Round ten selections

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders – Thursday night – Sydney Cricket Ground

With so much going on at the minute, you almost forget that this is a rematch of the 2019 grand final. These sides met three times last season and the Roosters were narrow winners every time. Obviously quite a lot has changed since then. The Raiders form has been down on what we saw from them last year, and they have to find a way to lift (on a short turnaround plus travel) without three of their best in Hodgson, Bateman and Soliola. Meanwhile the Roosters are being challenged by most opponents, but they keep finding a way to win. They seemingly have the capacity to hit the go button and put teams to the sword. Following on from a dominant win over the Cowboys, the Chooks welcome back Boyd Cordnor, Brett Morris and Isaac Liu. I think you just keep tipping them.

Verdict – Roosters by 8

Result – Raiders 24 defeated Roosters 20

Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans – Friday night – Sunshine Coast Stadium

Jesse Bromwich is 194cm tall and 114kg. He's out with a knee injury for a few weeks, and the Melbourne Storm have replaced him with...Brandon Smith. I'm looking forward to that. I'm also keen to see the return of Cameron Munster and Felise Kaufusi. The Titans have put in some spirited performances of late, but this is hard. They beat the Warriors narrowly, while the Storm beat them by 44. I've always preferred the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast, and I prefer them here too.

Verdict – Storm by 22

Result – Storm 42 defeated Titans 6

Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos – Friday night – Leichhardt Oval

As is often the case, the Broncos jagged a win after I sunk the boot into them last week (they should pay me to just stand on the edge of the training paddock and shout abuse). While the win was nice their opponent was so awful their coach has a little perspective here. The Tigers have won four and lost five, but most of those losses were to teams in the top eight. The Broncos should be a top eight side, but they aren't, and the trip to Sydney won't make it any easier.

Verdict – Tigers by 4

Result – Tigers 48 defeated Broncos 0

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs – Saturday afternoon – WIN Stadium

Here's the good news for the Bulldogs (and I can be brief) - they're taking on the only team they've beaten this season. Now for the bad news (and I could go on...but I'll be brief) - since the Dragons lost to the Bulldogs (and they were smashed), the only teams to beat the Dragons are the 2019 grand finalists. Last week their attack, which has looked promising for a while, really clicked, and they ran away from Manly late in the game. If they can do that to Manly, they can do it to the Bulldogs.

Verdict – Dragons by 22

Result – Dragons 28 defeated Bulldogs 22

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Newcastle Knights – Saturday night – Bankwest Stadium

I was really looking forward to the Knights v Eels clash last weekend, and while the game was close it was a real pooh of a game. The Knights looked utterly lost in attack, but I'm hoping Mitchell Pearce can hit the reset button on the side of his brain and find some better form. With Latrell Mitchell and Campbell Graham unavailable, the Bunnies look easier to contain, so I'm with the Knights in a minor upset.

Verdict – Knights by 2

Result – Knights 20 defeated Rabbitohs 18

Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels – Saturday night – Lottoland

These sides met in round four in what was one of the better games of the year, with the Sea Eagles denied a game-winning try with the last play of the game. Since then it feels like Manly have been on a gradual decline, and they fell off a cliff in the last ten minutes against the Dragons last weekend. Cherry-Evans tried, but when he tries too hard his game gets worse. He's one of those players who does more when he does less. I use this argument with Ms Thinker when it comes to housework...but it falls on deaf ears.

Verdict – Eels by 14

Result – Sea Eagles 22 defeated Eels 18

New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks – Sunday afternoon – Central Coast Stadium

I can get myself excited about most rugby league contests, but this one is going to test me. The Warriors struggled against the Titans last start while the Sharks let the Panthers rack up 50+ in 80 minutes. Nikorima returns which does give the Warriors some extra spark. Fifita joins Moylan in the Hamstring wing of the Cronulla Private Hospital. I note the quality and size of the Warriors bench, and with that extra depth I think they can win this one. The bookies don't like them much, but:

Verdict – Warriors by 4

Result – Sharks 46 defeated Warriors 10

Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys – Sunday afternoon – Panthers Stadium

If you need my help with this game, you clearly haven't been paying attention. This is a cakewalk (whatever that means).

Verdict – Panthers by cakewalk

Result – Panthers 22 defeated Cowboys 10

Wally Lewis - round ten selections (in bold)

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

  • ROOSTERS vs Raiders
  • STORM vs Titans
  • TIGERS vs Broncos
  • DRAGONS vs Bulldogs
  • RABBITOHS vs Knights
  • Sea Eagles vs EELS
  • Warriors vs SHARKS
  • PANTHERS vs Cowboys


mark ashford's picture

Dean Pay resigned before he was sacked, little difference I know but at least he leaves with a little dignity. Not sure where he will end up but I wish him well. Dogs are chasing Trent Barrett assisting coach at the Panthers who will decide if they will let him go. Time will tell.

mark ashford's picture

To All
Amazing list of injuries to almost all clubs. Valentine Holmes out for 8 weeks, this on top of Cowboys existing injuries makes it hard for them.
Two more Broncs out and with their current outs it's getting harder.
Storm, Raiders, Rabbits (suspensions) and I guess most other clubs are struggling all makes it a bit harder to get a win.
Roosters may just get a clean run to the line.
Who want's to be a tipster in 2020?

mark ashford's picture

Are you going to Fraser Island this year or are you confined to home.
We go on Wednesday the 29th July returning Thursday the 6th August. We are reduced to only 3 of us this year due to Covid-19. I'll take my truck as we need it to carry all the gear but as it's only a 2 seater my mate will bring his Pajero. Lots of extra cost with 2 vehicles and only 3 passengers, barge , beach permits, fuel etc but we'll save a bit on food and who cares. I love it. We stay at a private house so can have a fire and generally enjoy ourselves.
Must remember to get my tips in before I go.

Christine's picture

Mark thanks i discovered that after i posted the comment last night but i appreciate it ...

tigerholic's picture

Evening Mark

No Fraser this year for us mate, hope you have a great trip and catch a few Taylor, if not at least the beer will be cold and the fire warm. The extra cost is a bummer but I'm sure that when you get up there it will soon be forgotten.



newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

No intro as such this week so let’s get this party started and get into it…

Roosters vs. Raiders 65-35 @ SCG
Ladder Position = Roosters
Bookies Favourite = Roosters

The Roosters might’ve been feeling a little vulnerable after the great effort from the Cowboys’ first 30 minutes last week but they steadied and scored 2 late tries and went into the break 12-6 ahead. The second half was (unfortunately for the Cowboys) a total trouncing with the Roosters running in another 6 tries (4 in the first 12 minutes) to record a pretty comfortable 42-16 win. After last week’s “villain” (Jake Friend) went off and Lachlan Lam came on, the Roosters’ game just picked up. It could just be total coincidence, but still, just sayin’. Great five try performance from Ikuvalu (late call-up for Brett Morris who injured himself in the warm-up) considering it was just his 16th game in first grade. I was more impressed with the effort from Taukeiaho actually. He ran for 195 metres, had 16 hit-ups, a try assist and made 42 tackles. As usual, great efforts from Tedesco (231 metres and two try assists) and Cleary (two tries). The Roosters shared possession (50-50), had more line breaks (8-3), a better kick defusal (80-60), less missed tackles (18-42) and less ineffective tackles (12-21).

The conditions in the Raiders vs. Storm game last week made for a pretty interesting first half of footy which produced plenty of errors from both sides. Read a comment online from a commentator somewhere who said it was like “playing on a skating rink with a wet salmon”. Ah the images that conjures up 🤪. Anyway, the Raiders were behind 12-6 at the break but were in with a chance. They came back at the Storm in the second half and scored two tries (including the one Nicoll-Klokstad scored with 40 seconds left) but Croker missed both conversions and it was basically too little, too late for the Raiders, finally going down 20-14. A really tough game in miserable conditions made it difficult for the Raiders and on top of that they lost Josh Hodgson to an ACL injury after 28 minutes. I suppose you could say they were gallant in defeat so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond this week. I can’t believe how many of the stats the Raiders actually won and yet they still lost the match. They won possession (54-46), metres run (1660-1507), post contact metres (524-479), line breaks (5-1), tackle breaks (45-26), kicking metres (554-410) and forced drop outs (3-1). Phew! The only ones of note the Raiders lost were ineffective tackles (15-9) and penalties conceded (9-5).

Verdict: Roosters. Begurk! 🐔 Begurk! 🐔

Storm vs. Titans 75-25 @ Sunshine Coast
Ladder Position = Storm
Bookies Favourite = Storm

Just like the Raiders last week, the Storm had to deal with pretty difficult conditions but in the end they handled them just a tad better. After an error riddled first half the Storm led the Raiders 12-6. They got out to a 20-6 lead with 20 to go, the Raiders got two tries back but it was not enough and the Storm got home 20-14. Nothing flash from the Storm per se but good efforts from Cameron Smith and Papenhuyzen as usual. Stats-wise, the Storm’s numbers confused me. They had less possession (46-54), had less metres run (1507-1660), less post contact metres (479-524), less line breaks (1-5), less tackle breaks (26-45), less kicking metres (410-554), less forced drop outs (1-3) and yet they still won the game. The only positive stats were less ineffective tackles (9-15) and fewer penalties conceded (5-9).

After having 2 quick tries scored against them in the first 8 minutes, the Titans kept the Warriors scoreless for the rest of the match. They did manage to get one try back and went into the sheds at half-time just 12-6 down. They just hung in there, defended well and finally got the winning try with just 5 minutes to go. A sloppy effort all things considered but they did enough to get the win. They’d be feeling fairly happy with their determined 16-12 win. The stats were a bit mixed with a better kick defusal (80-40), less missed tackles (15-29) and no penalties conceded. On the negative they had more ineffective tackles (26-14) and more errors (20-11).

Verdict: Storm.

Tigers vs. Broncos 60-40 @ Leichardt
Ladder Position = Tigers
Bookies Favourite = Tigers

In a pretty drab first half last week, the Tigers went into the sheds 10-0 down. To my mind, a very poor first half effort from the Tigers. Even though they were down by 10, I still thought they were a chance. Much better effort in the second half when Marshall came on though. They were running the ball, taking chances, keeping it alive and creating some panic in the Souths’ defence. Had they brought Benji on earlier (and with Reynolds having a shocker with the boot) they might’ve been able to get closer and made it very interesting. Not that it matters really as that’s a “what-if” question and something we’ll never know. They finished fast but just ran out of time and eventually lost it 18-10. What a shame they didn’t play the first half like they did the second. Both sides last week (Rabbitohs and Tigers) made plenty of mistakes so the stats don’t really stand out that much either way. The Tigers had 34 missed tackles, 3 ineffective tackles, 8 errors and had 6 conceded penalties. Might just mention their kick defusal was a very good 91% though.

A pretty good first 20 minutes or so (with some wasted opportunities though) had the Broncos leading the Bulldogs at the break 10-4. Nothing that impressive in the second half but they did manage to get a few more tries (3) and ran out comfortable 26-8 winners (finally 👍). Yeah they got the win but they squandered chances and were a bit sloppy at times. If they can harness the successful aspects of their win from last week and keep at the basics they should improve you’d think. There is definitely room for improvement and given their form was somewhat sloppy (no offence intended), they really need to work on the little things. Stats-wise they had more possession (51-49), more post contact metres (534-403), less missed tackles (12-32), less ineffective tackles (8-17) and unfortunately, more errors (17-12).

Verdict: Tigers.

Dragons vs. Bulldogs 65-35 @ WIN
Ladder Position = Dragons
Bookies Favourite = Dragons

The Dragons responded well last week when Manly were first to score after 8 minutes. They scored two quick tries themselves and went into the break leading 10-4. Their second half was first-rate, they kept a below strength Manly scoreless and they ran out easy 34-4 winners. It seems the tide has finally turned for the Big Red V. It must’ve been pleasing for the Dragons fans to see a great game from Hunt finally. His kicking game last week had Manly scrambling most of the game. It seems to me that the Dragons are responding now that Hunt has found his preferred position/role. A good all-round performance from the Dragons. As you would expect, the Dragons’ stats were very good. They won possession (53-47), had an impressive completion rate of 93%, had more kicks (31-18), more kicking metres (820-603), more forced drop outs (5-1) and less errors (6-13). The only blight I noticed was they had more ineffective tackles (18-5).

Not a great effort from the Bulldogs last week I’m afraid to say. It was not the effort I expected to see from them to be honest. One try in the first half and one in the second (when it was basically all over) saw the Bulldogs getting done 26-8 by the Broncos. Just like the Broncos, the Bulldogs wasted too many chances and were sloppy at times. A lack of discipline at times didn’t help their cause. Basically they were beaten by a team not even close to the top of their game (no offence Bronco fans) and I’m starting to think their position on the ladder is justified. They’re definitely struggling, we can all see that. What can they do now? My advice would be to just keep pluggin’ away and do the best they can. It’s all about pride 💪. Stats-wise they had slightly less possession (49-51), less post contact metres (403-534), more missed tackles (32-12) and more ineffective tackles (17-8). At least they had less errors (12-17).

Verdict: Dragons.

Rabbitohs vs. Knights 50-50 @ Bankwest
Ladder Position = Knights
Bookies Favourite = Rabbitohs

In a tough first half last week against the Tigers, the Rabbitohs (courtesy of two late tries) went into the sheds leading 10-0. They got out to an 18-0 lead in the second half but the Tigers came back at them but Souths held on and won the match 18-10. Could have (and should have) been a bigger winning margin had Reynolds had his kicking boots on (0 from 4). Speaking of Reynolds, he had yet another outstanding game, leading the Rabbitohs around on a wet track and coming up with one try assist (even though he had a hand in at least one other). Good to see a Gagai get himself his first NRL career hat-trick of tries. Both sides last week (Rabbitohs and Tigers) made plenty of mistakes so the stats don’t really stand out that much either way. The Rabbitohs had 32 missed tackles, 6 ineffective tackles, 10 errors and had 5 conceded penalties. Might just mention their kick defusal was a very poor 40% though.

The Knights had a pretty even tussle against the Eels last week in the first half and went into the break all square at 4-all. In a good second 40 they gave it their all but failed to score any points at all and finally went down in a tough encounter 10-4. For large portions of the second half they were really putting the pressure on but just couldn’t get through the Eels’ rock solid defence. Or was it the Knights’ lack of attacking pressure? Hmm, not sure. Regardless, one lapse of focus allowed Gutherson to “tap and go” and pass for Sivo to score the winner. And a great opportunity thereby fell from their grasp. It was a bold effort nevertheless and apart from that lapse in concentration with 12 minutes to go, they should take some heart from their performance. Not too many stats to get excited about in my mind. The Knights had more possession (51-49), more missed tackles (30-25) but less ineffective tackles (13-23).

Verdict: Dunno. Souths are favourites but I’ll stick with the Knights here.

Manly vs. Eels 35-65 @ Brookvale
Ladder Position = Eels
Bookies Favourite = Eels

Manly were first to score (after 8 minutes) last week against the Dragons and they went into the break 10-4 down. Down by just six they were still a chance but unfortunately they couldn’t manage to add to their points tally for the rest of the match. The Dragons ran all over them in the second half and Manly eventually lost a disappointing one 34-4. Where to for Manly now? I know Turbo Tom is an integral part of their structure but surely they have a Plan B don’t they? Matters weren’t helped with Addin Fonua-Blake being MIA as well but I just expected some of that Manly grit to show more than it did. Oh well, everyone has an off day I suppose. I know Cherry-Evans certainly did 😱. Pretty sure Manly would like to forget last week’s effort, just like they’d want to forget their stats. They had less possession (47-53), had a poor completion rate of just 71%, had 17 missed tackles, had less kicks (18-31), less kicking metres (603-820), less forced drop outs (1-5) and more errors (13-6). The only one of any note that they won was the ineffective tackles (5-18).

The Eels had a game on their hands last week against the Knights. That was evidenced when they went into the break all tied up at 4-all. It was a tough second half with the Knights doing most of the attacking and the Eels defending magnificently. The only points of the second 40 came courtesy of that “switched on” football brain that sits in Clint Gutherson’s head. A very “smart” tap from a penalty caught the Knights defence unawares and next thing you know he’s off and passes for Sivo to score the winner with 12 minutes to go. It wasn’t a pretty win. It wasn’t a comfortable win. It wasn’t even a convincing one. But a win it was and they should feel good knowing they have a great defensive game to go with their great attacking game. Not a great deal to get excited about stats-wise. The Eels had (understandably) less possession (49-51), less missed tackles (25-30) but more ineffective tackles (23-13).

Verdict: Eels.

Warriors vs. Sharks 35-65 @ Central Coast
Ladder Position = Sharks
Bookies Favourite = Sharks

After 8 minutes the Warriors led 12-0 and things looked rosy for them. They could’ve been further in front had it not been for wasted chances. The worrying aspect was that they scored nothing for the last 72 minutes of the match and eventually just went down to the Titans 16-12. And they only lost it in the last 5 minutes. Yikes! I know they’re down on troops (and a few going home soon) but still. A pretty disappointing effort (and result) to be honest. I realise and respect they were wearing those yellow and black “bush shirts” as a tribute to the city of Wellington (I think) but, and with no offence intended, those jerseys were shockers. They looked like the Scottish MacLachlan tartan 😁. Not having a go, just sayin’. The stats were a bit mixed with an inferior kick defusal (40-80), more missed tackles (29-15) and 5 penalties conceded. On the positive they had less ineffective tackles (14-26) and less errors (11-20).

The Sharks had a pretty poor first half and were behind by 14 (26-12) at the break. Their second half effort was even worse and they got smacked silly and ended up losing 56-24. They had a few (not enough) good passages but overall were no match for the Panthers last week. Nothing seemed to work for them. Too many errors and penalties didn’t give them much chance. Not to mention Woods spending time in the bin and they lost Fifita, Talakai and Katoa during the match. Stats-wise they had a poor possession rate (42-58), ran 587 metres less than their opposition (1176-1763), made 105 less contact metres (344-449), had less line breaks (3-12) and missed more tackles (47-33). Not a great showing.

Verdict: As poor as they were last week, I’ll go the Sharks in this one.

Panthers vs. Cowboys 75-25 @ Panthers Stadium
Ladder Position = Panthers
Bookies Favourite = Panthers

The Panthers really asserted themselves last week against the Sharks leading 26-12 at the break and eventually running out (very) easy winners 56-24. I didn’t expect it to unfold the way it did but it turned out to be a total mismatch on the day. Basically the Panthers dominated from go to whoa. They had some errors early on but nothing of any great consequence. Not much to say other than a really good, all-round effort with a sensational outing from Staines in his debut and great efforts as well from Naden, Crichton and Edwards. Stats-wise they had more possession (58-42), ran 587 metres more (1763-1176), made 105 more contact metres (449-344), had more line breaks (12-3) and missed less tackles (33-47).

Even though they were behind 12-6 at half-time, the Cowboys showed a lot of persistence in the first 30 minutes last week against the Roosters but let themselves down with some silly handling errors. It all came tumbling down in the second half when they let in another 6 tries from the Roosters, finally going down 42-16. Their second half defence was basically non-existent which must be of concern. Two late tries from Hess and Robson didn’t impact at all on the final result but it did show me they were still having a crack. The Cowboys shared possession (50-50), had less line breaks (3-8), less kick defusal (60-80), more missed tackles (42-18) and had more ineffective tackles (21-12).

Verdict: Panthers.

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

I’m hoping this one will appeal to most (hopefully all). It’s an oldie (1971) but OMG (in my humble opinion) it’s an awesome piece of simplicity. One of my all-time favourites. This has got the lyrics so feel free to sing along. You know you wanna 😍.

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

mark ashford's picture

Hey Newbie
Great preview again mate, actually influenced me to change one of my tips. Won't say which one then you won't feel bad if it doesn't get up.
Then you finish up with the ******** Rider, doesn't get any better.

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, my tips for this week are:

Roosters by 10 - The grand final rematch folks. We've got the Roosters coming up against the Raiders. The Raiders just keep on suffering from injuries and they aren't the side they were in 2019 and to start with in 2020. They have been looking clunky in attack and haven't really been aiming up defensively like they did in 2019. To beat the Roosters, they really need to aim up in defence to hold off those Chooks because by god aren't the Roosters attacking well. They really proved that in the second half against the Cowboys with those flourish of tries that they scored early in the second half and also just before half-time. The Roosters do also welcome back Cordner, Brett Morris and Liu which will boost their chances even more. For me this doesn't really feel like a real genuine grand final rematch that you would look forward for and I think that it'll be the Roosters who end up too good for the Raiders here. Hodgson is an absolute massive blow for the Raiders knowing the game changer he can be, I really feel the Raiders will really miss his presence.

Storm by 18 - Storm should win well here. The Titans were very brave last week and ended up getting a hard-fought 16-12 win over the Warriors. What was really odd was that the Titans didn't give away not a single penalty, were they really that disciplined, did they give away any set restarts though? Knowing those would've been penalties before the cancellation of the season happened but anyways still impressive stuff from the Titans to be able to hold off the Warriors for as long as they did after the Warriors get to a good lead early. The Storm on the other hand, weren't at their brilliant best but they were good enough to edge out the Raiders, the Raiders were getting back at them but it was the case of too little, too late. The Storm are just such an amazing footy side that even when they aren't at their brilliant best, they can still put out good performances and find ways to win. Not to mention, the surface at Canberra was like that of an ice rink so it would've been impressive to play some good footy on that. Storm will be missing Bromwich, Jesse that is and will be replaced by Brandon Smith now Brandon Smith may not look like a prop forward, but he sure can play that position well, he's a tough player who is like a bulldog so I think he will handle himself just fine at prop like he has before. Titans got to be completely switched on if they are any chance here and even have to defend better than they did last week to beat the Storm or at least make a contest out of this, particularly if the Storm are on. But Storm should be way too strong for the Titans here and we could even see a cricket score in this one but we'll find out on Friday night.

Tigers by 8 - Tigers will be back at Leichhardt here for the first time since the season has restarted. That in itself should be a confidence booster knowing that they will be playing in front of their faithful fans. The Tigers are coming off a loss to the Bunnies but they do bring in a little momentum into this one based on that ending to the game, they did put on a little fightback in the end to get the score to 18-10, if they can bring that into this game, they should win, I think that Marshall will play an integral part starting for the first time in a while and knowing how well he started the season, I think that he will be really relishing starting at halfback and don't forget also, he is playing up against one of his former clubs in the Broncos. The Broncos finally got a win on the board last week against the Bulldogs, but, that was only the Bulldogs. The Broncos were pretty poor last weekend even though they won by that fine margin of 18, it really shows just how poorly the Bulldogs would've been considering the Broncos weren't so flashy at times and squandered a number of opportunities. The Broncos need to be better than they were last week if they are going to beat the Tigers because the Tigers are much stiffer competition especially when they are hot! But what the Broncos do bring into this one is some much-needed confidence. But I do think the Tigers will bounce back here and this will indicate where the Broncos are truly at as a team. Tigers to get back into the winners circle back at Leichhardt.

Dragons by 20 - The mighty Dragons are coming off a phenomenal win over Manly. That was most definitely the best game of the season from us by far! We were phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. Yes, our opposition were awful and were understrengthened but don't forget, we weren't expected to win the way that we did and to put on such a polished performance but that we did. Really disappointing that Peraira has got himself suspended once again, Jason Saab is in for him again and he really needs to aim up in defence. The Bulldogs may be doing their homework and could possibly be going at Saab all game to test him. Because judging by how well Ravalawa defended, I'm sure the Bulldogs wouldn't want to be running at him! Damn didn't he put on some ripping shots in defence on Sunday! That was by far the best defensive display I have seen from Ravalawa in his whole career. Our attack should be fine considering how well the spine clicked and how well the forwards and the backs performed. Dufty, Aitken and Lomax were all great, Norman finally played a good game, Clune was impressive once again, Hunt playing well from dummy half, McInnes impressive in the 13 jersey, our forwards were really good just a great all round team performance! If we can repeat that, we can beat anyone! And considering we are playing the Bulldogs who've just lost their coach who is replaced by Georgallis, you can expect the Dragons to reverse that last start game against the Bulldogs and it'll be us who smash the Dogs. C'mon Saints! Keep that ball rolling!

Alright guys! What I'm going to do is leave it there and then I'll post a part 2 of my previews tomorrow. The first half of the round is done and I'll be back for my part 2 tomorrow! Cheers and enjoy the rest of your nights!!!!!!!!!!!

tigerholic's picture

Evening All
I have my tips in for round 10, some interesting games this weekend. Have tipped my Tigers so I hope and pray that I don't put a jinx on them.

I have tipped the Bulldogs for an upset, food for thought there folks as you know how a team lifts after the under siege coach is let go or forced out.

Tigers get another Friday night match for the second week in a row, and to top that off it is at Leichhardt Oval, doesn't get any better than that.


newbie from perth's picture

@ Mr Ashford

I know which game you changed your tip on mate. You were gonna tip the Raiders weren’t you 🤪. So happy you’ve changed your mind and are now tipping my Roosters. Begurk! 🐔 Begurk! 🐔 Ha-Ha! Just kiddin’ with ya brother. Looking at this week’s games there can only be one match you would’ve changed, but like you, I’m not gonna give it away.

I told you the SOTW was a good one. Hard to believe it’s from 50 years ago. Boom! 💥 Cheers y’all…

Mary S's picture

Hi Mr Thinker.

With tips from Wally Lewis this week, you have COWBOYS in bold, but his pick shows -
Dragons, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Eels, Storm, Tigers, Sharks

Must admit, I wondered(hoped) he knew something we didn't, when I saw the bold pick!!!!!


The Thinker's picture

Oops. Thanks Mary S. I will check in with the King and see what he meant (although I'm pretty sure it's meant to be Panthers).

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, so my part 2 of my round 10 tips are:

Knights by 4 - Mitchell and Graham are big outs for the Rabbits and has me swaying towards the Knights. The Knights were really disappointing in attack against the Eels and they desperately need to fix up their attack fast if they are going far in this season. Their defence is fine and that could win them some games but they need to improve their attack in order to become a massive threat because their attack hasn't been as strong in recent weeks. The Rabbitohs on the other hand, are coming into this game in good form but they still haven't beat a quality side yet and they do face some pretty tough opposition in the Knights. Particularly with Mitchell and Campbell Graham out, the Rabbitohs need to be on their game to beat the Knights. Both of these two sides have some formidable young forwards but I think the more experienced forwards goes to the Knights in this one with the return of Sione Matau'tia and brother Jacob fills in for his twin brother Daniel Saifiti. I think whoever wins that forwards battle is really critical and could be the deciding factor on who wins this one. The Rabbitohs still have some strike weapons in the backs so the Knights backs have to make sure they are on their game and the Knights do need to make sure they have the points in them if the Rabbitohs are in a mood. Or they maybe need to frustrate those Bunnies in order to win the Knights with some tough defence. But I'm going with the minor upset in this one and am going with the Knights in a tight one. History is against them though with the Knights only winning 2 out of the last 11 against the Rabbitohs.

Eels by 16 - Manly were shocking against the Dragons. The Eels on the other hand, got a tough win over the Knights. Manly have really been struggling in attack without Tommy Trbojevic. And with Addin Fonua-Blake out, their go forward just wasn't the same. Manly really have to step up against Parramatta but I just can't see that happening. Parramatta are an amazing attacking team and when they're on, they're on and I could see them putting a score on Manly and Parra also have some really good defence too. Parra cannot underestimate Manly though otherwise we could see an upset on the cards here but Parra have just been amazing this season and I think that they will continue on their magical run this season with a convincing win over Manly here to get that record to 9-1 this season.

Sharks by 12 - Both of these two sides are coming off poor losses last week. The Warriors suffered a tight loss over the Titans 16-12 after having a 12-0 lead after not even 10 minutes. Whereas, the Sharks came off a massive loss to the Panthers 56-24. To concede over 50 points to the Panthers was disappointing. The Sharks have to tidy up that defence if they are going to win because although the Warriors aren't as strong competition, the Sharks still got to fix that defence up and don't forget, the Warriors are 3 from 3 at Central Coast so it has become some sort of fortress for them. I think the bounce back factor will go the way of the Sharks in this one. The Sharks even though they have some casualties, they still have a better lineup and more talented players who if they are on their game, will be too good for those Warriors. Johnson needs to step up and Dugan needs to step up in the back coming up against RTS in the battle of the fullbacks. I think the Sharks will get the win here to break that undefeated streak that the Warriors have at their home ground in Central Coast this season.

And finally... Panthers by 36 - The Cowboys now have Drinkwater, Val Holmes again and Hola added to their casualty list. That makes their chances against an inform Panthers outfit very slim. The Cowboys did start that game against the Roosters very well and that period at the back end of the first half and the second half was shocking from the Cowboys but at least they did give it a crack in the end. If Panthers can put 56 on the Sharks, then I'm sure the Panthers can put on a similar sort of score against an understrengthed Cowboys outfit. Panthers to run riot over the Cowboys here to continue on their run of wins. Cowboys haven't been a strong defensive team this season and with the Panthers being a great attacking team, they can most definitely put on a cricket score on the Cowboys if they are on the Panthers.

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

mark ashford's picture

Very funny mate, but no cigar. I tipped your Roosters straight off and won't expose my change until after the game has been won or lost.

Christine's picture

Put my tips in this week for taking the same as tiger , re tiger what have you done to butcher he is not the same he likes to play with you tiger be a good boy ...

mark ashford's picture

Another great analysis of the upcoming games. Gotta admit I disagree on a couple of your picks but hey it is what it is. Good luck on your selections. As our country dives into bad times VIC having terrible cases of Covid-19it seems to be spreading into NSW we have to be strong and support our leaders and just be careful what we do.
A song to hopefully give us all a bit of heart.


Baggy_Gee's picture

Well with my help the Girls have gotten 8/16 from the last fortnight, not to bad at all, considering they don't really follow it. Here are their tips this weekend.
Raiders - Because I don't like the Roosters, you can't sleep in if you own one.
Storm - Blackouts and candles
Broncos - My sister is a fan
Bulldogs - Because we own a dog
Rabbits - Because I like to have a pet rabbit (dad will obviously pay the fine)
Eels - We all (?) go for the Eels
Warriors - because sharks can eat people
Panthers - Because they live in the jungle

mark ashford's picture

Hi Guys
My attachment didn't work, sorry I was trying to post "the land down under" by Men at Work. My computer has been testing me all day.

mark ashford's picture

Two fails....can anyone help?

tigerholic's picture

Hi Christine
My last post to the Butcher was very friendly, I said to him that we sometimes get off the track but basically we are all here for one reason and that is the Footy.

Butcher- If you are still reading the posts mate, can you make a comeback.


Christine's picture

All is good tiger i was just having a stir & you bit but you have to admit butcher has gone silent maybe he has covid 19 who knows ...

tigerholic's picture

Hey Christine

Yes I did bite, I don't like to kick anyone when they are down and I hope Butcher is not down. From what Butcher sprayed Rocket and I with well that showed he has wit and sarcasm so I think he might just be having a break.

Come on Roosters, put these Raiders away early.


newbie from perth's picture

Roosters 20 – Raiders 24

😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥

At the end of the day the Raiders were the better team and deserved the win. But I'm still cryin' and just a little disappointed with the boys. That's life... Cheers y'all and have a good one...

Baggy_Gee's picture

Bit of a rough score line Newbie, and Butcher. Was it a good game or choppy as the Tailor Marks chasing at the end of the month?

The Butcher's picture

I’ve been away for 2 weeks working at the Crowne Plaza at Broadbeach.
It was also a good opportunity to have a break from posting as there seem to be a bit of misunderstanding but all is good. But this has happened all my life.
I misunderstand my wife all the time
I said to her I lost my phone she said where did you lose it? If I knew that it wouldn’t be lost or she says I’m hungry I’m going to take my dinner. I’m thinking where are you going to take it.
I remember growing up and I had my first serious relationship.
My father was really strict but I worked up the courage to ask him about sex.
He was uncomfortable and only said my only advice to you is the man gets on top and the woman below.
So I went out and bought bunk beds
That didn’t work out so well I rang her the following week and said can I come over? She said ok come over there’s nobody home. When I got there, there was nobody home.
Anyway I actually was looking at property around Helensvale/ Monterey Keys area. If anyone has any insight of that region I would appreciate it.

Mary S's picture

Had a good laugh over your story Butcher.

Are the bunk beds going to your property ( when you purchase) around Helensvale/ Monterey Keys area ???


The Butcher's picture

I was just reading some comments and I feel like I’m in bizarro world a couple of weeks has past and Tiger’s compassionate and Mark is struggling as a DJ.
Though DFB and Newbies reviews are still awesome.
The bunks made good firewood but because of the occasional fallout we have a very comfortable sofa.
Mark this is how it’s done
Appropriate song

Mary S's picture

Nice choice of song Butcher!

From the clean-cut, stove pipe pants days of the Animals, this came next on YouTube as a contrast in fashion styles and times, but a great song -


Rocket Ryan's picture

We are back in business just got a fresh shipment in.

The Butcher's picture

Ahh Ryan
2 weeks wasn’t long enough when it comes to you.
So you think your Mr Universe
Your house is powered by a Solar System
Your favourite singer is Freddy Mercury
Your favourite adult shop is Venus
Your favourite chocolate is Mars and Milky Ways
Your favourite casino is Jupiters
Your favourite captain is Neptune
And you talk out of Uranus
So why are you called Rocket?

mark ashford's picture

Thanks mate excellent job. I do love that song.

Rocket Ryan's picture

You need new material block but you are unbeatable for horses**t.

mark ashford's picture

The Butcher
Welcome back. Enjoyed your funnies and your SOTW. Mate as an x Gold Coaster (45 odd years) your interest in real estate couldn't be further apart. Helensvale is an ageing area in the north/west end of the Coast whereas Monteray Keys is mainly a waterfront/dry block area in the Hope Harbour precinct and comparatively new. You may pick up a rough renovator in Helensvale for say $500,000/$600,000 but Monteray Keys will range from $800,000 for dry properties and well into the millions for waterfront properties. All depends on the size of your wallet.
If you're interested I can tip you into a guy who I know will try to help his name is Rocket "real estate" Ryan and you can find him here.

Christine's picture

Newbie & mary commodores easy...

mark ashford's picture

Mary S
I absolutely love everything the Doors did. This a special favourite.
I remember it being used as the sound track in a suspense movie starring Charles Bronson. Great song very good movie but I can't remember its name. I have a picture in my mind of Bronson getting off a bus, in the rain, while this was playing. Anyone know?

mark ashford's picture

Hey Mary
Just found that movie on Wikipedia, strangely enough it was called Rider on the Rain....go figgur.

mark ashford's picture

Newbie & The Butcher & any other Roosters supporters.
Last nights game was a joy to watch. Both teams gave it their all.
With the injuries the Raiders are carrying they must be considered in contention for the big dance. The Roosters just looked a little off their game after the win over the out of form Cowboys but the Raiders bounced back after a close loss against Storm.
Tigers currently showing the Broncs how footy should be played.

Steel Panther's picture

OMG.....that was just embarrasing

mark ashford's picture

I'm going to bed, can't take any more of this rubbish.

Steel Panther's picture

I've got one eye on the other channel Mark. A-League Wellington v Sydney. Are you watching Big Pete?

Christine's picture

Rocket tell me again how your broncos are back did you put your house on it or not seriously one eyed supporter even mark gave up on the game ...

Christine's picture

But before anyone says it yes it does show loyalty on rockets behalf they are his team & he had stayed true to them & you can't begrudge him that even if he has had plenty of oportunity not to show support to them in their hour of need don't worry rocket i am not having a go at you i am praising you for staying loyalb& true to your club evennif you don't think so ...

Christine's picture

Tiger congrats on the win for your team wear your plates with pride & never loose your stripes they are your identity ...

Christine's picture

Tiger i wasn't having a go at you before i knew it would make butcher resuface & there is my proof he did ya see ,it is all good tiger i don't do that to you only as fun ...

The Butcher's picture

Rocket 🚀
I might be unbeatable for horse shit
But your team is beatable and horse shit 😂

Baggy_Gee's picture

I take no joy out of that game, I hope C. Oates isn't finished after that injury, it gutted me and was horrific. Hope you get better soon.

a's picture

As a qld fan it’s getting really hard for me to watch broncos cowboys and titan are all bad my the way I haven’t been tipping the cowboys either

a's picture

Broncos will get smashed by the storm next week


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