NRL Round 6 Tips and Predictions - 4 best bets and a multibet to back

Steve Bennett 17 Apr 2019
  • Four tips for the weekend
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Five rounds into the season and already some teams are reaching for the panic buttons, needing a win this weekend. Here's what we have come up with this week......

Last week saw the Bulldogs come crashing back to earth at the hands of the Dragons as they were on the receiving end of a 40-4 belting at Kogarah Oval while the Rabbitohs had to come from behind to eventually take the points home, beating the Warriors 28-24 on a neutral ground on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The Bulldogs were very uninspiring and leaving the field, down 18-0 at half time, they looked a beaten side. Their efforts only got worse in the second stanza will showings of poor defence and a very poor kicking game from Lachlan Lewis didn’t help their cause.

The Rabbitohs on the other hand came home with a wet sail. Caught napping early in the second half, the red and green team found themselves down 24-12 and needed something special to help them out of it. Along came five-eight Cody Walker who produced a four-try effort of his own to get the Rabbits over the line by four points.

Key Match-Ups
There will be a lot of pressure on the younger Bulldogs pack here as they confront the likes of the three Burgess brothers and veteran John Sutton who can all put in for 80 minutes if need be. They must also contain the ‘zippy’ Damien Cook out of dummy-half to prevent him from stealing easy metres around the ruck. Halves Cogger and Lewis will need to be on their best game if they are to match it with Adam Reynolds and last week’s hero, Cody Walker.

Head to Head
Played: 156,  Bulldogs 81  Rabbitohs 71  Draws 4
Last met:  2018, Round 18: Rabbitohs 24 def Bulldogs 6  @ ANZ Stadium

Bulldogs coach Dean Pay will have to put in overtime on his team’s defence if they are to avoid a complete white-wash here. Meanwhile, Wayne Bennett will have to work on game-focus with his boys to avoid ‘dozing off’ again this week. It appears like a lopsided affair on paper and if the Rabbitohs turn up to play, it will probably end that way. Rabbitohs by lots.
The Warriors were their own worst enemies last week. After having the Rabbitohs down 24-12, the game was at their mercy but (yet again), they found a way to blow it. The Cowboys put in a much improved performance against the Storm but even in front of their home crowd, still came up short, losing 18-12.

The Warriors were going point for point with South Sydney in the first 40 minutes and were looking good. Then early in the second half, the game fell away from after racing out to what seemed to be an unbeatable lead at 24-12. They then leaked 16 unanswered points to go home empty handed. 

The Cowboys seem to be playing without confidence at the moment. Their new captain and halfback Michael Morgan just hasn’t found his rhythm this season and without that added spark, the Storm managed to dominate the game in attack and keep the Cowboys in check.

Key Match-Ups
The Warriors have halfback Blake Green returning from injury and his one-on-one battle with Michael Morgan could decide this game. The Cowboys have been found out in defence in their backline this year and they will have to tighten that up if they are to contain Warriors skipper Tuivasa-Sheck and centre Peta Hiku out wide. The forward battle should prove interesting with Matt Scott and Jordan McLean, who are both Internationals, locking horns with the Warriors’ Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau while hiding the back-row, Adam Blair can also cause a variety of damage in both attack and defence. 

Head to Head
Played: 39,  Warriors 20  Cowboys 19
Last Met: 2018, Round 15: Warriors 23 def Cowboys 16 @ 1300 Smiles Stadium

It’s almost do-or-die for the out-of-form Cowboys as they sit equal-last on the ladder with just one win this season. Morgan needs to find form and fast, especially with Origin selections just around the corner. The inconsistent Justin O’Neil finds himself back in the side and he also needs to find some enthusiasm if he hopes to hold onto his jersey beyond this week. The Warriors are a 10-point better side when playing at Mt.Smart Stadium and if they can dominate field position with just an even share of possession, it should be an easy day for them. BUT, beware the wounded Cowboy. 

The Titans gave their coach the best present he could have hoped for last week when they recorded their first win of the season, beating the Panthers 30-24 in a high scoring game. Meanwhile the doom and gloom continued for Nathan Brown’s Knights as they lost their fourth game in a row, going down to the Sea Eagles 26-18.

While the Titans were left celebrating at full time they still managed to give their fans a fright as they put themselves in a position late in the game where they could have lost the match. Coach Garth Brennan will surely be addressing that issue during the week. 

Meanwhile there is still some head scratching going on in Newcastle as they try to work out where they are falling short in their matches having not a lost a game by more than eight points to date. 

Key Match-Ups
It will be vital that Ash Taylor is fit and plays the full 80 minutes this week if the Titans expect to take the points. Taylor injured himself in round one and hasn’t fully recovered but he needs to be on his game here as he goes face-to-face with Mitchell Pearce who will be out to exploit Taylor’s injury and gain the upper hand. 

Kayln Ponga is finally back to where he belongs (at fullback) and it won’t take him long to show the Titans defence what he is capable of as he pushes his claims towards an Origin jersey. Titans fullback Michael Gordon will have to stay alert for the full 80 minutes if he hopes to match strides with Ponga. 

The loss of Jarrod Wallace to suspension has been softened by the return of Shannon Boyd who slips into the front row in place of Wallace. 

Head to Head
Played: 20  Knights: 11  Titans: 9
Last Met: 2018, Round 19: Knights def Titans 30-24 @ McDonald Jones Stadium

It’s crunch time for both sides here as they sit together in equal last place on the ladder with just one win this season. While it isn’t panic stations just yet, a loss here would make it very difficult to secure a top four spot come finals time. Both sides will be anxious to grab the two points which could see this game turning into an entertaining battle. In a cliff-hanger, I favour the home side, just.

The Raiders are enjoying their best start to a season in years as they sit equal-second on the ladder following a resounding 19-0 win over the in-form Eels. The Broncos just keep finding ways to lose matches and last week was no exception as they fell apart in the dying stages to go down 22-16 to the visiting Wests Tigers side.

Canberra were rock-solid in defence last week, frustrating Parramatta out of the contest. Fill-in halfback, Sam Williams has been in great touch and again led the way in the home ground victory. 

Brisbane beat themselves, butchering at least two tries and a golden opportunity to win the game near full time. The halves combination again seemed to struggle while the forwards lost their zip and the go-forward was lost as well. Handling errors clearly lost them the game which is something Anthony Seibold will have to focus on if they are to be any threat this season.

Key Match-Ups
The forward battle will be alive and well here and it is vital that the Broncos remain focussed on dominance up the middle if they are to compete with a strong Raiders line. Josh Papalii was lethal last week and it will take the best defensive effort from Gillett and Glenn if they are to contain him. The halves battle will be the key here with the Williams and Wighton combination proving a success so far, up against Nikorima and Milford who simply have to ‘get it together’ here if they hope to put on points for the visiting Broncos side.

Head to Head
Played: 50  Broncos 30  Raiders 19  Drawn 1
Last Met: 2018, Round 16: Broncos 26 def Raiders 22 @ Suncorp Stadium

The Raiders will no doubt remember their last clash with the Broncos where they had the game won and threw it away in last 10 minutes. Coach Ricky Stuart will no doubt be reminding them of that lapse in concentration and will have them focused on playing the full 80 minutes here. The Broncos really need to land their second win of the season if they hope to keep in touch with the top four. They haven’t won away from Suncorp this season and need an away win to boost their confidence. This looks like another nail-biter but I fancy the home side scraping over the line here.



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