropped out of the 8. No need to panic just yet though. They have some young fellas that are still learning and they’ll get better. They will have to concentrate on their defence as it was a little lacking last week. Yeah they won the second half 10-6 but the damage had already been done in the first 40. They need to be on their guard against the Dragons as I’m thinking the Big Red V will come out with a bit more endeavour than last week. Well, maybe.

Both sides close in the markets and the ratings (sort of) and both disappointing last week (one moreso than the other though). The Dragons will be desperate to get back on track which makes this a tough one to pick. Call me crazy but I might just go against commonsense and logic and tip the Dragons in this one.

Let’s finish off with another “Song of the Week”…

Another favourite of mine from the 80s. Only putting this version up ‘cos it’s about 2 mins longer than the original. For me, this is typical [insert band name here]. Yeah, you’ll have to click on the link to find out who it is (ha-ha). Crank up the volume peeps…

OK kids, good luck with your tipping and may your team win by 40 points! Until next week people. Cheers.

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, first of all, I would like to send my condolences to all of the loved ones of former PM Bob Hawke and former rugby league star Quentin Pongia. RIP Bob Hawke and RIP Quentin Pongia. My tips for this week are:

Eels by 14 - Here we go. It's the battle of the West. This game is at Bankwest so you know what that means, an Eels victory. This looks very likely anyways coming up against the Panthers. Eels desperately need to bounce back. The energy was there last week for the Eels but although their defence improved, their attack didn't so much. The Panthers on the other hand, I don't know what to say about them that is positive performance wise, well at least they scored 10 points when the match was already dead and buried because they never looked like scoring in the first 65 minutes so that's a bit of a positive right? I guess. But now the Panthers are down the bottom for the first time this season. I can't see them getting off their anytime soon to be honest. Parra to bounce back and get a big win here at their "fortress".

Manly by 8 - I'm so impressed with what Hasler is doing at Manly. Even with a depleted side, with two of their best players out of the side, Tommy Trbojevic and Cherry-Evans, I don't know how they do it. Well, considering Des is coaching them, I guess I'm not that surprised. He is really coaching this young side so well. The Titans on the other hand, suffered another disappointing loss after a flying start against the Dogs. That one was a disappointing one. They should of definitely won that one. Not a good sign for the Titans. I can totally see a contest out of this but Manly have more spark and with their faithful strongly behind them, Manly should get yet another win here at home.

Roosters by 6 - This should be a cracker. The Knights who are just in amazing form at the moment on a 4-game winning streak up against the Roosters who fell just short finally in what was potentially game of the year thus far. I don't see the Roosters suffering back-to-back losses, they are still the team to beat. The Knights, who have been at their brilliant best as of late mind you, will surely be continuing on that type of form. But will this be enough to beat the Roosters? I don't think so as the Roosters will surely fire and will be looking to put on a clinic and bounce back here and they will. Roosters too classy.

Raiders by 12 - Another game to get excited for. Geez, this round actually looks really exciting in terms of who is versing. The forward battle here will be the main battle here hands down. Who wins this, I don't know. But I'm sure that they will be tearing the house down, bashing at each other all game. In terms of the backs, Gela-Mosby replaces Hampton in the wing which will add a much needed spark although Hampton was been doing the job in the wing, the wing position isn't his strong suit and Gela-Mosby suits this position well so I expect him to put on a good performance but we'll see. The deciding factors for me is the backs, in which I see the Raiders winning in as they have more firepower and spark in the backs so it's the Raiders for me.

Broncos by 10 - Broncos are on a roll now and are getting better and better. You see what happens when you get rid of a player, ever since Nikorima has left the Broncos and started playing at the Warriors, the Broncos have won back-to-back. Now, I believe Roberts needs to go as well in order for the Broncos to be more stable and even more comfortable unless he gets in act together in terms of his performance and that's if he will ever play again for the Broncos, he may end up not playing another game for the Broncos who knows but if Roberts is willing to go to the Bunnies, then he should and I would give that as an advantage for the Broncos. Warriors are also on a roll now too with back-to-back wins under their belt as well. Coming up at home as well where they generally play well at, that gives them a real good chance for victory. But, I did say a few weeks ago that the Broncos will peak at some point during the season and already now with a 2 game winning streak and particularly how they played against the Roosters, I can totally see them peaking in the coming weeks. So it's the Broncos for me.

Rabbitohs by 2 - I can totally see the Tigers win this one. I mean they get close against the Storm last week. And now they have to contend with the ladder-leading Rabbitohs. I've got to say though, the Rabbitohs' backline doesn't look too great in my eyes. This gives the Tigers an even bigger chance. Plus, the Rabbitohs are due for a loss just like the Roosters are last week. I am tipping the Tigers do you say. It may seem like it but with Bennett coaching the Rabbits, he knows where the Rabbitohs need to improve on even though they are on a 9-1 record this season thus far and with those type of numbers, you would expect that the Rabbits are playing perfect footy. But that isn't the case and along with their strengths so far which have got the Rabbitohs into this position, Wayne would certainly be working on improving the weaknesses to make this Rabbitohs side even better which makes me lean towards the Bunnies in this one. This will be an intriguing game of footy. Game of the round for me.

Storm by 16 - Last time these two met, the Bulldogs almost got the Storm, but they didn't. Going into that game, the Bulldogs came off a win, they are coming off a victory last week coming into this one too. Oh, what a coincidence hey. This one will be played in Belmore, the heartland of the Bulldogs where they should be firing at but in recent seasons, they haven't seem to fired there. Even though the Storm have a 8-2 record so far this season, they haven't looked convincing in a lot of those games bar a few games. This just shows how high the standard is at the Storm because Bellamy wouldn't be satisfied with the Storm's season so far, I mean he even gave it to the Storm side after their second loss of the season for god sakes. The Bulldogs on the other hand, have been the polar opposite to the Storm's standard this season, they are 3-7 this season and although they have showed some fight in the majority of their games and have put in some good performances in thus far, their attack hasn't improved at all this season and I don't know if it will to be honest. Well they did score 22 last week in which for them is great as they don't exceed 20 all that often, so it showed that they showed some sort of signs in attack last week. They have to carry that and then some if they are going to beat the Storm unless, the Storm lose themselves which I don't see happening. Storm too classy and too slick for the Bulldogs. I hope that the Bulldogs show up and put on a really good performance and perhaps even win for the Belmore faithful, but it's the Storm for me and I think that they'll win well here.

And finally... Dragons by 4 - I just hope that the Dragons win. Seriously, I just hope that we win at this point. Last week we played absolutely atrocious. I really hope the changes that Mary made will work and work in the long-term as well because I am sick of it. Year after year after year after year after year I always have hope for the Dragons only to be left disappointed and left devastated. At least in the past 4 seasons, we've made it to the finals twice which is a good sign but I don't know now, I seriously don't know happens from here if these changes don't work. This change will define the Dragons' fate this season hands down. I know Norman will be back in a few weeks and he has been a key, but by then, it may be too late. This whole situation with JDB obviously doesn't help the club either. But yeah. Honestly, both teams should be fired up for this one as this is a local derby. What will we get from the Sharks, I'm not quite sure, they have been inconsistent themselves this season. All I know is that they'll surely be in the grind, at least for a certain portion of the game depending on how this game goes. I am sticking with my team though but I am not the most confident in my team that's for sure, I am just hoping and praying that the changes work and that the Dragons can at least show some fight and spirited performance even better a good performance or better. C'mon Saints!

Awesome. Good luck with everyone's teams for this week and with everyone's tips for this week. Cheers and enjoy the rest of your week!!

manyana's picture

Hi all, so far this year my tipping has been terrible, so here are my tips (with no confidence) for round eleven. I thought most of them picked themselves, but as usual with the 50/50's you can bet that I'll go the wrong way.
Good luck to everyone, manyana.

christine 's picture

this week my tips are the same as big petes ...

Baggy_Gee's picture

Got to say that a few obstruction calls that have been sensible. Over multiple teams it seems the bunker has dropped on bad defensive decisions and play can happen sensibly.

Mary S's picture

Looks like your girls are one up on you (and all of us except Scott M) this round too Baggy!!

newbie from perth's picture

For cryin' out loud! Win another game and I'll have to start thinking about tipping the Panthers again. Where the hell did that come from tonight? Baggy, what happened mate? As I say, "this is a funny ol' game" isn't it. Sheesh...

a's picture

It was a sloppy game but

NuL1F3's picture

And so ends the magic of Bankwest Stadium. Eels just couldn't get into gear in the second half at all!

Baggy_Gee's picture

I was genuinely surprised about the amount of dropped balls by both teams. They were just stone cold drops with noone within CooEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Was it the conditions? Was it bad passes? No idea but we didn't play to win last night, but neither did the Panthers.

newbie from perth's picture

@ Baggy - yeah mate, exactly that. You and "a" were spot on. A sloppy game with neither side really playing for the win. It was a bit of a fizzer actually. I'll be checking out the game stats later tonight. Might be interesting reading. Cheers y'all, have a good one...

mark ashford's picture

Was on the Gold Coast yesterday helping my beautiful daughter with a passport problem, sorted it out so I took her and her partner Mike out to dinner at Toms Italian restaurant at Benowa. The food and drink was just superb and I forgot all about the footy. If any of you are on the Gold Coast and can find this restaurant the food and wine selection is worth the trip.
Found out this am the Panthers had a win, also heard the Panthers were a bit lucky on a very scrappy win, BUT Nathan Cleary has cemented his spot in the NSW halves. This will be an interesting SoO with so many new QLDers

Steel Panther's picture

Hey Mark I've been given a couple of free tickets for the game tomorrow night. Can you make it...haha. Watching Manly struggling against the Titans at the moment. Could there be another upset on the cards after last nights game? Good luck to your Broncos.

a's picture

Yep another upset hopefully Cowboys can do it tomorrow

newbie from perth's picture

Yes, another "upset" indeed. Maybe my comments about jumping off the Panthers and Titans "fired" them up (ha-ha). Oh well...

Mary S's picture

Looks like Knights want to take Roosters apart too this round, with the HT score at 22/6.
If that happens, we will only have 5 tipsters with one on the board - amazing!!!

newbie from perth's picture

Boy oh boy! The Knights certainly served it up to my BBB tonight. They were simply irresistible and gave the Roosters an absolute caning. Well done to the Knights. Yeah, it’s a funny ol’ game this.

I’m shattered! Oh well, at least we have the bye next week. Pretty sure we need the rest. Anyways, I’m off to curl up in a corner somewhere and cry (ha-ha). Cheers y’all…

Mary S's picture

Feel for you Newbie. Feel like doing the same - different reason.

As a tipster, it's the first time I'm 0/3 after the first 3 games.
It's a situation where I certainly have plenty of company in this round!!!

a's picture

Hopefully I’m 0/4 tomorrow

a's picture

Stuff it I think I will be getting 0/8 this weekend

christine 's picture

well it won't be a good way for me to finish off my season of viewing nrl my father is going to cancel our foxtell when he returns from new Zealand because he doesn't want it any more he is living with his girlfriend & isn't here to watch it so he is going to cancel it & I can't afford to keep it so it looks like my season finishes on a week of upsets but I will still be able to post comments on my mobile but it isn't the same I just have no say in it even at my age ...

a's picture

Christine try getting the NRL app

manyana's picture

Hi "a", looks like everyone is going to take a big hit with their tips this week. I'm like most, 0 from 3.
I thought that this round virtually picked itself.....BIG MISTAKE lol.
Good luck to everyone with the rest of their tips.
Cheers, or should that be tears?? manyana.

a's picture

Hopefully Cowboys keep up the good work

The Tide Head's picture

Thanks for your thorough analysis DFB. It is proving to be a difficult Round - Plenty of upsets so far. I wouldn't put it past those dogs to beat the storm - I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

a's picture

What about that Cowboys winning back to back games

Christine 's picture

"a" i couldn't go back to watchimg nrl on a small screen on a mobile phone that isn't going to happen for me i will just have to follow live scores bit that means only getting the ftee to air games each week & i not happy about that but it looks like i might have too but no i don't want the app the apps just slow your phone down ...

mark ashford's picture

Well I'm none from four so far. Round 11 may just break us all. But seriously it's great to see Panthers, Titans, Knights and Cowboys get wins over much favoured opposition. SoO approaches and it becomes a most interesting mix, with byes etc.
Who will you tip in the coming weeks? I'm outside looking for another ghecko.

a's picture

Yeah me to Mark Outside of Rabbitohs Roosters and Storm I’ve got no idea who’s going to finish in the 8

a's picture

Well looks Like I won’t be getting 0/8 like I hope I was hoping I was going to get LOL

But anyway it’s good to see all 3 WLD win for once

christine 's picture

At least we all got broncos that was a huge score wasn't 8 /2 but a win is a win ...

a's picture

Yes a wins a win

christine 's picture

we have improved we got souths 2 games left to go , double or nothing any one ???

christine 's picture

It's my own fault really I didn't even look at the odds or any previews I got home late on Thursday & just jumped on the computer without even checking & said i'm taking the same as big pete lately I have been taking wally tips or the thinker so I thought I will just take the same as big pete he is doing ok on top of the ladder & big pete you jinxed me or maybe I jinxed you in saying that I say yes It's probably more likely I jinxed you I don't have any luck this year although I did win a coffee machine with all the coffee pods but I don't even drink coffee so my dad is using it that's the extent of my luck this year ...

Mary S's picture

Hi Christine,
The results this week are just the way it is.
You should check out what the experts where predicting prior to R11 games starting, and see how they are faring!

I think The Thinker only has 1 so far, and Wally Lewis 2. To my way of thinking, they are 2 of the best in the business.

Some of our tipsters don't have a score on the board as yet this round, so no, you didn't jinx anyone or anyone jinx you.

I would suggest it is probably the worse result in tipping that a lot of us have had for some time!!
Mind you, Baggy's girls have 4/6 this week.

Lets see how we all fare in the games today and better luck next week!!
Cheers to all,

a's picture

Only one of them tipped Panthers Titans and only Brett tipped Cowboys

Baggy_Gee's picture

4/6 I haven't been keeping up with it. I like a lot of others are in 2/6 but it's been an interesting weekend of football.


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