NRL Round 24 Previews and Betting Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for Round 24 of the 2023 NRL season. Best bets for the round are also provided.

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Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles v Panthers

Thursday, August 10, 7:50pm AEST
4 Pines Park

Form guide for Sea Eagles vs Panthers


Manly’s slim finals hopes were all but ended in a disappointing 10-point loss to the Roosters and the injury-depleted club will face an uphill battle this week against the reigning premiers. The Panthers were at their dominant best against the Storm, showing their class once again as they gun for their third consecutive premiership.

The Sea Eagles suffered another devastating injury blow with Roosters import Matt Lodge ruled out for the season with an ACL injury. Sean Keppie will come into the front-row in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, Penrith’s depth will again be put under the microscope with key players in Jahrome Luai and Mitch Kenny ruled out. Luke Sommerton is set to cover the bench hooking role, with Jack Cogger the likely replacement for Laui and five-eighth.

Penrith have shown time and again that key injuries do not impact their form on the field. Manly are heavy underdogs for this match and if they can produce a miraculous upset against an understrength Penrith outfit they could keep their finals hopes alive. Expect another disciplined performance from this well drilled Penrith outfit with the reigning premiers gunning for the minor premiership.

Betting Tip: Panthers -14.5 @ $14.5 (bet365)



Sharks v Titans

Friday, August 11, 6pm AEST
PointsBet Stadium

Form guide for Sharks vs Titans


Cronulla kept their slim top-four hopes alive with a morale-boosting win over the struggling Souths last week but sitting only two wins clear of the ninth-placed Eels on points-differential – Craig Fitzgibbon’s troops should be desperate to consolidate their finals berth. Their opposition in the Titans were brave against a red-hot Warriors outfit last week despite missing some key troops.

Ronaldo Mulitalo will make his return from a jaw injury on the wing for the Sharks as Jesse Colquhoun replaces the injured Thomas Hazelton on the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, the Titans suffered a big blow with Moeaki Fotuaika suspended. Captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will return from his own suspension at prop, alongside Jaimin Jolliffe who returns from a broken hand. With Sam Verrills ruled out for the rest of the year, Chris Randall will also shift to the starting side with Kruise Leeming coming onto the bench.

Having endured a torrid form slump at the worst time of year, Cronulla will be buoyed by their victory last week and determined to place as high as possible on the competition ladder in spite of some devastating recent injury blows. The Titans have a quality squad waiting for veteran Des Hasler, but expect the Sharks’ finals aspirations to get them over the line.

Betting Tip: Titans +10.5 @ $1.87 (bet365)



Broncos v Eels

Friday, August 11, 8pm AEST
The Gabba

Form guide for Broncos vs Eels

The Broncos produced a massive statement last week, beating an undermanned Cowboys squad without skipper Adam Reynolds to keep themselves firmly in the hunt for the minor premiership. Their opposition in Parramatta produced a solid victory over St George last week in an encouraging response to their round-22 capitulation to Melbourne and sitting one win outside finals contention on points-differential, Brad Arthur’s troops should be desperate for a big performance.

Brisbane will welcome the return of Adam Reynolds at halfback at the expense of the talented Jock Madden. Deine Mariner will join the wing for the injured Jesse Arthars, while Jordan Riki and Kobe Hetherington will return at second-row and the bench in a huge boost to an otherwise unchanged squad.

At nearly full-strength, the second-placed Broncos will enter this match as firm favourites. The Queensland club need to win two of their remaining three games to guarantee a top-two finish – which secures them a home-ground final. Expect Parramatta to bring plenty of physicality but the class within this Brisbane line-up should prove the difference.

Betting Tip: Broncos -10.5 @ $2 (bet365)



Rabbitohs v Dragons

Saturday, August 12, 3pm AEST
Barlow Park, Cairns

Form guide for Rabbitohs vs Dragons


A struggling South Sydney team suffered another body-blow to their finals aspirations with a disappointing 10-point loss to Cronulla last week – seeing the proud club drop out of the top-eight on points-differential. They will face a Dragons line-up who went down to the Eels in their last match but with incoming coach making astute recruitment moves – including pinching the highly rated Hame Sele from their opposition this week – fans will be feeling positive for season 2024.

A suspension to Tom Burgess will see Shaquai Mitchell come in at prop for Souths with Jacob Host also replacing Michael Chee-Kam in the second-row and Taane Milne set to join the wing in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, St George have also been forced into a reshuffle with Zac Lomax, Jack Bird and Francis Molo all injured. Moses Suli and Max Feagai will form a new centre combination with Toby Couchman also coming onto the bench.

The Rabbitohs will be desperate to spark a late-season revival after losing seven of their last ten games. Expect a big response from Jason Demitriou’s underperforming troops. The understrength Dragons should struggle to match their opposition’s attacking output. Rabbitohs to get the win.

Betting Tip: Rabbitohs -17.5 @ $1.72 (bet365)



Tigers v Warriors

Saturday, August 12, 5:30pm AEST
FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Form guide for Tigers vs Warriors

Wests suffered a heart-breaking loss to a desperate Raiders outfit last week as the club continues to show signs of improvement despite firming for the wooden spoon. They will face a red-hot Warriors outfit gunning for their fifth consecutive win after a solid victory over a spirited Titans team with the Kiwi club firming for one of their best seasons in the NRL to date.

The Tigers will welcome Shawn Blore and Stefano Utoikamanu on the bench and front-row respectively with Asu Kepaoa also coming in at centre for the injured Charlie Staines in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, the Warriors continue to benefit from fantastic squad stability with only one forced change as Taine Tuaupiki replaces Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, who suffered a nasty concussion last week.

The Warriors will rightly go into this match as favourites with the club in the unfamiliar position of having a secure place in the top-four. The Tigers will need to produce a Herculean performance to break their opposition’s momentum. Warriors to get the win.

Betting Tip: Warriors -14.5 @ $1.91 (bet365)



Roosters v Dolphins

Saturday, August 12, 7:35pm AEST
Allianz Stadium

Form guide for Roosters vs Dolphins

Saturday night will bring a rematch of the Dolphins’ legendary upset over the Roosters in their inaugural game in round one and with both teams out of the finals race, they will be playing for pride and for momentum heading into season 2024. The Dolphins were brave in defeat to Newcastle last week in a heart-breaking two point loss, while the Roosters put a big dent in Manly’s finals hopes with a morale boosting win.

The Dolphins will welcome Ray Stone’s return on the bench at the expense of Herman Ese’ese in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, the Roosters only change comes after the suspension of Nathan Brown with Dylan Napa set to make his first NRL appearance since 2021 off the bench.

While both teams have struggled this season, the Roosters’ potent recent form will see them enter this contest as heavy favourites. They should be highly cautious against a Dolphins outfit bursting with toughness and character and desperate to deliver fans a big performance after their crushing loss to the Knights last week. Roosters to get the win.

Betting Tip: Dolphins +10.5 @ $1.90 (Bet Right)



Storm v Raiders

Sunday, August 13, 2pm AEST

Form guide for Storm vs Raiders

Sunday afternoon will bring a mouthwatering blockbuster clash between Melbourne and the Raiders as both teams battle for fourth-place on the competition ladder. An understrength Storm squad were outclassed by the Panthers last week in a disappointing loss, while the Raiders came up with an unconvincing victory over the wooden-spooners in the Tigers.
Jahrome Hughes and Xavier Coates have been named to return at halfback and wing in a huge boost for an otherwise unchanged Storm outfit. Remis Smith could also be a late inclusion at centre after he was named in the reserves. Meanwhile, the Raiders suffered a huge blow with Sebastian Kris ruled out for the season. Rookie Ethan Strange is set for his debut at centre in an otherwise unchanged squad.

With both teams sitting on 30 competition points and only separated by points-differential, this match could be the Raiders’ last opportunity to overleap Melbourne and secure a top-four berth. The Storm have been inconsistent this season but look primed to make a big run into the finals. Expect a brutal physical contest but the defensive systems and big-game playmaking experience should get the Victorians over the line.

Betting Tip: Storm -12.5 @ $2 (bet365)



Knights v Bulldogs

Sunday, August 13, 4:05pm AEST
McDonald Jones Stadium

Form guide for Knights vs Bulldogs

The Knights produced a courageous victory over the spirited Dolphins last week in a crucial result to get the club back into the top-eight. They will face a Bulldogs squad who enjoyed a bye last week after their own stunning field-goal victory over the Dolphins in round 22.

Canterbury will welcome the return of Luke Thompson on the bench from a long-term injury for his first game of the 2023 season in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, Newcastle’s only change will be forced by an injury to Bradman Best, with Enari Tuala set to join the centres.

Gunning for their sixth consecutive win, Newcastle have shown enormous character and grit to turn their season around and get the club back into finals contention – possibly saving Adam O’Brien from being sacked. While Canterbury have been improved in recent weeks and benefiting from a relatively healthy squad, the Knights’ warpath into the finals has seen them build enormous momentum off the back of their tenacity and old-school toughness. Knights to get the win.

Betting Tip: Knights -8.5 @ $1.95 (Colossalbet)


Best Bet

Dolphins +10.5 @ $1.90 (Bet Right


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