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Thursday, 25 June 2015

#NRL Round 16 Tips | Mediocreville... #NRLBroncosKnights #NRLWarriorsRaiders #NRLBulldogsStorm

Round 16... Nothing doing.

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - June 25, 2015

We love this... so it's staying as our tipping mascot for the rest of 2015

Hey look!

"Anyhoo... pick Manly tonight if you know what's good for you."

Got this 100% right!

Pity I also wrote this...

Raiders over Cowboys - JT plays and I change my tip tmw... he's the difference here if he plays. But given I don't think he does = Canberra.

No I didn't change my tip... goose.

Game of Round 16 is Monday Night back at Belmore - Bulldogs v Storm.

Just think the suburban ground and a likely full house makes this a game you'll want to watch... yes I said a near full crowd on a Monday night #fingerscrossed

ROUND 16 TIPS
Broncos over Knights - You can't pick Newcastle here given Brisbane's run so far... that said, stranger things have happened. And hey Jarrod Mullen's playing...
Souths over Manly - Don't trust Manly's pack as much as I like their backline... Souths should win, they get Glenn Stewart and Issac Luke back and I'm far more confident (duh!).
Warriors over Raiders - Raiders blew another game they should have won against a good team - which is better than losing games you never look like winning against bad ones, but Warriors at home deserve favouritism.
Sharks over Cowboys - Look... JT played last week because he's the ultimate competitor but I don't think he overrules Paul Green for a second week in a row - so he won't play (gulp) and I think we all saw what the Cowboys look like in attack without him... remember that Tigers-Cowboys epic? Sharks grind out a huge win for them on the road and the Cows drop one.
Dragons over Eels - Part of me just wants to keep tipping against Saints all season long but to get to Round 16 before tipping a team in 4th is a fairly impressively stubborn thing to do anyway! Thing is, I think Parra can win this game at home... and Saints worry me over the second half of the season.
Roosters over Titans - Easts have dropped a few more games this year than you'd expect with poor performances - I don't think they back up a good one last Monday with a poor one on the Central Coast Sunday.
Panthers over Tigers - No Segeyaro, no Moylan... but that forward pack and three-quarter line are looking fare better for Penrith than of late and I just have a feeling the Tigers might get a rude shock from the Panthers' bench in this one. Still - picking against the Tigers at Leichhardt isn't the wisest call of all time.
Bulldogs over Storm - Fair dinkum the Storm were good on Sunday... and lost. The Dogs are in that mode Des Hasler loves where they win but no one really notices... back at Belmore on MNF - expect the 'Dogs are barking' headlines to annoy Dessie deluxe come Tuesday.

Last week 4/7: Got Manly, Bulldogs, Sharks and Roosters.

2015 SEASON TIPS: 59/110 at 53.6%
Round by Round: 5/8 | 5/8 | 6/8 | 4/8 | 5/8 | 3/8 | 1/8 | 4/8 | 7/8 | 3/8 | 2/4 | 3/7 | 5/8 | 1/4 | 4/7

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Friday, 19 June 2015

#NRL Round 15 Tips | Who knows... #NRLManlyTigers #NRLRaidersCowboys #NRLStormBroncos

Round 15... Non-sensical.

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

We love this... so it's staying as our tipping mascot for the rest of 2015

Who picked the Tigers last week? 

If you did - brave brave soul... and a soul who tipped at least one better than me in the shortened Round 14. I'm still off the Tigers but that one hurt given I wrote this last week:

If Reynolds actually plays the Bunnies win by 40, otherwise only by 10-18. I'm officially off the Tigers this year - they stink at the moment.

WRONG

Anyhoo... pick Manly tonight if you know what's good for you.

Game of Round 15 is Sunday arvo in Melbourne - Storm v Broncos.

No Slater or Cronk but Melbourne played pretty well in their loss to Parra and Smith is a great backerupperer from Origin - Broncos are going very well atop the ladder but something tells me they won't have their full complement from Origin and Bellamy will have his team primed for an upset.

ROUND 15 TIPS
Manly over Tigers - DCE and Foran v Brooks and Moses... and no Farah. Back Manly's pack to do enough here at Brookie.
Raiders over Cowboys - JT plays and I change my tip tmw... he's the difference here if he plays. But given I don't think he does = Canberra.
Titans over Warriors - Placed way too much faith in the Warriors recently... so now that I've placed said faith in the Titans - the Warriors are specials.
Bulldogs over Panthers - Want to pick Panthers given I think they are a better footy team than they've shown this year but no Moylan is a real concern... and the Dogs have played a good style of footy the last couple of weeks.
Sharks over Knights - Flipped a coin... it didn't land on either side so I'm backing Fifita to have a big game and be the difference in Newcastle - Knights at home is always a smarter pick but they aren't using their outside backs nearly enough for my liking to date.
Storm over Broncos - Smith leads Melbourne to a win here.
Roosters over Dragons - You know I've sworn to not pick the Dragons in one game in 2015... so this has to be my answer!

PS. Got QLD wrong in Game 2.. and cheering that I did! GO NSW! 

Last week 1/4: Got Titans... yikes

2015 SEASON TIPS: 55/103 at 53.4%
Round by Round: 5/8 | 5/8 | 6/8 | 4/8 | 5/8 | 3/8 | 1/8 | 4/8 | 7/8 | 3/8 | 2/4 | 3/7 | 5/8 | 1/4

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

#NRL Round 14 Tips | Just pick QLD... #NRLTigersSouths #NRLWarriorsRoosters #Origin

Round 14... Don't pick Tigers.

2015 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - June 11, 2015

We love this... so it's staying as our tipping mascot for the rest of 2015

Well Canberra finally came good... while the Tigers were tipped again... and that's a problem when they lost... again.

Game of Round 14 is Saturday night in Auckland - Warriors v Roosters.

Sure no Origin stars for the Chooks and JWH didn't get on the plane but the Chooks won't be as bad as they were against Cronulla (bogey team!) and the Warriors were woeful in a game some idiot tipped them to win in Perth.

ROUND 14 TIPS
Souths over Tigers - If Reynolds actually plays the Bunnies win by 40, otherwise only by 10-18. I'm officially off the Tigers this year - they stink at the moment.
Warriors over Roosters - Shaun Johnson is a good player... and can be really really good. It just happens spasmodically... think this is a weekend when he shows that. Roosters still a good chance though... did I say good enough times?
Titans over Bulldogs - Mbye and Reynolds are a nice combo... but the Dogs pack is a lot weaker this weekend than you realised... no Graham, Williams, Klemmer or Jackson. Don't like the Titans but think they might have an edge out wide if they hold the middle given no Morrises for Dogs. I mean seriously - half of the Dogs starting 13 is out! Over to you Titans.
Storm over Eels - no faith in Parra anymore... no wait, never had any faith in them but somehow Jesse Bromwich alone could win this for the Storm. That said, up til this arvo I thought Parra would win - even with their implosion on Monday.

PS. Just pick QLD... but be jealous, I'll be at the MCG next Wednesday and it is just a little bit exciting.

Last week 5/8: Got Broncos, Raiders, Storm, Dogs and Cowboys.

2015 SEASON TIPS: 54/99 at 54.5%
Round by Round: 5/8 | 5/8 | 6/8 | 4/8 | 5/8 | 3/8 | 1/8 | 4/8 | 7/8 | 3/8 | 2/4 | 3/7 | 5/8

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Friday, 5 June 2015

#NRL Round 13 Tips | Surely this week? #NRLBroncosManly #NRLSouthsWarriors #NRLBulldogsDragons

Round 13... Don't pick Canberra.

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

We love this... so it's staying as our tipping mascot for the rest of 2015

Well we almost forgot to put our tips up... so super quick here.

And yes... we're picking Canberra.

Game of Round 13 is Saturday night in Perth - Souths v Warriors. 
This game rarely fails to disappoint the Western Australian fans who keep coming out in droves of late. Enjoy, sadly, your only game this year.

ROUND 13 TIPS
Tigers over Titans
Broncos over Manly
Raiders over Knights
Warriors over Souths
Storm over Panthers
Roosters over Sharks
Bulldogs over Dragons
Cowboys over Eels

Last week 4/7: Got Souths, Cowboys, Warriors and Roosters.

2015 SEASON TIPS: 49/91 at 53.8%
Round by Round: 5/8 | 5/8 | 6/8 | 4/8 | 5/8 | 3/8 | 1/8 | 4/8 | 7/8 | 3/8 | 2/4 | 3/7

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