NRL Round 10 Previews and Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for Round 10 of the 2019 NRL season.

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Storm v Tigers

Thu, May 16, 7.50pm


The Storm dispelled talks of a form slump after a massive 54-point win over the Eels last week with the Melbourne juggernaut returning to their clinical best. They will host a Tigers outfit who produced a dominant win over the Panthers in their last match as coach Michael Maguire still battles for week to week consistency from his squad.

Boom rookie Ryan Papenhuyzen will start at fullback for Melbourne as Marion Seve also joins the centres to cover the injured Curtis Scott. For the Tigers, Josh Aloiai will return on the bench in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

Against such quality opposition, Wests coach Michael Maguire will be primarily looking for his squad to back up the effort and intent shown against the Panthers in their last performance. Similarly, Storm mentor Craig Bellamy will be looking for consistency from his troops, particularly leading into the Origin period. Storm to get the points.

Betting Tip: Tigers +12.0 @ $1.91 (Pointsbet)



Panthers v Warriors

Fri, May 17, 6.00pm
Panthers Stadium


Kodi Nikorima’s first game in a Warriors jersey coincided with his new club’s classy win over the Dragons last week and the pint-sized half already looks to be a perfect foil for Blake Green. The Kiwis will face a dejected Panthers squad who slumped to their fifth consecutive loss in a woeful performance against the Tigers last week.

Brian To’o will make his NRL debut on the Panthers’ wing, while Dylan Edwards and Waqa Blake return at fullback and centre respectively. Liam Martin will also return to the side at lock as Sione Katoa takes over the hooking role. Meanwhile, the Warriors have named an unchanged squad for the clash.

Kiwis mentor Stephen Kearney will be hoping his new halves pairing build their combination further, but the addition of Nikorima looks to have injected some much-needed experience and balance to their spine. Their opposition in Penrith are a club in disarray as Ivan Cleary contends with the fallout of their terrible start to the year. Warriors to get the win.

Betting Tip: Warriors H2H @ $2.20 (Topbetta)



Broncos v Roosters

Fri, May 17, 7.55pm
Suncorp Stadium


The reigning premiers produced yet another fantastic performance against the Raiders last week for their eighth consecutive win. They will come up against a struggling Broncos outfit who were buoyed by an encouraging win over an injury-depleted Sea Eagles last week in a massive test for the Brisbane club.

Injured Roosters captain Boyd Cordner will be replaced by Mitchell Aubusson in the second-row as Lindsay Collins joins the bench. Meanwhile, Brisbane have suffered a massive blow with centre Jack Bird ruled out with a season ending knee injury. Jamayne Isaako will return on the wing with new signing James Segeyaro also likely to join the 17 after being named in the reserves.

The Roosters will head into the match as favourites, but should be wary of a Brisbane outfit who looked a different football team with rookie Jake Turpin at dummy-half. The Broncos will need to produce their best performance of the year to challenge the reigning premiers, and while they won’t make it easy for their opposition, expect the Roosters to get the win.

Betting Tip: Either Team By 6 or Less @ $2.90 (Pointsbet)



Titans v Bulldogs

Sat, May 18, 3.00pm
CBus Super Stadium


Two struggling clubs in the Titans and Bulldogs will face off this week in a desperate bid to kick-start their seasons after a dismal start to the year. The Gold Coast left fans frustrated after a narrow loss to an injury depleted Cronulla outfit last week, while the Bulldogs were similarly out-pointed by Newcastle in a relatively narrow loss.

The Titans will shift AJ Brimson to fullback to cover the injured Michael Gordon with Tyrone Roberts returning to the five-eighth position. Shannon Boyd could also drop out of the squad late after suffering a concussion last week. Meanwhile, Canterbury will welcome back Corey Harawira-Naera in the second-row as Rhyse Martin and Danny Fualolo also return on the bench and at lock respectively.
Canterbury have produced some courageous performances against quality opposition in recent weeks and will be looking to capitalize on the Titans’ poor form to snag a win. Garth Brennan will be looking for his squad to compete in the fundamentals after errors and a lack of possession shot their chance of victory against the Sharks. Expect Kieran Foran to inspire his troops to a win in a high-scoring affair.

Betting Tip: Bulldogs H2H @ $2.30 (Sportsbet)



Cowboys v Eels

Sat, May 18, 5.30pm
1300Smiles Stadium

Parramatta’s humbling 54-point loss to the Storm last week should prove potent motivation for their squad, particularly with the club backing coach Brad Arthur with a contract extension.  They will face a North Queensland outfit who were outclassed by the in-form Rabbitohs in another frustrating loss for coach Paul Green.
George Jennings will join the Eels’ wing with Josh Hoffman and Will Smith also returning at centre and five-eighth respectively in an otherwise unchanged squad, while North Queensland will shift Jake Granville back to the starting side after naming the same 17.
Last week’s result will see the Eels enter the match as underdogs, but while the club have insisted off-field contract drama has not impacted their form, the re-signing of key figures in coach Brad Arthur and captain Clint Gutherson could prove the catalyst for a big performance. Could go either way but expect the Eels to sneak home in a narrow victory.

Betting Tip: Eels H2H @ $2.25 (Beteasy)



Raiders v Rabbitohs

Sat, May 18, 7.35pm
GIO Stadium

Dubbed ‘the battle of Britain’ with both teams fielding a large contingent of English imports, the contest between the Rabbitohs and Raiders shapes as a mouth watering top-four clash that will establish the hierarchy of dominance in the competition and possibly impact the top-four at the end of the year.
Canberra have named Bailey Simonssen to replace the injured Jordan Rapana on the wing in an otherwise unchanged squad. Similarly, the Rabbitohs have made only one change after their last-start win over the Cowboys with Mawene Hiroti joining the wing as Corey Allan shifts to fullback to cover the injured Alex Johnston.
Canberra’s narrow loss to the Roosters last week was an impressive performance that solidified their position as a top four contender. However, with the Raiders’ only losses of the season coming against the Storm and Roosters, coach Ricky Stuart will be eager to instill confidence against quality opposition with a victory. This one could go either way but expect Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs to get the win.

Betting Tip: Rabbitohs -2.0 @ $1.95 (Pointsbet)



Dragons v Knights

Sun, May 19, 2.00pm
Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee

After a second-half fade-out saw the Dragons concede a disappointing loss to the Warriors last week, coach Paul McGregor will be looking for consistency across 80 minutes from his squad against a resurgent Knights outfit. Newcastle looked in trouble earlier in the year but the Hunter Valley club will now be looking for their fourth consecutive win this week and to prove they can match it with the competition’s heavyweights.
In a positive sign heading into the contest, both clubs have named an unchanged line-up from last week.
The Dragons will be desperate to avoid their fourth consecutive loss and arrest the prospect of a late-season form slump they have experienced in previous years. They will face a massive challenge against Newcastle, who have quickly found their identity as a squad after some confidence-building victories. This clash could go either way, but if the Dragons can return to their best – they will be hard to stop. Tough one to call but expect St George to get the win.

Betting Tip: Dragons H2H @ $1.70 (Ladbrokes)



Sharks v Sea Eagles

Sun, May 19, 4.05pm
Shark Park

Sea Eagles
Cronulla will be searching for their third consecutive win against Manly this week with the Sharks retaining their reputation as the NRL’s perennial scrappers under John Morris after a come-back win over the Titans last week. They will face a big challenge against a Manly outfit who have sounded the alarm for reinforcements with a number of big names returning to Des Hasler’s over-performing squad.
Dylan Walker will return in the centres for Manly as Jorge Taufua, Addin Fonua-Blake and Lachlan Croker also join the starting side in a massive boost for the club. Meanwhile, the Sharks have named an unchanged squad from last week.
Manly were brave in the face of a horrendous injury toll last week, but Des Hasler’s troops will need to aim up against a confident Cronulla outfit who are masters at thriving under adversity. This match could go either way but expect the Sharks to get the win against a Manly outfit still missing Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans.

Betting Tip: Sharks -4.5 @ $1.91 (Pointsbet)


Best Bets

Warriors H2H @ $2.20 (Topbetta)

Bulldogs H2H @ $2.30 (Sportsbet)

Eels H2H @ $2.25 (Beteasy)


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