nrl round 14

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NRL Round 14: Manly v Cowboys

Because of his importance to the team and because he was so heavily involved, it is likely that Manly will take a conservative approach to Tommy T for this match.

Jake Turbo and DCE are both likely to line up however, while Manly will also be glad to welcome back Dylan Walker, who will likely slot straight into the 1 jersey.

The market has reacted by shortening the Cowboys, will be without Kyle Feldt due to an injury he sustained. Justin O’Neil will replace him, and while this is a loss, the Cowboys will be glad to have back Val Holmes.

With the Cowboys having won six out of their last eight games, I can see why the bookies have shortened their odds here. There is no doubt Manly are a far worse side without the brilliance of their dynamic fullback, and they are also still without Josh Schuster at 6.

Foran’s return at 6 will help DCE, however the captain could also be physically and mentally drained following a historical loss for Queensland, so I really do like the chances of the Cowboys continuing their winning ways here.

Tom Dearden is a smart pick up for the Cowboys, and I think he will compliment the free running game of Drinkwater quite well.

On my system the teams are about even on paper (with Tom T out) and although Manly do have a home ground advantage, I think the Cowboys at the plus are worth a small bet here.

Predicted score
Manly 23
Cowboys 22
Cowboys +5.5 at $1.90 with TopSport

NRL Round 14: Titans v Roosters

The Titans are a hard team to get a read on. Against the Sharks they were woeful, then playing against the Storm missing guys like Fifita, Brimson, Fotuaika and Big Tino, they played tough footy and really should have upset the Storm.

If it were not for some bombed tries by the Titans outside backs and a poor performance from Fogarty, the Titans would have won that game and the line here would probably be a bit shorter.

However, with news that Tedesco is likely to back up for this match, Crichton back from suspension and with Sam Walker back on deck, I can see why the Roosters are tipped to win this game by 12 points.

With a centre pairing of Josh Morris and Joey Manu, and the finishing brilliance of Ikuvalu and Tupou, the flimsy Titans defence will be sorely tested out wide.

Big Tino and Fifita will be feeling pretty sore and sorry after being manhandled by the Blues forwards. They might back up, but they are likely to be far from their best.

At home, the Titans have won three from six this year. However in their three losses, they have conceded over 100 points…including conceding 88 points in their last two losses at home against Souths and the Panthers.

Because of all their injuries, this Roosters team has been pretty up and down, having lost two of their last 4 matches by more than 12 points. While their starting 13 looks strong, they still have very little experience on their bench.

Playing away from home and with Tedesco a chance of getting a rest early, there is a chance the Titans can keep this competitive and cover the line.

Predicted score
Roosters 25
Titans 18
Titans +12 at $1.95 with TopSport

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