WELL that was a bit of a disaster of a round, only 40 per cent for me last week. Tough week in tipping for many people too.
It’s alright though, we just get right back on the horse. Let’s look at Round 7.
1. James Graham vs Sam Burgess will be epic
In the ‘Good Friday rematch’, we get to see two of the best English forwards go toe-to-toe – and there are usually fireworks when they play each other. I just hope they won’t knock each other out, or get into a fight and both get sinbinned.
I’ll back both of these guys for 70+ performances. Based on the teams picked, I’d lean towards the Rabbitohs getting up in a close one… BUT if Frawley becomes a late swap to play halfback then the Bulldogs look likely…
2. The Roosters will return to the winners’ circle… just
Not exactly that fearless of a prediction, but I’m saying it will be a tight one. The Knights have always performed better at home and the Roosters aren’t at full strength at the moment due to injury. The Roosters are still yet to put in a convincing 80 minute performance either – but neither have the Knights.
I think SKD will have a good bounce back game after a night to forget at Suncorp Stadium last week!
3. The Broncos will score more than 40 points this week
The Broncos would have scored more than 40 points last week, but for some wrong options in attack and some desperate defence from the Roosters. The Titans get some important cattle back this week, and the Broncos have lost Ben Hunt to injury. But I think it’ll be the Milford show this week – and I’m trading him in plus putting the captain’s armband on him.
You know what that means though – stay away! My average captain’s score now sits at 50 over the first six rounds… the curse continues.
4. The Storm will bounce back with a vengeance
It seems like the round of the bounce backs – which isn’t totally surprising since plenty of good teams lost last week. The Storm very rarely play two bad games in a row, and you can bet they will be revved up for a good performance this week. Although, the “Battle of Lottoland” doesn’t have quite the same ominous tone as the “Battle of Brookvale”.
Cooper Cronk was poor last week, so he’ll be incredible this week. Look for Felise Kaufusi to get out of the end of season nudie run too if Cronk goes well.
5. The Raiders will roll on
The Raiders have only bullied the Eels and the Titans since their Round 4 loss to the Broncos, but their kind draw continues as they host the Warriors at home. Notoriously bad at travelling, the Warriors have still gotten off to one of their best starts in years, currently sitting on a 3-3 win/loss record. I expect the Raiders to win and to win comfortably, but the Warriors have shown they are a more determined outfit with Kieran Foran in the side and the Raiders will need to ensure they are much tighter defensively to get the win.
My fearless prediction is that both Warriors halves will score below 60 this week.
6. The Dragons will continue marching on
WOW! Top of the table. WOW! The Cowboys lost to the Tigers! WOW! Talk about a crazy, topsy-turvy season!
The Cowboys look like the walking wounded, arguably in worst shape than the Titans given they are missing three out of their first-choice spine (and Morgan is playing injured too). The Cowboys might get some troops back but the likes of Justin O’Neill and Antonio Winterstein are not going to be enough to get them over the line against the high-flying Dragons.
Dare I say it … Paul Vaughan to score a try this week. And probably Taumalolo or Hess for a pie too!
7. The Panthers will upset the Sharks
I have little confidence in the Panthers right now, as they have been all sorts of disappointing given the promise in their roster and the results thus far. Having said that, the cavalry has well and truly arrived with the return of Moylan, Blake and Peachey this week, as well as James Fisher-Harris. My prediction is based purely on desperation – in that the Panthers will be more desperate for a win than the Sharks this week.
Moylan to go 60+ and lead, as captain, his team to victory this week.
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8. The Tigers will make it two from two under Ivan Cleary
Who would have predicted the Tigers would have THAT much improvement in them in just one week! Although it didn’t take long for Cleary to identify what seemed blatantly obvious to many a Tigers or casual fan even – that Kevin Naiqama wasn’t a first grade quality centre. Shifting him to the left wing, Moses Suli to left centre (with centre being his natural position) and big Jamal Idris over to right centre (where he can carry the ball in his right hand and get that wicked left arm fend happening) paid dividends immediately as their defence on both edges was much improved.
The Eels need to turn their season around quickly, but I don’t think it’ll happen this week as this re-shuffled Tigers outfit continue their renaissance under Ivan Cleary. James Tedesco to have a blinder and score 75+.
9. The Raiders v Warriors game will be the most entertaining game of the round, which will feature the most SuperCoach points scored in the game
These two teams are possibly the most exciting attacking teams in the NRL when they are switched on. For that reason, I expect an exciting and highscoring shootout, with both teams unleashing their attacking potential. Defence won’t be ignored, but will struggle to keep up with the blistering attack on display.
It would be too easy to suggest that Rapana will go large again, but on recent form the weakest defender in the Warriors backline is surely Blake Ayshford at right centre. Jarrod Croker, if 100 per cent fit and moving freely, could dance around him a few times to score himself, or hopefully (for my team) put Nick Cotric over for a hat trick. My Perfect 8 pick for this game is in fact Croker though, hopefully as he takes back the goalkicking and gets some attacking stats of his own.
10. Anthony Milford will be the highest pointscorer of Round 7
We all know Milford scores better at Suncorp Stadium. We know that the Titans are basically the Knights of 2017 so far. Last year, Milford scored 153 SuperCoach points in a 53-0 drubbing of the Knights. At Suncorp Stadium. In Round 7. I had the captain’s armband on Milford that night. Could lightning strike twice?
Bring on Round 7
Round 6 belongs to Jordan Rapana, what a performance! Anytime a player scores over 150 SuperCoach points – well, that performance just needs to be admired and appreciated. Also, how good is it having good weather for most games in the round! SuperCoach scores across the board were better – and we all seem to enjoy the game just that little bit more! Here’s to more sunny days and cool, not-so-humid nights!
Originally published as Wilfred’s 10 fearless predictions round 7
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