The following are previews with betting tips for Round 19 of the 2022 NRL season. Best bets for the round are also provided.
Eels v Broncos
Thursday, July 21, 7:50pm AEST
After a depleted Broncos outfit produced a courageous win over the Titans in the absence of many players through injury and representative football, the Brisbane club now faces their biggest test of their season coming up against an in-form Eels outfit. Parramatta will be looking for their third consecutive win after victories over the lowly Tigers and Warriors, and with both teams sitting equal-fourth on the competition ladder, this result will be a major factor in determining the make-up of the finals series.
Brisbane will welcome back Maroons stars Patrick Carrigan, Corey Oates and Kurt Capewell at lock, wing and second-row respectively in a huge boost. Corey Jensen and Payne Haas also return from injury in the front-row, with Cory Paix also joining the bench to cover the injured Billy Walters. Meanwhile, the Eels will welcome Ryan Matterson’s return at lock in an otherwise unchanged line-up.
While Parramatta will enter this match as favourites, expect an improved performance from Brisbane given the return of so many quality players. Both teams boast wonderful play-making combinations that can produce plenty of points. Expect this match to be decided in the middle between two of the best forward rotations in the competition. This match could go either way but expect Brisbane to come out on top in a narrow contest.
Betting Tip: Broncos +3.5 @ $1.91 (Unibet)
Dragons v Sea Eagles
Friday, July 22, 6:00pm AEST
Pressure is mounting on Dragons’ mentor Anthony Griffin after his club conceded 54-points to the Roosters in a woeful performance with their season on the line. They will face an in-form Manly squad who have lost only one match in their last five games in a narrow defeat to North Queensland. The Sea Eagles were at their dominant best against Newcastle last week and with a congested competition ladder expect Des Hasler to be desperate to consolidate his club’s top-eight berth.
St George will replace the injured Moses Suli with Moses Mbye at centre with Jayden Sullivan joining the bench alongside Tariq Sims in an otherwise unchanged squad. For Manly, veteran lock Jake Trbojevic will be absent due to covid with Taniela Paseka joining the bench as cover.
The Dragons’ season looks on life-support given their recent form, particularly with a tough run home including games against the Cowboys, Sharks and Broncos. Expect a controlled performance from this Manly squad to get them over the line.
Betting Tip: Sea Eagles -3.5 @ $1.90 (Playup)
Knights v Roosters
Friday, July 22, 7:55pm AEST
Sitting just two wins ahead of the wooden-spoon, Newcastle’s season has fallen well below their expectations but the club will be looking to salvage some pride and emulate their round-one rout of the Tri-colours. The Roosters will be desperate to break back into the top-eight, sitting one win behind eighth placed Manly and facing a tough run home including games against Melbourne, Souths, North Queensland and the Broncos.
The Roosters’ impressive last-start victory over St George came at a heavy cost, with Sitili Tupouniua, Billy Smith and Siosiua Taukeiaho out with long-term injuries. Luke Keary and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will return at five-eighth and prop as cover in a timely boost with Matt Lodge shifting to the starting front-row and Terrell May coming onto the bench. Meanwhile, Newcastle have named Hymel Hunt to return from a long-term injury on the wing with Brodie Jones and Kurt Mann also joining the bench.
The Knights were dominated by Manly in a woeful 30-point loss last week, so expect a fired-up Newcastle outfit to be playing for pride. The Roosters will enter this match as heavy favourites and expect the play-making class of Luke Keary to get them over the line.
Betting Tip: Knights +11.5 @ $1.91 (Bet365)
Raiders v Warriors
Saturday, July 23, 3:00pm AEST
Canberra produced a courageous four-point win over Melbourne last week in a massive result which keeps the club in touch with the top-eight. They will be confident coming up against a struggling Warriors outfit who conceded two tries in the last five minutes of play against Parramatta for a heartbreaking 10-point loss.
The Raiders will be missing wingers Jordan Rapana and James Schiller with Nick Cotric and Albert Hopoate with captain Elliot Whitehead also coming into the second-row in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, the Warriors have benched rookie fullback Reece Walsh with Chanel Haris-Tavita shifting to the custodian role and Daejarn Asi at five-eighth. Dallin Watene-Zelaziank will also return on the wing in interim coach Stacey Jones’ only changes.
Firmly out of finals contention, the Warriors will be looking to restore some pride and build momentum for Penrith assistant Andrew Webster’s appointment as head coach next year. Expect the Raiders’ physical intensity to prove too much for the Kiwis. Raiders to get the win.
Betting Tip: Warriors +12.5 @ $1.88 (Unibet)
Panthers v Sharks
Saturday, July 23, 5:30pm AEST
Saturday night will bring a mouth-watering top-four clash between Penrith and Cronulla and a possible sneak preview of the finals series. Penrith notched their eighth consecutive victory in a narrow win over Wests, albeit without their Origin stars. Their opposition in the Sharks were at their dominant best against the Cowboys last week, and have recovered well from a mid-season form slump to notch their fifth consecutive win.
The Panthers will welcome the return of their full representative contingent with Api Koroisau, Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo, Jarome Luai, Liam Martin, Nathan Cleary and Stephen Crichton joining the starting side, enjoying an invaluable rest last week after a gruelling Origin series. For Cronulla, winger Sione Katoa is out for the year with Connor Tracey shifting to the flank. Siosifa Talakai will return at centre with Briton Nikora also coming back from suspension into the second-row.
After a brutal loss to the Maroons, expect the Panthers’ representative contingent, including three quarters of the Blues’ spine to be chomping at the bit for redemption. Expect the Sharks to emulate Queensland’s tactics of limiting their opposition playmaker’s time with the ball, but they will struggle against a full-strength, fired-up Panthers squad. Penrith to get the win.
Betting Tip: Sharks +12.5 @ $1.91 (Bet365)
Rabbitohs v Storm
Saturday, July 23, 7:35pm AEST
Melbourne have conceded three consecutive losses after a last-start defeat to the Raiders in a brutal contest. With the devastating news star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen is out for the season, the Storm’s premiership chances face a huge test up against an in-form Rabbitohs outfit. Souths have won three in a row after a high-scoring victory over an improved Bulldogs and sitting only one win behind the fourth-placed Victorian club, this encounter could prove a massive factor in the makeup of the finals series.
Nick Meany will cover the injured Papenhuyzen for the Storm with Tyran Wishart shifting to the wing and Grant Anderson joining the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad. For Souths, Blues stars Cameron Murray and Damien Cook will return at lock and hooker respectively in a massive boost. Jed Cartwright will replace Taane Milne at centre in coach Jason Demitriou’s only changes.
While they will enter this match as favourites, the Storm are missing nine top-line players to injury. Expect an almost full-strength South Sydney to capitalise on Melbourne’s poor form for a narrow win.
Betting Tip: Rabbitohs H2H @ $2.02 (Unibet)
Bulldogs v Titans
Sunday, April 10, 2:00pm AEST
The Titans produced a woeful loss against an understrength Broncos outfit last week with pressure continuing to mount on coach Justin Holbrook. They will face an improved Canterbury outfit who went toe-to-toe with the red-hot Rabbitohs before conceding three tries in the last 10 minutes of play to lose the game.
Canterbury have a good opportunity to build some cohesion with an unchanged squad this week. Meanwhile, the Titans will make only one change with boom rookie Jayden Campbell making a long-awaited injury return on the bench.
While the Titans and Bulldogs are out of finals contention, both clubs will be desperate to build some momentum and play some good football before the end of the year. Canterbury in particular will be looking to build combinations around the impending arrival of Reed Mahoney and Viliame Kikau for next season. While both teams have struggled to control games with inexperienced play-making combinations, expect Canterbury’s newfound attacking prowess to get them over the line.
Betting Tip: Bulldogs -4.0 @ $1.90 (Playup) / -4.5 @ $2.00 (Bluebet)
Cowboys v Tigers
Sunday, April 10, 4:05pm AEST
An understrength Cowboys outfit conceded just their fifth loss of the season up against the red-hot Sharks last week, and the North Queensland club will be looking to consolidate their top-four berth as they sit only one win ahead of the Broncos, Eels and Storm. They will face a struggling Tigers outfit who were unable to overcome a Penrith squad missing their Origin representatives.
North Queensland will receive a huge boost with the return of Maroons heroes Val Holmes, Jeremiah Nanai and Tom Dearden at centre, second-row and halfback with Murray Taulagi also set to return from covid protocols on the wing. Luciano Leilua will shift to prop in an otherwise unchanged Cowboys line-up. Meanwhile, Wests have named Brent Naden on the wing in his return from suspension with Tyrone Peachey and Alex Seyfarth also joining the bench in interim coach Brett Kimmorley’s only changes.
The Cowboys will enter this contest as firm favourites, and with an almost full-strength squad, producing an upset will be a massive challenge for the Tigers. North Queensland to get the win.
Betting Tip: Tigers +20.5 @ $1.85 (Unibet)
Sharks +12.5 @ $1.91 (Bet365)
Rabbitohs H2H @ $2.02 (Unibet)