Round six selections

Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers – Thursday night – Suncorp Stadium

The Broncos, on average, are conceding more than 25 points per game. That's not great, but it's really not great when you consider that in one of their games they didn't concede any at all. What makes that figure even more disturbing is that after five games the Panthers have conceded only 26 points. That's 26 points across five games, including victories over the Storm and the Raiders. While the Panthers are playing beautiful football, I am going to give them a grilling over one thing. The way some of their players celebrate their success is, in my insignificant opinion, not cool. It's all very well and good to sing when you're winning, but you can do it without getting in the faces of your opponents. It's ugly, and if I were Ivan Cleary or Phil Gould I'd be getting them to pull their heads in. That said, they haven't lost a game this year, and there's no chance in heckity they'll be losing this either.

Verdict – Panthers by 30

Result – Panthers 20 defeated Broncos 12

Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks – Friday night – McDonald Jones Stadium

It's not official, so I'm hoping I can backtrack on this and say I got it completely wrong, but it looks like Sharks coach John Morris will be (or has been) punted by his club. Morris, getting paid less than ex-footballers offering sideline commentary on Fox Sports, has I think done a pretty good job with the team he has at his disposal. He was keen to stay and the players were keen to work with him...so it all seems a bit stoopid to me. Anyhoo, unofficially he will be replaced by Roosters Assistant Coach Craig Fitzgibbon and Panthers Assistant Coach Cameron Ciraldo. No-one at Cronulla has told Morris yet, but they will soon (probably after this game). The Knights have been poor in recent weeks but have a few important players expected to return for this - Jacob Saifiti returns from suspension and Bradman Best and Kurt Mann should be back. Meanwhile the Sharks are set to rule out Wade Graham and Josh Dugan following head knocks. Given the likely team changes, I'm with the Knights at home.

Verdict – Knights by 4

Result – Knights 26 defeated Sharks 22

Melboure Storm vs Sydney Roosters – Friday night – AAMI Park

I've given a few kids a wrap before they've made their NRL debuts over the years. Sometimes I get it wrong (most notably, one of them is getting dropped from first grade this week). I probably got it right with Kalyn Ponga and Latrell Mitchell. After two games, it looks like I might be right about Sam Walker. If only my footy tipping had that success rate. In only his second game of NRL he has orchestrated a come from behind win over the Sharks...and he's 18. It blows my tiny enormous mind that a kid barely out of high school is willing to take ownership of a game in a club full of experience and success. It's beyond my tiny enormous mind that it worked. This is another step up for the kid, against the defending premiers and a pack of forwards that won't give him an inch. Walker gives the impression the circumstance won't get to him, but this is next level NRL. Lindsay Collins is back for the Chooks, but the tricolours must have run out of hookers by now (insert joke here). With Friend forced into medical retirement and Keary out for the season, a lot is resting on the shoulders of Sam Walker. It will get heavy soon. Meanwhile there is no shortage of hookers for the Storm (insert same joke here). The greatest hooker ever retires and they still have Brandon Smith and Harry Grant to slot in. The purple machine names the same purple seventeen, and I have to tip them at home in a contest that often delivers a game of football you would be silly to miss.

Verdict – Storm by 4

Result – Storm 20 defeated Roosters 4

Manly Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans – Saturday afternoon – Glen Willow Oval (Mudgee)

The return of Tommy Turbo and his troublesome hamstrings is timely, given the injury to Dylan Walker (a hamstring issue of all things). I've spoken of his value to this club - they are a much more competitive outfit with him out there. Because he is returning the Titans won't take their opponent lightly, particularly after their win over the Warriors in round five. The Titans are showing glimpses of the form they displayed at the back end of last season, particularly against bottom eight teams. Even with Turbo the Sea Eagles are probably a bottom eight team. Late last year the Titans put the cleaners through the Sea Eagles at Lottoland and the Titans are a stronger team this year. If Fifita keeps up his form he's in danger of being top tryscorer for the club.

Verdict – Titans by 10

Result – Sea Eagles 36 defeated Titans 0

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

Through five games this season the Tigers have conceded 30, 40, 20, 36 and 34 points. Those 34 points were against a side that hadn't won a game up until that point. You can't win football games conceding points like that. To make matters worse the Bunnies attack is close to the best in the NRL. They scored 35 points last week - without Cody Walker. Cody Walker returns on Saturday night, with Benji Marshall returning to the bench. Even off the bench he'll be keen to show his old side he can still deliver the goods. 

Verdict – Rabbitohs by 22

Result – Rabbitohs 18 defeated Tigers 14

Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels – Saturday night – GIO Stadium

The Raiders were promising early against the Panthers in round five, but eventually fell short against a very strong opponent. They won't be the last team to get run down by the Panthers this year. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad has failed his HIA, and will be replaced by Caleb Aekins at fullback. The Eels were poor against the Dragons last week - a worrying sign it must be said. They have made a habit in recent seasons of starting the year well then gradually slipping out of the contending pack as the season progresses. We may be seeing the start of that again. The suspended Dylan Brown is replaced by Will Smith in the halves, and Ryan Matterson is back (fingers crossed he gets through the game without issue). This is a tough game to pick, but I've tipped the home side who have a pretty dominant record against the Eels in Canberra. You have to go back a way to find the last game the Eels won in Canberra - Todd Carney was steering the Green Machine around at the time.

Verdict – Raiders by 4

Result – Eels 35 defeated Raiders 10

St George Illawarra Dragons vs New Zealand Warriors – Sunday afternoon – Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

I do feel like a bit of a dill for not picking the Dragons last start. Mind you, this game will make you feel like a dill ten times over on any given weekend so you have to dust yourself off and move on. This dill is back on the Dragons train this weekend, who are playing the best football we have seen from the Red V in years - perhaps Anthony Griffin is a better coach than some people will have you believe, and I couldn't be happier for the bloke. Josh McGuire slots straight into the Dragons engine room which is firing on all cylinders at the minute, and their backline knows how to score a try (something the Dragons have struggled with since Wayne Bennett left the scene). They're top four currently, and they'll play finals football this season.

Verdict – Dragons by 10

Result – Warriors 20 defeated Dragons 14

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs – Sunday afternoon – Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Tongan Kiwi Jason Taumalolo has lost his bid to play Origin for Queensland, but he has been named to play for North Queensland. Clearly he's a big inclusion. There were patches of quality football from the Cowboys in their first win of the year in round five, and while it was against a poor opponent, opponents don't get much poorer than the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have probably pencilled this game in as one where they could potentially pick up a win, so they'll try hard, but no.

Verdict – Cowboys by 8

Result – Cowboys 30 defeated Bulldogs 18

Wally Lewis - round six selections (in bold)

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

  • Broncos vs PANTHERS
  • KNIGHTS vs Sharks
  • STORM vs Roosters
  • Sea Eagles vs TITANS
  • RABBITOHS vs Tigers
  • RAIDERS vs Eels
  • DRAGONS vs Warriors
  • COWBOYS vs Bulldogs

Comments

The Thinker's picture

Greetings football fans,

I have updated the NRL ladder and the tipping comp after round five. Some genuine upsets meant that most people scored 5 from 8, and most people got the same three games wrong.

Bucking the trend were Michael N, Scuxdeluxe and Dragons Fanboy who top scored with 6 from 8. Well done tipsters.

If anyone notices any errors with the scoring just let me know.

As you can see the round six page has been published and I will have my previews and selections published on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

All the best

The Thinker

JKBubble's picture

Thanks thinker.
I'm interested to know your thoughts, along with the fellow tipsters, do you think Dragons are making the right move signing McGuire?

BigPeteBx's picture

Good evening Mr Thinker.
Sending you a message via this page as I cant do otherwise, due to computer crash (hard drive bad sectors) and losing the lot. I dont have your address privately now.
Lost many others along with Contacts List, Emails and so forth. You name it - they're gone, even history both local and rail (where I worked)
But thats my problem now and all the birth dates I had - if I could just swear here, but I wont mate.

Please though - can you do a check, as much as you wouldn't be expecting me to be in the mix - just yet.
I'm very certain I also got 6 from 8 in Round 5. YES, the Great Sea Eagles made a game of it and remembered what tackling was about.

Much appreciate - Big Pete Bx

TigerGirl's picture

Hi Thinker not sure if you saw this in the round 5 comments.

Just noticed I have no tips recorded for Round 3
Can you check please. I’m positive that I entered them. I also noticed a post in the comments that said some tips weren’t showing up. I have an screen shot of my ESPN tips I can send you if you’d like as I always tip the same. They were Panthers, Dragons, Roosters, Raiders, Broncos, Eels, Tigers and Titans.
Thanks

The Thinker's picture

@BigPeteBX

You are quite right. I missed your tip for the Sea Eagles (and I think you were the only one that tipped them). I have updated your score for you now.

Thanks for letting me know.

All the best

The Thinker

The Thinker's picture

@TigerGirl

Thanks for letting me know. That must have slipped past me - I do apologise. 

I will update the scores now.

All the best

The Thinker

Baggy_Gee's picture

Yes Pete was the only one to stand with his team. We from the west applaud this show of solidarity and loyalty. Nice job Pete.

newbie from perth's picture

Just sitting here in the office having a late lunch and thought I’d stir things up a bit (maybe). If I post this here now my comments won’t be as long tomorrow night 😁.

Random Comment

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was easily the best forward in the game last week against the Sharks. He played for just 44 minutes and had 21 runs for 219 metres. He made 100 post contact metres, had no missed tackles, no ineffective tackles and his effective tackle rate was 100%. Then he goes and stuffs all that up with one minor infraction. Couldn’t believe he went on after Townsend’s kick and said hello with a gentle and loving “hug”. What the hell was that all about? Yeah, there was nothing in it at all but still. Big forwards, sometimes they just don’t think 😱.

Random Rant #1

OK, this may get me in trouble and if so, that’s fine with me. Not trying to put anyone down or disrespect anyone, just some observations. I know we all have certain players we love to hate (yes I know all teams have them, just look at JWH for example 🤪) and I’ve found one (and one yet to be decided) that I’ve officially added to my list. Stand up and take a bow Jarome Luai.

I’ve always noticed that he’s just a tad too cocky when things are going his (Panthers) way. He’s very quiet when they’re not. But hey, it’s been a long time since that’s happened 😁. So what’s it about Luai that annoys me? The way he jumps onto his teammate’s shoulders and neck after they’ve scored a try. His over-the-top vocal and defiant celebrations. The way he mouths off at opposition players when the Panthers score or the opposition makes an error. Too many mocking smiles. All things I find so very annoying. Look, there’s nothing wrong with being competitive and happy when you score and nothing wrong with celebrating those occasions but it’s just the way he goes about it that irks me.

I hate bad sportsmanship and some, but not all, of his actions (in my opinion only) are “bordering” on that. I think he went a bit overboard last Friday night and it’s finally become too much for me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an absolutely great player (one of the best in the business) but I’m over his churlish behaviour. Confidence is one thing, arrogance is something else altogether.

I love watching the Panthers play. They are just so talented and professional but Luai is robbing me of some of the enjoyment.

Random Rant #2

Not too impressed with Stephen Crichton’s display towards the Raiders interchange player on the sideline waiting to come on after Charlie Staines scored in the 64th minute last week. Understand there may have been a bit of niggle in that game but what Chrichton did just wasn’t called for. What planet is he from? I realise these guys are young and success has come their way but the sooner these fellas grow up the better.

P.S. Some may get a pleasant surprise Wednesday night as my comments will be much shorter this week. Man, what a job that was curbing my natural instinct to “ramble on” 😁.

Cheers y’all 🐔 🐔 🐔

The Butcher's picture

Newbie
First of all it’s good to read your thoughts in record time.
Secondly you have to look at a players contribution in attack and defence so JWH was good Victor Radley was better.
Thirdly your spot on with Laui in fact Penrith as a whole. I know their good but their stack on the mill over the top try celebrations usually saved for winning a match at the death or grand final when your 20 nil up is a real touch of arrogance.

mark ashford's picture

Hey Newbie
Can't agree more about the Panthers antics when they put another team down. They are playing wonderful football and deserving their wins but hey have a bit of humility boys, no need to rub it in. Have a look at Thinkers comment above he also agrees with you.

Mary S's picture

Hi to all,

I see (stories below and following link - https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/04/13/sharks-to-fast-track-call-on-morris-...) that Morris is no longer coaching Sharks - effective immediately. How disruptive will this be to the players?

Agree with the comments re the Panthers over-the-top "celebrations" on successful plays. As a spectator, arrogance is spoiling enjoyment of their skills.

Cheers,
Mary

The Thinker's picture

@JKBubble

Apologies for the late reply.

I think he's a handy signing. Hook has worked with McGuire before so they obviously get on. I think he can do a job for them and he'll be keen to prove his value.

newbie from perth's picture

Wow, I’m so relieved I’m not the only one who’s noticed the Penrith behaviour of late. I was a bit worried I might’ve been overstepping the line. Phew!

Must admit Mr Ashford, I didn’t notice the Boss’ comments stating the same. Maybe I was a tad too obsessed with posting my observations that I’ve not seen it.

OK, I’m off to check out a conspiracy theory a work colleague told me about today. Apparently it involves Bill Gates, weapons of mass destruction and the “Ever Given” ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal a week or two ago. Sounds like utter BS to me but I’ll check it out anyway, if nothing else than to tell them it’s all garbage 🤪. Cheers y’all.

Jennifer 2814's picture

Hi all,

First of all thanks sea eagles for finally winning.
My tips for round 6,

Panthers, Sharks, Storms, Sea eagles, Rabbitohs, Eels, Dragons and Cow boys.

Happy tipping.

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hey everyone, my tips for this week are:

Panthers by 34
Knights by 4
Storm by 6
Titans by 12
Rabbitohs by 42
Raiders by 8
Dragons by 18
Cowboys by 10

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

newbie from perth's picture

"Dia duit gach duine" i dteanga ní mo theanga féin,

Tonight will still be long but definitely shorter than usual 🤞. OK, let’s get into it…

Broncos vs. Panthers 20-80 @ Suncorp
Ladder Position = Panthers
Bookies Favourite = Panthers

Broncos
The Broncos were down 10-0 early but worked their way back into it in the first half last week against the Rabbitohs but after half-time they were not really in the hunt. There were patches of competitive effort from time to time but too many defensive errors against a side like the Bunnies was always gonna end up badly and without adding any points in the second half they finally succumbed 35-6. The young fellas are still learning so it may take some time to get back on track. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 45%
Completion Rate - 71% (25/35)
All Run Metres - 1,390
Missed Tackles - 37
Ineffective Tackles - 12
Errors - 11
Penalties Conceded - 6

Panthers
The Panthers got surprised last week when the Raiders scored first but then they simply clicked into gear as they normally do and got 3 of their own to lead 18-6 at half-time. They had all the momentum and ran away with it in the second half, finally getting a very good 30-10 win. What more can you say except they were very professional and by far the better side on the night. Can we pencil in the GF after 5 rounds? Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 53%
Completion Rate - 73% (36/49)
All Run Metres - 1,803
Missed Tackles - 32
Ineffective Tackles - 23
Errors - 15
Penalties Conceded - 2
Ruck Infringements - 2

Verdict: What can I say? Nothing except Panthers.

Knights vs. Sharks 45-55 @ McDonald Jones
Ladder Position = Sharks
Bookies Favourite = Sharks

Knights
An injury depleted Knights had an awful day at the office last week against the Titans. They were blown away in the first half (that’s where they lost it) and if not for a late consolation try from Ponga, the 42-16 score line could’ve looked (obviously) much worse. The Titans were taking the Knights apart, helped largely by the Knights’ woeful defensive slip-ups and silly errors. They’re gonna have to try and improve with the players they have and they have to do it fast or they’ll get left behind. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 47%
Completion Rate - 71% (25/35)
Missed Tackles - 30
Ineffective Tackles - 17
Errors - 10
Penalties Conceded - 4
Ruck Infringements - 1

Sharks
The Sharks came out in the first half last week and served it up to the Roosters and were leading 12-4 at half-time. They had the Roosters rattled and they were looking to cause an upset. The last 20 minutes saw them get overrun by the Roosters and they lost it 26-18. They controlled the match for around 60 minutes with some rugged and robust defence. As John Morris said after the game, they should have won that game. They’ll be better for the experience though. Will Kennedy put in a great effort scoring a try, running for 192 metres and making 1 line break. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 47%
Completion Rate - 79% (27/34)
Line Breaks - 3
Missed Tackles - 32
Ineffective Tackles - 9
Errors - 8
Penalties Conceded - 2

Verdict: With the ins and outs in this game I’m with the Boss here. Knights. They’re due for a change of luck.

Storm vs. Roosters 60-40 @ AAMI
Ladder Position = Roosters
Bookies Favourite = Storm

Storm
The Bulldogs took it up to the Storm last week (sorta) but in the end the Storm were far too classy for them, running out very comfortable winners 52-18. The Storm were always in control and as expected, they won easily against a tiring Bulldogs. The battle up the middle was entertaining at times. Their missed and ineffective tackle count was a bit surprising but other than that, a clinical display. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 52%
Completion Rate - 80% (32/40)
Line Breaks - 9
Missed Tackles - Storm 28
Ineffective Tackles - 20
Errors - 9
Penalties Conceded - 5

Roosters
The Roosters were a bit rattled in the first half last week against the Sharks. They couldn’t find their “groove” at all but finally found it in the last 20 minutes, thanks largely to young Sam Walker. Gotta be honest here, the Roosters were outplayed for a good 75% of the match but their attack finally came alive and they prevailed with a good comeback win 26-18. Yeah, they were (a little) lucky to get out of that one. Great game from Walker and the man everyone loves to hate, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 😍. An impressive effort from my BBB. Boom! 💥. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 53%
Completion Rate - 84% (32/38)
Line Breaks - 7
Missed Tackles - 26
Ineffective Tackles - 21
Errors - 7
Penalties Conceded - 5

Verdict: My head is saying the Storm but I made a (stupid) promise to myself to tip my BBB every game this year regardless. Roosters. Begurk! 🐔 Begurk! 🐔

Manly vs. Titans 40-60 @ Glen Willow
Ladder Position = Titans
Bookies Favourite = Titans

Manly
It couldn’t have been any closer last week when Manly faced off against the Warriors. Two tries each, O’Sullivan misses his field goal attempt whereas CDE nailed his, albeit a wobbly sort of effort though. Manly’s 13-12 win wasn’t pretty and they made plenty of mistakes but they pressed the Warriors enough and hung in there. I thought Saab’s sprint to score his try was a beauty. I think Tommy Turbo might need the run so not counting on a huge turnaround for Manly. Then again, you never know. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 50%
Completion Rate - 73% (32/44)
Missed Tackles - 24
Ineffective Tackles - 23
Errors - 16

Titans
I thought the Titans would beat the Knights last week but I didn’t expect that 42-16 score line. They were dominant for most of match and their first half was where they won it to be honest. The effort from David Fifita was exceptional and good to see him score his first hat-trick. Their defence was resolute which made it hard for the Knights to get a roll on and overall, a very impressive performance from the Titans. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 53%
Completion Rate - 83% (33/40)
Missed Tackles - 24
Ineffective Tackles - 11
Errors - 9
Penalties Conceded - 4
Ruck Infringements - 3

Verdict: based solely on last week, Titans.

Rabbitohs vs. Tigers 75-25 @ Stadium Australia
Ladder Position = Rabbitohs
Bookies Favourite = Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs
The Rabbitohs looked excellent last week in the opening stages against the Broncos. Three tries in each half and they never really looked like losing. They were just too good on the day and ran out comfortable 35-6 winners. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 55%
Completion Rate - 86% (37/43)
All Run Metres - 2,050
Post Contact Metres - 612
Line Breaks - 8
Missed Tackles - 23
Ineffective Tackles - 22
Errors - 8
Penalties Conceded - 3

Tigers
The Tigers got jumped by the Cowboys in the first half last week and all of a sudden they were down 28-6 going into the sheds. Very surprised when I heard the Tiger fans booing their boys as they were heading into the tunnel. I didn’t think that sort of thing went on. You learn something every day 🤔. I thought after half-time they were gone but to their credit (and most probably the bollocking they got from Michael Maguire) they mounted a great second half comeback but fell short 34-30. The 3 missed conversions from Adam Doueihi and that try that was denied Nofoaluma from the bunker (BS in my mind) ultimately cost them the game. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 56%
Completion Rate - 74% (34/46)
Missed Tackles - 14
Ineffective Tackles - 10
Errors - 11
Penalties Conceded - 3

Verdict: Rabbitohs.

Raiders vs. Eels 60-40 @ GIO
Ladder Position = Eels
Bookies Favourite = Raiders

Raiders
The Raiders caught the Panthers napping last week and were first to score courtesy of a great Jack Wighton try. Unfortunately they lost Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad early and then Hodgson. They were only down 18-10 with roughly 20 minutes to go but a combination of handling errors and a lack of discipline cost them and they fell to the Panthers 30-10. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 47%
Completion Rate - 71% (27/38)
All Run Metres - 1,330
Missed Tackles - 38
Ineffective Tackles - 17
Errors - 13
Penalties Conceded - 6
Ruck Infringements - 5

Eels
A poor first half effort from the Eels last week against the Dragons saw them heading into the break 18-0 down. A better effort in the second half but they were never gonna win that against a Dragons side that were clearly better and the Eels tasted their first defeat of the season to the tune of 26-12. They didn’t make enough of the period when the Dragons were down to 12 men I’d have to say. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 49%
Completion Rate - 72% (31/43)
Kicking Metres - 389
Missed Tackles - 21
Ineffective Tackles - 16
Errors - 14
Ruck Infringements - 5

Verdict: Dunno really. Raiders I suppose.

Dragons vs. Warriors 60-40 @ Jubilee
Ladder Position = Dragons
Bookies Favourite = Dragons

Dragons
A very good first half from the Dragons saw them leading the Eels 18-0 at the break. Their defensive effort (especially on the edges) was on point and they kept the Eels at bay time after time. Their attack was up front and straightforward. Matt Dufty played a blinder and was part of an impressive Dragons performance. In the end it was a deserved 26-12 win from a vastly improved and confident Dragons outfit. Great support game from Adam Clune. Only concerns were their missed tackles and ruck infringements. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 51%
Completion Rate - 83% (35/42)
Kicking Metres - 777
Missed Tackles - 35
Ineffective Tackles - 16
Errors - 8
Ruck Infringements - 9

Warriors
Not quite sure what happened to the Warriors last week against Manly. They definitely had their chances but couldn’t capitalise on them. The Warriors seemed somewhat awkward in attack and weren't able to get through Manly’s defence. Their only opportunity for the field goal was sprayed wide by O’Sullivan. In a really tight affair, that was the difference and they lost a heartbreaker 13-12. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 50%
Completion Rate - 75% (33/44)
Missed Tackles - 27
Ineffective Tackles - 14
Errors - 12

Verdict: I’ll stick with the Dragons while they’re hot.

Cowboys vs. Bulldogs 60-40 @ Townsville
Ladder Position = Cowboys
Bookies Favourite = Cowboys

Cowboys
What a great first half from the Cowboys last week against the Tigers. They basically ran unbridled in the first 40 minutes and you got the impression they had definitely “turned up” when they went into the sheds leading 28-6. They then had to withstand a Tigers second half fightback but eventually got home 34-30 in an entertaining encounter. They still have a long way to go but still an impressive way to get your first win of the season. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 44%
Completion Rate - 74% (28/38)
Missed Tackles - 31
Ineffective Tackles - 27
Errors - 14
Penalties Conceded - 5
Ruck Infringements - 3

Bulldogs
The Bulldogs were outclassed last week against the Storm but at least they had a crack. They took it up to the Storm on occasions, especially with the battle up the middle and overall, they acquitted themselves well enough. Good to see them score their first points since Round one. Even though they got smacked, it was an honest effort and a good indication they may be on the improve. They just need to work on their defence more. Some stats possibly worth a mention:

Possession - 48%
Completion Rate - 89% (31/35)
Line Breaks - 4
Missed Tackles - 27
Ineffective Tackles - 18
Errors - 6
Penalties Conceded – 2

Verdict: A tough one. I’d like to tip the Bulldogs but I’ll stick with the Cowboys.

Let’s finish off with another “Song of the Week”. Frankie Valli did the original in 1977 but this version is better (same year). Video quality is a bit rough but you gotta remember it’s from 44 years ago 😍.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCEmPnIJYes

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

newbie from perth's picture

Hmm, just had a look at my post .... it's still pretty long 😱. More effort is required one feels... 🐔 🐔 🐔

The Thinker's picture

I still read them Newbie :-)

Thanks for all the effort you put into them.

I'm heading along to the Broncos v Panthers tonight...mask free

I fear that if I drink a beer for each try the Broncos score I could still drive home.

newbie from perth's picture

Thanks Boss. You have a great ol’ time at the footy tonight OK?

Mask free = 👍 (always).

I’ll be watching the Broncos & Panthers on TV tonight (obviously) and will be very interested whether they “calm it down” or not 🤔 Cheers…

Baggy_Gee's picture

The girls did OK last week with 5/8 like most of us. They did get the Manly game as well. Running total is 17/40 and here they are again with their thoughts.
Panthers
Sharks
Storm
Manly
Tigers
Eels
Dragons
Cowboys - anything but the bulldogs is the cry.

tigerholic's picture

Afternoon All

Tiger is back after taking a few days to recover from the embarrassment, the hurt, the humiliation, the disgust, the disappointment from the Tigers unexpected loss last Sunday.

It has been difficult to come to terms with just how little the players stood up on such an occasion like celebrating Tommy's memory. Thats was probably the biggest thing that stood out for me.

So folks, here I am again and I am open for attack, I accept that what happened last weekend is a part of the game we love and lifetime fans have to get used to the ups and downs.

I have a feeling that tonight may be a huge upset in the Broncos getting over the Panthers, I'm not confident enough to change my tip but I just wanted to put it out there.

Enjoy the footy tonight folks, hello Christine hope you are well.

Tiger

The Butcher's picture

Hey Tigerdamus
I hope you kept your Kmart receipt because it sounds like you’ve got a massive crack in your crystal ball.

Mary S's picture

Hi Baggy,

I thought the girls got 6/8 last week, as they had Sea Eagles, the same as BigPete did.
It occurred to me, the girls had really made up for the previous round.

Cheers,
Mary

Scotty H's picture

round 6 tips

Panthers
Knights
Storm
Titans
Rabbitohs
Raiders
dragons
Cowboys

TigerGirl's picture

Thanks

Scuxdeluxe's picture

Picks are in!

Watch out I will slowly catch up to you all. 😝.

Good luck all

Christine's picture

My tips are the same as tigers i would have got them in sooner but i had to get past newbie's tips first , any lingwr newbie & i would be a week late ha ha , have a good one everyone ...

Christine's picture

That said any longer newbie i would have been a week late ...

twenty20's picture

Hi My computer/internet has been playing up due to moving house and I couldnt get my tips in. I had Panther, Sharks,Storm, Titans, Rabbits, Eels, Warriors & Dogs for this round selected but couldnt get in to lodge them
cheers

tigerholic's picture

Butcher, are you still there mate? Rocket,Mark I'm sure you enjoyed that first half. Can they finish it off and get away to bigger lead in the second half and put all of the pressure on the Panthers.
Has been a good game.

Tiger

NuL1F3's picture

Good Evening tigerholic, even if they loose I would say you called it! Ahead after the first half is something no one expected!

The Butcher's picture

Unlucky Tiger
If you said your predicting a close game you were spot on but you called an upset so no chocolates this time.
But you’ve inspired me so I went to my Clairvoyant and she told me that the roosters will upset the storm tomorrow
Okay she was wearing a roosters beanie and her dog is called Radley but I reckon that’s just a coincidence.

Mary S's picture

Well Newbie, arrogance was not on show tonight!!

Until the last 6 minutes, Broncos made the Panthers look more ordinary players - outstanding effort!!
Great game

Cheers,
Mary

a's picture

Broncos did great

newbie from perth's picture

Yes Mary, no arrogance tonight from the Panthers. I put that down to them being called out on their behaviour last week and the fact that the Broncos were dishing it up to them. The post try antics from the Panthers (after Burton’s try at the 26 min mark) disappointed me however.

The ever so mature handshake between Burton and To’o and then Luai and Burton was something little boys who’ve been “caught out” would do. Proves (to me anyway) the point exactly. Was that to show the football critics that they are in fact very mature adults? Was that their juvenile way of thumbing their noses at us? Regardless, it was childish any way I look at it. After I saw their Instagram post I thought they might just do something like that. So predictable. Having said that though, I really hope they can grow out of this, learn something and get on with it. This current situation is taking away the enjoyment I get from watching them at their best.

On the other side, I thought the Broncos were great. They weren’t phased by 12 versus 1 at all. I was barracking for them all night and was hoping I’d lose the tipping point and see them get up in a boilover. Alas, it was not to be. If I was a Broncos supporter I’d be as pleased as punch and very proud of how they acquitted themselves tonight. They had the Panthers covered for most of the match, had them making uncharacteristic mistakes and looking hesitant at stages. A damn fine effort for mine.

OK, I’m off like a dirty shirt – 5am start tomorrow morning 🤪. Cheers y’all 🐔 🐔 🐔

The Thinker's picture

A determined and vastly improved defensive effort from the Broncos last night - they got a standing ovation from much of the crowd at half time and deservedly so. Their forwards (most notably Pengai Jnr, Lodge and Haas) all stood up and tried all night.

They don't quite have the attacking capability to make the most of their chances when they come...but you have to give them a wrap for that performance against a team that the bookies had at $1.02 to win the game.

 

The Butcher's picture

Not sure why all the Broncos supporters are so happy this morning.
You were the better team and lost. Penrith expected an easy game and until they fell behind didn’t realise that the Broncos came to play. It just goes to show you when Pengai and lodge play footy instead trying to rip players heads off their a different team though the turning point was a elbow to the face penalty. The obvious advantage was to kick for Coates who was twice the size of To’o but they didn’t utilise that enough.
In summary an ordinary Panthers can still beat an outstanding Broncos

The Thinker's picture

I'd agree with your final summary there Butcher. Penrith had an off night (partly because the Broncos turned up) and still won.

The really good sides find a way to win. The really poor sides find a way to lose.

Mary S's picture

Hi Tide Head,

Are you putting in a team for the 3 strike comp this round, as you still have time (so long as you were not intending to choose Panthers)?

Cheers,
Mary

mark ashford's picture

Hi All
Yes the Broncs performance gave me some heart last night. I know they lost but for once everyone put in an effort. Maybe Kevvie dropping the million dollar man was the wake up call they needed.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Thank you Mary, damn the girls did beat me must have read it wrong. 6/8 so slightly better than most of us with a haphazard approach to choice. I'll let them know that the put one over on me again, it will tickle them pink.

Anonymous's picture

I knew the panthers would win the game but for broncos to perform like that, made me think twice about the panthers winning the game in the last 5 minutes. Welldone to the broncos team. That perfomance was the best after a long time. Hope they keep up that performance and that should make their fans proud to watch their games once again.

Rocket Ryan's picture

What a shame 20 nil would have made such a nice number plate still good to see the feather dusters smashed all over the field did I see Sonny Bill run out maybe lol

a's picture

Interesting night of football

newbie from perth's picture

Just checked out the half-time score in the Manly vs. Titans game and my mind is officially blown 😱. One of the reasons why I love this game 💪

mark ashford's picture

Hey Big Pete
Your Manly after a woeful start to the season have just flogged the much favoured Titans 36/nil. Like my Broncos who gave Panthers a scare, nothing is predictable in this game we love. Congratulations to you and other Manly supporters gives us hope.

NuL1F3's picture

I am having a terrible tipping weekend! I am however, being rewarded with some excellent nail biting footy! GO COWBOYS!!

mark ashford's picture

Hi All
I know it was a bottom of the table clash but I really enjoyed the Cowboys/Dogs game. There were heaps of errors, dropped balls, 6 agains and forward passes but for mine was an enjoyable game. Both teams put in heaps of effort so hope they can take that forward into the comp. Cowboys prevailed but the Dogs can hold their heads high.

mark ashford's picture

NuLiF3
Stop biting those nails mate Cowboys got home in an entertaining game. Well done to the Cowboys they deserved the win.

BigPeteBx's picture

Thanks Baggy for the comments and that first win.
Times were coming, where I was going to start backing against my team. It does happen and many here are already doing that. I guess when you are playing for sheep stations in tipping comps, you have to pick clear winners.
Keep well and please tell the girls, I applaud their support of Manly as well.
Cheers - Big Pete

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