NRL Round 11 Preview

Mitchell Dale - Editor Rugby League Week
Editor of Rugby League Week, Mitchell Dale, provides TattsBet with an exclusive Round 11 Preview of the NRL.

TattsBet NRL Round 11 Preview

 

Bulldogs v Roosters
Suncorp Stadium
Friday May 23 @ 19.50 (AEST)

A few weeks ago you would have looked at this game on the calendar and thought the Roosters would be the ones most affected by Origin. But a change of heart from Laurie Daley – and Mitchell Pearce’s night on the tiles – have changed all of that. Now, without their two first-choice halves, it’s the Dogs who suddenly look vulnerable. Add to that a couple of scorned Roosters – Pearce and James Maloney – who will be hell-bent on sending a message to Daley, and the advantage is with the Chooks. The Roosters are still missing three players to Origin duty – Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings and Aidan Guerra – but they look to have been able to cover their losses better than the Dogs.

My tip: Roosters 1-12

 

Titans v Warriors
Cbus Super Stadium
Saturday May 24 @ 17.35 (AEST)

The Warriors must really love the Origin period. They rarely lose players to the interstate series – the Kiwi club has only had five Origin representatives since coming into the comp in 1995. Plus they get to front up against under-strength teams. It’s win-win. And so it is this weekend when they take on the depleted Titans. Although, it must be said  the Gold Coast have been hit harder by injuries and suspension than Origin this weekend. No Bird, no Myles and no Sezer presents an almighty challenge for Titans coach John Cartwright.

My tip: Warriors 13+

 

Tigers v Broncos
Campbelltown Stadium
Saturday May 24 @ 19.35 (AEST)

When you consider Brisbane have lost as many as 11 players to Origin in the past, dealing without four stars this weekend doesn’t seem so bad. Still, going into any game without co-captains Justin Hodges and Corey Parker, as well as Matt Gillett and the injured Sam Thaiday is a massive test. It will be up to the likes of Ben Barba, Alex Glenn, Ben Hannant, Josh Hoffman and the ever-improving Ben Hunt to lead the way. The Tigers, on the other hand, have a settled backline and, even without Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods up front, should be too strong in this one.

My tip: Tigers 1-12

 

Raiders v Cowboys
GIO Stadium
Sunday May 25 @ 15.05 (AEST)

Canberra haven’t been able to take a trick of late. But finally they catch a break this weekend against a Cowboys side missing their ‘Big Four’. The Raiders showed signs of improvement against Penrith last weekend. But if the Men in Green can’t beat a severely weakened North Queensland at home this weekend, the Eels can probably package up the wooden spoon and send it off to the nation’s capital already.

My tip: Raiders 1-12

 

Sharks v Rabbitohs
Remondis Stadium
Monday May 26 @ 19.05 (AEST)

Souths might be missing three players – including the irreplaceable Greg Inglis – to Origin, but you could still argue it is the Sharks who are the more under-strength outfit here. Not only are they without NSW duo Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis, Cronulla are also missing injured group Andrew Fifita, Todd Carney, Anthony Tupou and Beau Ryan. It’s just the continuation of a horribly frustrating year for the Sharks. For Souths, favourite son Nathan Merritt is back in first grade, deputising for Inglis at the back. He’ll be desperate to show Michael Maguire he still has plenty to offer. Watch for him to pop up in support whenever one of the Burgess boys sneaks his nose through the line.

My tip: Rabbitohs 1-12


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