** 2021 preview and predictions are shown below – 2022 predictions will be updated on the Monday before the round starts! **
We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 22, which starts with the Storm vs Raiders on Thursday night.
The top eight is starting to take shape and with only a few weeks left, some teams are desperate to make a playoff push.
We preview every game and find the best bets available for NRL Round 22.
NRL Round 22 Tips
7:50pm Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders @ AAMI Park
The Melbourne Storm continued their impressive winning streak when beating the Sea Eagles last week and we’re expecting it to continue.
They are the best team in the NRL and although Manly gave them a run for their money, the class prevailed by scoring the last 16 points of the contest.
Canberra got past the Dragons as expected, but it would do well to stay close to Melbourne on Thursday.
Betting tip: Melbourne Storm to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Storm by 14
6:00pm St George Dragons vs Penrith Panthers @ WIN Stadium
The Dragons fought well against the Raiders last week, but it was a costly loss and they will struggle to make the playoffs.
Penrith got back to winning form with a 20-14 victory over the Sydney Roosters, which was much-needed to keep in touch with Melbourne.
As Nathan Cleary gets back to fitness, we should expect to see the Panthers find their best form. It should be much too good for the Dragons.
Betting tip: Penrith Panthers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Panthers by 14
7:55pm Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters @ Suncorp Stadium
The Broncos and Roosters come off Round 21 losses, but the Roosters were the more impressive outfit.
They didn’t play too poorly against the Panthers and they’re still in the hunt for a top four spot, so they have much more to play for.
Brisbane scored two late tries to make the margin against the Knights seem reasonable, but they were outplayed and we expect that to continue on Friday night.
Betting tip: Sydney Roosters to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Roosters by 12
3:00pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Gold Coast Titans @ Central Coast Stadium
Gold Coast has forced its way into a playoff spot on the back of strong wins. The Titans are a team that could threaten any number of the top team, including South Sydney.
The Rabbitohs are one of the form teams in the competition, so they’ll be tough to beat. They scored a quality win over the Eels last week and made them look second rate.
There doesn’t seem to be any slowing down the Rabbitohs and we expect them to score by at least a converted try.
Betting tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Rabbitohs by 10
5:30pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers @ Country Bank Stadium
Not much is going right for the Cowboys and Tigers, but at least the Tigers are coming off a winning performance.
Wests got the better of the Bulldogs last week and it was a better performance than the Cowboys offered, who lost to the Titans by 22 points.
There won’t be much between them, but we’re going with the Tigers to score rare back-to-back victories.
Betting tip: Wests Tigers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tigers by 6
7:35pm Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels @ 4 Pines Park
Despite losing to Melbourne, we were impressed by the Sea Eagles. They stuck gamely and just lacked the finishing touches.
The performance bodes well against a struggling Parramatta outfit, who are in the middle of a shocking stretch. They were manhandled by the Rabbitohs and there is no clear reason why they’re all of a sudden struggling.
It’s unexplainable and we think the Sea Eagles will add more hurt to the Eels top four chances.
Betting tip: Manly Sea Eagles to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sea Eagles by 10
2:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs Canterbury Bulldogs @ Mt Smart Stadium
The Warriors showed their heart when beating the Sharks last week and we expect them to handle the Bulldogs with ease.
It hasn’t been an easy season for the Warriors and losing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was a blow. However, they responded well and the Bulldogs are offering very little.
Trusting the Warriors to win three consecutive games isn’t easy, but they’re the obvious bet.
Betting tip: New Zealand Warriors to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Warriors by 12
4:05pm Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights @ Nestrata Jubilee Stadium
The Sharks had a golden opportunity against the Warriors last week, and despite holding a 10-point advantage, they let the Warriors score the last 12 points.
Newcastle looked good beating the Broncos and they could make a late push for the playoffs. We think the Knights are the better team, especially if Kayln Ponga regains his best form.
Value should be with the Knights to score another win.
Betting tip: Newcastle Knights to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Knights by 6
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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.