NRL Tipping: Round 24 - what the experts are saying
Two weeks remain, and for tipsters everywhere the time has come to make a late charge for glory. Whether it is for the title in your competition or to avoid coming last, read Petero Civoniceva's previews and take a look and what the NRL.com experts have to say before entering your tips.
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Last Saturday's loss to the Dragons ended the Tigers' finals dreams but I think they'll still be too good for Manly at home. It's always hard to get a handle on matches where neither side has anything to play for but I expect the experience of Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall to steer the Tigers home.
Tip: Wests Tigers by 4
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Last week's home loss was embarrassing for Penrith and I expect them to hit back hard. Great news with Viliame Kikau getting the all clear to travel to New Zealand and he'll have a big role to play against the huge Warriors pack. Both sides will be looking to make a statement ahead of the finals, but I expect Penrith to prevail.
Tip: Panthers by 6
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Sure to be a great occasion in Townsville for Johnathan Thurston's final home game and his team-mates will feed off that emotion. The Eels were going along okay but I think last week's loss to Melbourne will have knocked the stuffing out of them. It has been a tough slog for the Cowboys in 2018 but this will be a special night for the club.
Tip: Cowboys by 12
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Raiders played some great footy last Sunday and I can just see Ricky Stuart getting in their ear and revving them up to finish the year on a high. There's no doubt they are capable of another upset but I expect Sam Burgess to lift the Bunnies and the return of Greg Inglis would be huge. It's time for Souths to make a statement.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 8
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Cam Smith has been named but it will be interesting to see whether Craig Bellamy would prefer to give him a week off to freshen up ahead of the finals. The absence of Will Chambers hurts the Storm and I think they are vulnerable this week. The Titans have plenty of points in them and if Taylor and Brimson fire they can spring an upset.
Tip: Titans by 4
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Broncos found form in a big way last week against one of the premiership favourites and I have no doubt Wayne Bennett will have them primed for a repeat this week. The return of Luke Keary is huge for the Roosters and his battle with Anthony Milford should be a beauty. If the Broncos halves are on song and their forwards match Napa and Cordner and co then Brisbane can get home.
Tip: Broncos by 10.
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Knights are brimming with youth and they have troubled plenty of good sides but I expect the Sharks' older heads to take charge of this one. The controversy around Andrew Fifita was a hot topic on Sunday but that will have been put to bed and they'll be focusing on securing a top-four spot. With the finals in sight, the Sharks will tune up with a clinical victory.
Tip: Sharks by 14
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: With so much at stake the Dragons answered the challenge at Leichhardt and that win will have given them a big boost. Playing at Kogarah is a massive advantage and there is sure to be a big crowd on hand with the finals just around the corner. The Bulldogs are finishing hard and have uncovered some great young talent but the Dragons will be a shade too good.
Tip: Dragons by 8.