Round 26 of the NRL season kicks off on Thursday night, and starting from game one, every clash of the round is set to be a cracker. Dabble’s experts will provide NRL tips for each and every round of the 2023 NRL season, meaning you won’t miss a thing.
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Game 1 – Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels, Thursday 24th August, 7.50pm
The Eels are all but dead and buried in the finals race – a massive downer after last year’s finals heroics – and so the big western derby is something of an anti-climax. With the Panthers equal with the Broncos on Premiership points, Ivan Cleary won’t be resting many players and the Panthers should be at full strength – I see them winning 13 plus.
Game 2 – New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons, Friday 25th August, 6pm
The Warriors continue to defy the critics and a win in this game will just about guarantee a top four finish, so they won’t take the Dragons lightly. Saints have been better since Ryan Carr took over as coach and will make the Warriors work for the win – I'm going for a Shaun Johnson anytime try.
Game 3 – Dolphins vs North Queensland Cowboys, Friday 25th August, 8pm
The Dolphins have simply run out of troops – yet refuse to give up and pushed the Tigers all the way last week before a last gasp loss. The Cowboys have hit the wall since losing Val Holmes to suspension but should still win – I see them covering the start and taking the points.
Game 4 – Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans, Saturday 26th August, 3pm
The Storm are having a Melbourne Cup like preparation under the old fox Craig Bellamy and are warming up nicely for the finals. The Titans are out of finals contention but have points in them in the likes of Tino, Fifita and Brimson. As a result, I like overs in this one.
Game 5 – Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers, Saturday 26th August, 5.30pm
The Tigers scored a rare win last week – right on the buzzer thanks to a penalty goal from Api Koroisau. But I can’t see them winning any more games this year and with the Roosters still a finals chance, they will come out guns blazing. Roosters 13 plus.
Game 6 – Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos, Saturday 26th August, 7.35pm
The Raiders beat the Broncos earlier in the season, but the Broncos are a far more potent, confident outfit at this stage of the season. They will miss Adam Reynolds but still have enough class to get the job done. Broncos to win head-to-head.
Game 7 – Canterbury Bulldogs vs Manly Sea Eagles, Sunday 27th August, 2pm
Both teams have had underwhelming seasons, with Manly dipping out of the finals race with a poor showing in New Zealand last week. Both teams have struggled with their attacks and converting chances into tries and as such, the unders looks a good bet.
Game 8 – Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks, Sunday 27th August, 4.05pm
The Knights are the NRL’s form team with seven straight wins, while the Sharks have also found form and this shapes as the game of the round. With Jackson Hastings back at number seven and the home ground advantage, I favour the Knights in a close one – Knights 1-12.
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