Normal service resumes after an elongated Round 7, which saw plenty of action and upset results.
Round 8 has some featured rugby league clashes, which kicks off this Thursday with the Rabbitohs vs. Broncos.
We have free tips, form and odds for every NRL Round 8 game.
7:50pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Brisbane Broncos @ ANZ Stadium
The Rabbitohs gutted out a close 22-18 win over the Penrith Panthers last week but there has been cause for concern.
They looked much better in the early-season rounds but haven’t put away teams with ease of late. They’re going to need to be better this week against a Broncos team which found their confidence last week.
Broncos scored a desperate 29-6 win over the Sharks and it was desperate because they dropped down to 12th on the ladder.
This should be a close contest and we’re expecting an even contest.
Betting tip: Broncos +6 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Broncos by 2
6:00pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Gold Coast Titans @ 1300SMILES Stadium
The Cowboys showed some early promise last week against the Bulldogs but they were comfortably held 24-12 at the finish.
It was another disappointing finish for the team that is struggling post Johnathan Thurston. His departure has left the club in tatters but they can start to rebuild against the Titans, which were 30-14 losers to the Tigers in Round 7.
Gold Coast are struggling for consistency this season and the injury problems in their forward pack is only going to make it harder.
Stick with the Cowboys, which will be desperate to win.
Betting tip: Cowboys to win @ $1.67 Bet Now
Cowboys by 8
7:55pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Melbourne Storm @ PointsBet Stadium
We and many punters expected the Sharks to follow their win up with a good performance last week, but that wasn’t to be.
They looked flat against the Broncos, scoring only six points in what was their worst performance of the year. Returning home this week should help, but facing the Storm won’t.
Melbourne looked cooked against the New Zealand Warriors, but they dug deep and scored the come-from-behind victory. It was sealed with a late field goal and it saw the Storm remain in second position on the NRL ladder.
This will be a good game to watch but Melbourne should have too many guns.
Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.44 Bet Now
Storm by 6
3:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. Penrith Panthers @ McDonalds Park
Canberra looked to be building on an impressive start to the season but that momentum was halted by the Sea Eagles last week. The four-point loss will leave the Raiders searching for answers but they look a good chance to rebound.
They face the Panthers, which suffered another loss last week and we’re unsure why bookmakers have this game so close in the betting.
Panthers are only $2.10 with most bookmakers and we’ll happily take the value on offer for the Raiders, who are the more impressive team at this stage of the season.
Betting tip: Raiders to win @ $1.70 Bet Now
Raiders by 8
5:30pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Lottoland
Manly has been hot and cold this season but when they’re right, they are awfully tough to beat.
Coming off an upset home win over the Raiders, the Sea Eagles will look to put away the Bulldogs, which got back into winning form last week.
We think Manly will be a tough team to play against as the rest of the season progresses and we don’t have much hope for the 16th-placed Bulldogs.
Bookmakers have framed a close market, which comes as a surprise.
Betting tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.72 Bet Now
Sea Eagles by 10
7:35pm Sydney Roosters vs. Wests Tigers @ SGC
This isn’t expected to be a close game, despite the Tigers coming off an impressive 30-14 win over the Titans last week. That is being put down to the level of opposition they will face here.
The Roosters look well-equipped to handle the Tigers this week, after being the Dragons 20-10 in Round 7. That win should hold them in good stead and they simply match-up well against the Tigers.
Bookmakers have the points spread line set at 12 and although the Tigers could hang around for awhile, the Roosters should pull away for the win.
Betting tip: Roosters -12 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Roosters by 14
2:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs. Newcastle Knights @ Mt Smart Stadium
The Warriors looked to have the goods last week against the Melbourne Storm but some late errors were extremely costly.
How that plays on their minds this week will be interesting as they welcome the Newcastle Knights – fresh off a Round 7 win.
The Knights put away the in-form Eels 28-14 in a one-sided affair and it was indicative of a team that has plenty of potential, but not a lot of consistency.
Warriors still have plenty of talent and we’re predicting a home win.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $1.60 Bet Now
Warriors by 10
4:05pm Parramatta Eels vs. St George Dragons @ Bankwest Stadium
The Eels were poor losers last week to the Knights and they will need to be on their game against the Dragons this week.
Dragons were expected to be a top-four team this season and that hasn’t quite eventuated, but there’s still time and they could improve as the season progresses.
Eels weren’t expected to be in a top five position. They have started the season well but have every chance to slip further down the ladder.
This could be a pivotal game for both clubs and it might not be an overly good spectacle.
Betting tip: Dragons to win @ $1.88 Bet Now
Dragons by 4