Round 8 kicks off with the grudge match between Wayne Bennett's Rabbitohs and Anthony Seibold's Broncos. The Rabbitohs looked to have this one in the bag, until last week's form reversal from the Broncos.
Elsewhere the Cowboys battle the Titans for the title of Queensland's worst team, while the Bulldogs pay old coach Des Hasler a visit. The Sharks and Storm always bring bags of passion for their clashes while the Eels and Dragons at Bankwest Stadium really tops off a great weekend of NRL action.
Good luck with your tips.
Thursday, May 2
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston, 2. Corey Allan, 3. Kyle Turner, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Campbell Graham, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. George Burgess, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. John Sutton, 12. Sam Burgess, 13. Cameron Murray Reserves: 14. Tevita Tatola, 15. Mark Nicholls, 16. Ethan Lowe, 17. Liam Knight, 18. Jacob Gagan, 19. Connor Tracey, 20. Dean Britt, 21 Mawene Hiroti
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. James Roberts, 4. Jack Bird, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Tom Dearden, 8. Matthew Lodge, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Alex Glenn, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Tevita Pangai Junior Reserves: 14. Kotoni Staggs, 15. David Fifita, 16. Thomas Flegler, 17. Joe Ofahengaue, 18. Patrick Carrigan, 19. Gehamat Shibasaki, 20. Jaydn Su'A, 21. Sean O'Sullivan
Verdict: The Rabbitohs continue to impress, last week overcoming a determined Panthers side in Penrith. The Bronocs finally had some good news last week, thumping the Sharks at home for only their second win of the season. This clash sees the first meeting of coaches Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold following their messy club swap. Bennett simply won't let his Rabbitohs fall to Seibold's Broncos.
Friday, May 3
Cowboys: 1. Jordan Kahu 2. Justin O'Neill 3. Tom Opacic 4. Enari Tuala 5. Ben Hampton 6. Jake Clifford 7. Michael Morgan 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Josh McGuire 13. John Asiata. Reserves: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Coen Hess 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo. 18. Corey Jensen 19. Mitchell Dunn 20. Jason Taumalolo 21. Gideon Gela-Mosby
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow. Reserves: 14. Alexander Brimson 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Max King. 18. Jai Whitbread 19. Jack Stockwell 20. Will Matthews 21. Jesse Arthars
Verdict: There is a lot of pride on the line in this one, with neither team keen to earn the title of Queensland's worst team. Both teams sit on four points from two wins and the loser here could well be in contention for the wooden spoon. The Cowboys were out-enthused last week by the Bulldogs which is a real worry, while the Titans threw away a big lead to lose against the Tigers. I can only think that playing at home will be enough to lift the Cowboys to victory here.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Sione Katoa 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen Reserves: 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-uele. 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Ronaldo Mulitalo 20. Aaron Gray 21. Josh Dugan
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Marion Seve 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane Reserves: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Tui Kamikamica 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen. 18. Billy Walters 19. Patrick Kaufusi 20. Joe Stimson 21. Curtis Scott
Verdict: The injury-hit Sharks were well beaten last week by the Broncos, while the Storm were lucky to escape with the points against the Warriors on Anzac Day. These two teams don't like each other and the Sharks will be fired up to win this one at home, but they look to be missing too many quality players and the Storm won't be off their game two weeks in a row.
Saturday, May 4
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton Reserves: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Corey Horsburgh, 18. Aidan Sezer 19. Michael Oldfield 20. Emre Guler 21. Jack Murchie
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 4. Waqa Blake 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tim Grant 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris Reserves: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Liam Martin 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard. 18. Jarome Luai 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Dylan Edwards 21. Tyrell Fuimaono
Verdict: The Panthers continued their struggles last week losing to the Rabbitohs despite showing a lot more resolve. The Raiders were beaten by the Sea Eagles after leading at half time. This game has been taken to Wagga Wagga where a big crowd is expected. The Panthers are desperate for a win, but the Raiders won't be happy with their performance last week and will be looking for a return to form.
Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Abbas Miski 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Kane Elgey 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic.Reserves: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Toafofoa Sipley,: 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Zach Dockar-clay 20. Kelepi Tanginoa 21. Taniela Paseka
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Ofahiki Ogden 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Rhyse Martin. Reserves: 14. Fa'amanu Brown 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 17. Michael Lichaa, 19. Kieran Foran 21. Marcelo Montoya 22. Renouf To'omaga 23. Dylan Napa
Verdict: The Sea Eagles fought back in the second half last week to beat the Raiders despite losing Daly Cherry-Evans to an ankle injury. The Bulldogs were impressive in beating the struggling Cowboys. Manly coach Des Hasler faces the club he left in disarray for the first time and the Bulldogs will be fired up to take the points against a side missing it's two finest attacking weapons in Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Victor Radley 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu. Reserves: 14. Nat Butcher 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Mitchell Aubusson, 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Sam Verrills
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Robert Jennings 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Ben Matulino 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Chris McQueen 13. Josh Aloiai.Reserves: 14. Elijah Taylor 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Luke Garner, 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Jacob Liddle 20. David Nofoaluma 21. Russell Packer
Verdict: The Roosters did enough to beat the Dragons on Anzac Day, while the Tigers bounced back from a big deficit to beat the Titans. The Roosters will be more familiar with the wide open shifting spaces of the SCG by now and should have too much class for the Tigers.
Sunday, May 5
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 David Fusitu'a 3 Peta Hiku 4 Patrick Herbrt 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita 7 Blake Green 8 Agnatius Paasi 9 Issac Luke 10 Leeson Ah Mau 11 Isaiah Papali'i 12 Tohu Harris 13 Lachlan Burr. Reserves: 14 Nathaniel Roache 15 Adam Blair 16 Bunty Afoa 17 Gerard Beale. 18 Hayze Perham 20 Solomone Kata 21 Ligi Sao 23 Chris Satae
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby. Reserves: 14. Sione Mata'utia 15. Herman Ese'ese 16. James Gavet 17. Josh King. 18. Mason Lino 19. Kurt Mann 20. Jamie Buhrer 21. Pasami Saulo
Verdict: The Warriors were courageous last week in going down by a point to the Storm, while the Knights showed the form many were expecting from them from the beginning of the season in smashing the Eels. Are the Knights back? Can the Warriors be taken off the "do not tip" list after that effort against the Storm? Which of these two teams will turn up on Sunday? A toss of the coin decision really.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tepai Moeroa. Reserves: 14. Peni Terepo 15. Tim Mannah 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Manu Ma'u.18. Ray Stone 19. Kane Evans 20. Josh Hoffman 21. George Jennings
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Zac Lomax 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Blake Lawrie. Reserves: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Euan Aitken 16. Jacob Host 17. Luciano Leilua. 18. Mitchell Allgood 19. Jai Field 20. Lachlan Timm 21. Jonus Pearson
Verdict: The Eels were really poor last week against the Knights after opening Bankwest Stadium the week before with a big win over the Tigers. The Dragons were unlucky to lose to the Roosters on Anzac Day. The Bankwest advantage will have to be huge to get the Eels home against the Dragons who appear to be a rung above the Eels in class.