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They haven't exactly gone cold on them but Origin team selections have finally caused some serious thought among NRL.com tipsters when it comes to the Panthers.

For most of the last two years (apart from the 2020 grand final) the Panthers were as close to a banker as you were likely to find.

But this week, with seven players on Origin duty and Moses Leota out suspended, six of the 16 panel members are backing the Wests Tigers to hand them a first loss of 2021.

Of the other three Telstra Premiership matches for this weekend, the Storm and Eels and the warmest of favourites and Broncos are given some chance of upsetting the Dragons.

On the Origin front, the Blues have proven extremely popular.

On the tipping leaderboard, NRL Teams host Niav Owens now sits in top courtesy after six correct tips last weekend. Fantasy NRL mystery man Lone Scout shares top spot but is second on a countback. That pair enjoy a three-point lead over the chasing pack.

Remember, it's not too late to sign up for NRL Tipping.

Anyone can start or join a "comp" to compete against family, friends and colleagues – all you need to get started is to sign up for a free NRL account.

You can also add an expert tipster to your own competition with your friends - you can select from the likes of former premiership winners Brett Kimmorley, Steve Renouf, Robbie Farah and Jamie Soward, NRL.com's Zac Bailey and Chris Kennedy, former Wests Tigers fullback Joel Caine and Ladies Who League's Mary Konstantopoulos.

Sims sizes up Blues enforcer role

Simply click on "Add Celebrity Teams" when you are creating your competition and choose who you'd like to add.

If you need help on how each team is travelling, Jamie Soward's Power Rankings is the best place to go for an accurate gauge on who's travelling well and who's doing not so well.

 

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