NRL Round 18 Line-ups, verdicts, tips, odds, results everything you need to know for the weekend

NRL Round 18 kicks off with the Tigers taking on the Rabbitohs, before we have a battle for the West on Friday night between the Panthers and Eels. Saturday night sees another big clash between the Knights and Roosters before we see on Sunday whether the Sharks or Warriors want to play finals football more.

Plenty of great action and some really tough games to tip.

Good luck with your tips.

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Tigers vs. Rabbitohs
Bulldogs vs. Sea Eagles
Panthers vs. Eels
Dragons vs. Raiders
Titans vs. Broncos
Knights vs. Roosters
Storm vs. Cowboys
Sharks vs. Warriors


Thursday, September 10

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Bankwest Stadium, 7:50pm (AEST)

Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal

Reserves: 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Jacob Liddle 17. Sam McIntyre 18. Chris Lawrence 19. Tommy Talau 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Russell Packer

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Rabbitohs: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Steven Marsters 5. Dane Gagai 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Liam Knight 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su'A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray

Reserves: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Jed Cartwright 16. Patrick Mago 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Jaxson Paulo 19. Ky Rodwell 20. Troy Dargan 21. Cory Denniss

Verdict: The Tigers put in an incredible finishing burst to beat the Sea Eagles last week, with Adam Doueihi looking much better in the centres. The Rabbitohs looked good against the Storm who in the end were just too clinical. With three rounds remaining and the Tigers four points behind the Sharks, they still cling to the outside change of making the finals. The Rabbitohs need a win to move as far into the Top 8 as they can and they should be too classy in this one.

Tip: Rabbitohs by 12

Score: Tigers 24 def. by Rabbitohs 26

Read the match report here.


Friday, September 11

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, ANZ Stadium, 6:00pm (AEST)

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Jake Averillo 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Aiden Tolman 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson

Reserves: 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Renouf To'omaga 16. Matt Doorey 17. Sauaso Sue 19. Dean Britt 20. Tuipulotu Katoa 21. Tim Lafai 23. Chris Smith

Sea Eagles: 1. Tevita Funa 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Abbas Miski 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic

Reserves: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Haumole Olakau'atu 19. Luke Metcalf 20. Morgan Boyle 21. Jake Trbojevic

Verdict: The Bulldogs continued their miserable season last week losing to the Titans, while the Sea Eagles were home until they fell asleep late against the Tigers. The Sea Eagles blew what little chance they had of making the finals last week, but should be too strong for the hapless Bulldogs in this one as they play out the season for pride only.

Tip: Sea Eagles by 10

Score: Bulldogs 20 def. by Sea Eagles 32


Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels, Panthers Stadium, 7:55pm (AEST)

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Reserves: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Kurt Capewell 20. Matt Burton 21. Charlie

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jai Field 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown

Reserves: 14. Ray Stone 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Haze Dunster 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. Will Smith 21. Samuel Hughes

Verdict: The Panthers started slowly last week against the Broncos, but were too good in the end, continuing their club record winning streak. The Eels have been ordinary lately and were lucky to get away with the points against the Warriors last week. This will be a real test of whether they will be just making up the numbers in the finals and going on what we have seen lately, they could struggle against the Panthers.

Tip: Panthers by 16

Score: Panthers 20 def. Eels 2


Saturday, September 11

St George Illawarra Dragons vs. Canberra Raiders, WIN Stadium, 3:00pm (AEST)

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Cody Ramsey 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Kaide Ellis 9. Ben Hunt 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron McInnes

Reserves: 14. Billy Brittain 15. Josh Kerr 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Jackson Ford 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 19. Brayden Wiliame 20. Max Feagai

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Tom Starling 10. Ryan Sutton 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine

Reserves: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Matt Frawley 20. Matthew Timoko 21. Iosia Soliola

Verdict: The Dragons had plenty of chances to beat the Cowboys last week, but just couldn't get the job done. News that Anthony Griffin will be their coach next year might spark a better performance, but they are up against the Raiders. Canberra were beaten by the Roosters last week and will be keen to bounce back in this one, with the finals looming.

Tip: Raiders by 8

Score: Dragons 8 def. by Raiders 37


Gold Coast Titans vs. Brisbane Broncos, Cbus Super Stadium, 5:30pm (AEST)

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Beau Fermor 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Sam Stone 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Tyrone Peachey

Reserves: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Jai Arrow 17. Sam Lisone 18. Tanah Boyd 19. Treymain Spry 20. Darius Farmer 21. Nathan Peats

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Richard Kennar 6. Sean O'Sullivan 7. Tom Dearden 8. Rhys Kennedy 9. Issac Luke 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Alex Glenn 13. Patrick Carrigan

Reserves: 14. Cory Paix 15. Ben Te'o 16. Xavier Coates 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Jesse Arthars 19. Ethan Bullemor 20. Brodie Croft 21. Pride Petterson-Robati

Verdict: The Titans looked good against the Bulldogs last week, while the Broncos played well in patches on the way to losing to the Panthers. Good news for Queensland with one of their teams guaranteed two points from this game. Will the Broncos find enough pride in their game to knock over their "little brother" or will the Titans continue to show their improved form?

Tip: Broncos by 6

Score: Titans 18 def. Broncos 6


Sydney Roosters vs. Newcastle Knights, SCG, 7:35pm (AEST)

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu

Reserves: 14. Nat Butcher 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Angus Crichton 17. Sonny Bill Williams 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Mitchell Aubusson 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Ryan Hall

Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Starford To'a 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Kurt Mann 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Herman Ese'ese

Reserves: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Sione Mata'utia 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Tautau Moga 21. Chris Randall

Verdict: The Knights hit a patch of form last week in dismantling the Sharks, while the Roosters continued their winning ways, beating the Raiders with James Tedesco leading the way. The return of Sonny Bill Williams continues as he looks for increased game time in each outing. The Knights still hold hopes of jumping into the Top 4 and must win this one if they are any chance of making it a reality.

Tip: Roosters by 10

Score: Roosters 42 def. Knights 12


Sunday, September 13

Melbourne Storm vs. North Queensland Cowboys, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 2:00pm (AEST)

Storm: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Reserves: 14. Ryley Jacks 15. Darryn Schonig 16. Albert Vete 17. Isaac Lumelume 18. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Sandor Earl 20. Tui Kamikamica 21. Max King

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reuben Cotter 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Josh Mcguire

Reserves: 14. Daejarn Asi 15. John Asiata 16. Tom Gilbert 17. Corey Jensen 18. Shane Wright 19. Jake Granville 20. Ben Hampton 21. Peter Hola

Verdict: The Storm were at their clinical best last week against the Rabbitohs, winning well after weathering a first-half run by the Bunnies. The Cowboys managed to beat the Dragons in golden point. The Storm should be way too good for the Cowboys at their home away from home on the Sunshine Coast.

Tip: Stoms by 16

TAB odds: Storm $1.09 (-18.5 $1.90) Cowboys $7.50 (+18.5 $1.90)


Cronulla Sutherland Sharks vs. New Zealand Warriors, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 4:05pm (AEST)

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf

Reserves: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Royce Hunt 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Braydon Trindall 21. Billy Magoulias

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Adam Pompey 3. Hayze Perham 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Isaiah Papali'i 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga

Reserves: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Josh Curran 20. Paul Turner 21. Tom Ale 22. Gerard Beale

Verdict: There is still a mathematical battle for eighth spot, with the Tigers and Warriors sitting four points behind the Sharks, with six points still available. If the Warriors beat the Sharks here they will move within two points and Cronulla finish the year with games against the Roosters and Raiders. The Warriors have the Raiders and Sea Eagles to finish off their charge. Both teams should be equally desperate to win this one.

Tip: Warriors by 4

TAB odds: Sharks $1.52 (-5.5 $1.90) Warriors $2.55 (+5.5 $1.90)