NRL Round 11

The Wests Tigers  and Warriors  at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night should favour the home side fresh from last week’s bye. The Warriors have had back-to-back wins against the Broncos and Roosters but they were two tough games and both were at home. It would not surprise if they were feeling the effects of those matches and the Wests Tigers, even without Robbie Farrah who is on Origin duty, have a second to none chance of taking the two points. Could be close but the Tigers love the atmosphere of Leichhardt and always play well there. Wests Tigers 1-12

The Panthers  showed some much needed spirit in their golden point win over the Dragons on Monday night and have their chance to make it back to back wins when they meet the Origin weakened Cowboys  in Townsville on Saturday night. Penrith’s win wasn’t of the highest quality but a win can do great things for team spirit. North Queensland has been playing well as evidenced by their 20 point win at Newcastle but it will be a different proposition without Thurston, Tate, Scott and Tamou. Even without Lewis and Jennings, this is Penrith’s best chance for two in a row. Penrith 1-12

The Roosters  can get a vital two points when they meet the Sea Eagles  at Brookvale Oval on Sunday. The Bondi boys will obviously miss Mitchell Pearce’s direction but Manly is left with some mighty holes to fill with the Stewart brothers, Tony Williams and Jamie Buhrer in the NSW Origin team. Manly showed plenty of fight to get up in the last minute against the Broncos last Friday night but it will be a big ask this week even though they are at home. This is a match just made for the likes of Braith Anasta and Anthony Minichiello to shine and the tricolours should win. Sydney Roosters 1-12

History says that the Dragons  will win at home against the Rabbitohs at Kogarah on Sunday. Souths  have not won at the ground since 1994 and could struggle without the strike power of Queensland Origin stars Greg Inglis and Dave Taylor. The Dragons will be without Ben Creagh and Trent Merrin but should have Jamie Soward back, after he was a late withdrawal from the side beaten in golden point by Penrith on Monday night. The Red and Whites have been disappointing this season and two points here would be greatly welcome. A tough call due to the players not available but maybe the home side narrowly. St George-Illawarra Dragons 1-12

Monday night football is at ANZ Stadium and although on form Cronulla  should start favourite against the home side Canterbury, the loss to Origin of Paul Gallen and Todd Carney is probably the biggest blow to any side in this round. The duo has been in great form and much of the Sharks’ success this season is due to their performances. The Bulldogs  are without Josh Morris but his loss is nowhere near what the Sharks have to face. The Dogs were very disappointing in the loss to the Gold Coast and need the points here to ensure that they remain in the eight. Again could be close. Canterbury Bulldogs 1-12

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