Most of the focus will be on State of Origin this week (check out our tips HERE) but there’s still a solid round of NRL games on show in round 14.
Injuries and player availability always plays a part in Round 14 after Origin, which can make it tough for punters to make accurate predictions.
We have taken these factors into account to make our best tips for Round 14 of the NRL this week, which starts with a Friday night double-header.
6:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. Penrith Panthers @ GIO Stadium
This is going to be one of the most interesting games of the round.
The Panthers have major issues with State of Origin players, especially the halves pairing of James Maloney and Nathan Cleary.
We’re expecting both players to suit up for the Panthers, barring any injury concerns and that could spell trouble for the Raiders.
The Panthers are leading the competition after some stellar play and although coming off a Round 12 win over the Sea Eagles, the Raiders have been struggling to find their best form.
$1.90 for the Panthers is a great price if the Origin stars play and it will only shorten if they do.
Betting tip: Panthers to win @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 6
7:55pm Gold Coast Titans vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Cbus Super Stadium
We weren’t sure if the Rabbitohs had a win in them last week but they proved us wrong.
Despite not having their Origin stars, the Rabbitohs put on an offensive clinic to beat the red-hot Sharks and that win is going to hold them in good stead for the rest of the season.
Two competition points will be expected this week against the Titans, which are again struggling to show their true potential.
There seems to be a lack of captaincy in the team and that’s hurting their young stars. It doesn’t give them a good base to play their best and bookmakers rightfully have them as underdogs.
Origin might take its toll on the Souths but they should be good enough to handle the Titans.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs -8 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 12
3:00pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. New Zealand Warriors @ AMI Stadium
Bookmakers are having a tough time sorting out a favourite for this game but they have settled on the Warriors.
The bye week should have done the Kiwi-based side a favour after being hammered by the Souths in Round 12.
It’s losses like that which are making punters doubt the premiership credentials of the Warriors and they have slipped from second to sixth on the ladder.
There have been signs of life for the Sea Eagles in recent weeks and punters shouldn’t read too much into the loss last week over the Cowboys.
They played tough and showed they belong in the competition. That same effort will be needed again this week.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $1.72 (BET NOW)
Warriors by 8
5:30pm Newcastle Knights vs. Sydney Roosters @ McDonald Jones Stadium
The Roosters are backing up after holding on to beat the Tigers last Sunday.
After leading easily in the second half, the Roosters gave up two late tries to win 16-14 in a contest which wasn’t as close as the score line might have shown.
An 80-minute performance will be needed against the Knights which looked superb when beating the down-and-out Eels by 30-4 last Saturday night.
It was a good all-round performance from the Knights and it again showed their ability to win on the road.
Returning back home will be a bonus and they’re paying good money to beat what could be a tired Roosters side.
Betting tip: Knights +8 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Knights by 2
7:30pm Parramatta Eels vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ TIO Stadium
We’re going to tip the North Queensland Cowboys in this game but we’re still in fear of the Eels finally showing up in 2018.
The Eels have been horrendous this season and that’s putting it nicely. A loss last week to the Knights was the tip of the iceberg for the Eels, which still possesses a talented roster.
This game should be all about the Cowboys, which still have time to make the playoffs in what is become a congested playoff picture.
They looked good in beating the Sea Eagles last week and without a raft of Origin players out, this is a good position for the Cowboys to be in.
They should be winning this game with ease.
Betting tip: Cowboys 1-12 @ $3.10 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 10
2:00pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Wests Tigers @ Southern Cross Stadium
The Sharks entered last week with a full head of steam but they ran out of it against the Rabbitohs.
Facing a Rabbitohs team minus their Origin stars was a good time for the Sharks to continue their move into a top-four spot, but they couldn’t find their best effort.
It was a blow for the franchise which started the season off poorly and had been hitting their straps at the right time, but that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom as they prepare for the Tigers.
The Tigers have struggled recently after starting the season well and find themselves battling for a playoff spot.
This should be a close game but the Sharks should right the ship and get back into the winners’ column.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.58 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 8
4:10pm Melbourne Storm vs. Brisbane Broncos @ AAMI Park
Having Cameron Smith fully fit is going to help the Melbourne Storm, which often struggle during the Origin period.
Sitting at 7th on the ladder isn’t a place the Storm are accustomed to but we’re expecting a mid-season surge from last season’s winners.
We are, however, expecting Origin time to be a tough one for the Broncos. The “Baby Broncos” could have some players missing due to Origin but the lineup won’t be known until later in the week.
Even with a full-strength team, we’re not expecting a Broncos victory and the Storm are paying nice odds to win.
Betting tip: Storm –9.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Storm by 14
4:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. St George Dragons @ ANZ Stadium
Losing to the Panthers was a setback for the Dragons but bookmakers are offering good odds this time around because of it.
$1.49 in the head-to-head market is a good price for a team sitting second on the premiership ladder and although they’ll have Origin players hurting from Wednesday’s game, they get more time to recover.
There hasn’t been much consistency with the Bulldogs this season and they have been hard to get a line on.
Inconsistent results make them tough to pick against a top-quality side in the Dragons.
Betting tip: Dragons to win @ $1.49 (BET NOW)
Dragons by 10