NRL Round 16 Previews and Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for Round 16 of the 2019 NRL season.

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Dragons v Storm

Thu, Jul 4, 7.50pm
WIN Stadium


With Origin doing little to slow the Melbourne machine, the Storm are sitting pretty on 12 wins from 14 games. They will present a massive test for a struggling Dragons outfit who will hope their last-start win over the Cowboys proves the turning-point of their season as desperation builds for the joint-venture club to break into the top-eight.

Both teams will be without their Origin stars with the Dragons calling up Jai Field and Darren Nicholls into the halves with Josh Kerr, Mitch Allgood and Pat Kaufusi to join interchange. Tim Lafai will also make his injury return in the centres. Meanwhile, the Storm will be missing six players to representative duties with Billy Walters and Solomone Kata to make their NRL and club debut at five-eighth and centre respectively. Sandor Earl will join the squad on the wing as Jahrome Hughes makes his injury return at fullback, while Albert Vete and Tino Faasuamaleaui join the bench.

Expect the class and experience of Cameron Smith and Melbourne’s cohort of Kiwi internationals to prove the difference in this contest with the Dragons fielding a very inexperienced squad across the park. Storm to get the points.

Betting Tip: Storm -6.5 @ $1.91 (Pointsbet)



Tigers v Roosters

Fri, Jul 5, 7.55pm
Western Sydney Stadium


Wests coach Michael Maguire will hope consecutive victories have instilled some confidence into his inconsistent outfit as they face a massive test against the reigning premiers, albeit without their representative stars. Meanwhile, the Roosters have navigated the Origin period well despite conceding a few narrow losses, most recently against Melbourne in a narrow two-point loss.

For the Tigers, the absence of Moses Mbye to Origin forces Paul Momirovski to come into the centres as Josh Aloiai returns in the front-row. For the Roosters, Luke Keary will make his injury return from a long absence due to concussion as Ryan Hall and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves join the side on the wing and front-row respectively with Sitili Tupouniua also joining the bench.

The Roosters will enter the match as firm favourites, particularly with the return of key players balancing the absence of Origin duo Boyd Cordner and James Tedesco. The Tigers will be fully aware they face a somewhat weakened Roosters outfit, but expect a response from the reigning premiers after last week’s loss. Roosters to get the win.

Betting Tip: Tri Bet – Either Team By 6 or Less @ $2.83 (Sportsbet)



Knights v Warriors

Sat, Jul 6, 7.35pm
McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle produced a dominant response to their round 14 thrashing at the hands of the Storm in a powerful 26-12 performance against the Broncos last week and the Novacastrians will host a Warriors outfit left heart-broken in disappointing field-goal loss to Penrith in their last match.
The Warriors have included Issac Luke and Lachlan Burr on their bench in an otherwise unchanged squad, while the Knights will miss Daniel Saifiti, Tim Glasby, David Klemmer and Mitchell Pearce to Origin duties as Danny Levi returns at hooker and Pasami Saulo joining the interchange. Replacements for Pearce and Klemmer have yet to be named after the duo were called into Blues camp late.
With Newcastle sitting equal fourth on the competition ladder and the Warriors two wins shy of eighth position, both clubs should be highly motivated to bank premiership points and climb the ladder. The absence of the Knights’ Origin players should give the Warriors an edge, particularly in the middle. Warriors to get the points.

Betting Tip: Warriors Head to Head @ $1.87 (Unibet)



Sharks v Broncos

Sun, Jul 7, 4.05pm
Shark Park

The Broncos’ disappointing season is showing few signs of turning after a poor loss to Newcastle last week. The Brisbane club will face a massive test in the Sharks, who will be looking to respond to a heart-breaking two-point loss to the Raiders in their last performance as the Cronulla club looks to break into the top-four.
The absence of Brisbane’s Origin stars will be worsened by injuries to Anthony Milford and Richie Kennar as rookies Xavier Coates and Herbie Farnsworth are both set to debut on the wing. Alex Glenn will return in the second-row as James Segeyaro, Rhys Kennedy and Shaun Fensom come onto the interchange. For the Sharks, Kyle Flanagan will join the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad.
With Brisbane missing so much top-line talent to injury and Origin, the Sharks will go into the match as heavy favourites, particularly given their recent form. The return of a number of key players and the emergence of some talented rookies has stabilized Cronulla’s season as the Shire club sits just one win from a top-four berth. Expect the in-form Sharks to get the win.

Betting Tip: Broncos +10.5 @ $1.95 (Pointsbet)


Best Bet

Storm -6.5 @ $1.91 (Pointsbet)

Warriors Head to Head @ $1.87 (Unibet)


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