Holden Cup Round 12 previews
The players to watch and predicted results for Round 12 of the National Youth Competition.
Rabbitohs v Eels
This would have been a no-brainer two weeks ago, but a resurgent Rabbitohs side and the under-20s State of Origin player drain makes this one of the games of the round.
The Bunnies have looked like world beaters in recent weeks with comfortable wins over the Tigers and the Storm and have several players in scorching form with centre Dylan O'Connor running for nearly 500 metres in the past fortnight.
The Eels fought hard to earn a one-point win over the Raiders but they'll be without match-winner Troy Dargan and hard-working lock Ray Stone who have both been picked for the Junior Blues.
Tip: Eels by 4
Warriors v Broncos
This has to be the week the Warriors claim their first win of the season. They were desperately unlucky not to claim the two competition points last week against the Dragons, but there will be no excuses on Saturday when they take on a severely-weakened Broncos side.
Brisbane have six players in the Junior Maroons squad while Jai Whitbread is 18th man for the Junior Blues. They will be desperate to atone for last week's shock loss at home to the Tigers, but the Broncos will be hard-pressed to win in New Zealand given their lack of cattle.
Tip: Warriors by 12
Sharks v Bulldogs
The Sharks moved to the top of the Holden Cup ladder courtesy of Penrith's slip up in Newcastle, and they'll look to build more of a points differential buffer when they face the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Isaac Lumelume and Billy Magoulias will be away on Blues duty while Briton Nikora should play despite being named on an extended bench for the NRL side, but all signs point to a big Cronulla win over a Bulldogs team that was put to the sword at home by the Roosters last week.
Tip: Sharks by 16
Raiders v Roosters
The last time these sides met, the Roosters thrashed Canberra 48-0 in the nation's capital in the first week of the 2016 finals.
A lot has changed since then, but this match still holds plenty of meaning with both sides locked on 10 competition points after 11 rounds.
The Roosters will be without key duo Nat Butcher and Victor Radley and they'll be joined in NSW camp by Canberra's Emre Guler and Jack Murchie.
There's not a lot to split these sides, but we'll slightly favour the Raiders at home.
Tip: Raiders by 6
Last week's tipping results: 5/8
Season results: 57/88