The NRL returns to a full schedule this week after State of Origin played its havoc.
Results went in the punters’ favour last week with all the favourites winning except for the Parramatta Eels defeating the North Queensland Cowboys.
We have free tips and form for all Round 15 games this week, which kicks off with the Eels vs. Rabbitohs on Thursday night.
7:50pm Parramatta Eels vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ ANZ Stadium
The Eels scored a rare win when defeating the Cowboys 20-14 last week and it might kick-start their season into gear.
Standing in their way this week are the red-hot Rabbitohs, which find themselves in second place on the ladder after scoring a narrow two-point win over the Titans.
They are one of the form teams in the competition and despite having numerous players backing up from Origin duty, they did enough to win.
This won’t be an easy game for either side but the Rabbitohs are too good to overlook in their current form and the Eels should come back to earth.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs 1-12 @ $3 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 10
6:00pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. New Zealand Warriors @ 1300SMILES Stadium
The Cowboys season went from bad to worse last week when losing to the hapless Parramatta Eels.
This season has been shocking from last year’s beaten finalists and it appears as though Johnathan Thurston has played a year too many, but he’s not the only one to blame.
Senior players have not stood up for the Cowboys with the only exception being Jason Taumalolo. The Tongan representative has been eating up the metres and another big performance will be needed this week.
The Warriors scored a much-needed win over Manly last Saturday night and it was a classy victory. They played well throughout the game and capitalised on their chances.
Playing away from home is always a worry for the Warriors but they’re the team with momentum and should get the victory.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $1.78 (BET NOW)
Warriors by 6
7:55pm Sydney Roosters vs. Penrith Panthers @ Allianz Stadium
Shaping up to be the best game of the round, the Roosters take on current premier leaders Penrith on Friday night.
After looking suspect in the early rounds of the season, the Roosters have played their way into fourth position on the ladder and now look to take the scalp of the premier leaders.
Two narrow wins in two weeks has caused some concern for the Roosters but there’s plenty of excitement in the youthful squad.
Playing the Panthers will be a big test as they’re coming off a quality win over the Raiders last week.
It was a comeback win for the Panthers and Nathan Cleary was cold as ice when kicking the game-winning field goal in the dying stages.
With two forward packs that would scare most teams, this is going to be a testing battle for both teams and punters are understandably torn.
Betting tip: Roosters to win @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Roosters by 6
3:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast Titans @ Belmore Sports Ground
The Gold Coast Titans went down narrowly to the Rabbitohs last week and although two competition points would have been better, it was an encouraging performance.
Knocking on the door of a breakout win, the Titans will look to get in form against the Bulldogs, which haven’t been travelling well and are coming off a quick back-up after Monday night’s game.
That’s not going to help the struggling side, which currently sits in 15th place on a ladder – one position behind the Titans.
One team has more upside and that’s the Titans, which are paying good odds to cause a minor upset in the eyes of the bookmakers.
Betting tip: Titans to win @ $2.15 (BET NOW)
Titans by 10
5:30pm St George Dragons vs. Manly Sea Eagles @ WIN Stadium
The Dragons have slipped from top spot to third on the ladder after a few interesting performances recently, but they should be able to handle the Sea Eagles.
Manly were simply poor against the Warriors on Saturday and that type of performance isn’t going to cut it against a quality side likes the Dragons.
It’s a tough schedule for the Dragons, which played on Monday night and especially for their Origin stars but they won’t be looking at this game as a danger game.
Manly have ability on their day, as they showed when beating the Melbourne Storm, but consistency isn’t there and the Dragons should secure the two competition points with ease.
Betting tip: Dragons –8.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Dragons by 14
7:35pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Brisbane Broncos @ Southern Cross Stadium
The Sharks didn’t look good early in the game last week but they quickly hit top gear and scored a good victory over the Tigers.
That win followed a disappointing effort in Round 14 but they’re back on track now and looking to add another win over the Broncos.
The Broncos led the Melbourne Storm 12-0 on Sunday night but quickly gave up the lead in the second half and never regained the lead.
It’s tough to weigh up the form of the Broncos and inconsistencies have dealt their season a major blow but they do have the players good enough to beat the Sharks.
This game could be closer than expected but momentum is clearly with the Sharks.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.58 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 8
2:00pm Newcastle Knights vs. Melbourne Storm @ McDonald Jones Stadium
The Knights have looked capable at times this season but they might struggle to hold off the Melbourne Storm.
The Storm overcame an early 12-0 deficit to down the Broncos last week and they looked impressive for the rest of the game. The likes of Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster had good games and both wingers were in fine form for the Storm.
There’s plenty to like about Kayln Ponga for the Knights and he’s the current favourite for the Dally M Medal, but he’s playing on a team that lacks direction and it would be a major upset to see them taking this out.
Betting tip: Storm –11.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Storm by 14
4:10pm Wests Tigers vs. Canberra Raiders @ Campbelltown Stadium
Playing at Campbelltown always spurs on the Wests Tigers and they face a Raiders team that doesn’t know how to win.
The Raiders looked to have the game sown up against the Panthers last week but were unable to hold a late six-point lead. Ricky Stuart’s team is becoming used to losing and that’s not a good sign.
The Tigers will have to do it without Benji Marshall, with the Kiwi star suffering a calf injury during their loss last week.
It’s a big loss for the Tigers but they win games based on defence and that shouldn’t take a hit this week.
Stick with the home side.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.68 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 4