Just five more rounds remaining in the NRL season and the Top 8 and the order of the teams in it are a long way from being sorted. We start the round with an almighty clash between the Roosters and Broncos, continue with a classic Sea Eagles, Eels battle, and watch with interest as the Raiders wait in Canberra for the weakened Panthers.
Good luck with your tips.
Thursday, August 4
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley Bench: 14. Connor Watson 15. Ben Thomas 16. Drew Hutchison 17. Terrell May Reserves: 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Kevin Naiqama
Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Deine Mariner 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington Bench: 14. Jake Turpin 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Corey Jensen 17. Keenan Palasia Reserves: 18. Te Maire Martin 19. Zac Hosking
Verdict: The Roosters were well in control of their game against the Sea Eagles last week, but eased up in the second half, as though they didn't want to make a tough week even tougher for Manly. The Broncos might have taken victory over the Tigers for granted and paid a heavy price, slipping out of the Top 4. The Roosters are only just hanging onto a spot in the Top 8 and every game is vital over the next five weeks.
Tip: Roosters by 6
Friday, August 5
Storm: 1. Tyran Wishart 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Marion Seve 22. Young Tonumaipea 5. Dean Ieremia 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King Bench: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 18. Alec MacDonald Reserves: 19. Cooper Johns 20. Xavier Coates
Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Brian Kelly 5. Patrick Herbert 6. AJ Brimson 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Aaron Booth 10. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Erin Clark Bench: 14. Greg Marzhew 15. Herman Ese'ese 16. Isaac Liu 17. Jaimin Jolliffe Reserves: 18. Sam McIntyre 19. Corey Thompson
Verdict: The Storm snapped out of their unusual slump last week with a win over the Warriors, but it still wasn't the performance we'd expect from them around this time of the year. The Titans lost again, this time to the Raiders as they continue their quest to go from finalists to wooden spooners in the space of a one year. The Storm should continue their revival at home.
Tip: Storm by 18
Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Martin Taupau 19. Ethan Bullemor Reserves: 18. Josh Schuster 20. Kurt De Luis
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jakob Arthur 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali'i 13. Ryan Matterson Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore Reserves: 21. Sean Russell 22. Elie El Zakhem
Verdict: The Sea Eagles ended last week's high drama with a loss to the Roosters, while the Eels did it again - they beat the Panthers! This promises to be a real battle, with the Sea Eagles welcoming back their missing seven and desperately needing victory to remain in the race for the finals. The Eels are still very much in the hunt for a vital Top 4 finish and should be prepared for a Des Hasler ambush. They will be missing Mitchell Moses, which is perhaps why the Sea Eagles start favourites at home.
Tip: Sea Eagles by 8
Saturday, August 6
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Jaxson Paulo 18. Izaac Thompson 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray Bench: 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Mark Nicholls Reserves: 3. Taane Milne 19. Dean Hawkins 20. Richard Kennar 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Josh Mansour
Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Euan Aitken 5. Edward Kosi 6. Wayde Egan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Tohu Harris 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Jack Murchie 13. Aaron Pene Bench: 14. Taniela Otukolo 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Josh Curran Reserves: 18. Jackson Frei 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Daejarn Asi 22. Adam Pompey 23. Viliami Vailea
Verdict: Souths' winning run came to a thrilling end in a golden point loss to the Sharks last week, while the Warriors put up a bit of a fight in their loss to the Storm. The Rabbitohs know how vital these two points are as teams line up behind them, hoping to take their place in the finals. Up on the Sunshine Coast the Bunnies should be too strong for the Warriors in this one.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 16
Raiders: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Emre Guler 17. Corey Harawira-Naera Reserves: 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Ata Mariota 20. Matt Frawley 21. Corey Horsburgh 22. Semi Valemei
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Sean O'Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Charlie Staines Reserves: 18. Sunia Turuva 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. Chris Smith 21. Kurt Falls 22. Lindsay Smith
Verdict: The Raiders remain in the race for the finals after beating the Titans last week, while the Panthers suffered a double blow, losing to the Eels and having Nathan Cleary suspended for the rest of the home and away rounds. The Panthers will run out an unfamiliar halves pair with Jarome Luai still out injured and this game will be a major challenge for them in Canberra.
Tip: Raiders by 6
Sharks: 1. Kade Dykes 2. Connor Tracey 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes Bench: 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita Reserves: 18. Lachlan Miller 19. Jesse Colquhoun 20. Royce Hunt 21. Matt Ikuvalu 22. Thomas Hazelton
Dragons: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Billy Burns 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Tariq Sims Bench: 14. Tyrell Sloan 15. Aaron Woods 16. Francis Molo 17. Josh Mcguire Reserves: 18. Michael Molo 19. Max Feagai 20. Jaiyden Hunt 21. Tyrell Fuimaono 22. Jackson Ford
Verdict: The Sharks were very impressive at home last week, winning an epic battle against the Rabbitohs in extra time. The Dragons, with everything to play for, completely capitulated to the Cowboys in the second half of their game. The Sharks should put another nail in the coffin of their neighbour's hopes of playing finals football this season.
Tip: Sharks by 12
Sunday, August 7
Bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Jackson Topine 23. Raymond Faitala-Mariner Bench: 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Joe Stimson 17. Chris Patolo Reserves: 16. Harrison Edwards
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Reuben Cotter 16. Luciano Leilua 17. Griffin Neame Reserves: 19. Brendan Elliot
Verdict: The Bulldogs continued to entertain last week with some incredible tries against the Knights. The Cowboys were clinical in dismantling the Dragons. The Cowboys will be keen to avenge their opening round loss to the Bulldogs as they aim to stay as far up the ladder as possible. It should be a good game to watch, with the Bulldogs' defence still not up to the task of holding out the attack of a top side.
Tip: Cowboys by 14
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford To'a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Jock Madden 8. James Tamou 9. Fa'amanu Brown 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Alex Seyfarth 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Fonua Pole Bench: 14. Zane Musgrove 15. Austin Dias 16. Thomas Freebairn 17. Tyrone Peachey Reserves: 18. Junior Tupou 20. Brandon Tumeth
Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Jake Clifford 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Mitchell Barnett Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Simi Sasagi 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Mathew Croker Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 20. Adam Clune
Verdict: The Tigers shocked the world last week in beating the Broncos, while the Knights were pretty ordinary against the Bulldogs. The loss of Kevin Hastings might impact the home side, but if they can reproduce any of last week's form they should account for the Knights and move further away from the dreaded wooden spoon
Tip: Tigers by 2
All odds correct at time of publication. Check tab.com.au for the latest.