Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Latest updates on the NRL teams and players for Round 8

Here's the latest intel on NRL teams and players gearing up for a blockbuster Round 8. We've got key inclusions returning from injury, potential shake-ups on the bench, and some fierce rivalries brewing.

The largest aggregated and average Anzac Round  @NRL  crowd was back in 2012 where in Round 8 of that year, 176,309 attended the eight matches, at an average of 22,039  With three bumper Anzac Day matches and a Dolphins Sunday Lang Park game that record is in some danger of falling

  • The NRL season enters Round 8 with some teams really struggling to maintain their energy levels and their premiership aspirations.
  • Nathan Cleary heads the list of big names returning this weekend with the superstar halfback suiting up for his first game in over a month for the Panthers’ Anzac Round clash with the Cowboys.
  • St George Illawarra are unchanged after their stirring win over the Warriors last weekend.
  • Official team lists, updates and injury news for Round 8 of the 2024 NRL Telstra Premiership have been announced.
  • For the Warriors vs Titans match, Kurt Capewell will miss the ANZAC Day game, replaced in the starting side by Jacob Laban. Veteran utility Dylan Walker returns from an ankle injury on the bench alongside Zyon Maiu’u who makes his NRL debut.
  • For the Dragons vs Roosters match, Andrew Webster will be looking for a response from his side after they fell to a shock 30-12 loss to the Dragons last week. Dylan Walker is in line to return from an ankle injury which has sidelined him for the past month with Paul Roache likely to drop out.

Stay tuned for more updates as the round progresses! 

Friday, April 19, 2024

Can the Tigers Tame the Panthers in NRL Round 7? NRL Round 7 tips and predictions

 Penrith heads into Round 7 as the undisputed favourites in the NRL, boasting an undefeated record and a team brimming with confidence. Their opponents, the Wests Tigers, are in stark contrast, still searching for their first win of the season. While the NRL Round 7 tips and predictions overwhelmingly favour the Panthers, could the Tigers spring a surprise?

Panthers at Full Strength

The Panthers are a well-oiled machine, with Nathan Cleary pulling the strings and their forwards laying a dominant platform. The return of key players like Liam Martin and James Fisher-Harris only strengthens their grip. Their recent defensive improvements have also been impressive, making them a tough nut to crack.

RL Round tips and predictions

Tigers Desperate for a Win

The Tigers, on the other hand, are desperate for a win to lift their spirits and avoid getting bogged down early in the season. Coach Tim Sheens will be hoping for a big performance from his young halves Luke Brooks and Jackson Hastings, who need to control the tempo of the game. Their pack, led by the experienced Adam Doueihi, will have their work cut out against the powerful Panthers forwards.

A David vs Goliath Battle?

On paper, this looks like a classic David vs Goliath battle. However, the Tigers shouldn't be completely written off. They showed glimpses of their potential in their close loss to the Broncos last week. If they can limit the Panthers' attacking opportunities and capitalize on any mistakes, they could keep the score respectable.

Prediction: Panthers to win, but can the Tigers keep it close?

The experts are right, the Panthers are the clear favourites. However, the Tigers will be playing for pride at their home ground. If they can maintain their defensive intensity and show some attacking flair, they might just surprise a few people and keep the score closer than expected.

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