NRL Tipping: Round 5 - see what the experts are saying

With the opening month of the season now in the books, NRL tipsters can take stock of their early-season form.

Backing the Storm has been a great idea, while the Titans' unhappy start will have caught out many involved in tipping comps with family, friends and work colleagues.

Before you get your tips in for Round 5, read Brett Kimmorley's previews and see what the NRL.com experts have to say.

Round 5 previews and tips

Broncos v Wests Tigers, Thursday 7.50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Darius Boyd has copped a little bit of criticism, I definitely look forward to the Brisbane captain coming up with some gutsy tackles in the second-line of the defence. He will also be looking to create some attacking play.

As for the Wests Tigers, they will have seen what the Roosters did to the Broncos in the middle third last week. That'll be the blueprint. Wests Tigers by 2

Titans v Panthers, Friday 6pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: It's time for the Panthers to show some consistency and a little bit of form. (Viliame) Kikau was back last week and that'll really help their left edge in attack.

I certainly get the impression Brad Fittler would like his NSW halves to stand up. As for the Titans, they are finding ways to lose. They've got some big defensive deficiencies. Panthers by 12

Cowboys v Storm, Friday 7.55pm at 1300Smiles Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Melbourne were a little bit lucky to win last week and I don't think you get two bad performances in a row out of the Storm. Cameron Smith will probably break the record for most points this week.

They are saying Cowboys star Michael Morgan is lacking confidence, maybe what he needs to say is "look boys, I am going to win us this game, jump on my back". Storm by 4

Rabbitohs v Warriors, Saturday 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: South Sydney are probably playing the most physical style of football at the moment. I don't think Wayne Bennet will allow his team to drop two games in a row, they made a lot of errors last week.

The Warriors can look really good when they are winning, I just don't know if they can grind out victories. Rabbitohs by 8

Knights v Sea Eagles, Saturday 5.30pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Dessie is getting Manly to play tough and grind out wins, they are very good defensively. Martin Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake have been really good in the middle. If they can get Daly Cherry-Evans some time to play it will really help.

For Newcastle, we saw David Klemmer make a massive statement in week one but we haven't seen that performance from him since. Kalyn Ponga looked much more comfortable back at fullback. Knights by 1

Sharks v Roosters, Saturday 7.35pm at PointsBet Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: In 40 minutes last week the Roosters showed us that they are the benchmark. The key here is their play-the-ball speed.

For Cronulla there are injuries, they are lacking middle forward depth. It will be a massive challenge to try and prevent Latrell Mitchell, Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk from having plenty of time with the ball. Roosters by 6

Dragons v Bulldogs, Sunday 4.05pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Canterbury have shown they can compete again. They were desperately unlucky to get beat by Melbourne last week. Sometimes that can deflate you, at other times it can make you keep pushing ahead.

For the Dragons, Corey Norman has found his niche. Before the comp started I felt Corey Norman was the best purchase of the off-season. In the last two weeks, he is living up to that. Dragons by 6

Raiders v Eels, Sunday 6.10pm at GIO Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Parramatta played for 80 minutes last week, where the week before they played for about 60 against the Roosters. Parramatta play calm and composed, whereas with the Raiders you have Rapana and Leilua who can do anything at any time.

The two No.9s, Reed Mahoney and Josh Hodgson, will turn on a great clash – the rookie verse the master. Raiders by 4

 

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