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NRL 2022: Round 21 previews

Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos, 7.50pm Thursday, Sydney Cricket Floor
Fascinating conflict to kick off the spherical – the Roosters are trying good for the finals however are in no way residence and hosed with a tough draw, whereas the Broncos’ top-four hopes wanted that upset loss to the Tigers like a gap within the head.

No Pat Carrigan for the Broncos ups Payne Haas’s workload, and I’m tipping Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Matt Lodge will go trying to find him given each already play proper on the sting of the aggro line and might nicely win themselves a bonus within the center. There’s fine quality match-ups everywhere in the store on this one – Sam Walker v Adam Reynolds, Kotoni Staggs v Joey Manu and 4 frequent flying wingers simply to call a number of. Roosters by 6.
Dan Walsh

Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans, 6pm Friday, AAMI Park
The Storm are again residence and trying to make an announcement about their intentions for the finals when the bottom-placed Gold Coast Titans arrive at AAMI Park. Melbourne have a lot to work on after dropping their 4 earlier video games before last round’s win in New Zealand and dropping fullback Nick Meaney to harm has dealt their embattled outdoors backs yet one more blow though mortgage signing David Nofoaluma is listed to make his Storm debut on the wing. The Titans have expertise regardless of their lowly file led by forwards Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and David Fifita. If they will earn subject place then the Storm’s inexperienced backs may be crushed as Canberra showed of their latest win in Melbourne. The Storm are robust favourites but when they lose, it might seemingly be the end result that prices them a top-four end with Brisbane and Parramatta shut behind them. Storm by 10.
Roy Ward

Manly Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels, 7.55pm Friday, 4 Pines Park
Manly’s season goes on the road on this one, and so they understand it. Anticipate the Sea Eagles to bounce again at residence, particularly with a few of the gamers who stood down over the rainbow jersey drama to show a degree. Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans proceed to be Manly’s finest property, and face an Eels aspect with out their very own chief playmaker Mitchell Moses. The Eels had been excellent in the first half against Penrith, however Moses performed a giant position. Who is aware of, perhaps their second-half fadeout in opposition to the Panthers had one thing to do with Moses’ damaged finger? Manly by 8.
Christian Nicolussi

South Sydney Rabbitohs v New Zealand Warriors, 3pm Saturday, Sunshine Coast Stadium
Didn’t the Bunnies blow it against Cronulla? That loss to the Sharks, together with the Wests Tigers defeat earlier within the yr, might have had the Bunnies pushing for a top-four berth. Latrell Mitchell is an efficient sufficient motive to again the Bunnies with confidence. He slots again to fullback with the more-than-capable Taane Milne transferring into the centres. They lose Kodi Nikorima however achieve Blake Taaffe who shall be eager to make a degree off the bench. The dry Sunshine Coast monitor additionally works within the Bunnies’ favour. The lack of Chanel Harris-Tavita and Jazz Tevaga, an underrated workhorse, will do the Warriors no favours. Souths by 14.
Christian Nicolussi

Payne Haas, David Nofoaluma, Blake Taaffe and Sean O’Sullivan.

Payne Haas, David Nofoaluma, Blake Taaffe and Sean O’Sullivan.Credit score:Getty

Canberra Raiders v Penrith Panthers, 5.30pm Saturday, GIO Stadium
Wouldn’t the Raiders like to get one again over Penrith? As a lot as each side will play down the mocking of the Viking Clap and Stephen Crichton getting within the face of Jack Wighton and final yr Joe Tapine after a attempt, there’s a real dislike between these golf equipment. Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai are large outs, however Sean O’Sullivan will play behind a world-class pack that may give him loads of time with the ball. Isaah Yeo may even be certain he takes a few of the stress off O’Sullivan in assault. Canberra want this greater than Penrith, which makes them harmful. Jordan Rapana being again provides some attacking menace — and dimension — in opposition to the smaller Penrith backs. Panthers by 2.
Christian Nicolussi

Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons, 7.35pm Saturday, PointsBet Stadium
Final likelihood saloon for the Dragons, who have to beat their native rivals to have any likelihood of creating the finals for the primary time in 4 years. Even regardless of final week’s second-half capitulation in opposition to the Cowboys, coach Anthony Griffin has named the identical 17 for the Purple V. Cronulla coach Craig Fitzgibbon has opted for debutant Kade Dykes, a 3rd era Shark, to make his NRL debut within the No.1 after Will Kennedy’s harm. The Sharks can take a large leap to stitching up a prime 4 spot within the derby – and even stress the Cowboys for second spot. They’ve received six of their final seven in opposition to the Dragons and haven’t misplaced at residence in opposition to St George Illawarra since 2018. Sharks by 14.
Adam Pengilly

Canterbury Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys, Salter Oval (Bundaberg), 2pm Sunday
Consider it or not, two of the shape groups within the competitors with the Bulldogs successful 4 of their final six and instantly one of many extra entertaining groups going round. Can’t see them getting previous the Cowboys – who each week look an increasing number of like Penrith’s foremost title menace – however followers will get their cash’s price in Bundaberg. Briefly forgotten man Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow will get a beginning crack out huge instead of Kyle Feldt (hamstring) as Todd Payten juggles a humiliation of attacking riches. Fingers crossed for a foot race with Josh Addo-Carr. North Queensland’s defence sharpened up against the Dragons after leaking 26 factors for 4 weeks straight – can see Canterbury asking a number of extra questions. Cowboys by 12.
Dan Walsh

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