Round six selections

Cronulla Sharks vs Penrith Panthers – Thursday night – PointsBet Stadium

In round five the Panthers missed 67 tackles against a team that hadn't won a game prior. When they have won they haven't won by much, and the teams they've beaten aren't shooting the lights out this season. The Sharks were soundly beaten by the Chooks last round, but it's looking like the Chooks will be doing that to quite a few teams this year. The Sharks have lost more games than they've won but they are racking up more line breaks and offloads than most of the competition. Given all the missed tackles by the Panthers last weekend, I expect they will struggle to contain the Sharks attack. Doubts about Gallen and Fifita playing on Thursday, but I'm tipping them at home regardless.

Verdict – Sharks by 4

Result – Sharks 24 defeated Panthers 20

Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – Friday afternoon – ANZ Stadium

The traditional Good Friday clash is in danger of being over-shadowed by the other Good Friday clash, but it's always nice to have something to watch on a day when the options are thin on the ground. The Rabbitohs, and all of us really, begin the post-Inglis era – I expect they'll transition just fine given his involvement this season has been pretty limited. The Bulldogs gave their fans a glimmer of hope against the Storm but they came crashing back to earth against the Dragons. I suspect they overachieved two weeks ago and underachieved last week, which means their natural level lies somewhere in between. I fear that last weekend was closer to reality. It's still Easter...and it's still the Bunnies.

Verdict – Rabbitohs by 16

Result – Rabbitohs 14 defeated Bulldogs 6

Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters – Friday night – AAMI Park

Our 2018 grand finalists face off in the game of the round, and the Clive Churchill medallist gets a chance to shore up a NSW Origin jersey if he hasn't locked it in already (I'll get in before everyone else piles on – Keary was born and raised in Ipswich...Kevin Walters and Allan Langer will give him heaps). He's up against the QLD number six here. Munster and Keary have been close to the best in the NRL this season so this game is worthy of your eyeballs just to watch those two. The most important inclusion (or exclusion) is Victor Radley, who has to pass a concussion test to take his spot. He's been a revelation in the number nine jersey for the tricolours, and Jake Friend isn't ready to return either. The Storm have scrambled to victory in their last two outings and remain undefeated, but scrambling wins over the Bulldogs and Cowboys doesn't look like flash form. A big vocal crowd will get behind the purple machine, but the Roosters have scored 30+ points at their last three outings and look the goods.

Verdict – Roosters by 4

Result – Roosters 21 defeated Storm 20

New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys – Saturday night – Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors are undefeated at Mt Smart this season, although the teams they've beaten are 14th and 16th on the ladder. Mind you, the Cowboys are 15th so it's probably good enough. The Cowboys were much better against the Storm but now they have to repeat the effort. Their depth in the backline is being seriously tested (Feldt and Macdonald injured, Coote released, Barba cut, Holmes overseas, Ponga at the Knights and Folau unapproachable). The Cowboys pack, even without Taumalolo, could do a number on the Warriors, but can this Cowboys backline convert that into points? Thinker says no.

Verdict – Warriors by 8

Result – Cowboys 17 defeated Warriors 10

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles – Saturday night – WIN Stadium

After the first two rounds of the season things were looking pretty dire for the Dragons and the Sea Eagles, but neither side has lost a game since. After two narrow victories the Dragons fired up the after-burners against the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles have coped without Tommy Turbo quite well indeed with Brendan Elliott improving in the number one jersey with every outing. Home ground advantage is reason enough for me to tip the Dragons. The likely inclusion of Vaughan for the Red V and the suspension of Fonua-Blake for the Sea Eagles bolsters my confidence. If not for the grand final replay on Good Friday it's the game of the round.

Verdict – Dragons by 7

Result – Dragons 12 defeated Sea Eagles 10

Gold Coast Titans vs Newcastle Knights – Sunday afternoon – Cbus Super Stadium

The Titans got off the mark in round five but they'll be heading into this game without Ash Taylor, AJ Brimson and Jarrod Wallace. Shannon Boyd is doubtful but could be a late inclusion. Less problems for the Knights but Aiden Guerra won't be back for quite some time after an injury I'd rather not watch again. I'll tip the Knights on the road, but I hope they've been behaving themselves on the Goldie for the Easter weekend. Watching Ponga weave his magic on a Sunday afternoon is worth the cost of admission alone.

Verdict – Knights by 2

Result – Titans 38 defeated Knights 14

Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos – Sunday afternoon – GIO Stadium

Five weeks down and I've tipped the Broncos five times. Clearly it hasn't been a winning strategy and I'm not sure if the Broncos have a winning strategy either. I'm no Wally Lewis but to my eye they appear to lack a leader who can manage a game. They just look rudderless and particularly so when the game is on the line. I can't see an easy solution either, but this is one club you don't underestimate. The Raiders are ticking all the boxes at the minute and they ticked another rare box last weekend with a shut-out of the Parramatta Eels. While a turnaround performance from the Broncos wouldn't surprise me (and they do have a good record in Canberra) I cannot tip them on exposed form. I've gone green.

Verdict – Raiders by 4

Result – Raiders 26 defeated Broncos 22

Parramatta Eels vs Wests Tigers – Monday afternoon – Bankwest Stadium

The Eels were on the wrong side of a shut-out last weekend so they'll be keen to make amends as they make their debut at their swanky new stadium. The Tigers surprised most with their 80th minute victory over the Broncos in Brisbane, and they've had 11 whole sleeps to prepare for this game. The availability of Blake Ferguson is a big plus for the Eels – he might have a face like a dropped pie but he's a powerful force with speed to burn. Despite his inclusion I'm tipping the Tigers in something of an upset. Their spine impressed me last start and their second row pair of Matterson and Garner are chronically under-rated. Whatever the outcome it will be a delight to see a packed-out stadium in rugby league heartland for an afternoon of footy.

Verdict – Tigers by 4

Result – Eels 51 defeated Tigers 6

Wally Lewis - round six selections (in bold)

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

  • SHARKS vs Panthers
  • Bulldogs vs RABBITOHS
  • Storm vs ROOSTERS
  • WARRIORS vs Cowboys
  • DRAGONS vs Sea Eagles
  • TITANS vs Knights
  • RAIDERS vs Broncos
  • EELS vs Tigers


The Thinker's picture

Greetings football fans,

I have updated the tipping comp and the NRL ladder after round five. Congrats to BigPeteBX, Newbie from Perth and Tigers717 who all got 7 from 8.

As you can see the tipping page is published for round six. I will have my previews and selections published on Tuesday.

For those of you travelling over the Easter break – travel safe and have a great holiday.

All the best

christine 's picture

In regards to tipping broncos ,cowboys ,titans ,& i'm throwing Penrith in the mix now if a said team out of the four I mentioned are playing against one of the other teams mentioned & you have to pick one of them & you can't decide then take home ground advantage , home team always gets the rub of the green from the refs it's better than getting the bird from a gecko you've annoyed for trying to feed it too a magpie ...

a's picture

Christine I guess you could add Knights and Bulldofs into the mix to

christine 's picture

"a" yes I have to agree with you on that with nights I thought have bought players that should be doing better than they are so obviously they aren't gelling as a team I had them in the 8 or even just outside but now no way ...

christine 's picture

I think brown is in for a frustrating season ...

a's picture

I think Brown will be sacked after this season

Mary S's picture

Just a little early to write anybody off, I would suggest!! We are only 1/5 the way through the season, with SOO & Representatives bringing their own challenges to the mix for teams.

Over the seasons, we have seen teams come from behind, and reach the final 8, so it's a fascinating (and frustrating) process to see some teams evolve.

Greg Inglis has officially announced his immediate retirement today and will leave 'a hole' for the Bunnies to deal with. Any comments??
Cheers to all

Steel Panther's picture

Hope you are well Mary. I will be at Mt Smart this weekend and certainly wouldn't be surprised if the Cowboys beat the Warriors. Over the years the Warriors have made a habit of helping teams get back to form and I've seen too muck flakiness from them this season to not rule out a Cowboys win. Will be interesting to read what the Thinker has to say. Good luck!!

Mary S's picture

Thanks Steel,
Cowboys played much better against Storm in R 5 so hoping for further improvement - time will tell!!

Warriors have been playing well at Mt Smart and looked good in their away match against Rabbitohs last round. Maybe they are on the 'up' for you.
Cheers, mary

christine 's picture

I think souths will feel the loss of englis but he has been out injured before for such long stints that they can cope without him as long as Reynolds doesn't get injured they should be ok ...

christine 's picture

that was inglis spell check police before anyone corrects me ...

christine 's picture

"a" the problem will be rd 6 the titans are playing knights without AJ Brimson he is sidelined for a few week after having surgery on a broken thumb who do you take there ???

christine 's picture

a few weeks that is my key board is playing up ...

Johnny Awesome's picture

Hi all,
A quick note folks. Firstly, I haven’t got the time to comment as often as I would like due to work and personal commitments now, but hey regardless, Mr Thinker and you lot are stuck with me for a long time. I just want to say to you all, that you have a very decent and honest bloke on this site in Big Pete. Actually, Big is appropriate term for you Pete, big heart, big family man and big on the stuff that makes an honest fella with the old country hand shake deal. It was a pleasure to catch up with you Big Pete in Bathurst and thanks for the beer and pie mate, it hit the spot. It will be my shout next time ok. I played my Mum’s favourite game scrabble with her at the Rylstone aged care facility with her. Sick as she is, she is still sharp as a tack and fairdinkum beat me fair and square. She even told Dad I was cheating because I was using the dictionary on my phone, yeh, I guess she had a point there. I haven’t beaten my Mum in scrabble ever, she just seems to set me up in giving her the double and triple word scores. Also, she manages to get the high letters like the X’s and Q’s on top of that. Anyway, it was a good trip to see my Mum, meet up with Big Pete and have a Sunday lunch with my old school teachers from nearly 50 years ago. Mrs Linquist taught me to write in 3rd and 4th class and it wasn’t with the biro’s we have today. We had slope cards, an ink pot and quill to write with. Does anyone here remember learning to write like that? Mr Thinker, you are too young for that. Mr Linquist taught me Industrial arts and metal work in high school and was kind enough to drive us kids around NSW to compete in chess tournaments when we were not playing footy. Talking about the bushrangers Big Pete mentioned, apart from Ben Hall and Frank Gardiner and co, there was also a lesser known bushranger called Jack Donohue who rode the hills around Bathurst and he was known to be the original ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ and inspired the song itself. Fairdinkum, Bathurst and it’s surrounds played a major part in our history. The original Bathurst hospital was built in 1824 for the convicts. It was originally a four roomed weather board building. And following the end of convict transportations in 1840 it was converted as a local population hospital in 1842. Anyway, so much for the quick note, see you all and take care.
Cheers from the original Johnny Awesome

Christine 's picture

Tiger goes to france now notre dame burns , what next tiger please don't destoy the world ...

mark ashford's picture

Your (very good) sense of humour is coming to the surface. Keep it up.
I spent 7 days in Paris in a tiny walk up about 20 metres from Notre Dame. Attended a mass there one day and can't describe the beauty of the place. Shed a tear this morning watching the news. I'm sure the world will assist the French in it's restoration. I for one would contribute to an Australian fund.

mark ashford's picture

Johnny A and Big Pete
Thanks for the info on the bushrangers. Seems Victoria and NSW had the majority of them. Checking locally it seems QLD had very few.
Some of your naughty boys fled to QLD to escape the southern law
but most were captured by our local coppers.
For mine this has led to the dominance of QLD over NSW in the origin arena. Good innocent QLDers over decendants of NSW bushrangers.
I can see Fittler, Stewart, Gould, Cleary and the rest of the Blues past and present riding into Bathurst and calling "bail up" then drinking all of the local pubs dry not a penny changing hands.

BigPeteBx's picture

Ripper Mark (not Jack).
Love your reply. However, there are still a few bushies get about this site and we haven't found them out - yet.
Who are you interviewing next, as some avatars don't tell too many stories or origins.

Cheers and keep well - Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

Great stuff Johnny A.
Again, lovely catching up with you. I like that pie and that's why I suggested it to you. Best you get practicing your scrabble mate.

Truly, I wasn't aware that John (Jack) Doolan (Donohue) came up this far. He came from Castlemaine in Vic and mind you the first citation performed of the song was to The Kelly Gang in Glenrowan. I recall some words from another song,,,,blame it on The Kelly Boys, blame it on The Kelly's.
I have a very thick volume of book on Ned Kelly and hardly started to read it. If there is something you wish to know, ask me and I'll check the references.

Yes Mark, they were hunted and wore the blame. There was another around these parts called Jimmy Governor. My mind seems to recall he was hung in Old Dubbo Gaol, as its known to this day and still standing. It's opened as a museum.

Mark and Johnny - I'm keeping my eyes open for the book published on Ben Hall, as a short movie was also made on him, about two years ago. As I told Johnny, all my previous rels came from the Sofala/Turondale area around here. Apart from our forefathers who sailed from England in 1853. There were lots of gold panned out at The Turon and even an uprising with the Chinese there. One day I'll show you some ruts in the side of a granite "hill", where the water races ran to pan the gold. Mind you the Chinese taught us how to run water uphill. Its a 30minute drive from here and also where the movie Sirens was made with Elle MacPherson, Portia De Rossi and Kate Fisher as the leads.

Cheers lads and keep well - Big Pete

christine 's picture

The humour has always been there & will forever remain to do so don't worry about that - tell me what do you think about QLD with origin now that inglis has made his announcement , I can't just jump ship on QLD now I probably couldn't swim with the ms anyway to save my life I would just drown & I have never been a blues supporter but I am not going to start now I will have to go down with the ship so who's with me QLD all the way or what ???

a's picture

Here’s my tips

Sharks by 8 I just can’t tip the Panthers I’m sorry

Rabbitohs by 14 I think the Rabbitohs will flog the Bulldogs here

Storm by 1 I think the Storm will win in a thriller here

Warriors by 10 I am refusing to tip my boys here

Dragons by 4 I think the Dragons will continue their good form against Manly

Titans by 1 I think the Knights will continue their losing streak here

Raiders by 12 I just can’t tip the Broncos here In sorry

Eels by 2 I think the Eels will wanna make it a special day on their home ground

ROOH's picture

My Tips
sharks by 8
rabbitohs by 16
warriors by 16
dragons by 8
knights by 10
raider by 8
west tigers by 10

ROOH's picture

storms by 4

Rocket Ryan's picture

Stick with the maroon christine we could not possibly win the series

Could we?

mark ashford's picture

Big Pete & Johnny A
Australians have a bit of a fascination with our convicts and subsequent bush ranging activities of some of them. There seems to be a bit of English police v Irish settlers going on, true or not.
The Kelly gang murdered 3 police officers at Stringybark Creek, this cannot be denied. There have been many pro Kelly books written and some dubious movies glorifying the Kellys.
I'm currently reading "the Kelly gang unmasked" by Ian Macfarlane.
He worked for 21 years at Victorias State Archives and his work is very well researched. Worth a read if you can find it.

mark ashford's picture

Hi Christine
I thought the way Greg Inglis retired showed what an exceptional person he is putting his club, the Maroons and Australia first.
His work with Souths and Indigenous players will continue for years.
Now for the Maroons. We have lost Inglis, Smith, Cronk, Thurston and Slater probably the best players in a long time.
With the Broncos, Cowboys and Titans in very poor form it must be a nightmare for Kevvie Walters. I believe we have until rounds 11 or 12 to pick the team, not very long at all.
The Maroons love the underdog status and it will be that this year.
Game 1 is in Brisbane, Game 2 in Perth and Game 3 in Sydney.
Wait until you see the teams but I'll be MAROON all the way.

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, my tips for this week are:

Sharks by 4 - Sharks to get a tight win here at home.

Rabbitohs by 14 - Rabbitohs should beat the Bulldogs comfortably here after last week. But you never know what to expect from the Bulldogs based on the two weeks prior as well. But, I think that the Rabbits have them comfortably.

Roosters by 2 - Game of the round for me. Storm are due for a loss and after two close wins against teams that haven't been so strong this season coming up against an inform Roosters line-up, I think that the Roosters will get the upset win here.

Warriors by 10 - Warriors to get the win here at home over the Cowboys.

Dragons by 8 - The mighty Dragons to make it 4 in a row here.

Knights by 1 - Knights to get back into the winners circle here.

Raiders by 6 - Raiders to continue on their merry ways here with yet another win here at home.

And finally... Tigers by 7 - The Eels may get the win here at the first time at Bankwest Stadium and for there sake, I hope they do but I am tipping the Tigers here to make it back to back for a second time this season.

Awesome. Good luck with everyone's teams for this week and with everyone's tips for this week. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

christine 's picture

I can never tip NSW I have never done so before in my years of tipping & I never will it is QLD for me no matter what I always go for the under dogs ...

newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

What a drama! My microwave at home bit the dust last night. A little annoyed as I only got 22 years out of him. Damn, they don’t make ‘em like they used to eh? Anyways, had to slip off early today and go and get myself another one and it wasn’t until after I got home that I realised I’d forgotten to bring my Round 6 “notes” home with me. No problem, I’ll post them tomorrow (Thurs) morning when I get into work.

As a West Aussie with no family or geographical allegiances to either NSW or Qld, I can let you know (if you don't already) that I’m a Maroons fanboi from way back in the day. So long ago when they used to get smacked silly. All my mates used to go the Blues so I decided I’d get on the underdogs, if not just for moral support. Been a Maroon fan ever since and until this day (and always will be). I’m thinking Qld might be in for a “rebuilding” phase considering the players they’ve lost. All credit to the Blues though on recent successes. Talented bunch with a fresh coaching style courtesy of Freddie. All I gotta say in closing is “Queenslander! Queenslander! Queenslander!” … when’s the all-in-brawl starting (ha-ha)?

OK kinder, time to toddle off now. Not that many of you will be up at this time of night. Hmmm, then again, some of you might be. Regardless, I’ve gotta go so I’ll get on again early tomorrow morning. Until then…

christine 's picture

Manyana / big pete
I have found a another little bird for you too have a look at it has attitude from the amazon call caique they are about the same size as a love bird but an attitude like you wouldn't believe in the wild they live in groups of about 30 birds but you can't have one & then try to introduce another one it will end bad , they are possessive they like being on their backs with their feet in the air& they want your attention all the time they will manly like one person in the house an attack or bite anyone else I like the black headed caique but check them out & see what you think , just thought you might be interested ...

christine 's picture

Manyana / big pete
I also love ring necks the male has the black ring around the neck the female doesn't but you can't tell with females until 2 years old then you put them in front of a mirror & if they put their heads back & fan their wings out like the shape of a love heart then they are a female they are the birds I want the most but they cost more than $10000.00 some as much as $20000.00 but caiques are charaters they are known as the clowns of the parrot world & that's why I want one but it would probably out live me seeing I am already in my 40's

newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

Well, after the hiccup from last night, I’ve finally managed to get my post posted. Real early over here in the West at the moment. Sitting at my desk at work and it’s just ticking over to about 6.20am. How’s that for dedication eh? Like to look after the “fam” here on the Thinker’s “world famous” NRL website. Just hope this dedication keeps y’all amused, informed and can help you get the perfect round. Then again, it may all turn pear-shaped and if so, no liability on my part can be accepted (ha-ha).

The Roosters were once again mighty last week but the only complaint I have about my BBB winning was that I backed ‘em at the 1-12 and wouldn’t you know it, they win by 14. D’oh! Not blaming them at all. I’m blaming the Sharks for not being 2 points better (ha-ha). Only dropped a pineapple so no big deal really. I can afford it. Super chuffed about getting 7 from 8 last week along with Big Pete and Tigers717. Illustrious company indeed…

OK, time to get into it…

Sharks vs Panthers 65-35 @ Shark Park
Ladder Position = Sharks
Sharks have a lot of injuries not making their life any easier. They need their players back if they’re going to have an impact. No match for my BBB last week but not a bad effort coming back from 30 points down all the same. Panthers defence is teetering and they’re just making too many mistakes. The Titans exposed them last week and they paid the price. Mind you, some of the Panthers played well enough and they’re not without a chance. Even with their injury toll, I still think the Sharks will get this done… just.

Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs 30-70 @ ANZ
Ladder Position = Rabbitohs
Bulldogs were no match for the Dragons last week. They were brought back to earth with a resounding thud for sure. They just need to regroup, reduce the errors and apply the lessons learnt. The Rabbitohs were lucky to escape that one against the Warriors last week. They might have had some excuses but still. I know GI has been missing and Souths keep winning, but now that he’s officially retired, they’ll need to accept the fact and just get on with it. Anyways, the Rabbitohs have too much class here and will get this one done for Greg.

Storm vs Roosters 45-55 @ AAMI
Ladder Position = Storm
Game of the round right here people! Storm won yet again but far from convincing. They were OK against the Cowboys I suppose but not their ruthless self that I’m used to seeing each week. That’s a good thing from my perspective but I’m hoping they don’t finally “click” this weekend. Roosters did it pretty easy last week against those Sharkies. Not impressed with the fall off in the second half but by then we’d done enough damage. We’ll definitely need to be more “switched on” this week against the Storm. Loving how Cleary’s coming along not to mention the brilliance from Latrell and Teddy. Given the Storm have (sorta) been off the boil lately I’m hoping my BBB can inflict some pain this weekend. It goes without saying that I’m on the Chooks. Begurk! Begurk!

Warriors vs Cowboys 60-40 @ Mt Smart
Ladder Position = Warriors
You could say the Warriors were a tad unlucky last week. By all accounts they played very well, very well in fact. How much longer can the Cowboys keep under-achieving? It must be heart-breaking for their fans. Don’t get me wrong, they definitely had a crack last week but you can only get 2 points if you win. They’ll come good I’m sure but “when” is the question. Both of these sides should be proud of their respective efforts last week. Of the two, I reckon the Cowboys will be more desperate to get a win here. Unfortunately I’m not convinced they have what it takes at the moment to get the job done. Maybe one day soon? Warriors for me. Peow! Peow!

Dragons vs Manly 60-40 @ WIN
Ladder Position = Manly
Weren’t those Dragons awesome last week eh? Hunt seems to be improving (sans Widdop) every week. Watched them take the poor ol’ Dogs apart and they basically did as they pleased. A good team currently playing good footy. Even though I jumped on the Manly bandwagon last week, I must admit they have surprised me with how well they’ve been going. And isn’t DCE doing well too? Did they play well or was it a case of an average Knights outfit allowing them to? Not that I’m betting on this game but I reckon the $2.70 on offer for Manly to win (they’re quite capable in my mind) is pretty good value. Having said that, my tip is for the Dragons to win again.

Titans vs Knights 55-45 @ Cbus
Ladder Position = Knights
This one should be a tight affair if the bookies’ prices are any indication. My ratings back that up as well. The Titans finally got on the board last week. Can they do it again I’m wondering. They’ll definitely have to do all the things from last week (especially dominating possession) that got them the win if they have a chance at getting over the Knights. Trying to run a form line through the Knights (this week) and the Panthers (from last week) is doing my head in. Let me think about this some more. Not sure how I should look at the Knights so far this year. They’re starting to confuse me with their style of play. If I was a fan I’d be scratching my head. Trying to “bounce-back” after last week’s effort against Manly is gonna be a tough ask for them. The Knights obviously have the cattle so they’re just going to have to “grind it out” until they get back on track. Actually you could simply repeat that statement and swap the Knights out and put in the Broncos. Ratings are pretty close but I’m counting on the Titans’ home ground advantage and new found confidence to get them their second win of the year. Titans for me.

Raiders vs Broncos 65-35 @ GIO
Ladder Position = Raiders
The Raiders are slowly ticking along, albeit they’ve only beaten the Titans, Knights, Cowboys and the Eels. I can rule a line through the first 3 but last week against the Eels franks the form for me. Their defence is rock solid though and that’s gotta be a big plus. Watched some highlights of the Raiders’ shutdown of the Eels last week and must say they’re not looking that bad really. Surprise packet of the year maybe? What can I say about the Broncos? Seriously, I’m lost for words. Nothing to say. Nothing that I can offer as encouragement or as an excuse. I am speechless. I am without speech! God knows what’ll happen if they lose again this week! Their “big guns” really, really need to stand up. Make or break time Broncos! Mind you, the Broncos like playing at GIO. Apparently they’ve won their last four games there but those Ponies were different to these Ponies today so can I trust that stat? I’m on the Green Machine but wouldn’t be surprised at all if there was an alternative result.

Eels vs Tigers 50-50 @ Bankwest Stadium
Ladder Position = Tigers
The Eels started well enough this year have they not? Did not see the results from last couple of weeks coming though. Especially last week not scoring anything. Cut the errors down, gain some possession and keep plugging away and you should come good. They’re certainly up to this encounter and need to forget that last week even happened. After some unlucky performances, the Tigers managed a win in Brisbane last week and deservedly so. They won well in my opinion and never gave up and just kept pluggin’ away. All good attributes to have. Both sides evenly matched (look at my ratings) and I feel like I should just toss a coin. Will there be any “mystery factor” concerning the new stadium I wonder. Based purely on a “gut feeling”, I’m jumping on Baggy’s BOYS this week. Meh, who knows…

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

You’ve gotta admit my taste in music is eclectic. And I must say it’s always awesome (ha-ha). Have the album this one's from and would highly recommend…

Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath

Gentle impulsion
Shakes me, makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath

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

Baggy_Gee's picture

Great, now I am tied again with my daughters on 24/40. They out did me last week with 5/8. I'm happy to throw in the towel as it looks like I am going to get flogged this year. Here are their tips
Sharks (Because they are blue and we don't like Panthers)
Rabbits (I have a stuffed Rabbit toy)
Storm (I like the candles in a blackout caused by a storm)
Cowboys (We still don't like the Warriors logo)
Sea Eagles (we like their colour purple)
Knights (they are masterly)
Broncos (we commonly confuse the Broncos and the QLD SoO teams, so we just pick them both)
Eels (Dad supports the Eels)

manyana's picture

Hi all, here are my tips for round 6.
Good luck to everyone, manyana.

Baggy_Gee's picture

If that first try last week was not called back last start the BOYS would have run away with it. After a good defensive run of 20 minutes without bursting the Raiders might have leaked a few more, but as it was we were swamped and never got back in the game. There is the mental side of the game, our heads dropped and do did our effort, but less than last year, last year we would have set a new record losing margin. We are coming back slowly.

christine 's picture

thinker for my tips this week please put me down as taking the same as wally ...

Mary S's picture

Hi Thinker,
Congratulations on the winning margin for the Sharks win tonight - was touch & go there for a while!!

Question: - Are you entering Tigerholic's pick this week? They are the same as Rocket Ryan's.
Cheers, Mary

BigPeteBx's picture

Hello Christine and Manyana.
Lovely little bird the caique, reminds me much like the peach face lovebirds I once had. Short stocky with a short or practically no tail.
Like most times with keeping birds (feathered), a lot depends on the breeder or seller, as to how much one costs. Pet stores of course, can charge like a wounded bull. Macaws are a prime example.
Conures are another bird they say, makes a nice family pet. Of course again, I would expect climate and geographical location would have a bearing on longevity of any bird. Saying that, it doesn't always mean that the bird will survive, as many years ago, we never saw Indian Mynah birds out this way, due to cold Winters and frosts. Now I see them quite often around. I always knew them by their call.

Must go - but you both have a nice Easter and keep an eye out for the Rabbit.

Cheers - Big Pete

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Hello ALL my good friends here on Thinker site.
Att: Car Racing Enthusiast's.

Remember this weekend we have The Bathurst 6 Hour car race on.
That race is actually Sunday morning at 11.30am.
I'm informed that SBS will be doing 2 hr highlights in the afternoon, but FOX Sports 506 is televising direct. There are several other events over the weekend, as I can hear cars going around the track from my back yard, as we speak.

Aah the memories though, of many years ago, when we had the Easter bikes and cars on. Bikes eventually disappeared due to dangers of the track and the many "sussy"/precarious bends the track has.
However, all is not lost. As I've mentioned here a couple of times, a multi, multi million dollar plan is on the table and has been approved, for a second track here that adjoins the present one and will accommodate bikes (possibly a Grand Prix, like or from Phillip Island) and in time to come. A UK firm has won the tender for their design/planning etc. We might see the likes of Lewis Hamilton and co racing here, as the track will be designed for Formula series, maybe Formula 1 racing. For the record - Mark Webber has been here in Bathurst for our last two Bathurst 1000 events. So don't be surprised if you see him attached to a team and possibly/probably co-driving here in the future.

Must push on great friends. Have a Happy Easter and remember its real meaning.

Cheers - Big Pete from Bx Country.

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Hi Big Pete, nice to hear from you. The birds around here are loving the rain, they sit in the trees & chortle happily. I used to breed budgies, & had about 200 at times. I'd pair them up & put them in a breeding cage & loved it when the babies came out. It was quite interesting. I had a book on which colours paired would give a certain colour. I had another book with their ring numbers, & who paired with who. Won a few prizes at the Budgie shows. Once I had the champion bird of the show. He was a beauty.
Must go now, I've just eaten some Hot Cross Buns, now I have to walk on the treadmill to try & get these calories off.
Cheers, for now. Good luck with your tips, manyana.

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I'm looking forward to the Stawell gift on monday. Starts at 11.30 on Channel 7 here in Queensland.
Cheers, manyana.

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Hi Thinker And fellow tipsters.
I had a bit of an accident yesterday afternoon (fractured my thumb)
and spent the next 5 hours at the brand new but rather dysfunctional Nth Beaches Hospital's emergency department.
Do I miss out now on tipping the remaining 7 games this weekend?
Just in case there is some chance they will be accepted I would like to give my remaining tips this week for your consideration -
Rabbits to put on a show for G.I.
Roosters to have a deja vu moment.
Warriors just because they're at home.
Dragons just too strong for the Eagles right now.
Knights over a depleted but promising Titans.
Raiders to add to the Bronco's woes.
Eels to put on a show at their brand new venue.

Hope this will be acceptable.
Thanks from MGM.

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Big pete / manyana
I believe you can go to bird rescue places an adopt unwanted birds that people bought thinking they could handle a bird or said bird only to find out they can't so the bird has to go somewhere so rescue places do take them in & you can go there & adopt I believe you might even find caique there because a lot of people who take on a caique don't actually know what they are getting themselves into but if you know parrots you'll be fine with a caique but watch there diet that what a lot of them suffer from a poor diet we don't know enough about caiques really seeing they are from the amazon in captivity they can live 15 - 20 years in the wild they say as long as 50 but they also says they don't have proof of a caique living 50 years but if your interested that's an option they can be adopted ...

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Big pete I have information on a guy an older man who breeds caiques in Australia & he is not linked to pet shops his birds depending on the type be it black headed or not male or female his price is $1500.00 - $2000.00 if you want the info I found it on you tube but he is the go to man in austalia I believe i'm not sure if he is Sydney based or not he might be but I do believe he is one of the only people you can go to ...

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I know what happened in the Sharks dressing room at half time last night. They watched that old classic war film starring Steve McQueen called The Great Escape. Only watched the first half but the Sharks looked shot if you'll pardon the pun.
Just watched the Dogs/Rabbits game and neither team impressed.
The Dogs layed all over the Rabbits for most of the game.
No wonder Big Sam got a bit heated. Lachlan Lewis is following in the footsteps of the original pest Michael Ennis. The "no biff" rule allows these cheeky players (Maloney is another one) to get away with it.
Otherwise, I'm sure, Big Sam would have knocked him out of the park.

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Not sure what thinkers rules are on late tips. In view of your difficult time at the hospital maybe he can cut you a little slack. His decision not mine. Good luck mate.

christine 's picture

roosters won ....

Mary S's picture

What a hell of a match - excitement all the way!!!!!

a's picture

That was a fanatici match

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@ Mary and “a”
– what a game indeed! My BBB score absolutely nothing in the second half and then that miraculous FG from Latrell to win it? I was composing a text message to my brother who’s in Thailand on holidays and I’m just about to hit “send” and his text pops up with “Yee-Hah!” I’m assuming he watched it in a bar somewhere. Lucky bugger’s most probably on his way to an unacceptable level of drunkenness by now (ha-ha).

Gotta admit that game was a cracker and yes, we got out of gaol (see I spell the old-fashioned way) tonight. Hey, I’m taking it! OK peeps, sweet dreams…

BTW … can someone explain how the ladder works? I’ve seen two (2) different ladders tonight and one shows Roosters on top and the other shows Storm on top. I know we both have a PD of 59 so how do they work out who’s top?

Is it the team with the most points for or the team with the least points against? Newbie’s confused…

One last thing … Have a Happy Easter y’all…


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