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Thursday, 26 March 2015

#NRL Round 4 Tips | #NRLEelsSouths #NRLTigersBulldogs #NRLWarriorsBroncos

Round 4... Steady as she goes.

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - March 26, 2015


Watch out - 6/8 tipping weeks are about.

Missed on those pesky Cowboys and useless Raiders - but the rest of the round went fairly predictably with only the late loss of Jamie Lyon seeing us pick the Bulldogs in Round 3.

Game of Round 4 is Saturday afternoon's Knights-Panthers - one of three games this week with questionable tipping gut feels. 
Don't like a favourite in Warriors-Broncos or Cowboys-Storm either.

But we're tipping at 67% so put your party hats on for this start to 2015 if you track our tips.


ROUND 4 TIPS
Souths over Eels
Bulldogs over Tigers
Knights over Panthers
Sharks over Titans
Manly over Dragons
Warriors over Broncos
Roosters over Raiders
Cowboys over Storm

Good feelings on Souths, Dogs and Roosters. Solid thoughts on Sharks and Manly. Dice roll on Knights, Warriors and Cowboys... though you know the Cowboys will win the week I don't pick them (I've picked them 3 straight weeks in 2015...)

Last week 6/8: Got Bulldogs, Warriors, Storm, Souths, Knights, Roosters.

2015 SEASON TIPS: 16/24 at 66.7%
Round by Round: 5/8 | 5/8 | 6/8


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Thursday, 19 March 2015

#NRL Round 3 Tips | #NRLManlyBulldogs #NRLBroncosCowboys #NRLSouthsTigers

Round 3... Investigation Required!

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - March 19, 2015


How are we still tipping at 63%!
So back to back 5/8 weeks to start the season - maintaining the acceptable 63% success rate.

But let's be honest - we want and need to do better.

While no Tipping Comp can be won after the opening couple of rounds - you can rule yourself out of contention before March is out every year.

Game of the Round is Monday's Roosters-Panthers tilt at the SFS - and while I like the Broncos-Cowboys, Manly-Bulldogs and Souths-Tigers games - the Chooks and Penny Panthers have played very good footy to open the season so they deserve 15,000 watching at the SFS surely?

But overall - this is a round you can get excited about going to watch at the ground or observe from the couch.

Plus it is #PlayNRL Round, so that's as good a reason as any to get to a game - more details.


Take on The Postman's Tips in NRL Tipping here.
Code: 9UDA25ND - same prize as last year (which The Postman won) - this NTFS t-shirt in your team.

ROUND 3 TIPS
Bulldogs over Manly *TIP CHANGE after Lyon withdrew
Cowboys over Broncos
Warriors over Eels
Raiders over Dragons
Storm over Sharks
Souths over Tigers
Knights over Titans
Roosters over Panthers

Though it is dice roll city on Manly, Cowboys, Raiders and maybe even Knights and Roosters. Only 'confident' on Warriors, Storm and Souths.

Last week: Got Dogs, Broncos, Panthers, Rabbits and Tigers, whiffed on Manly, Knights and Warriors.

2015 SEASON TIPS: 10/16 at 62.5%
Round by Round: 5/8 | 5/8 


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Thursday, 12 March 2015

#NRL Round 2 Tips

Round 2... Sunday Funday.

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - March 12, 2015


Starting the year with 5 tips from 8 games is more than acceptable - because if you can tip at almost 63% all season long - you'll be in contention in nearly every mate v mate tipping comp you are in.

Mind you - if you want to win any online comp - the minimum you need each week is 5/8 and truth be told you need 6/7s with regular 8s to be amongst the tipping gurus.


So let me just be clear:

You almost certainly won't get 6/7 correct suggestions here every week - but yes, that's the goal!

Also please note - due to time constraints this year - there will be no pick reasoning, just cold hard tips most weeks. Apologies if you need more, but that's all the time I can give it - just know that whatever reasoning I have goes into the choice of tip.

Game of the Round is fairly clear with Souths v Easts - and the way Canberra played in Round 1 may suggest their clash with the Warriors on Sunday night could be very entertaining.


Take on The Postman's Tips in NRL Tipping here.
Code: 9UDA25ND - same prize as last year (which The Postman won) - this NTFS t-shirt in your team.

ROUND 2 TIPS
Canterbury over Parramatta
Brisbane over Cronulla
Penrith over Titans
Melbourne over Manly
Cowboys over Newcastle
Souths over Roosters
Canberra over Warriors
Tigers over Dragons

2015 SEASON TIPS: 5/8 at 62.5%
Round by Round: 5/8


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Monday, 9 March 2015

#NRL How bad did your team go in Round 1?

Round 1 was... Standard.

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - March 9, 2015

Parra Stadium almost full - giddy up!
The Postman started with 5 tips out of 8 picks... solid enough to be respectable and gladly, I'm not sub-.500 after the opening weekend.

Some very quick hit thoughts on your team in Round 1 below.

RECAP ROUND 1 TIPS
Season 5/8 @ 62.5%
1/1 | Souths over Brisbane
Spot on... was fairly confident but Souths had this in hand early. Broncos had one player (Matt Gillett) look likely... and they need 5 or 6 to be every week to be a threat this season.
1/2 | Manly over Parramatta
Wrongo... badly wrong. Parra put the foot down and Manly had no reply. Still it is just one game...
2/3 | Newcastle over Warriors
Only game of weekend I didn't see - caught some highlights but they never tell the story.
2/4 | Titans over Tigers
Should be 3/4 given Titans had all the good chances to win the game... then let the Tigers steal it. Some okay signs for both teams, but that said - neither look overly strong.
2/5 | Cowboys over Roosters
5 minutes in and I felt sick about picking the Cows... Roosters superior in every way in Townsville. Cowboys better hope that was opening Round rust... they looked joe average in comparison. RTS at fullback = gravy.
3/6 | Panthers over Bulldogs
Looked like a smart pick early 2nd half... then the Bulldogs started playing footy and what do you know... they came back. Let your team play some footy Des - please! James Segeyaro remains the best hooker you don't mention enough.
4/7 | Raiders over Sharks
Canberra played an attractive brand of footy... Cronulla didn't... yet the Sharks were always in the game and had a chance to win it a few times in the 2nd half. Canberra looked good and Josh Hodgson made them look smooth around the rucks - something they haven't appeared to be for years.
5/8 | Storm over Dragons
Snorefest... but Craig Bellamy would love that performance by Melbourne. Simply put - did what they had to do beat a Dragons side that had Benji Marshall trying his guts out and not nearly being enough for them to worry the scorers more than once. Long season ahead Saints fans.

Take on The Postman's Tips in NRL Tipping here 
Code: 9UDA25ND - same prize as last year (which The Postman won) - this NTFS t-shirt in your team.


How did you tip?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

#NRL Round 1 Tips + 2015 Season Predictions

Rabbitohs can go back to back... but won't.

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - March 4, 2015


This years tips will be brief but at least they are here.

Yes, it is the eve of the 2015 NRL Season but for a variety of reasons - this years tips are limited to just the raw facts... who I think will win.

Occasionally you might get some exposition as to why but don't expect it every week.


Take on The Postman's Tips in NRL Tipping here Code: 9UDA25ND - same prize as last year (which The Postman won) - this NTFS t-shirt in your team.

ROUND 1 TIPS
Souths over Brisbane
Manly over Parramatta
Newcastle over Warriors
Titans over Tigers
Cowboys over Roosters
Panthers over Bulldogs
Raiders over Sharks
Storm over Dragons

So here are The Postman's 2015 Predictions... this 1-16 was done in one go about a week ago... so it is mainly if not entirely gut-feel.

  1. South Sydney
  2. North Queensland
  3. Eastern Suburbs
  4. Melbourne
  5. Penrith
  6. Canterbury
  7. Manly
  8. Warriors
  9. Newcastle
  10. Canberra
  11. Brisbane
  12. Cronulla
  13. Tigers
  14. Gold Coast
  15. Parramatta
  16. St George Illawarra
The Postman's 2015 Mail: 

Only think the Bunnies, Cowboys, Roosters, Storm and maybe Dogs can win the thing... can't totally write off Manly while they still have DCE/Foran but huge concerns up front and still don't believe the Panthers can win a comp with a Wallace/Soward combo.. excited to see what Warriors, Raiders and Knights can do given the makeup of their rosters. Don't think Brisbane, Cronulla or the Tigers have enough improvement in them to really feature - in fact the above means I think Brisbane drop a tad (but not a lot when they finished 8th last year almost by default). Got the Titans, Eels and Dragons in the bottom three... so watch them contend for the Top 8.

Going with the R....oosters?

Though - honestly - I'm not sold at all on that pick. The SBW loss is huge but of all the teams - they can rejig that backrow with some handy players and I love the backline. Bunnies will find replacing Sam Burgess just as hard - how much does Glenn Stewart have left?

Storm remain my dark-horses - I don't think they are done yet but I had the same thought last year and they flamed out deluxe... anyhoo.

Let's go with Roosters v Cowboys for the Grand Final... Chooks to win.



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