NRL Round 8 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
Traditional heavyweights Melbourne take on two-time reigning premiers the Roosters, while top-of-the-table Parramatta clash with a resurgent Cowboys outfit – read on below as we preview each NRL Round 8 fixture, along with providing our tips and best bets for every match.
NRL Round 8 Tips
NOTE: We will link all NRL Round 8 tips to this article once published throughout the week.
Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters NRL Round 8 Tips
- Thursday July 2 | AAMI Park | 7.50pm AEST
Sensational showdown to launch the round. Six of their last seven matches have been decided by eight points or less. Both teams in form – Melbourne put 50 points on the Warriors, while the Roosters are on a five-match winning streak.
Canberra Raiders vs St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Round 8 Tips
- Friday July 3 | GIO Stadium | 6.00pm AEST
Canberra struggling with back-to-back defeats, including a heartbreaking golden pointer against the Eels, while the Dragons were brought back down to earth in Round 7 by a rampant Roosters side.
Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys NRL Round 8 Tips
- Friday July 3 | Bankwest Stadium | 7.55pm AEST
Tremendous response from both teams in Round 7 as the Eels edged Canberra in golden point and the Cowboys blitzed the Knights. North Queensland have won four of their last five meetings.
Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks
- Saturday July 4 | Suncorp Stadium | 3.00pm
Two more sides with winning momentum. Gold Coast thumped the embattled Broncos on the weekend, while Cronulla cruised past Manly. The Sharks have won their last three encounters.
New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos
- Saturday July 4 | Central Coast Stadium | 5.30pm AEST
A must-win clash for both teams after heavy defeats in Round 7, with the Broncos losing their fifth straight game to the Titans and Warriors leaking 50 points to Melbourne.
Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers
- Saturday July 4 | Bankwest Stadium | 7.35pm AEST
Top six showdown. Penrith have been brilliant to start the season and are in second spot following their win over Souths, while the Tigers are in sixth after their big win over Canterbury. Panthers have won five of their last six meetings.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights
- Sunday July 5 | Central Coast Stadium | 4.05pm AEST
Both teams with a point to prove. Manly were soundly beaten without Tom Trbojevic by Cronulla, while the Knights were extremely disappointing against the Cowboys.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
- Sunday July 5 | Bankwest Stadium | 6.30pm AEST
It’s looking like another long season for the bottom-of-the-table Bulldogs after a heavy loss to the Tigers, while the Rabbitohs are now languishing outside the top eight following their defeat to Penrith. Souths have won four of their last five encounters.