NRL Tipping: Round 25 - what the experts are saying
Round 25 has arrived and this is the last chance to get an eight-from-eight score. Read Petero Civoniceva's previews and see who the NRL.com experts are taking this week.
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: It's all about finding momentum for Souths and I expect their big names to rally against the Wests Tigers. The return of tryscoring winger Robert Jennings will help and Greg Inglis will be much better for last week's run. Souths need to rediscover their attacking strike and I think they will this week.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 12
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Raiders have been super impressive against the Roosters and Rabbitohs and they are finishing hard. They will give the Warriors a serious hitout ahead of the finals but with Simon Mannering playing his 300th game I think the home side will come out firing and rack up a fourth win from their last five games.
Tip: Warriors by 8
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Panthers look lost at the moment and AAMI Park is not the sort of place you want to be going when you're off your game. It's a massive issue to be playing without confidence at this time of year and even though James Maloney's return will help I can't see Penrith turning it around. The Storm will be too clinical.
Tip: Storm by 6
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Dragons' fall from grace has been remarkable and the players will be hurting after their own fans booed them off the field last Sunday. What looked like a comfortable run home against sides outside the eight has turned into a nightmare and the Knights will be primed to inflict more misery in front of a massive Newcastle crowd this weekend.
Tip: Knights by 4
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: This should be a sensational night for Johnathan Thurston and the fans who pack into Cbus Super Stadium are in for a treat. All the sentiment will be with the Cowboys and JT's team-mates can be expected to aim up again just as they did against the Eels last week. The Titans were brave last week but I expect JT to bow out a winner.
Tip: Cowboys by 12
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: The Roosters will be hurting after losses to Canberra and Brisbane and I expect a strong response from the Tricolours. They'll be looking to build momentum and confidence heading into September and I think you'll see the likes of James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk hit their straps in a big way.
Tip: Roosters by 14
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Cronulla know what it takes to win a premiership and their experienced players are coming to the fore as we hit the finals. The Bulldogs were great last week and they can be proud of the way they have finished the season. Dean Pay's men will push the Sharks all the way and give them a good hitout a week before the semis.
Tip: Sharks by 8
Petero Civoniceva's prediction: While the Roosters, Rabbitohs and Dragons have hit hurdles in recent weeks the Broncos have gone the other way and look very ominous. They will be keen to capitalise on what they've done the last two weeks and go into the finals on a high. It has been a horror year for Manly and their coach Trent Barrett and it'll tough for them to get up for this one.
Tip: Broncos by 10