NRL Tipping: Round 19 - what the experts are saying
The Rabbitohs and Storm are flying, but a handful of other top-eight NRL teams are experiencing mixed results. Read Petero Civoniceva's previews and see who the NRL experts are tipping for round 19.
Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Robbie Farah was in outstanding form last weekend and he can lift the club to some big upsets in the run home - but I can't see the Bunnies being one of those victims of the Farah-Marshall reunion show. The Rabbitohs will be primed for a big game in John Sutton's 300th and they are on a massive roll and full of confidence.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 12
Broncos v Panthers
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Brisbane were very disappointing last week with so much to play for. The Panthers also went down but they will welcome their Origin halves Maloney and Cleary back and that will make a huge difference. Suncorp Stadium is a big plus for the Broncos and the return of James Roberts adds plenty of potency to their attack.
Tip: Broncos by 6
Cowboys v Dragons
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Cowboys had a shocker in Canberra last week. It was a very un-Cowboy-like performance and with nothing left to play for it's hard to see them taking down the Dragons. The Red V have too much at stake as they look to cement a spot in the top four and they will have too many attacking weapons.
Tip: Dragons by 10
Eels v Bulldogs
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: This is a tough one to get a handle on. Jarryd Hayne got back to some of his best form last week and the Eels pushed the Knights all the way. Despite the scoreline, I thought the Bulldogs were brave against Souths and showed enough in patches to suggest they can finish the season strongly for their fans and first-year coach Dean Pay.
Tip: Dogs by 6
Warriors v Storm
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: These two sides have a great rivalry and both are coming off wins. In fact, the Storm have won five on the trot and they are looking ominous, even if Manly did push them to the limit. Melbourne are a very clinical outfit and they travel well so playing in New Zealand won't phase them. The Warriors were impressive in Brisbane but I favour the Storm in a quality clash.
Tip: Storm by 8
Sharks v Raiders
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Raiders had a great win last week and they are a very dangerous opponent in the run home. They have plenty of points in them but Jarrod Croker is a big loss. The Sharks are a very professional outfit and they know how to defend their line in big games. This should be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend but the Sharks will be too good at home.
Tip: Sharks by 2
Sea Eagles v Roosters
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Manly had a real dig last week at home and were a bit stiff not to knock off the Storm. That loss will have dented their confidence and they'll find it hard to replicate that intensity against a Roosters side sitting in the top four and looking to finish strong. The Roosters will have too much flair.
Tip: Roosters by 12
Knights v Titans
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Knights will have taken plenty of confidence out of last week's win and playing at home is a big advantage. The return of Mitchell Pearce was massive and he brought composure in the tight moments. The Titans have had an up and down season and played without luck last Sunday but I favour the Knights at home.
Tip: Knights by 6