NRL Round 19

The Broncos  and Warriors  clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night is a crucial game for both sides. The Warriors have moved into the eight and want to stay there, while the Broncos sit third but could drop out of the top four with a loss. Anthony Griffin has told his side that the Warriors can be the most lethal side in the competition and that they always play well against Brisbane. Having Manu Vatuvei back is a boost for the visitors. Tough game but maybe the away side. New Zealand Warriors 1-12

Friday night at ANZ Stadium sees old rivals Canterbury  and Parramatta  do battle but unlike so many clashes in the past this one looks one sided. Canterbury is the side that has the other teams worried as they improve at the right time of the year. By contrast Parramatta was woeful for the major part of last week’s thrashing by Manly. Josh Morris, after an outstanding Origin campaign, is one of the comp’s form players and Parra will have its hands full trying to contain him. Canterbury will be untroubled. Canterbury Bulldogs 13+

Manly  will win easily against Newcastle  at Hunter Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The reigning premiers showed that they are peaking at the right time with their effortless win over the Eels and they will keep getting better as they get their top side back on the park. Wayne Bennett will be working hard with his Knights but will already have his eyes on next season. Manly Sea Eagles 13+

Melbourne  got a wake-up call with what coach Craig Bellamy called an “embarrassing performance” against Canberra. It’s very rare that the Storm are humbled anywhere, particularly at home and it is unlikely to happen twice in a row. North Queensland  coach Neil Henry will be pleased that Origin is over and that he can concentrate on the run home with a full strength side. The Cowboys have not won in Melbourne for eleven years and while this should be a top game, a wounded Melbourne is a danger to every side. Melbourne Storm 1-12

The last time that the Wests Tigers  and Panthers  clashed it was all one way traffic with the Tigers winning by 30-0. It could be a similar story this week as the Tigers will hit back after their loss to Canterbury which has put them out of the eight. With Robbie Farrah back the home side will be a much different proposition at Campbelltown on Saturday night and the Panthers are a disjointed outfit, particularly after the news that club stalwart Luke Lewis is leaving. Only pride to play for in Panthers’ ranks, everything to play for in the Tigers' den. Wests Tigers 13+

Canberra  put in an excellent showing in the big win over Melbourne and talking of the Storm’s poor effort is being unfair on the Raiders. At home in Canberra, the Raiders should have a big crowd for their meeting with the Gold Coast and the fans will be wanting see more of the exciting , attacking football from the likes of Reece Robinson, Sandor Earl and Edrick Lee. The Titans  have Origin Player of the Series Nate Myles back but will be without Greg Bird which is a big loss. Canberra Raiders 13+

Sunday’s late game is the local derby at Win Stadium between St George-Illawarra  and Cronulla . These matches are always played with intense feeling and Sunday will be no exception. The Sharks felt they should have taken the two points instead of one for draw on Monday night against the Roosters and will need to put that set back behind them against the Dragons. No Paul Gallen is a major loss for the Sharks while the home side has Brett Morris in peak form. Like twin brother Josh he has benefited from the Origin selection and has a wonderful record at Win Stadium with 22 tries in 21 games. Another tough game but maybe the home team. St George-Illawarra Dragons 1-12

Monday night football at Allianz Stadium is the oldest rivalry game in the competition, Souths  versus Easts. Who can forget the clash in Round One this year when the Roosters  came back from a 12-20 deficit with only minutes to go to win 24-20. Certainly South Sydney won’t have forgotten. The Roosters are currently three points out of the eight, so still see themselves as a chance of a finals’ berth but the Bunnies have it all to play for with a real chance of making the top four and under the new finals’ system that is a big plus. South Sydney Rabbitohs 1-12

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