by Warren Boland
Footy fans are struggling to re-focus on the NRL competition after Queensland’s convincing 22-6 victory in the State of Origin decider left the Maroon army in rapture and Blues’ supporters reeling.
Now the NRL sets its sails for the finals.
There are six NRL matches this weekend – Canterbury, Melbourne, Parramatta and the Roosters have byes – to be followed by seven full rounds before the final series.
Parramatta , in eighth place on 22 points, have opened up a substantial four point gap but there are six teams from ninth to fourteenth within six points of the top eight and still in contention if they can string wins together.
This weekend the Dragons and Broncos have already lost (Frizell) or rested (Gillett and Maguire) Origin players and Wednesday’s mental and physical exhaustion will no doubt affect the performance of the Sharks (5 Origin players), Titans (3), Cowboys (3), Tigers (2), Newcastle (1) and Manly (1).
Here are my tips (winners in CAPITALS):
- WARRIORS v Panthers
- RAIDERS v Dragons
- Knights v BRONCOS
- TITANS v Sharks
- SEA EAGLES v Tigers
- Rabbitohs v COWBOYS
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