NRL Round 18 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
Penrith put their 12-match winning streak on the line against Parramatta – the only team to have beaten them this season – in a blockbuster Friday night showdown, while the Roosters and Knights collide in a top six battle – read on below as we preview every NRL Round 18 match this weekend, along with providing our best bets and tips.
NRL Round 18 Tips
NOTE: We will link all NRL Round 18 tips and previews to this article once published throughout the week.
Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Round 18 Tips
- Thursday September 10 | Bankwest Stadium | 7.50pm AEST
Souths aiming for an immediate return to the winners circle after a tight loss to Melbourne, while the Tigers need to winning their remaining three games and hopes the Sharks lose all of their matches to have any chance of making the finals.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL Round 18 Tips
- Friday September 11 | ANZ Stadium | 6.00pm AEST
Manly’s season is officially over after falling to the Tigers, while the Bulldogs are still trying to avoid the wooden spoon following their four-point defeat to the Titans.
Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels NRL Round 18 Tips
- Friday September 11 | Panthers Stadium | 7.55pm AEST
Mouth-watering clash. Penrith continue to fly high at the top of the ladder on the back of a club record 12-match winning streak, but now they face the only team to have defeated them in 2020, with Parramatta returning to winning ways with a solid victory over the Warriors.
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders
- Saturday September 12 | WIN Stadium | 3.00pm AEST
Canberra’s top four hopes took a big blow after going down to the Roosters in Round 17, while the Dragons’ season is over following their golden point loss to the Cowboys.
Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos
- Saturday September 12 | Cbus Super Stadium | 5.30pm AEST
Gold Coast are enjoying one of their best seasons in years and could potentially end this round in equal ninth spot on the ladder if they can overcome the embattled Broncos.
Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights
- Saturday September 12 | SCG | 7.35pm AEST
Newcastle confirmed their finals status with a big win over the Sharks in Round 17, while two-time reigning premiers the Roosters are starting to peak at the right time, edging Canberra in the second Grand Final rematch of the season.
Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys
- Sunday September 13 | Sunshine Coast Stadium | 4.05pm AEST
Melbourne setting their sights on wrapping up second spot on the ladder and will almost certainly be too strong for the Cowboys, who snapped a nine-match losing streak by beating the Dragons in golden point.
Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors
- Sunday September 13 | Jubilee Stadium | 6.30pm AEST
The Warriors’ brave season is all but over following their close loss to the Eels, while the Sharks will be determined to bounce back to form before the finals after suffering a heavy loss to Newcastle.