Liam Fulton’s NRL Round 6 Preview: Melbourne To Storm Home In Grand Final Rematch With Sharks

The Broncos’ defeat to the Bulldogs last week was a big shock as they have such a great team and should have put the Dogs away.

Simple errors were the reason they lost and they let the Dogs make easy metres.

Jordan Kahu will bounce back from last week. He’s a great player and he’ll be up against it facing the Roosters.

I don’t think he’ll score any tries this weekend and that may play against his confidence going forward.

The Roosters lost in a low-scoring game against Manly but they were good defensively.

Manly’s centres also played well, getting 30-40 metres in a few runs and that really hurt the Roosters.

The Sea Eagles are just playing well and they’re going to push the good teams.

The Verdict

The Roosters’ attack will get them home this weekend. It will be a massive crowd, which might help the Broncos.

Unibet Odds: Brisbane 1.80 Roosters 2.05

Tip: Roosters

Newcastle v Bulldogs | Friday, April 7, 6pm (AEDT), McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle are a young team that have now been together for a year.

They’re getting a better understanding of how the NRL is and it’s only going to improve their skills as they mature.

They’ll be reaching the top eight next year and they could also push it this year if a few things go their way.

When you have the same team and coaching staff together for a period of time, success is sure to follow.   

The Bulldogs played well in the wet last week as they’re just big and play up the middle. That’s the only way you can play in wet weather. 

In saying that, the Dogs forwards moved the ball around and stiffened up the Broncos which gave them the win.

The Verdict

The Bulldogs' pack is just too big and they have too much experience over the young knights. Close game but the Bulldogs to win. 

Unibet Odds: Newcastle 2.70 Bulldogs 1.48

Tip: Bulldogs 

Penrith v South Sydney | Friday, April 7, 7.50pm (AEDT), Pepper Stadium

It’s a tough game going to Melbourne with their three best players fully fit and ready to play.

The Storm are just a well oiled machine with an incredible work ethic.

The Panthers are probably running at 75 per cent compared to the Storm. 

Souths hooker Damien Cook (pictured above) is a better bench player and just lifts the team from dummy half.

Robbie Farah needs to play first up and then let him come in when the forwards get a little tired.

Farah can go back to lock where he has been playing as well if needed, to help lift the Bunnies to their best.

The Verdict

Panthers will take this out due to their attack.

Unibet Odds: Penrith 1.61 South Sydney 2.35

Tip: Penrith

Manly v St.George-Illawarra | Saturday, April 8, 3pm (AEDT), Lottoland

Last year, both these teams struggled in attack, but this year they are two of the most exciting teams to watch.

I Love watching games at Lottoland and the fans get into it and the home team pushes a little harder for the win.

Weather permitting, the ball will be thrown around a lot during this game and I’m hoping to see lots of points for each team.

Confidence is high with the Manly boys and that helps a lot.

The newcomers to the team are gelling with the older players in the squad.

They’re all hanging out with each other after training and that brings the boys together and creates the best environment to play football.

When you have that camaraderie, it brings you together when the chips are down, you work harder.

The boys are happy, they’re all good mates. 

With the forwards going straight up the middle, it has been giving the halves time to do their thing.

Don’t see anything changing this week against a Manly side which is on fire.

McGregor is a great coach and like I said before, when a team plays together for a period of time, things just start to work.

Dragons could go all the way this year. 

The Verdict

No Dugan this week will take away some of the Dragons’ fire in attack and that’s why I think Manly will win.

Unibet Odds: Manly 1.51 St.George-Illawarra 2.60 

Tip: Manly

Gold Coast v Canberra | Saturday, April 8, 5.30pm (AEDT), Cbus Super Stadium

Titans are a team that turn up every week no matter what is happening.

Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey have to have a high impact game for the Titans to win.

Ryan James (pictured above) and the other forwards need to push forward if they’re to be a real chance this weekend against Canberra.

Everyone keeps writing them off, but they have a chance to beat them.

The Raiders have the best backline as well as the best forward pack in the comp.

Ricky has brought together the best team possible for the Raiders to win in 2017. 

They have guys that can make tackles and guys that can clean-up. I think every team is worried about the Raiders.

The Verdict

The Raiders are the best team on paper but I’m picking the Titans, I just like them. 

Unibet Odds: Gold Coast 3.10 Canberra 1.38

Tip: Gold Coast

North Queensland v Wests Tigers | Saturday, April 8, 7.30pm (AEDT), 1300SMILES Stadium

Jason Taumalolo (pictured above) is the best forward in the comp and he’s having a massive impact.

His quick play the balls put the other teams on the back foot.

The guy is a workhorse that won’t slow down, he makes massive metres and makes loads of tackles while creating second phase plays.

Getting Ivan Cleary (pictured above) as the new coach is a pretty good signing for the Tigers, not that we didn’t know about it already! 

I thought that Payton might have been given a shot based on his success. He is also still coaching while Ivan has been on a break. 

Ivan now needs to sign the right players and get the best out of the players that are locked in with the Tigers. 

With Ivan arriving, there will be a quick turnaround in form for the Tigers. The players will be trying to impress the new coach as they’re now on notice.

All players now need to step up and if you’re off contract and you want the best offer, you need to fit Ivan’s future plan and style.

Every player will want to be trying to impress the coach. 

The Verdict

The Cowboys will be way too good for the Tigers.

Unibet Odds: North Queensland 1.17 Wests Tigers 5.30

Tip: North Queensland

NZ Warriors v Parramatta | Sunday, April 9, 2pm (AEDT), Mt Smart Stadium

Kieran Foran (pictured above) is a great fit for the Warriors and he's the best five-eighth they could have got in the comp.

The Warriors were erratic and he calmed them done and straightens the line in attack. 

If he stays there, they could win the comp in the next few years and they’re a top four team for sure next year.

The Eels need to maintain the way they’ve been playing and persist with their offloading.

They have to play this way against Warriors and Norman (pictured above) and Brown can upset the Warriors with their crazy passes and attack in the line.

The Verdict

Warriors will win but it will be a close game.

Unibet Odds: NZ Warriors 1.75 Parramatta 2.10

Tip: NZ Warriors

Melbourne v Cronulla | Sunday, April 9, 4pm (AEDT), AAMI Park

I don’t know how long the Storm can be so good for?

They play with such a high tempo and I don’t see the Sharks keeping up with them all game, they’ll probably match them for about 20-30 minutes. 

How is Bellamy doing this each week?

He’s is a master coach and he just gets the best out of every player. He makes normal players superheroes and builds the younger players up and gets the best out of them straight away.

Cameron Smith, who notched his 238th career victory last week, is the best player in the game. 

He looks like an accountant but he just keeps going.

Guys say he’s not super strong in the gym but he’s so head strong. He is insane.

Concentration issues are hurting the Sharks and they let the Knights in from a scrum.

They need to focus on the basics but it will take some time. 

The Verdict 

Melbourne at home and having those top three players will force the first flight home for the Sharks.

Unibet Odds: Melbourne 1.44 Cronulla 2.85


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