panthers vs sharks; nrl round 15, nrl round 25

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NRL Round 15: Cowboys v Sharks

The Sharks have won three on the trot and as a result, the bookies are giving them a strong chance of causing an upset here and winning again.

However when you look at their last three wins, I think that only one of them was really impressive (their trashing of the Titans in Coffs Harbour).

Their other two wins came against a heavily depleted Dragons outfit in Round 11, where they scraped home by a single point, winning 13-12. The Dragons were without Dufty and Tariq Sims, while also missing Ravalawa.

Then last weekend, against a Panthers team missing Cleary, Luai, Capewell, Yeo and To’o, they came very close to losing due to a second half comeback from their opponents.

While they have shown plenty of grit to win in recent weeks, after they had an awful stretch of form when Coach Hannay took over, I am not convinced they should be such small underdogs here.

The Cowboys, after starting well, were woeful against Manly last weekend. All the momentum they had been building went out the window with a shocking defensive display.

However, the Cowboys are a different team when playing up in Townsville, having won their last 5 home games.

And Payten has shown enough to think that they will bounce back with a strong performance in front of their home fans.

With Feldt back to replace O’Neil out wide and Dunn back from suspension, I think this is a stronger team. I like that Hess is back to playing in the middle and Dearden will be better off for the time he has spent with his new club.

The Sharks look set to welcome back Hamlin-Uele, and when you throw in Talakai, Fifita, Woods and Tolman, these big boys could really get fatigued playing up in Townsville.

I think the Cowboys fast men like Holmes, Drinkwater, Tabuai-Fidow and Robson at 9 will have plenty of luck at the end of each half and I think the Cowboys should win this one by about 8 points.

Predicted score
Cowboys 28
Sharks 20
Cowboys H2H $1.70 with TopSport

NRL Round 15: Panthers v Roosters

The Panthers have now lost two in a row and for a team that is not used to losing at all, I am expecting an angry Panthers outfit on Friday night.

Playing in front of their home crowd and with a line up that is about as strong as they can put together, I really like their chances of blowing the Roosters off the park here.

After a few poor showings at 7, Tyrone May has been dropped out of the 17 and young Tago has rightfully been given another shot in the top grade. Tago has been one of the real standouts in the NSW Cup and he has looked great since joining the top grade a fortnight ago.

With so many Panthers players fresh off their triumphant State of Origin debuts, I am expecting this confident footy team to bounce back with a clinical attacking display.

As for the Roosters, while their line up still looks pretty strong, we have seen in recent weeks just how much of a toll their injury-ravaged season is taking on their performances.

To allow an out of form Titans outfit to pile on so many consecutive tries shows that this Roosters squad is a far cry from the team that has dominated the NRL over the past 5-6 years.

While the Roosters welcome back some quality in terms of Tedesco and Taukeiaho, there has been a lot of disruption to the Roosters spine.

Without Collins and Radley, they are also missing some grunt in the middle, so while I think they will be competitive early, I think the Panthers, at home, should run away with this one.

Predicted score
Panthers 30
Roosters 12
Panthers -13.5 $1.90 with TopSport

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