With Representative Round out of the way, it's time to get back to the NRL season and the race for places in the finals. This week throws up some potentially thrilling clashes, with the Sea Eagles hosting the Storm on Thursday, the Roosters and Panthers colliding on Friday and a Super Saturday that includes the Cowboys taking on the Broncos and the Rabbitohs up against the Eels.
Good luck with your tips.
Jump ahead to a particular game:
Sea Eagles vs. Storm
Knights vs. Titans
Panthers vs. Roosters
Bulldogs vs. Sharks
Cowboys vs. Broncos
Rabbitohs vs. Eels
Warriors vs. Tigers
Dragons vs. RaidersCowboys
Thursday, June 30
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. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Ben Trbojevic 19. Kurt De Luis 20. Ethan Bullemor 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Kaeo Weekes
Storm: 19. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Grant Anderson 1. Nick Meaney 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Josh King 11. Chris Lewis 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Brandon Smith 14. Jayden Nikorima 15. Tui Kamikamica 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 21. Jordan Grant 18. Alec MacDonald 20. Tyran Wishart 22. Bronson Garlick
Verdict: Before the Rep Round break the Sea Eagles showed glimpses of their best in beating the Tigers, before narrowly losing to the Cowboys. Alarmingly they blew a big lead to lose that game and such defensive lapses will only lead to heartbreak against Melbourne. The Storm had been purring along with wins over the Roosters and Broncos before the break, and bring Ryan Papenhuyzen back for this one with Nick Meaney taking injured Cameron Munster's spot at five-eighth.
Tip: Storm by 16
Friday, July 1
Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Kurt Mann 14. Simi Sasagi 15. Leo Thompson 16. Mathew Croker 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Jake Clifford 19. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 20. Bradman Best 21. Hymel Hunt 22. Daniel Saifiti
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Paul Turner 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. David Fifita 18. Corey Thompson 19. Herman Ese'ese 20. Aaron Booth 21. Kevin Proctor 22. Sosefo Fifita
Verdict: Both teams have performed well below expectations this season and both will have their eyes on this clash as a potential turning point. On current form this shapes as a very ordinary contest, well worth missing unless you are a die-hard fan of either club. A real toss of the coin over which team cares more about the future employment of its coach. Possibly the Knights at home, even with star halfback Kalyn Ponga ruled out with a concussion suffered in Origin II.
Tip: Knights by 8
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Robert Jennings 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. Chris Smith 21. Sunia Turuva 22. Sean O'Sullivan
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Nat Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 20. Adam Keighran 21. Terrell May 22. Lachlan Lam
Verdict: The reigning premiers have made it this far into the season with only one loss, but will have several players backing up from State of Origin duties. The Roosters have been hot and cold all year, losing to Parramatta two weeks ago. This looms as the perfect opportunity for the Tricolours to fire up and prove they are deserving of a place in the finals.
Tip: Panthers by 14
Saturday, July 2
Bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Corey Allan 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Corey Waddell 16. Joe Stimson 17. Kurtis Morrin 19. Declan Casey 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo 21. Jayden Tanner 22. Harrison Edwards 24. Jackson Topine
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Dale Finucane 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Connor Tracey 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Kade Dykes 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Lachlan Miller
Verdict: The Bulldogs are looking to complete an unlikely hat-trick of victories after accounting for the Eels and Tigers in recent weeks. The Sharks need a win here to maintain their position in the top four. They had a closer than anticipated victory over the Titans last time out. Canterbury are playing with plenty of confidence, but still made enough errors last week against the Tigers to lose against a better side. Cronulla are that better side.
Tip: Sharks by 12
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Luciano Leilua 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame 18. Ben Condon 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Kane Bradley 21. Iosefo Baleiwairiki 22. Kyle Feldt
Broncos: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Jake Turpin 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 18. Jordan Pereira 19. TC Robati 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Delouise Hoeter 22. Rhys Kennedy
Verdict: When these two arch rivals met in Round 3 the Cowboys toweled the Broncos up in Brisbane. On their home turf they will be looking to repeat the dose, but the Broncos have improved almost every week to the point where they are just two points behind the North Queensland and a place in the top four. They also get a huge boost in the form of returning halfback Adam Reynolds. This promises to be a great game that will really test both sides.
Tip: Broncos by 6
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Thomas Burgess 16. Siliva Havili 17. Hame Sele 18. Blake Taaffe 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Liam Knight 21. Ben Lovett 22. Davvy Moale
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali'i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Marata Niukore 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Ky Rodwell 18. Tom Opacic 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Nathan Brown 21. Bryce Cartwright 22. Hayze Perham
Verdict: The Rabbitohs have struggled on and off for most of the year, while the Eels have beaten the best while losing to the worst. The Eels are sixth, with the Rabbitohs two wins behind them in seventh position -- but do welcome back superstar fullback Latrell Mitchell for his first game since Round 5. This game will tell us a lot about the finals potential of both teams.
Tip: Eels by 12
Sunday, July 3
Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Euan Aitken 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Ronald Volkman 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Jazz Tevaga 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Adam Pompey 20. Aaron Pene 21. Rocco Berry 22. Freddy Lussick 23. Daejarn Asi
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To'a 4. James Roberts 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Fa'amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Adam Doueihi 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Fonua Pole 18. Asu Kepaoa 19. Junior Tupou 20. Austin Dias 21. Jacob Liddle 22. Justin Matamua
Verdict: The Warriors finally return to New Zealand in this first true home game since the pandemic started. They'll be fired up in front of an adoring sell-out crowd and the situation really could not be much worse for the struggling Tigers. If the Warriors don't win this one, they might as well pack up the franchise and give it to some other rugby league-mad city.
Tip: Warriors by 24
Dragons: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Tariq Sims 14. Moses Mbye 15. Francis Molo 16. Aaron Woods 17. Michael Molo 18. Josh Kerr 19. Tautau Moga 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Jaiyden Hunt 22. Billy Burns
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 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Matt Frawley 19. Corey Harawira-Naera 20. Trey Mooney 21. Semi Valemei 22. Adrian Trevilyan
Verdict: The Dragons are sitting just inside the top eight after a rousing victory over the Rabbitohs before the break. The Raiders have continued their mixed form, only just managing to beat the Knights last round after losing to the Broncos the week before. It is tough to feel confident in tipping either of these sides, but we'll take the Dragons based on their last up performances alone.
Tip: Dragons by 4
All odds correct at time of publication. Check tab.com.au for the latest.