State of Origin is over for another year as players dust themselves off and head back to continue their club campaigns. There are some real battles on for top four positions as well as a place in the top eight.
Can the Storm extend their lead at the top of the ladder? Will the Eels, Knights and Sea Eagles threaten the Raiders' top four spot? Can the Tigers or Panthers jump the Sharks into the eight? The race to the NRL finals is underway.
Good luck with your tips.
Friday, July 12
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. James Maloney 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Liam Martin 14. Wayde Egan 15. Frank Winterstein 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Hame Sele 21. Nathan Cleary
Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jack Stockwell 9. Nathan Peats 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jarrod Wallace 14. Mitch Rein 15. Shannon Boyd 16. Jai Whitbread 17. Tyrone Peachey Reserves: 18. Will Matthews 19. Leilani Latu 20. Brenko Lee 21. Jesse Arthars
Verdict: The Panthers have been steadily improving, winning their last five games as they creep towards a top eight berth. The Titans have lost their last two since upsetting the Broncos in Round 13. The Panthers will be hoping that James Maloney survives Origin III as he is obviously key to their fortunes. The Titans are capable of springing an upset, but not this week.
Knights: 1. Connor Watson 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Kurt Mann 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. James Gavet 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh King 11. Jamie Buhrer 12. Sione Mata'utia 13. Herman Ese'ese 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. Pasami Saulo 16. Phoenix Crossland 17. Aidan Guerra Reserves: 18. Tautau Moga 19. David Klemmer 20. Daniel Saifiti 21. Tim Glasby
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jack Cogger 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Chris Smith 14. Adam Elliott 15. Renouf To'omaga 16. Ofahiki Ogden 17. Sauaso Sue Reserves: 19. Jeremy Marshall-King 20. Fa'amanu Brown 21. Kerrod Holland 22. Danny Fualalo
Verdict: The Knights will have a lot of players backing up from Origin including star halfback Mitchell Pearce. Indicative of their season, the Bulldogs have no one playing on Wednesday night and come into this game on the back of a gutsy win over the Sharks. The Knights were unlucky to lose last week and should bounce back at home against the Bulldogs.
Saturday, July 13
Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray 14. Ethan Lowe 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Dean Britt 17. Kyle Turner Reserves: 18. Jaydn Sua 19. Connor Tracey 20. Tom Amone 21. Corey Allan 22. Billy Brittain 23. Bayley Sironen
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Brendan Elliot 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka Reserves: 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Kane Elgey 20. Brad Parker 21. Haumole Olakauatu
Verdict: The Rabbitohs have been struggling of late, losing their last four games and will be glad to see the back of the Origin period. The Sea Eagles have continued their strong season, winning their last three. When these two met in Round 4 the Sea Eagles won a golden point thriller thanks to a Daly Cherry-Evans field goal. If he plays, they are traveling well enough to cause an upset here.
Tip: Sea Eagles
Saturday, June 29
Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai 13. Thomas Flegler 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. David Fifita 17. Patty Carrigan Reserves: 18. Keenan Palasia 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Cory Paix 21. Jamayne Isaako
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C), 2 David Fusitu'a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Gerard Beale, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Kodi Nikorima, 7 Blake Green, 8 Agnastius Paasi, 9 Issac Luke,10 Leeson Ah Mau, 11 Adam Blair, 12 Isaiah Papali'i, 13 Jazz Tevaga, Interchange: 14 Lachlan Burr, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Bunty Afoa, 17 Chanel Harris-Tavita, Reserves: 18 Hayze Perham, 20 Blake Ayshford, 21 Ligi Sao, 23 Leivaha Pulu
Verdict: The Broncos were tenacious last week in running down the Sharks, while the Warriors were lucky to beat a second-string Knights. Brisbane have been playing some ordinary football, but nothing as bad as the Warriors have been serving up. This game will give a good indication if either of these clubs can make a lunge at a finals berth. The Broncos should do just enough to win this one at home.
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 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen Reserves: 18. Justin Olam 19. Tino Faasuamaleaui 20. Tui Kamikamica 21. Sandor Earl
Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Dugan 5. Josh Morris 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Jack Williams 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Aaron Woods 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele Reserves:18. Billy Magoulias 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Aaron Gray 21. Blayke Brailey
Verdict: The Storm did enough last week to beat the Dragons in Wollongong after narrowly beating the Roosters the week before. They haven't been at their best, but are still three games clear at the top of the ladder. The Sharks have lost their last three games through poor goal kicking and flimsy defence. The Sharks will lift for this one, but will struggle to beat the Storm.
Sunday, July 14
Roosters: 1. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Brett Morris 5. Ryan Hall 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Nat Butcher 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Isaac Liu 15. Angus Crichton 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Poasa Faamausili Reserves: 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Sam Verrills
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Javid Bowen 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. John Asiata 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo Reserves: 18. Coen Hess 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Corey Jensen 21. Murray Taulagi
Verdict: The Cowboys have been very competitive lately despite losing their last three games. The Roosters have been inconsistent of late, but welcomed back Luke Keary last week in an improved performance against the Tigers. With State of Origin out of the way, the Roosters will look to relaunch their title defence with a win in Gosford.
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Matt Eisenhuth 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Elijah Taylor 17. Michael Chee Kam Reserves: 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Chris McQueen 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Oliver Clark
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma'u 13. Nathan Brown 14. Jaeman Salmon 15. Marata Niukore 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa Reserves: 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Daniel Alvaro 20. Greg Lelesiuao 21. Bevan French
Verdict: The last time these two met in Round 6 it was the opening of Bankwest Stadium and the Eels lapped the Tigers who had upset them by claiming that the new stadium was their home ground too. This time it is the Tigers' home game at Bankwest and they'll be keen to return the favour. The Tigers have been in mixed form of late, beating the Rabbitohs before losing to the Roosters last week. The Eels have won their last two and should end the Tigers' claims for the new stadium.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jonus Pearson 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Darren Nicholls 8. Jeremy Latimore 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jacob Host 12. Tariq Sims 13. Luciano Leilua 14. Korbin Sims 15. Reece Robson 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Josh Kerr Reserves: 18. Tristan Sailor 19. Jason Saab 20. James Graham 21. Ben Hunt
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Nick Cotric 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joe Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Corey Horsburgh 16. Sia Soliola 17. Ryan Sutton Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Michael Oldfield 20. Royce Hunt 21. Emre Guler
Verdict: The depleted Dragons put in a courageous effort last week against the Storm, while the Raiders were beaten by the Eels two weeks ago. The Raiders are looking to keep their top four position while the Dragons are part of the log-jam trying to sneak into the top eight. There were plenty of good signs from the dragons defensively last week and in Wollongong they just might upset the Raiders.