Holden Cup Round 10 previews
The players to watch and predicted results for Round 10 of the National Youth Competition.
Dragons v Sharks
We don't have to wait long for the match of the round with the second-placed Dragons and third-ranked Sharks set to do battle in a Friday afternoon showdown that mirrors the positions of their NRL counterparts.
Both teams are coming off comfortable Round 9 wins, with the Dragons easing past the Storm while the Sharks did enough to see off the Tigers. The battle between halfbacks Jackson Willis and Kyle Flanagan is worth the price of admission alone with the Red V keen to atone for their 38-4 shellacking at Shark Park in Round 3.
Tip: Sharks by 4
Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
It's been a bleak start to the year for the Tigers and Rabbitohs who have mustered just three wins between them so far in 2017.
The sides played out a thriller in Round 1 with the Tigers holding on for a 30-28 win but it's been slim pickings ever since.
Interestingly, the Tigers are 0-4 at home this season while the Bunnies are 0-5 on the road, so unless we have a draw, someone's drought is about to end.
Tip: Tigers by 6
Panthers v Warriors
It would take something out of this world for the bottom-placed Warriors to knock off the table-topping Panthers on Saturday.
The Kiwis are still searching for their first win of the season but they will need a minor miracle against a Penrith side that should rack up a cricket score.
Tip: Panthers by 42
Bulldogs v Cowboys
The Cowboys will head into their Round 10 fixture in the top four while the Bulldogs sit in 13th spot on the ladder, but based on current form, the men in blue and white deserve favouritism.
The Bulldogs have claimed a win and a draw in their past three starts while the Cowboys have conceded 90 points in the past fortnight to take the gloss off their hot start to the season.
Kalyn Ponga is a huge inclusion for North Queensland who were forced to play last week during Rep Round.
Tip: Cowboys by 16
Sea Eagles v Broncos
They might be separated by six spots on the ladder, but the Sea Eagles are just one win behind their northern rivals nine rounds into the season.
Manly went on a LWLW streak in April and have been playing some attractive footy along the way. Injuries remain a concern for the Broncos who are still searching for an 80-minute performance at Lottoland.
Tip: Broncos by 6
Storm v Titans
Only for-and-against separates these sides after nine rounds with both the Storm and Titans showing flashes of brilliance to suggest they can be dark horses for the title in 2017.
Having predominantly played on the flanks, Cory Parker has been named in the No.1 jersey for Melbourne with Jesse Arthars shifting to centre. The Titans have named Junior Kangaroo Tyronne Roberts-Davis at fullback, while playmaker AJ Brimson is a man in form following his hat-trick against North Queensland last week.
Tip: Titans by 8
Knights v Raiders
The Knights are 5-4 with a +2 points differential. The Raiders are 5-4 with a for-and-against of -2. In short, this is a toss of the coin sort of game.
Newcastle's home ground advantage could be the difference with the Knights boasting a 3-1 record at McDonald Jones Stadium while the Raiders have managed just one win on the road.
Knights coach Todd Lowrie has tinkered with his squad, moving Jack Johns to lock.
Tip: Knights by 10
Roosters v Eels
This should be a cracking way to finish the round with the defending premiers to play host to the red-hot Eels at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters could welcome back Nat Butcher from a shoulder injury with the lock forward named on an extended bench, while they've also included Nick O'Meley on the wing.
Parramatta have shot up the ladder in recent weeks and will be even stronger with Troy Dargan set to start at halfback.
Tip: Eels by 7
Last week's tipping results 6/8
Season results: 47/72