St George continue to remain unbeaten this season after dispatching the Sharks, whereas the Warriors suffered their first loss of the season to the Broncos.
Both teams play each other this week in what should be the game of the round on Friday night. There’s also Broncos vs. Storm and Tigers vs. Knights which should have punters interested this week.
Round 7 should be a great week in the NRL and we have form and free tips for every game this week.
7:50pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Sydney Roosters @ ANZ Stadium
The Roosters haven’t quite lived up to the hype so far this season but there’s plenty of time left in the season.
Coming off a poor 14-26 loss, the Roosters will be looking to rebound against the Bulldogs, which scored an upset win over the Cowboys last week.
That has forced bookmakers to make this game much closer in the market than expected and the momentum is with the Bulldogs despite sitting 14th on the table.
This should be a close game.
Betting tip: Bulldogs +6.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Roosters by 4
6:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs. St George Dragons @ Mt Smart Stadium
Bookmakers are finding it tough to separate the two sides, which were unbeaten until the Warriors lost last week.
St George continued their good run with a dominating win over the Sharks but travelling to Auckland won’t be easy and the Warriors will be keen to avenge their recent loss.
The Warriors looked mentally worn down against the Broncos and the forwards struggled to get any go-forward ball, which made life tough for Shaun Johnson.
If the Warriors are going to get back on the winning bus, they’ll need to shut down the big forward pack for the Dragons and win the grind up front.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $2.02 (BET NOW)
Warriors by 6
7:50pm Brisbane Broncos vs. Melbourne Storm @ Suncorp Stadium
The Broncos looked more like the side we expected to see this season against the Warriors.
The forward pack gave the outside backs of the Broncos plenty of room to work with and that paid dividends.
For the Storm, it was back to business with a rampaging victory over the Knights 40-14 and that will give them plenty of confidence moving forward, as if they needed it.
This is always a close contest and we’re not surprised to see the Storm posted as favourites but there could be value with the Broncos back at Suncorp.
Betting tip: Broncos to win @ $2.30 (BET NOW)
Broncos by 4
3:00pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Canberra Raiders @ Central Coast Stadium
Both teams are coming off a confidence-building win last week but the Rabbitohs appear to be going better this season.
After a rough start to the season, the Rabbitohs have fought their way into the top eight and they could better their position with a win over the Raiders, which put away the Eels 18-2 last week.
Form against the Eels isn’t exactly top-quality this season so the Raiders are tough to line up but they should give a good account in what’s shaping up to be an important early-season game.
We give the nod to the home side as the Raiders struggle away from Canberra.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $1.63 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 10
5:30pm Wests Tigers vs. Newcastle Knights @ Scully Park
That was some performance by the Tigers over the Sea Eagles last Sunday.
The Tigers were able to force mistake after mistake from Manly and although the maroon and whites didn’t do much to help themselves, the Tigers piled on the pressure.
The Knights have been good and bad this season. Their good has come in the way of Kayln Ponga who looks to be a superstar in the making.
One player isn’t enough to sway us here, however, as the Tigers should be full of confidence and they should cement their place inside the top four.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.58 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 8
7:35pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Gold Coast Titans @ 1300Smiles Stadium
The Cowboys attracted the most attention from punters before the season starts but they are currently languishing in 15th place.
After a shocking loss to the Bulldogs, the Cowboys will be looking to get back on the horse against the Titans, which suffered a bad loss to the Panthers.
We’re not sure what to make of the Cowboys this season. They have some aging players which might have needed time to hit top gear this season and we’re hoping that form comes quickly.
The Cowboys are good value at $1.56 against a team which shouldn’t be making a run at the playoffs.
Betting tip: Cowboys to win @ 1.56 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 16
2:00pm Parramatta Eels vs. Manly Sea Eagles @ ANZ Stadium
We’re not sure how punters could have confidence with either team on this occasion.
Manly have shown glimpses of quality form this season and the Eels have shown absolutely nothing.
The Sea Eagles should be winning this on the team they will field and punters are getting good head-to-head odds but we’re going with something out of left field here.
Neither team deserves a win, so we’ll pick the draw.
Betting tip: Will there be extra time? Yes @ $15 (BET NOW)
4:10pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Penrith Panthers @ Southern Cross Stadium
Penrith might have lost their star half with Nathan Cleary, but that hasn’t stopped James Maloney from taking over in a big way.
The Panthers ride a nice winning streak heading into this game against the Sharks which have more injuries than wins this season.
Playing at home is going to help the struggling franchise, which hasn’t been able to bounce back after winning the premiership in 2016.
Penrith have been playing well as a team and they should come away with the victory.
Betting tip: Panthers to win @ $1.49 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 10