Round 5 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 – Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels, Thursday 30th March, 8pm
This is probably the hardest one to pick all round and I hate getting the first one wrong. The Roosters are coming off the bye so they should be nice and fresh and ready to start fast. Although the Eels will be nice and confident after beating the Premiers, albeit by one point. I’m thinking that game would have taken a lot out of Parramatta and possibly they might struggle to back it up?
I think Trent Robinson might stick with that successful system two weeks ago against the Bunnies, of bringing Brandon Smith and Hargreaves off the bench. Hopefully the Roosters forwards are ready for Paulo and Campbell-Gillard coming off the back fence. That will go along way to winning the game.
Expert NRL Tip: Anytime Try Scorer – James Tedesco
Game 2 – Canberra Raiders vs Penrith Panthers, Friday 31st March, 6pm
The Panthers will be filthy they got beat by Parramatta and they’ll take it out on the Raiders. Jack Wighton is the heart and soul of the Raiders and is a massive loss for Canberra. But the Raiders forward pack lead by Josh Papali'i will be no push over.
I think Ivan Cleary will put the challenge to his forwards and they should respond. Isaah Yeo for mine is the best middle forward in the competition and we all know how good Nathan Cleary is. So, look out Raiders.
Expert NRL Tip: Anytime Try Scorer – Brian To’o
Game 3 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm, Friday 31st March, 8pm
This will be a good game. Both teams are coming off wins and probably feeling good about themselves. It’s not hard to work out the Storm are better team when Cameron Munster is in a good frame of mind. The Rabbitohs are looking a little more polished though.
Damien Cook is running the ball a lot more which is taking the pressure of Cody Walker and Lachlan Ilias with the big unit Latrell roaming around. Although I would love to see him get his hands on the ball more because he’s nearly unstoppable one on one.
Expert NRL Tip: Total Points – Under
Game 4 – Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights, Saturday 1st April, 3pm
Newcastle had a good win against the Raiders last week. But it was touch and go until Jack Wighton got sin binned then the Knights scored a few tries. The Knights are starting to play a little better, but the Sea Eagles only got beaten in golden point against the Rabbitohs last week.
Daly Cherry-Evans and John Schuster are starting to click a bit better which in turn is helping their forwards. You can tell Tom Trbojevic is getting more confident with every game. That’s scary for the competition.
Expert NRL Tip: Anytime Try Scorer – Daly Cherry-Evans
Game 5 – St George Illawarra Dragons vs Dolphins, Saturday 1st April, 5.30pm
The Dolphins had a tough game against the Broncos last week and got a few injuries. The Dragons were woeful against the Sharks at home. So, I think the Dragons will be looking to redeem themselves against the Dolphins.
The Dolphins will be without their halfback Sean O’Sullivan who tore his pec, but they get back their number one hooker in Jeremy Marshall King. Hopefully that didn’t knock their confidence around too much last week the Dragons. Also, Ben Hunt was kept very quiet, and I don’t think you’ll see that happen again.
Expert NRL Tip: Total Points – Under
Game 6 – Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers, Saturday 1st April, 7.35pm
It’s first vs last. The Tigers are the only team in the competition not to win a game. I think that will continue again this week. The Broncos might be a little flat though after the massive build up from last week’s local derby against the Dolphins.
It was a bruising encounter at Suncorp, but I think they can get themselves back up to beat the Tigers, who have been very disappointing after everyone was talking them up all off season. A little bit of tackling practice wouldn’t astray either fellas. Payne Haas, Pat Carrigan and co. should wear them down in the middle.
Expert NRL Tip: Anytime Try Scorers – Reece Walsh
Game 7 – Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors, Sunday 2nd April, 4.05pm
Both teams coming off wins. Although the Sharks looked more impressive. The Warriors certainly are a different team this year and obviously have spent a lot of time working on their defence in the off-season. So, this will be fairly close I think with maybe the Sharks to come home in the last ten minutes.
Didn’t Nicho Hynes come back with a bang last week and he tore the Dragons to threads. So, you don’t think coach Andrew Webster won’t be saying too his players if you fall for a dummy off Nicho Hynes, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Expert NRL Tip: Match Winner - Sharks
Game 8 – Canterbury Bulldogs vs North Queensland Cowboys, Sunday 2nd April, 6.15pm
The Cowboys depth will certainly be tested the next few weeks with injuries and suspension. Especially having two internationals out in Murray Taulagi and Jeremiah Nanai. I think it will be a close game though.
Both teams have won two games but haven’t been that convincing. Reed Mahoney and Reece Robson are the key to their team's performance this week. Defensively they’re both very good but it will be with the ball in hand for them that will decide this game.
Expert NRL Tip: Match Winner - Bulldogs
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