NRL Round 6

Can the Bunnies get the chocolates on Good Friday? The Rabbitohs  stormed home last week after being 12 points down to record an emphatic golden point victory over the toothless Tigers. This clash won’t be as easy however, with the Bulldogs  returning to form last week against a hapless Titans outfit. Dessy Hasler has the Dogs primed and raring. Expect the Rabbitohs to come out firing yet fade late with the Bulldogs running over the top of them late. Bulldogs 1-12  

The Tigers  welcome back inspirational skipper Robbie Farah for their must-win clash against the classy Broncos . The TattsBet preseason premiership favourites have been disappointing thus far after being run down by the Rabbitohs and recording a solitary win from five games. The Broncos however have been on fire and alongside Melbourne are the form team in the early stages of the competition. Hook Griffins’ boys have been tradesmen like in their approach shutting down their oppositions ruck and moving the ball freely out wide. The Broncos are clicking and should run over the top of an underdone Tigers. Broncos 1-12

Mitchell Pearce will hope to remind NSW origin selectors of his credentials when the inconsistent Roosters  tackle the out of sorts Titans . The Roosters are three from five and while Titans are anchored to the bottom of the ladder. The Titans have the size upfront to compete with the Roosters with the likes of Douglas and Myles set to muscle it out with Roosters toughmen Waerea-Hargreaves and Martin Kennedy. The Titans look a good thing at home here after a solid second half display against the Dogs last week. Titans 1-12

Alongside Melbourne and Brisbane, Crounulla  are the form team of the competition. The Sharkies have looked classy since shifting Jeff Robson to the halves to partner inform Todd Carney, however it’s through their forwards where the damage is being done. Gallen, Smith and Bukuya have been tormenting opposition defence with hard running and plenty of second phase play. The Dragons  showed some ticker last week after being belted by the Broncos in the first half. They seem to be very vulnerable in defence with Jamie Soward and Ben Hornby easy targets for wide running forwards. It’s hard to go past the inform Sharks especially at home. Sharks 1-12  

The Raiders  are another team yet to find consistency this season and will have their work cut out for when they meet the Warriors . The Warriors too have had an ordinary start to the season with question mark’s over new coach Brian McLennan’s style of footy. Kevin Locke will be missing for the Warriors along with workhorse Elijah Taylor. The Raiders horror injury run continued last week losing Brett White for the season with an ACL injury. This game comes down to what Warriors team shows up on the day. Theoretically they should trounce the Raiders. Warriors 13+  

Kurt Gidley is a massive loss for Newcastle . The Knights skipper has been ruled out for 4 weeks with a knee injury and will be replaced by young gun Tyrone Roberts. A rejuvenated Parramatta  outfit slid their way through the Manly defence last week to record their first win of the season and relieve some pressure from Coach Steve Kearney. Jarryd Hayne makes a massive difference to this team. If he fires the Eels win. Parra 1-12  

Can the tropical heat tame the Storm Boys ? They are at their biggest H2H price of the season when they take on the Cowboys  in Townsville. JT hit his straps last week against the Raiders and silenced the critics who questioned his shift to the number six jersey. Although he is expected to play, the Storm could rest Billy the Kid who is in danger of further damaging his ankle. The Storm have been faultless this season and Bellamy’s boys are sure to rip into the Cowboys early on. The question is if the Cowboys can match the Storm through the middle which looks a daunting task without warhorse Matt Scott. Storm 1-12

The Sea Eagles  return to Brookvale hasn’t come soon enough after last year’s reigning premiers played away from their Brooky fortress in the opening five rounds of the season. Rattled by injury last week the Sea Eagles will be happy to welcome back Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai and Kieran Foran who were sorley missed in last week’s loss to Parramatta. The Panthers  are struggling to find form under new coach Ivan Cleary yet positive signs are looming thanks to strong performance by skipper Luke Lewis and NSW origin hopeful Michael Jennings. Manly 1-12

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