Round 16 of the 2011 NRL Season is fairly straight forward for footy tipping with only two tricky game against the Warriors V Storm and Dragons V Sea Eagles. This is the game of round 16 and my prediction is the Dragons will take the points in a close match.
Take the Raiders to win at the -4 points line paying 1.90 at Sportsbet. With their attacking game style I see them able to cover the line easily.
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Wests Tigers V Bulldogs
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney, Friday, 7:35pm
Although both clubs have had a disappointing season well below expected I predict a high pressure game. The winner will not only take the points but it will ease the tension that has started to creep into the media about both teams.
The inclusion of Jamal Idris, Trent Hodkinson and Michael Ennis into the Bulldogs team will see them much more organised and will get over the line.
South Sydney V Brisbane Broncos
Nib Stadium, Perth, Friday, 9:00pm
Brisbane’s defense has been the key to their success this year and it will show on Friday night. They look a very solid unit and even with Greg Inglis coming in for the Rabbitohs it wont be enough to stop the Broncos getting the winning score.
The uncertainty of South Sydney with the new coach coming in and players not knowing what future they have with the club will continue to distract the club and hinder an easy recovery,
Gold Coast Titans V Cronulla
Skilled Park, Gold Coast, Saturday, 5:30pm
Tip: Gold Coast
The Titans have pulled the pin on their 2011 season and will struggle to stop the attacking game style Cronulla have shown they have adopted this year. Fullback Nathan Gardner is the key man to the Sharks side and expect to impress again on Saturday night.
Canberra Raiders V Parramatta Eels
Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Saturday, 7:30pm
The Raiders will find it hard to get a winning score without Josh Dugan’s attacking presence although Jarryd Hayne is in super form at the moment. I think the rumor of Blake Ferguson wanting to go back to Cronulla will bring down the moral of the team that could affect them in this game. Expect a closer result than first thought.
New Zealand Warriors V Melbourne Storm
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 12:00pm
The form the Storm are in at the moment it would be very hard to tip against them. They have lost some key players this year but have continued to show they are still a force.
Although the game is played in NZ they aren’t playing as well as they were at the start of the season. I expect storm to have a big win.
Penrith Panthers V North Qld Cowboys
Centrebet Stadium, Sydney, Sunday, 2:00pm
With the Cowboy’s Johnathan Thurston is yet to face the judiciary it is a touch hard to pick a clear winner in this game. I think if Thurston is out then it will come down to the way Penrith use the ball. If they rely on their kicking game I can’t see them getting a result, if they play with a spring in their step expect the match to go down to the wire. If Thurston plays tip the Cowboys in this one.
Newcastle Knights V Sydney Roosters
Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle, Sunday, 3pm
The Knights will easily take the win on Sunday over a lack-luster Roosters side who were very disappointing against Melbourne 2 weeks ago. Newcastle has a finals position in their sights and will do everything to avoid another nail biting loss.
St George Illawarra Dragons V Manly Sea Eagles
WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Monday, 7pm
This is the games of round 16 2 vs 3 on the ladder. The winner will likely look back at this game come finals time and try to reproduce the effort. With the Dragons struggling over the last few weeks I’m tipping Manly to step up and take the win as they have shown that even if they are behind well into a game they can dig themselves out of it for the result they are after.