nrl round 18

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NRL Round 18: Titans v Eels

The Titans last performance was fantastic, demolishing the Raiders in Canberra.

Although their defence is always a concern, their attack is among the best in the competition. They are equal first with the Eels in tackle breaks per game and with Fifita having not played Origin 3 due to suspension, their strike weapon will be fresh and keen to go.

Brimson played more minutes than I had hoped, and Tino and Big Moe were also heavily involved, but all of these guys should back up in what was a key game for the Titans.

With Thompson back on the wing, Peachey back providing bench impact and Rein / Clark battling for the number 9 jersey, I think the market is underrating just how strong this Titans line up this weekend.

The Eels also look strong, though I do think their outside backs look a bit more vulnerable with Waqa Blake, Tom Opacic and Haze Dunster all a notch short of the top class outside backs of the other big guns.

With their best forward (Junior Paulo) set to be rested, and Moses a chance of not backing up, and Gutherson having been in NSW camp all week, this Eels team is vulnerable for this matchup.

On my ratings, the Titans are not that far behind and with the home ground advantage and a 4 point head start, I am happy to have them here.

Predicted score
Eels 24
Tians 24

NRL Round 18: Manly v Dragons

Not much to say about this one, an absolute lottery of a match-up with the Dragons depleted due to the Vaughn BBQ suspensions and Manly missing Tommy T.

Manly were poor against the Raiders and although they will welcome back DCE, they are without quite a bit of their own talent for this one, including Jake T.

And I am not sure DCE is 100%, because his form has fallen off a cliff in the last month. He was again ordinary for the Queensland team on Wednesday night.

But Manly do welcome back J Shuster and he provides a huge boost to their back row stocks.

While the Dragons team is not that bad on paper, they are missing some real attacking fire power in the form of Ravalawa, Dufty and Lomax, while Ben Hunt looked to have ice on a very sore shoulder, so there is a chance he struggles to back up his man of the match performance.

Up front, not only are the Dragons missing their best forward in the form of Vaughan, but Alvaro has refused to sign the relevant documents needed to be brought back into the bubble, and Sims is backing up after an epic Origin performance, so the Dragons forwards could also struggle.

Manly should win this one comfortably, but I do not have enough confidence to back them at the line here and so will stay out of this one.

Predicted score
Manly 25
Dragons 10

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