Round nineteen selections

Cronulla Sharks vs North Queensland Cowboys – Thursday night – Pointsbet Stadium

In round 18, Moylan returned from a hamstring injury to replace Dugan who was out with a hamstring injury. In round 19, Dugan returns from a hamstring injury to replace Moylan who is out with a hamstring injury – clearly this pair only have three good hamstrings between them. In any case, Dugan gets an opportunity to shine at fullback and I expect he'll make the most of it (hamstrings permitting). While these sides are on equal points on the ladder it looks to me like the Cowboys top eight prospects are over. They ran out of fuel in the last ten minutes against the Bunnies last weekend – a short turnaround and a cold night in Cronulla doesn't sound like the formula for victory. It should be cold enough to wear a beanie if you're going to the game – buy one at the gate.

Verdict – Sharks by 4

Result – Sharks 16 defeated Cowboys 14

Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers – Friday night – Beanies for Brain Cancer Stadium

Round 19 is Beanies for Brain Cancer round, raising funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation (which has raised more than $10 million thus far). Knights...surely.

Verdict – Knights by 14

Result – Tigers 28 defeated Knights 26

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St George Illawarra Dragons – Friday night – ANZ Stadium

There are a few positives for the Dragons on Friday night, with Gareth Widdup and Ben Hunt returning in the halves for the first time in quite a while. Promising youngster Jason Saab makes his NRL debut, up against Campbell Graham who isn't much older than him really. On paper the Dragons spine and forward pack should have them in contention this year, but their season is already over. Note that Jack de Belin is about to be hit with additional charges today. I'm sure the Dragons will tell you it's not a distraction...but it certainly isn't helping. I thought the Rabbits would be vulnerable last weekend, and I was half right. They were strong late and they'll be too strong here too.

Verdict – Rabbitohs by 8

Result – Rabbitohs 20 defeated Dragons 16

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors – Saturday afternoon – BankWest Stadium

The Eels have been described by many as inconsistent...and they are, but they've been reasonably consistent at this venue. Six games at BankWest for five wins, with their only loss to the Panthers who have been on quite a run of late. The Warriors should be a top eight team every season, and they still could be this season, but they have always struggled in Sydney and haven't won a game there this year. They have won three times in Australia away from Sydney, but a win over the Dragons in Brisbane, the Titans on the Gold Coast and an Origin-depleted Knights in Newcastle isn't what I would call red hot form. If both sides fire this has the potential to be the game of the round.

Verdict – Eels by 4

Result – Eels 24 defeated Warriors 22

Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos – Saturday night – Cbus Super Stadium

A quick list of things that were cool in 2014:

  • Flappy Bird
  • Shia Lebeouf
  • Sharknado 2: Shark Happens!
  • Sochi the giant scary bear from the Winter Olympics
  • Local derbies between the Titans and the Broncos

What happened to you two? You used to be cool.

Verdict – Broncos by default

Result – Broncos 34 defeated Titans 12

Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles – Saturday night – AAMI Park

There's a lot of interesting match-ups here. Up front we have Bromwich/Asofa-Solomona vs Fonua-Blake and Taupau bashing into each other, weighing in at a combined 434 kilograms. The QLD origin playmakers Cherry-Evans and Munster face off. Less obvious but just as interesting is the battle of the coaches – we could argue all day about who the best coaches in the NRL are right now, but if Bellamy and Hasler aren't in your top three you haven't been paying attention. What Hasler has done with his squad is just shy of miracle status – it's easy to forget this side finished second last in 2018. $3.30 (or more) for a Manly win on Saturday night is a very generous price, but I'm tipping a refreshed Storm at home. Purple...just.

Verdict – Storm by 2

Result – Sea Eagles 11 defeated Storm 10

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters – Sunday afternoon – ANZ Stadium

Just five rounds ago the Roosters took care of the Bulldogs with a 38-12 victory at the SCG. It could have been a lot worse. Mitchell kicked 5 from 9 and the Bulldogs scored a very late consolation try. That result gives Bulldogs fans something to worry about, but what will really keep them up at night is that the Roosters didn't have Tedesco, Keary or Waerea-Hargreaves last time. The tri-colours might rack up a half century this weekend.

Verdict – Roosters by 38

Result – Roosters 20 defeated Bulldogs 12

Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders – Sunday afternoon – Panthers Stadium

Two sides renowned for their attacking prowess have been winning games with defence. The Raiders are genuine contenders this year, while the Panthers season appeared over until they found their mojo mid-season. The suspension of Kikau has me leaning slightly to the visitors – the Panthers are an easier opponent to contain without him. Congratulations to James Maloney on his imminent move to the south of France – he's the sort of player that should carve it up in the English Super League. There's a few good games this round, and this is definitely one of them.

Verdict – Raiders by 2

Result – Raiders 30 defeated Panthers 18

Wally Lewis - round nineteen selections (in bold)

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

  • SHARKS vs Cowboys
  • KNIGHTS vs Tigers
  • RABBITOHS vs Dragons
  • EELS vs Warriors
  • Titans vs BRONCOS
  • STORM vs Sea Eagles
  • Bulldogs vs ROOSTERS
  • Panthers vs RAIDERS

Comments

mark ashford's picture

Hey Thinker
I'm off on my annual fishing trip to Fraser Island at 6am Monday 29th
I've put round 19 in the usual way but would love it if you can do round 20 for me. I'll be back August 6th so can do round 21 myself.
My picks for round 20 are Tigers, Raiders, Storm, Manly, Panthers, Rabbits, Roosters and Eels...thanks mate.

The Thinker's picture

Will do Mark....have a great holiday sir.....hopefully you get onto a few.

tigerholic's picture

Enjoy Mark, hope the weather is fine for you mate.

Tiger

a's picture

Enjoy the holiday Mark

mark ashford's picture

Thinker, Tiger and "a". Thanks for the good wishes just got to hope the fish cooperate....thanks guys.

BigPeteBx's picture

Good evening Mark A.
Have a great trip again, you seem to plan it out well, so definitely have a good one and a few sherbs as well. No wrestling the crocs, if there are any about, unless they are after the good meat from Slice n Dice. Then of course, you must defend The Fort.

I'll be tipping earlier this round, as I have a trip to Sydney closing in on my departure very soon.

Take care all here at Thinker site
Cheers and keep well - Big Pete

Kieran Donaghey 's picture

Hi thinker, in regards to warriors winning in sydney and Australia, they beat panthers at panthers stadium also

The Thinker's picture

@Kieran

Thank you sir. I think we have to say that Penrith is in Sydney these days.

All the best

a's picture

Here’s my tips

Cowboys by 2 this is the very last chance I’m giving the Cowboys

Knights by 6 I think the Knights will bounce back here

Rabbitohs by 10 I think the Rabbitohs will dominate the Dragons here

Eels by 6 Eels should put the Warriors season in jeopardy here

Broncos by 16 Broncos will get the job done against the Titans here

Storm by 2 I think the Storm will grind out a win against Manly here

Roosters by 30 Roosters will flog the Bulldogs here

Raiders by 1 I think the Raiders will end Panthers run here

newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

Yeah, no need to tell anyone about James Maloney as you’ve all most probably heard by now anyways. Good on him I say. His career’s almost finished and absolutely no problem whatsoever with him chasing the big 💰 with the Catalan Dragons. At the end of the day he’s gotta look after his family doesn’t he. Even still, didn’t see that one coming 😲

Nuff said, let’s get into it…

Sharks vs Cowboys 55-45 @ Shark Park
Ladder Position = Sharks
Bookies Favourite = Sharks

Some worrying signs for the Sharks. They’ve lost 5 in a row and could possibly lose this one too. Big name players have been lacking lately and they really need to extract their respective digits or they can kiss 2019 goodbye. No Moylan or Fifita doesn’t help either. Just feel they’re not working hard enough. Yeah, they’re at home but they’ll have their work cut out for them.

The Cowboys weren’t too bad last week but maybe their win over the Roosters the week before took more of a toll than most expected. Morgan is being rested but I’m sure the rest of them will be able to cover his absence. They’ve been pretty good in recent weeks so they’re in this with a chance for sure. Their imposing forward pack seem to have an edge over the Sharks so a plus there.

Both sides will be desperate for a win (obviously) so it’ll be interesting to see who has more desire in this game. Based on how I’m reading current formlines, and even though the ratings and bookies think otherwise, I think I’ll tip the Cowboys this week

Knights vs Tigers 55-45 @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Ladder Position = Knights
Bookies Favourite = Knights

Not sure if the Knights were poor last week or the Roosters were just in the zone. The “bounce-back” factor could possibly come into play in this one. Looking forward to seeing if their forward pack comes good again. They need to if they wanna get home in this one. Thinking Ponga will get back into some sort of form again. Thinking an improved effort from Pearce as well.

The Tigers did fairly well against the Raiders last week but allowed the class of the Raiders overcome them in the end. They’ve done pretty well against the Knights of late so they too have a legitimate chance here, even if the odds say otherwise. Bit of shuffling of players may (or may not) improve their chances. What will improve their chances for sure will be reducing the errors from last week and completing more sets.

Both these sides have lost their last 3 games but fortunately one of them will win and break the cycle. I’m thinking it might be the Knights.

Rabbitohs vs Dragons 65-35 @ ANZ
Ladder Position = Rabbitohs
Bookies Favourite = Rabbitohs

Yeah, the Rabbitohs won another close one but they really need to show a lot more in my opinion. Far from convincing at the minute but let’s not forget the “Old Master” is in charge and making assumptions might not be a wise course of action. While they did come home late last week, they had a pretty average completion rate. The Burgess brothers have been named but there’s talk of Big Sam getting rested anyway. Their big boys need to fire this week. Expect good contributions from Reynolds and Cook.

I ask myself yet again … what’s happened to the Dragons? Not a very good effort last week against the Panthers. Watched that game on TV and they had me scratching my head. At least Widdop and Hunt are back in the side. Not sure how Gareth will go or if he’ll have an impact but it definitely improves their chances I reckon. I notice Zac Lomax is supposedly returning as well. Not sure what the Dragons need to do to get up here. Well, there is one way of course. Play better footy than Souths.

Not totally convinced with Souths but I’ll tip them anyway.

Eels vs Warriors 55-45 @ Bankwest
Ladder Position = Eels
Bookies Favourite = Eels

The Eels were no match for Manly last week. An average first half might’ve cost them the game. Good second 40 but by then the damage had been done. No disrespect intended to Warriors fans but Baggy’s BOYS should have an easier time of it this week and they’ll be back at Bankwest. Still no Ferguson but they have some handy “ins” I see.

The Warriors have had some close ones lately (almost making a habit out of it) and they really need to somehow win one by at least 8-12 points to obtain some self belief. Can they do it against the Eels at Bankwest is the question I’m asking myself. The return of Ken Maumalo might help a bit.

Dunno, this one will be tough. Think both these sides have a chance but have a feeling being at Bankwest and the Eels wanting to set things back on track after last week’s let down might see them get the chockies this week. Yeah, Baggy’s BOYS for me.

Titans vs Broncos 40-60 @ CBus
Ladder Position = Broncos
Bookies Favourite = Broncos

I reckon my ratings for the Titans are a bit on the generous side. Broncos to win this one.

Storm vs Manly 70-30 @ AAMI Park
Ladder Position = Storm
Bookies Favourite = Storm

The Storm are looking very good aren’t they? Barring a truckload of injuries at the pointy end of the year, you’d have to think they’re looking like a moral for the flag in 2019. But hey, the longer you keep winning, the closer you get to losing eh? They’re not doing much wrong lately and they’re at home this week. Most worrying thing for Manly is the return of Addo-Carr, Chambers, Munster, Kaufusi and Welch for the Storm.

Loved how Manly went about their business last week. Not sure the Eels could’ve done much more. Turbo Tom’s steal from a bomb (unsighted for most of his chase) was sublime. Good game from Garrick under sad circumstances and he’d dearly love to repeat that performance this week too. Another top effort from Turbo and the Manly forward pack and they’re a chance here. The assignment is not impossible but they’ll have to bring their game up a notch or else hope for a form slump from the Storm. I’m only rating them at 30 but reckon they deserve better.

Thinking the Storm will have the edge in class here and they should win at home. Storm for me.

Bulldogs vs Roosters 25-75 @ ANZ
Ladder Position = Roosters
Bookies Favourite = Roosters

Oh what a win that was from my BBB last week 😍👊. Totally shocked how that second half unfolded but happy as a pig in you-know-what. And this was after losing Jake Friend after 7 minutes. Liked the fact we scored 8 tries and had 8 different try scorers. Just hoping we carry the same intensity into Sunday and don’t take the win for granted. We have a couple of handy guys coming back so it’s looking good at the moment.

The Bulldogs’ task at Suncorp last week was always going to be a tough one and it all became too much for them in the end. Outplayed by the Broncos in most areas and it doesn’t get any easier this week. The whole team needs to somehow do something extra special defensively (56 missed tackles last week is just not good enough) and try and score enough points to be a chance of causing an upset. It’ll be a huge ask to be frank.

No second guesses for who I’m on this week. The Mighty 🐔 for me. Begurk! Begurk!

Panthers vs Raiders 45-55 @ Panthers Stadium
Ladder Position = Raiders
Bookies Favourite = Panthers*

Firstly, just gotta say I’ve shown the Panthers as bookies favourite only because they were on equal lines at the time I started drafting the comments so went to the WA TAB and they had the Panthers ever so slightly shorter. Meh!

The Panthers were big winners last week but just remember it was against a Dragons side who put in a shocker (sorry D-FB). Not sure how to read the Panthers form in that one. They have however, won 7 of the last 9 against the Raiders so that’s possibly something to think about. But then again, winning 7 of the last 9 also means they lost twice. They’ve won 7 in a row now, can they make it 8? Theoretically, beating the Raiders won’t come easy. Missing Kikau certainly doesn’t help.

The Raiders have now won 2 in a row but …. in their last 5 matches they’ve beaten the Tigers (twice), Sharks and Dragons. Their only loss was to the Eels in Round 15. My logic could be completely out of whack here but their wins were against sides outside the 8 and their loss was to a side inside the 8. The Panthers are currently inside the 8 so does that point to a Raiders loss this week? Their away record isn’t too flash and they haven’t won at Panthers Stadium for about 4 years. A little worried all these glaringly obvious pointers won’t count for anything should they win this one.

Tough game for me to tip. My head says the Panthers at home but my “gut” is telling me the Raiders. What the heck, I’ll go the Green Machine here.

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

Who wants to see a young Lionel Ritchie playing the saxophone? 🎷

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5EmnQp3V48

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

P.S. Only 5 more sleeps to go Mr Ashford 😄 (well 4 if you read this tomorrow). Have fun mate…

manyana's picture

Hi all, here are my guesses for round 19.
I think I agree with Thinker this week.
Sharks
Knights
Rabbits
Eels
Broncos
Storm
Roosters
Raiders (Toss of the coin for this one)
Good luck to everyone.
Cheers, manyana.

TigerGirl's picture

Hey remembered to get my tips in on time this week. Hey thinker did you notice my tips the last couple of weeks? They were in the comments as I was late 😣

The Thinker's picture

@TigerGirl

Sorry I didn't see your tips for round 18....I'll go back and have a hunt around for them and update what I can.

All the best

The Thinker

mark ashford's picture

Big Pete
Can't wait to tuck into the goodies from Slice & Dice.
Greg is a top bloke and very obliging.
A huge croc was spotted many years ago on the inside of Fraser, the Hervey Bay side but I believe it was during summer when the water is a bit warmer. Dingos can be a problem but our rental house is at Happy Valley which is surrounded by a dingo proof fence.
Newbie
Have a look at those afros mate. I recall the clip for "dancing on the ceiling" where Lionel actually danced on the ceiling. Pretty good special effects for those days.
Thanks also to you 2 for the well wishes. I'll post a report when I get back. Good luck to all with your tips.

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, my tips for this week are:

Cowboys by 4 - The Sharks have been in horrible form with 5 losses in a row. The Cowboys haven't done much better. You would say that the Sharks still have a chance to make it to the finals whereas the Cowboys don't even though they are on equal points mathematics out of the equation due to the massive difference in for and against between these two sides. This should be a cracking game but with some key players out for the Sharks and the Cowboys although quite young, especially in the backs, have a settled side and I think that they'll be good enough to grind out a win over the Sharks because they surely won't outscore the Sharks purely based on these two lineups. But, in saying that, the Sharks have been struggling to score points as of late and I think that'll continue here,

Knights by 18 - Beanies for Brain Cancer round with donnations going towards the Mark Hughes Foundation. Mark Hughes is a former Knights player and they will be at home. Need I say more, Knights should surely win here. Plus, they should be too classy and slick for the Tigers anyways even though the Knights haven't been showing that as of late, especially last week. But, the spectacle will surely lift the Knights' spirits and they will hopefully come out and put on a really good performance on Friday night.

Rabbitohs by 8 - The other Friday night game sees the Rabbits up against my Dragons. Again, the Dragons' defence has absolutely horrible last week. We conceded 40 points which is a very disappointing effort from the boys to concede that many points. Some of those Panthers could've been stopped as well with more energy. This week we'll be buoyed with the returns of Widdop and Hunt in the halves and also the debut of young Jason Saab, it'll be very interesting to see how he fairs on Friday night. The Rabbitohs on the other hand, will be definitely missing Sam Burgess again and could possibly have a late inclusion in Tom which will definitely add some spice in that Rabbitohs forward pack. Based on how the two forward packs look, the Dragons should win the forwards battle but the forwards for the Dragons have to come out and put on a ripping performance to send a message to the critics. And with a much improved backline, we may have the points to beat the Bunnies but with the Bunnies' backline having plenty of firepower, we have to be on our game period. Going the safe option though and tipping against my team yet again and going with the Bunnies. But I'll be praying and hoping that we win on Friday night.

Eels by 10 - Warriors don't have a good record in Sydney. Eels have a magnificent record in Bankwest losing only one from six games there. So based on that alone, I'm going with the Eels this week. Plus, the Eels have had a lot of that WLWL or LWLW type of record this season if you know what I mean and I think that they'll bounce back this week in what is a much win game for both sides. Warriors need to win to make the 8, depending on other results and the Eels don't want to fall out of the 8 anytime soon so a win for them will surely keep their spot in the 8 for the next few weeks. So, it's the boys from Parramatta for me in what should be an exciting game of footy.

Broncos by 14 - I expect the Broncos to win and win well here over the Titans. The Titans are clearly rebuilding and it's only the start for the Titans so it'll take time. Titans definitely still need plenty of improvement. Last week they only played 20 minutes and forgot to play the remaining 60. They need to be much better than that if they're going to beat the Broncos and I don't think that will happen. Broncos have been massive improvers and I think will keep in touch with the top 8 with another win here over the Titans in this Queensland derby which is unfortunately dying out. C'mon Broncos and Titans, lighten up the Q derby.

Storm by 6 - Game of the round here folks. Either this or the Panthers-Raiders game. It's hard to tip against the Storm considering the form that they're in. They will face stiff competition in the Manly Sea Eagles and Manly will surely give the Storm a very good contest but the Storm will just come away with the win and prove too good for Manly here. But this will most definitely be a cracker, I'm kinda getting 2007-2011 vibes here with this one.

Roosters by 22 - I don't think that this will be an incredibly ugly scoreline although I wouldn't be surprised if it is. But the Chooks should get a big win here over the Dogs. The Chooks are almost at full strength and I expect them to continue to muscle up in preparation for the finals. Roosters way too good for the Dogs here. I do see a bit of fight here for the Dogs, but not too much to last the full 80.

And finally... Raiders by 2 - Potentially game of the round. Kikau out suspended for the Panthers had me leaning towards the Raiders just like you Thinker. This will definitely be a solid contest and will be a polar opposite to their first meeting earlier this season. Home ground advantage may be an advantage for the Panthers but the Raiders have shown this season that they can not only win at home, but also away as well. Defence has been key in a lot of the victories of these two sides. But, I'm hoping that we can see plenety of points from these two sides so we can get an exciting game of footy. But either way, we will get an exciting, intense, solid, cracking game of footy. Raiders to prove that they can beat the top sides and keep in touch for a potential top 2 finish and break that streak from the Pennie Panthers.

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

Baggy_Gee's picture

So the Baggy Girls had a good round 6/8 like most of us, this puts them on 78/136 and Dad on 80/136. Can't shake them off. Here are their grab bag of tips for this weekend.
Cowboys - Because they act like a western movie
Tigers - Because they are really quick
Rabbits - Because they hop along (C&W theme this week)
Warriors - Because we now like the logo (Of all weeks to change, honestly?)
Titans - Because they can cut the ball with their sword
Manly - Because they can fly like an eagle (to the sea)
Bulldogs - Because they can win the game
Panthers - Because they can jump for the ball.

tigerholic's picture

Hey Thinker
I can honestly say that I think you have been a little harsh with your prediction that the Knights will beat the Tigers by 14 points.

I have changed my tip to the Tigers because I think the boys can lift to celebrate Robbies 300th.

Lets hope you are way off the mark and even a win for the Tigers by 1 point will suffice.

Enjoy

Steel Panther's picture

Just like they lifted for Benji's 300th Tiger.....sorry sir I couldn't resist but I have tipped your mob too....good luck!!

christine 's picture

put my tips in for the same this week as wally's please thinker ...

a's picture

Dragons fanboy I bet your not feeling to good losing at the death

newbie from perth's picture

I said the other night that I wasn’t totally convinced with Souths and that hasn’t changed after tonight’s game against the Dragons.

The Dragons were running on empty and Souths had got to 12-2 and I thought they’d run away with it. Game over!

Then they stopped playing and the Dragons started playing instead. Get 2 tries and then Widdop’s penalty gets them in front. Game over!

Then that try to the Bunnies with how many seconds left? Don’t know about the rest of you but I reckon the Dragons deserved to win that. Sheer heartbreak that one. Well, not if you’re a Rabbitohs fan. Meh, “them’s the breaks” I suppose. No offence to anyone, just my 2c worth.

@ D-fanboy – feel for ya mate 😢. Maybe your boys are starting to turn the corner eh? Next week against the Eels will let you know ….

newbie from perth's picture

Oops! I meant to say "when Souths had got to 14-2"...

Gotta go to bed, it's nearly midnight! Cheers y'all.

Christine 's picture

Mark I would say have a good trip but you can't go eating the fish they are my relatives I'm a fish that is sacraligious don't eat my relatives mark we need more of them in our oceans not less...

a's picture

Warriors were robbed

Anonymous's picture

Warriors swindled out of a win by another disgraceful display of officiating. 1st penalty in the 10th minute then their next one came with 30 seconds left on the clock. In between Parra get 9 penalties and a smorgasbord of favourable calls. Sorry about my rant Baggy but it was a crock of sh*t!! Even the commentators were gob smacked at how call after call went against the Warriors!!

Steel Panther's picture

Sorry that last post was me....sure were 'a'.....refs gave them nothing!!

Baggy_Gee's picture

Yes but some of those penalties they gave away were blatant, I feel the most sorry for RTS, there was no way that it was a forward pass. If the NRL ever wanted a showcase for a badly reffed game it was that one. Carrying on with the tackle after held was called, hideous strip calls, questionable forward passes. It had it all. But at least at some times it was even, even crap reffing. Still got questions about Lukes try where it changed arms carrying the ball, that young pocket ref has to be shown the door. Promote the Badges Misses, she goes hard as a good linesman, she'd probably kill it in the middle as well.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Me and the other Eels fans up here called it a try from the get go.

Steel Panther's picture

I agree Baggy that there was bad calls for both sides but the Warriors copped the bulk of them culminating in the forward pass call that was the difference between winning & losing.....

Baggy_Gee's picture

What I want to know is why doesn't the NRL kick some ass, show the refs, that they are quite replaceable, and bad performances will be punished. Also some of the KFC referrals were a waste of time, Just ads a waste of time and credibility.

Mary S's picture

Wow - what a finish to the Storm/ Sea Eagles game. A good indicator of finals to come!!

To BigPete and all other Manly supporters - your team did you proud!

Steel Panther's picture

I too enjoyed last night's late game. Manly look the goods this season and in my opinion were the better side and deserved the win. It takes a lot to beat the Storm and even more to beat them at home. If you didn't see the game Big Pete make sure you catch a replay. You'll be a proud man. Hope all is well with you.

manyana's picture

Definitely edge of the seat stuff!! Enjoyed the game very much, even though I did tip the Storm. I think both teams should practice more field goals.
Good one Big Pete.

BigPeteBx's picture

@Mary S, Steely & Manyana,
Close game, but down in Melbourne, I felt Storm had a nice buffer at top of ladder and very soon they would slip up. Manly leading 10 nil at half time, was a nice gap for Storm to have to come out 2nd half and play hard to catch up and they did. As much as the game got down to a field goal, there were enough attempts, to remind us of a World Cup soccer shootout.

@Steely - not going too bad mate, managing to keep upright.

Cheers all and keep well. Have a great week.
Big Pete

The Thinker's picture

Greetings tipsters

I have updated the NRL ladder and the tipping competition after round 19. Plenty of us were at sixes and sevens but only one of us got a perfect round....congratulations to Tigerholic. Outstanding work sir.

I'll have the round 20 page published as soon as I can...and my tips and previews should be there some time on Wednesday.

All the best

The Thinker

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