Holden Cup Round 15 previews
The players to watch and predicted results for Round 15 of the National Youth Competition.
Rabbitohs v Titans
The Rabbitohs' mid-season revival continued last week with a stirring come-from-behind win over the Broncos that saw them overturn a 22-4 deficit in the final 20 minutes to steal a six-point victory on the road.
Souths have now won four on the trot and will start warm favourites against a Titans side that might be ahead of them on the ladder but appear to be on the slide after a shock loss at home to the bottom-placed Warriors.
Gold Coast simply couldn't get in the arm wrestle last week on the back of 19 errors and will again be without attacking maestro AJ Brimson.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 8
Storm v Cowboys
Not even the late inclusions of gifted trio Brodie Croft, Scott Drinkwater and Curtis Scott was enough to help the Thunderbolts as they went down 28-20 to the Sharks last week; their eighth loss from their past nine matches.
Drinkwater bagged a hat-trick in the loss and they'll need him to replicate that sort of form if they are to have any chance in a rare game at AAMI Park against the Cowboys.
North Queensland roared back into the top four with a huge win over the Eels and have named another strong side even with Murray Taulagi away on Queensland under-18s duty.
Tip: Cowboys by 10
Sharks v Wests Tigers
You'd be a brave person to back the upset when the table-topping Sharks host the second-from-bottom Tigers on Saturday night.
The Sharks head into this one on a roll and boast the best attacking record in the competition while the men in black and gold rank last when it comes to points allowed.
Cronulla claimed a comfortable 34-18 victory when the sides met back in Round 9 and should be far too strong on their home turf.
Tip: Sharks by 20
Eels v Dragons
Parramatta's hot form hit a roadblock in the form of the Cowboys last week and they’ll be keen to atone against a Dragons side that sits just one point behind competition frontrunners Cronulla and Penrith.
The Eels struggled in attack last week and will again be without halfback Troy Dargan while the Dragons have named a strong side that will want to lift after they only just snuck past the Bulldogs in Round 14.
Tip: Dragons by 12
Last week's tipping results: 7/8
Season results: 72/107