NRL Round 12 Line-ups, team lists, verdicts, tips, odds, everything you need to know for the weekend

It is NRL Indigenous Round, and to add to the occasion the draw has thrown up what we're prepared to call the toughest weekend of tipping in the history of rugby league. It starts with a clash between the out-of-sorts Storm and Sea Eagles, sees the red-hot Panthers take on the red-hot Cowboys, has a few battles between some real strugglers and finishes with the ever-improving Raiders taking on the Eels.

Good luck with your tips.

Jump ahead to a particular game:
Storm vs. Sea Eagles
Panthers vs. Cowboys
Broncos vs. Titans
Warriors vs. Knights
Rabbitohs vs. Tigers
Sharks vs. Roosters
Bulldogs vs. Dragons
Raiders vs. Eels


Thursday, May 26

Melbourne Storm vs. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, AAMI Park, 7:50pm (AEST)

Storm: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tyran Wishart 16. Trent Loiero 17. Alec MacDonald. Reserves: 18. Chris Lewis 19. Jayden Nikorima 20. Jordan Grant 21. Tom Eisenhuth 22. William Warbrick 23. Bronson Garlick 24. Jack Howarth

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Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau'atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Sean Keppie. Reserves: 18. Kurt De Luis 19. Jason Saab 20. Kaeo Weekes 21. Viliami Fifita 22. Alec Tuitavake 23. Jamie Humphreys 24. Jacob Sykes

Verdict: The Sea Eagles have lost four of their last five, with a win over the Tigers their only joy of late. The news that Tom Trbojevic is out for the season will have been deflating, but they have won before without him. The Storm have had their own issues, suffering back-to-back thumpings against the Panthers and Cowboys. Both of these teams will be very keen to turn things around and, at home, it should be Melbourne finishing on top.

Tip: Storm by 16

TAB odds: Storm $1.17 (-15.5 $1.90) Sea Eagles $5 (+15.5 $1.90)


Friday, May 27

Penrith Panthers vs. North Queensland Cowboys, BlueBet Stadium, 6pm (AEST)

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo. Interchange: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon. Reserves: 18. Robert Jennings 19. Chris Smith 20. J'maine Hopgood 21. Sean O'Sullivan 22. Matt Eisenhuth 23. Soni Luke 24. Charlie Staines

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Coen Hess. Interchange: 14. Jake Granville 15. Heilum Luki 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame. Reserves: 18. Taniela Sadrugu 19. Ben Hampton 20. Ben Condon 21. Connelly Lemuelu 22. Riley Price 23. Brendan Elliot 24. Brendan Frei

Verdict: The Panthers continued their charge towards back-to-back titles with a convincing win over the Roosters last week, while North Queensland continued their giant-killing run, knocking the Storm over at home. It's hard to see the Cowboys winning in Penrith, particularly with a couple of key injuries this week to Jason Taumalolo and Kyle Feldt.

Tip: Panthers by 18

TAB odds: Panthers $1.26 (-13.5 $1.90) Cowboys $3.90 (+13.5 $1.90)


Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans, Suncorp Stadium, 7:55pm (AEST)

Broncos: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Ezra Mam 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan. Interchange: 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia. Reserves: 18. Brenko Lee 19. TC Robati 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Delouise Hoeter 22. Jordan Pereira 23. Xavier Willison 24. David Mead

Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Esan Marsters 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Isaac Liu 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Sam Lisone. Reserves: 18. Paul Turner 19. Herman Ese'ese 20. Greg Marzhew 21. Aaron Booth 22. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 23. David Fifita 24. Patrick Herbert

Verdict: The Broncos have been flying this year, with Kevin Walters bringing the team together around the masterly halfback play of Adam Reynolds. Last week they beat the Knights without Reynolds, while the Titans put in a gutsy effort in losing to the Sharks. Apart from a win against the Dragons, a gutsy effort has been the best you could hope for from the Titans recently.

Tip: Broncos by 16

TAB odds: Broncos $1.30 (-11.5 $1.90) Titans $3.50 (+11.5 $1.90)


Saturday, May 28

New Zealand Warriors vs. Newcastle Knights, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe, 3pm (AEST)

Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Ben Murdoch-Masila 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Jazz Tevaga 11. Euan Aitken 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jack Murchie. Interchange: 14. Taniela Otukolo 15. Aaron Pene 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Eliesa Katoa. Reserves: 18. Jesse Arthars 20. Rocco Berry 21. Dunamis Lui 22. Daejarn Asi 23. Pride Petterson-Robati 24. Ronald Volkman 25. Jackson Frei

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Jake Clifford 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Leo Thompson 17. Mathew Croker. Reserves: 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Brodie Jones 20. Tex Hoy 21. Sauaso Sue 22. Pasami Saulo 23. Krystian Mapapalangi 24. Brayden Musgrove

Verdict: The Knights have been very ordinary this year, with a win over the Bulldogs their only joy in recent weeks. The return of Jake Clifford is a boost, and he forms a new halves partnership with Anthony Milford. The Warriors have been competitive at times, but mostly woeful. Star prop Addin Fonua-Blake is out with a potential long-term foot injury while Chanel Harris-Tavita returns in the halves this week. Warriors coach Nathan Brown should be very wary about what happened to the last coach to lose to the Knights.

Tip: Warriors by 6

TAB odds: Warriors $1.65 (-3.5 $1.90) Knights $2.25 (+3.5 $1.90)


South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Wests Tigers, Accor Stadium, 5:30pm (AEST)

Rabbitohs: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Hame Sele. Interchange: 14. Liam Knight 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Kodi Nikorima. Reserves: 18. Josh Mansour 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Trent Peoples 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Izaac Thompson 24. Cameron Murray

Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Starford To'a 4. Brent Naden 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue. Interchange: 14. Kelma Tuilagi 15. Alex Twal 16. Fa'amanu Brown 17. Stefano Utoikamanu. Reserves: 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Jock Madden 20. Jacob Liddle 21. Tyrone Peachey 22. Fonua Pole 23. Junior Tupou 24. David Nofoaluma

Verdict: The Rabbitohs have lost two of their last three convincingly to the Broncos and Raiders, while the Tigers have struggled with injuries, managing to beat the lowly Bulldogs last week for their first win in a month. These two met in Round 7 where the Tigers won in a one-point thriller. Can they upset the Bunnies again?

Tip: Rabbitohs by 10

TAB odds: Rabbitohs $1.42 (-7.5 $1.90) Tigers $2.90 (+7.5 $1.90)


Cronulla Sutherland Sharks vs. Sydney Roosters, PointsBet Stadium, 7:35pm (AEST)

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes. Interchange: 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita. Reserves: 18. Lachlan Miller 19. Thomas Hazelton 20. Mawene Hiroti 21. Kade Dykes 22. Jesse Colquhoun 23. Luke Metcalf 24. Kayal Iro

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Drew Hutchison 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Siosiua Taukeiaho. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Terrell May. Reserves: 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Egan Butcher 20. Ben Marschke 21. Billy Smith 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Adam Keighran 24. Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Verdict: Both of these teams have been up and down in recent times, with the Sharks battling to beat the Titans last week while the Roosters were blown away by the Panthers. With injuries and suspensions playing their part, both teams have done well to maintain their positions in the top eight. Will Kennedy is back on deck for Cronulla at fullback but barnstorming centre Siosifa Talakai is in doubt. This will be a real desperation battle with a vital two points up for grabs ahead of the State of Origin period.

Tip: Roosters by 4

TAB odds: Sharks $1.77 (-1.5 $1.90) Roosters $2.05 (+1.5 $1.90)


Sunday, May 29

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs. St George Illawarra Dragons, Belmore Sports Ground, 2pm (AEST)

Bulldogs: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Max King 13. Josh Jackson. Interchange: 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 16. Chris Patolo 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner. Reserves: 19. Jackson Topine 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Joe Stimson 22. Declan Casey 23. Jayden Okunbor 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Ava Seumanufagai

Dragons: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Andrew McCullough 15. Aaron Woods 16. Michael Molo 17. Tyrell Fuimaono. Reserves: 18. Jack Gosiewski 19. Tautau Moga 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Josh Kerr 23. Jackson Ford 24. Jaiyden Hunt

Verdict: The Bulldogs showed signs of improvement last week, despite only having a couple of days under the stewardship of Michael Potter. The Dragons returned to the winners' circle with a victory over the Warriors. Can Potter have the Bulldogs defence and attack both working this week? Will this return to their spiritual home lift the Bulldogs, unlike recent horror shows at Belmore?

Tip: Dragons by 8

TAB odds: Bulldogs $2.50 (+4.5 $1.85) Dragons $1.53 (-4.5 $1.95)


Canberra Raiders vs. Parramatta Eels, GIO Stadium, 4:05pm (AEST)

Raiders: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott. Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Sebastian Kris 17. Corey Horsburgh. Reserves: 18. Brad Schneider 19. Harry Rushton 20. James Schiller 21. Corey Harawira-Naera 22. Trey Mooney 23. Emre Guler 24. Matt Frawley

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Waqa Blake 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Isaiah Papali'i. Interchange: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Nathan Brown. Reserves: 18. Bryce Cartwright 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Mitch Rein 21. Hayze Perham 22. Sean Russell 23. Ky Rodwell 24. Maika Sivo

Verdict: Ricky Stuart finally has the Green Machine humming with big victories over the Sharks and Rabbitohs in recent weeks. The Eels have been hot and cold of late, beating the Panthers and losing to the Roosters before a lucky escape last week against the Sea Eagles. This game has potential upset written all over it and Stuart will have his charges fired up to continue their giant-killing run towards the top eight. Exciting youngster Xavier Savage replaces the injured Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad at fullback for Canberra while skipper Jarrod Croker and halfback Jamal Fogarty return from injury.

Tip: Raiders by 2

TAB odds: Raiders $2.60 (+5.5 $1.90) Eels $1.50 (-5.5 $1.90)

All odds correct at time of publication. Check tab.com.au for the latest.