Friday night: Melbourne v Newcastle, AAMI Park
With both teams fresh off the bye, Melbourne will be keen for a win at home. Newcastle blew a big lead against Penrith last start, suggesting the Canberra win was a one-off. Expect Melbourne to win comfortably.
MELBOURNE BY 20
Friday night: Parramatta v NZ Warriors, Homebush
The Warriors had a much-needed win against the Baby Broncos, but can they back up against Parramatta? The Eels had a good win against Souths last week, so they should have enough to beat the Warriors, who struggle in Australia.
PARRAMATTA BY 12
Saturday afternoon: St. George-Illawarra v Wests Tigers, Homebush
The Dragons will be keen for a big win to establish their top three spot. The Tigers were belted in Brisbane two weeks ago and it’s hard to see them turning it around against the Dragons.
ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA BY 16
Saturday night: Sydney Roosters v Brisbane, SFS
A big game with both team’s Origin crews returning after round 12 losses. Brisbane will be desperate to prove the Warriors defeat was an abberation while the Roosters can build on their encouraging display against Canberra. The frustration after Queensland’s Origin loss should motivate Brisbane in a close game.
BRISBANE BY FOUR
Saturday night: North Qld v Gold Coast, Townsville
Even without JT, North Qld should have enough against the inconsistent Titans. The Cowboys will be keen to improve their 3-3 home record. Can the Titans ride off the Hayne Plane’s Origin confidence?
NORTH QLD BY 10
Sunday afternoon: Manly v Canberra, Brookvale Oval
A big game at Brookvale. Canberra have slowly found some form while Manly had a big win against the Titans. Manly’s home ground advantage could tip them over the line.
MANLY BY TWO
Sunday afternoon: Canterbury v Penrith, Homebush
Both teams have struggled this season, though Penrith has won two straight. Canterbury have lost three straight. Penrith’s recent winning momentum could be enough.
PENRITH BY TWO
BYES: Cronulla, South Sydney.