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Hard to tip with confidence

The NRL continues to provide plenty of upsets, which is making it difficult to settle on teams with confidence. It is without question the most difficult year I can recall when it comes to tipping.

I had visions of having a good round last weekend after getting both winners on Friday.

Then three favourites — Panthers, Sea Eagles and Warriors — crash and burn on Saturday.

The Bulldogs were always fancied to roll the Titans, but splitting the Rabbitohs and Tigers was a monumental task.

Thankfully, we were on the Rabbitohs, who prevailed in golden point.

The Raiders were sensational against the Tigers the previous week, while the Cowboys looked second rate at home against the Sharks.

The Cowboys produced their best effort of the season to win in Canberra against an injury-riddled opponent, but if you backed the Raiders you had every right to feel pretty confident prior to kick-off.

Significantly, Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles) and Kevin Locke (Warriors) were late omissions last weekend — and their respective teams lost.

On form, the Broncos, who boast an excellent record at Easter, and the Bulldogs should get the cash on Good Friday.

Both games on Saturday could go either way, but we’re sticking our neck out by backing the home teams – the Titans and Sharks.

The Titans played well against the Bulldogs and would fancy their chances against the Roosters, who are running a little hot and cold.

The Sharks play host to the Dragons and after winning their past three games they shouldn’t fear the big red V.

Injuries could make it tough for the Raiders against the Warriors and the Knights should win against the visiting Eels.

The Cowboys are a chance in the final game on Sunday if they continue from where they left off in Canberra, but they have struggled at home this season and it’s hard to tip against the unbeaten Storm.

The Panthers have won their fair share of games at Brookvale Oval over the years, but the Sea Eagles will be out to avoid their fourth straight loss when they make their first appearance at home in 2012 on Monday night.


The Dockers-Cats was always a toss of the coin and pre-season form suggested that the Power were some chance against the visiting Saints.

Many would have tipped the Demons with confidence, but the passing of Jim Stynes obviously had an effect as they were disappointing.

But full credit to the Lions, especially withoutJonathan Brown, because they kept it together from start to finish.

Nominating a winner of the Bombers-Kangaroos clash bordered on the impossible and the fact that the Kangaroos had the chance to win the match after the final siren came as no surprise.

If you tipped the Bombers, then you have every right to thank your lucky stars.

The other four games were predictable, although it took the Hawks a while to shake the Magpies and the Bulldogs were mooted to give the Eagles a run for their money.

Looking at Round 2, you’re a big chance of landing the card if you can split the Swans and the Dockers, as well as the Cats and the Hawks.

The Lions will give the Blues some cheek, but it would be amazing if, come fulltime, Carlton wasn’t in front.

The other six games should go according to script, but it would be wise to treat the Power and the Tigers with respect against the Bombers and the Magpies respectively.

Super Rugby:

We take a risk last week and get the Sharks and Force over the line, but then the highly inconsistent Hurricanes let us down once again.

We would have got the card had the Hurricanes rolled the visiting Cheetahs, but kudos to the battlers from South Africa who were highly competitive on their Australasian tour.

It was a relief to see the Stormers sink the Bulls, but there’s no denying the fact that the outfit from Pretoria are the real deal in 2012.

It’s a pretty tough round this weekend.

The Blues should win in Melbourne, but the Rebels aren’t without a chance.

You’ve got no idea what the Hurricanes will bring to the table, but if they couldn’t beat the Cheetahs then rolling the Sharks in New Plymouth will be tough.

The loser of the Reds-Brumbies clash may not feature in the finals, so there’s plenty on the line in Brisbane. I’m tipping the Reds, but the Brumbies are well capable of winning.

Despite creaming the injury-ravaged Reds in Perth, the Force will find the Chiefs a different kettle of fish when they land in WA.

We believes that the Stormers can win the Super Rugby title this year, but facing an in-form Highlanders in Dunedin is no easy assignment.

It would be stunning if the Cheetahs stumbled at home against the Lions, who are making it a habit of losing by narrow margins.

The Crusaders always had the measure of the Lions last weekend, but they will have to bring their A grade game if they envisage rolling the Bulls, who didn’t lose too many friends in a narrow road loss to the Stormers.


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