Thursday night: Cronulla v North Qld, Cronulla
This could be a big one. Cronulla are second after the win over St. George-Illawarra, while North Qld surprised everyone with a big win over Canterbury. Home advantage will be huge, so expect the Sharks to win a close one.
CRONULLA BY SIX
Friday night: NZ Warriors v St.George-Illawarra, Waikato
After the embarrassing collapse against Penrith, the Warriors will be grateful to be back in NZ. The Dragons have lost three straight, so this could be a much-needed confidence boost for the Warriors.
NZ WARRIORS BY 10
Friday night: Brisbane v Wests Tigers, Lang Park
Full of confidence after the Manly win – and back in their Channel Nine-ordained Friday night slot – expect Brisbane to make it six straight wins as Wests, who were belted by Souths and endured another week of drama.
BRISBANE BY 20
Saturday night: Gold Coast v Manly, Robina
The Titans arrive home still riding the high of their amazing win over Melbourne, while Manly capitulated against Brisbane, losing
Tom Trbojevic. Though Manly’s away record is brilliant (4-0), the Titans should have too much momentum.
GOLD COAST BY EIGHT
Saturday night: Parramatta v Canberra, Homebush
While both teams are coming off big losses last Sunday, who’s recovered quicker: Parramatta from their 38-point loss to the Roosters or Canberra after their shock loss to Newcastle? A win helps the Eels back into the eight, while Canberra have to win to keep some finals hope. Despite Canberra’s desperation, Parramatta (even missing Corey Norman) should win this.
PARRAMATTA BY 12
Sunday afternoon: Newcastle v Penrith, Newcastle
The Knights will be relishing another home game after the big Raiders win. This game will see if Penrith’s comeback against the Warriors was a one-off or the start of a form surge. While most will want to see Newcastle win again, Penrith will want to build a winning streak.
PENRITH BY 10
Sunday afternoon: Canterbury v Sydney Roosters, Homebush
In third place after the big win over Parramatta, the Roosters will have eyes on the top two. Canterbury lost against North Qld at Homebush last weekend and it’s hard to see them rebounding against an in-form Roosters.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS BY 16
Sunday night: Souths v Melbourne, Perth
Beware the wounded Storm.
The usually consistent Melbourne had a shock loss to Gold Coast, so they head to Perth for redemption. Souths had a good win over Wests, but Melbourne’s desperation to make amends will be too much for them.
MELBOURNE BY 20