2022 NRL season: Round 13 preview


The first of two separate rounds is upon us, with just four games to go this weekend as several teams are weakened due to state of origin commitments.

Here is your round 13 preview.

Titans vs. Cowboys
Things don’t get any easier for the under siege Titans when they host third-placed Cowboys at Cbus Super Stadium.

Gold Coast only won three games, all of which could so easily have been losses, given that their highest margin of victory was just four points – a gold point win against the Dragons in Magic Round last month.

Leading the Broncos 24-4 at halftime last week, they looked poised for their fourth win of the season, only to cough up 31 unanswered points to crash out their ninth loss in 12 games.

Due to their low percentage, they are second to last in the standings, with coach Justin Holbrook feeling the heat.

In contrast, the Cowboys became one of the most improved teams this year, winning eight games.

After a heartbreaking golden point loss to the New Zealand Warriors in Round 5, Todd Payten’s side rode six straight wins to climb the ladder, before being given a lesson in what it takes to to be a consistently strong team by the Panthers last Friday. night, North Queensland didn’t even score any points.

Despite the loss, they are still following well as they tried to return to the finals for the first time since 2017, and their good form saw several of their players rewarded by the Origin selection, including Valentine Holmes, debutants Reuben Cotter and Jeremiah Nanai , and a concussion under Tom Dearden.

In good news for the club, Jason Taumalolo will play after picking up the injury in their 36-6 win over the Storm.

In the current form, it will be difficult to switch against the northerners in this one.

Prediction: Cowboys by 16 runs.

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Panthers versus Bulldogs
Up to six Panthers players will be in the Origin camp when the reigning premiers take on the Dogs, who have no players selected for either Origin squad, meaning they’ll be virtually the stronger side on the paper.

Josh Addo-Carr will be determined to get a recall for NSW, with speculation he was snubbed simply because he plays for the inferior club being promptly fired.

The Mountain Men continue to go about their business, beating the Cowboys 22-0 at home, cementing themselves as the team to beat for this year’s premiership.

Meanwhile, despite an improved performance in front of a sold-out crowd in Belmore, the Bulldogs crashed to another loss, this time going down to the Dragons by 34-24.

They had led 16-2 at half-time and briefly taken the lead in the second half before some crucial errors dropped them to their tenth defeat of the season, with no quick way out of their current situation.

Not having Addo-Carr selected for Origin will help their cause, but even against a weakened Penrith the hosts should still prove a class above.

Prediction: Panthers by 20 points.

Sea Eagles vs Warriors
Already reeling from the season-ending shoulder injury of fullback Tom Trbojevic, the Sea Eagles will be without skipper Daly Cherry-Evans when they host the Warriors, who have no players selected for Origin.

The Silvertails’ inconsistent season continued last Thursday night when they were beaten by the Storm 28-8 in Melbourne, the result seeing them 11th on the ladder.

The Warriors are not faring well either, having lost their last four matches and seeing striker Matt Lodge leave the club.

Despite their current losing streak, they have been unlucky in recent games, dropping their last three games by single digits, including the 32-30 loss to the Rabbitohs in Magic Round came after trailing by 26- 0 before halftime.

Last week they started strong against the Knights but capitulated to lose 24-16.

With no players selected for Origin, here’s an opportunity for Nathan Brown’s side to bounce back, although it won’t be easy against a Sea Eagles side who, on their strongest possible side, won’t miss than its skipper.

However, home advantage should drive Manly home as they try to stay in touch with the top eight.

Prediction: Sea Eagles by 10 points.

Raiders vs Roosters
Without James Tedesco and Lindsay Collins, the Roosters can expect a cold reception when they arrive in the nation’s capital.

Their absences are canceled out by those of Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton for the Raiders, who after a poor start to the season won three games in a row before losing to the Eels 28-20 at home on Sunday afternoon.

They are now tenth in the standings, but with a low points differential of -41, victory over the Roosters is a must if they are to stay in touch with the eight.

The Chooks’ on-and-off season continued last Saturday night with an impressive 36-16 victory over the Sharks, after leading 20-0 at halftime to put the result beyond doubt.

The victory was orchestrated by captain Tedesco, who reinforced his position as the game’s number one full-back with a try and two assists.

It was their third win in four games, their seventh consecutive win over the Sharks, and saw them move up to sixth overall.

However, facing Canberrra without their captain will be a challenge, and at home the Raiders should score points as they look to hold on to their chances in the final.

Prediction: Eight-point Raiders.

Byes: Broncos, Dragons, Eels, Knights, Rabbitohs, Sharks, Storm, Wests Tigers.




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