NRL Round 14 Tips and Predictions - 4 best bets and a multibet to back

Steve Bennett 12 Jun 2019
  • Four tips for the weekend
  • Combine them in a multibet

Origin try-outs are on the menu this weekend.  Here’s what I’ve come up with for this week’s multibet…….

GOLD COAST TITANS vs NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
It what has been called the upset of the season, the Titans caught the Broncos on a bad day and completed a 26-18 shock win at Suncorp last Sunday. Meanwhile the Warriors (briefly) held a 10-point lead on The Storm before suffering yet another second-half collapse before going down 32-10 in front of their home crowd.

Key Match-Ups
The Titans last win came at a cost with back-rower Kevin Proctor fracturing an eye socket which sees him sidelined for up to four weeks while Keegan Hipgrave is out suspended. Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has kept the same 17 that were humbled at the hands of the Melbourne side but I would think some of them will be taking the field here, on notice. The clash of the hookers should be a key here with Issac Luke up against Nathan Peats. Both lock-forwards will be out to stamp their authority as well as Jai Arrow stands off against Adam Blair. Young Titans rookie fullback, AJ Brimson will gain some experience here as he tries to keep up with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who will be looking to test Brimson out at every opportunity. 

Head to Head
Played:24  Warriors:16  Titans:8
Last Met: 2018, Round 20: Titans 36 bt Warriors 12 @ Cbus Super Stadium

Summary
Things have changed somewhat since their last encounter with Titans playmaker Ash Taylor still on a leave of absence, Michael Gordon out injured and now a bold move switching Tyrone Peachey from the centres to the back-row. Its make or break time for the New Zealand boys who must win away games like this if they are to be any threat to gaining a top-eight spot this year.



NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS vs WESTS TIGERS
What appeared to be a winning half-time lead turned sour in the second forty minutes for the Cowboys as they watched a 20-12 lead turn into a 22-20 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles last week. The Tigers returned to the ground where the Eels gave them a 51-6 hiding. There, they copped a dose of déjà vu as the Raiders did something similar with a 28-0 win.

Key Match-Ups
The Cowboys have suffered a bad run of injuries so far this season, and last week’s loss to Manly saw two more players join the list. Jordan McLean injured his hamstring during a controversial tackle while Mitchell Dunn suffered a shoulder injury on the night as well. Paul Green has kept usual halfback Michael Morgan at fullback in place of the injured Jordan Kahu. The Tigers regular fullback Moses Mbye has been moved into the centres, leaving Corey Thompson in the number one jersey and a match-up with Morgan. 

This game could be decided in the halves where the experienced Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks face-off against the less experienced John Asiata and rookie Jake Clifford. Robbie Farah will be kept busy by Jake Granville’s dummy half runs while the Tigers forward pack will need a solid game plan if they are to contain the rampaging Jason Taumalolo who yet again ran for more than 300 metres last week.

Head to Head
Played:35  Tigers:19  Cowboys:15
Last Met: 2018, Round 10: Tigers 20 bt Cowboys 12 @ Leichhardt Oval

Summary
The week off did the Tigers no favours as they failed to score a point against the Raiders. This will have to change drastically if they are to keep pace with a Cowboys side who can score plenty in front of their home crowd. The Cowboys definitely let one get away last week but they could have done without losing players to injury during the game. Also, their home ground record isn’t too flash this year losing four so far. They do have a very useful bench here and that could prove the difference between the two sides. 



PENRITH PANTHERS vs SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
The Panthers put on their best performance of the season to defeat the reigning premiers 19-10 making it three-straight losses for the Roosters. Meanwhile the Rabbitohs became another scalp for the high-flying Newcastle Knights who scored a convincing 19-10 win over Wayne Bennett’s men. 

Key Match-ups
Injuries have again played havoc here with the Rabbitohs the worst affected. Halfback Adam Reynolds is again missing, leaving Adam Doueihi to partner Cody Walker in the halves and they will have to be at their best against James Maloney and Nathan Cleary who will both be out to stakes their claims to an Origin jersey.

The Rabbitohs forward pack has been weakened somewhat with both Thomas and Sam Burgess missing this week. Ethan Lowe and John Sutton will both start while not expected to play, Alex Johnson has been named in the reserves. 

Head to Head
Played:80  Rabbitohs:45  Panthers:34  Drawn:1
Last Met: 2018, Round 2: Panthers 18 bt Rabbitohs 14 @ Panthers Stadium

Summary
They’re not quite the same team as they were last year, but the Panthers have won their past three games and are improving every week. Another win here would put them right in contention for a top eight spot and this is a golden opportunity for them as they face a severely weakened Rabbitohs line-up. If Maloney and Cleary bring their ‘A’ game and take control early, there is no reason why they can’t dominate the ruck and a good kicking game with have the Bunnies turning around all game. It’s hard to ignore the Panthers at the line.



MANLY SEA EAGLES vs ST.GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Manly showed last week how they can play as a team and turn a half-time deficit into a solid, come-from-behind (22-20) victory over the Cowboys in Townsville last week. The Dragons brought a huge sigh of relief to their fans by breaking a five-game losing streak when they belted the Bulldogs 36-12.

Key Match-Ups
All Origin players are expected to take the field and Manly fans will be happy to see ‘Turbo’ Tom Trbojevic run out onto Lottoland for the first time since returning from that nasty hamstring injury that had kept him sidelined for many weeks. He will be out to impress NSW selectors as well but will have to stay alert if he is to contain the elusive Matt Dufty. 

Again, the halves hold the key in this game with current QLD Origin half, Daly Cherry-Evans lining up against his QLD teammate, Ben Hunt. Dragons five-eight Corey Norman made a successful return from injury last week stamping his authority in the 36-12 win over the Bulldogs.

NSW forwards Jake Trbojevic and Tyson Frizell face off against each other while Marty Taupau and Paul Vaughan will both be looking to set a precedent early in the game.

Head to Head
Played:27  Dragons:18  Sea Eagles:9
Last Met: 2019, Round 6: Dragons 12 bt Sea Eagles 10 @ WIN Stadium

Summary
The Dragons got away with a controversial victory in Wollongong last time and Manly will be out in seek of revenge. They have won four of their seven home games to date and a win here will see them kick four points clear of the Dragons and consolidate their spot in the top eight. The Dragons showed just what they are capable of last week but will have to string a few wins together if they are to stamp themselves as genuine finals contenders. With the exception of their captain Gareth Widdop, the Dragons are basically at full strength while the Sea Eagles will field a side just as strong. There’s nothing between these sides on paper, so I’m going with the home side in a close one.




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