Just four games this weekend as we enter the messy 8 week period affected by State of Origin players missing from teams or backing up from tough Origin games and occasional byes.
The Broncos are hardest hit without six Origin players and the Cowboys are missing five but the Broncos have their regular players in most key positions. It’s often a younger, lower quality bench where the absence of Origin players is most noticeable.
Here’s my tips (winners in capitals):
BRONCOS v Wests Tigers
DRAGONS v Cowboys
Raiders v BULLDOGS
Knights v EELS
Last week: 6/8
Total: 57/88 Coach says “time to step up”. He says we’ve got the depth to cover for the Origin stars and he’s got every confidence in the replacements. (He’s in denial)