The following are previews with betting tips for Round 14 of the 2022 NRL season. Best bets for the round are also provided.
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Cowboys v Dragons
Friday, June 10, 7:55pm AEST
North Queensland performed admirably in a dominant 32-6 win over the Titans without their Maroons contingent last week in positive signs for the club over the Origin period. They will face an inconsistent St George squad chasing their third consecutive win and after a bye last round, the joint-venture club will be fresh up against their understrength opposition.
North Queensland have named the same 17 that got the job done against the Gold Coast, with their Origin contingent of Val Holmes, Jeremiah Nani, Reuben Cotter and Tom Dearden all named in the reserves. Dearden is certain to return to the five-eighth jersey given he didn’t play Origin I, while Cotter, Nanai and Holmes could be late inclusions depending on their fitness. Meanwhile, the Dragons’ Origin reps in Ben Hunt and Tariq Sims have both been named to back up, with Jayden Sullivan displacing Tyrell Fuimaono on the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad.
North Queensland were dominant in the absence of their Origin stars last week but will need to keep performing if they want to stay inside the top-four. With an undisrupted spine heading into this game, expect the class within this Cowboys squad to prove the difference.
Betting Tip: Dragons +12.5 @ $1.95 (Playup)
Titans v Rabbitohs
Saturday, June 11, 3:00pm AEST
The Titans’ season is on life-support after a woeful 32-6 loss to a Cowboys squad missing their Origin stars has heaped pressure on coach Justin Holbrook. Their opposition in Souths have endured a frustratingly inconsistent period, having last produced back-to-back victories in round six. The Rabbitohs would have benefited enormously from their bye last week and coach Jason Demitriou will be hoping his troops can reset and turn their season around.
The Titans’ injury woes have continued with fullback Jayden Campbell out for an extended period. AJ Brimson will shift to fullback with Paul Turner set to make his NRL debut at five-eighth. Greg Marzhew and Patrick Herbet will replace Corey Thompson and Esan Marsters at wing and centre respectively, with captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui also named to back-up from Origin I. For Souths, Jai Arrow will return from Origin camp with Blues’ stalwarts Cameron Murray and Damien Cook also named to back-up. Tevita Tatola and Peter Mamouzelos will come in at prop and bench respectively in an otherwise unchanged squad.
The Titans’ defence needs major improvement before they can contend for a finals berth. While coach Justin Holbrook will be working overtime to improve his side without the ball, expect the experience and composure in this South Sydney team to prove the difference.
Betting Tip: Rabbitohs -6.5 @ $1.95 (Bluebet)
Roosters v Storm
Saturday, June 11, 5:30pm AEST
The Roosters’ produced a disappointing loss against the Raiders last week and while they were missing their Origin players and a number of other top-line stars, it was an uncharacteristically poor performance from Trent Robinson’s troops. The Tricolours will face a massive test against a Melbourne outfit who dominated Manly in their last game. The Storm enjoyed a bye last week and will be fresh heading into this game.
Origin stars James Tedesco, Lindsay Collins and Daniel Tupou have all been named to back up for the Roosters in an otherwise unchanged squad. For the Storm, Origin stars Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Felise Kaufusi are all set to back-up, alongside Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who makes his injury return at prop. Xavier Coates was also named but after sustaining an ankle injury in Origin I, his replacement has yet to be named. Alec MacDonald will also join the bench.
While the Roosters’ injury woes are clearly impacting their form, the club’s wonderful performance last year in the face of a devastating injury toll leaves the playing group with few excuses. Melbourne are a club that have proven they can thrive under adversity and they should come away with the win.
Betting Tip: Storm -4.5 @ $1.91 (Bet365)
Broncos v Raiders
Saturday, June 11, 7:35pm AEST
The Broncos produced a stunning comeback win over the Titans before their bye last week, scoring 31 unanswered points and keeping their opposition scoreless in the second-half in a massive performance. They will face the resurgent Raiders, who were impressive in their last-start victory over the Roosters as Ricky Stuart’s troops continue to claw their way back up the competition ladder after a poor start to the year.
Brisbane will receive a huge boost with the return of skipper Adam Reynolds at halfback. The Origin contingent of Payne Haas, Kotoni Staggs, Selwyn Cobbo and Patrick Carrigan have all been named to back-up. Kurt Capewell will be rested with Teui Robati his replacement in the second-row. Meanwhile, a suspension to Jordan Rapana will see James Schiller join the wing. Origin stars Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton have been named to back-up with Corey Harawira-Naera also joining the bench.
Brisbane will enter this match as favourites but should be wary of a Raiders outfit whose only loss in their last five games came in a narrow defeat to a red-hot Eels squad. This match could go either way but expect the enormous leadership and composure Adam Reynolds brings to this Broncos outfit to get them over the line.
Betting Tip: Broncos -5.5 @ $1.95 (Bet365)
Tigers v Sea Eagles
Sunday, June 12, 2:00pm AEST
After the shock revelation that the Tigers are parting ways with coach Michael Maguire, Wests’ power-brokers will be desperate for their team to show some courage and grit in the second-half of the season as they begin the search for a new coach. They will face a Manly outfit who dominated a hapless Warriors outfit in their last match with the Sea Eagles doing just enough to stay in touch with the top-eight.
Tigers’ interim coach Brett Kimmorley has named David Nofoaluma to return on the wing with Jacob Liddle also set to return at hooker. Jock Madden will also join the bench in an otherwise unchanged line-up. Meanwhile, Manly have been dealt another cruel injury blow with utility forward Karl Lawton ruled out for the season. Captain Daly Cherry-Evans has been named to back-up from Origin I, pushing Josh Schuster to the bench as cover.
Wests’ form under new coach Brett Kimmorley is a mystery, which will see their opposition installed as heavy favourites. With Manly having shown they are capable of dominating teams lower on the competition ladder, expect the Sea Eagles to get the points.
Betting Tip: Sea Eagles -6.5 @ $2.00 (Bluebet)
Knights v Panthers
Sunday, June 12, 4:05pm AEST
Newcastle will be desperate to reset their season coming back from a bye after a woeful start to their season. They showed some positive signs in their last-start round 12 victory over a struggling Warriors outfit, but have a massive assignment in the form of the reigning premiers. Penrith also enjoyed a bye last week, but last produced an impressive 22-nil victory over the resurgent Cowboys.
Newcastle will receive a welcome boost with the return of Kurt Mann on the bench, alongside the returning Leo Thompson. Maroons stars Dane Gagai and Kalyn Ponga have been named to back-up in an otherwise unchanged squad. For Penrith, their full Origin contingent of Nathan Cleary, Liam Martin, Isaah Yeo, Stephen Crichton, Brian To’o and Jarome Luai have all been named to back-up. Matt Eisenhuth will replace Spencer Leniu on the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad.
Penrith will enter this match as firm favourites and Newcastle would need to produce a phenomenal performance against the reigning premiers to cause an upset. Penrith to get the points.
Betting Tip: Panthers -15.5 @ $1.91 (Bet365)
Warriors v Sharks
Sunday, June 12, 6:15pm AEST
The Sharks suffered a disappointing 20-point loss to the Roosters before their bye last week, and the shire club will be eager to put a period of frustrating inconsistency behind them after the break to break back into the top-four. They will face a struggling Warriors outfit rocked by the news coach Nathan Brown has resigned effective immediately, with club legend Stacey Jones named as interim coach.
Cronulla will welcome Jesse Ramien back at centre in a welcome boost for the club with experienced duo Wade Graham and Dale Finuane still fighting to return from injury. For the Warriors, Josh Curran and Dunamis Lui will join the bench in a welcome boost after their woeful last-start loss to Manly.
Cronulla will enter this match as firm favourites given the disruption to their opposition’s preparation. Expect the Warriors struggles to continue with the Sharks to get the win.
Betting Tip: Sharks -14.5 @ $1.90 (Bet365)
Bulldogs v Eels
Monday, June 13, 4:00pm AEST
Canterbury have the unenviable task of facing an in-form Parramatta outfit after a solid win over the resurgent Raiders before their bye last week. Canterbury showed some courage against Penrith in their last match, albeit with the reigning premiers missing six Origin representatives.
The Eel’s Origin trio of Junior Paulo, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Ryan Matterson are all set to back up from Origin I in a welcome boost. Club favourites Maika Sivo will also play his first game since round 23 last year in a huge boost to the Eels’ outside backs depth. Canterbury have stuck with Jake Averillo and Corey Allan at fullback and centre respectively after they made a late swap last week in interim coach Michael Potter’s only changes.
Parramatta will enter this match as favourites and with the club desperate to break back into the top-eight, Canterbury will need to produce a Herculean effort to come up with an upset. Eels to get the win.
Betting Tip: Eels -15.5 @ $1.87 (Bet365)
Rabbitohs -6.5 @ $1.95 (Bluebet)