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Here’s the three-code match-ups — and who we reckon will prevail

Call it the Late Mail if you like, but here’s why we think our selections (teams in caps) will prevail in the NRL, AFL and Super Rugby this weekend.
NRL – Round 10
Broncos (8th) v TITANS (6th): The Broncos won’t back down despite missing the likes of Hannant, Hodges and Prince, but surely the Titans won’t blow this opportunity. Prince was the difference when these teams met in Round 5.
RABBITOHS (1st) v Tigers (16th): The Rabbitohs are flying and the Tigers just can’t get it together. It’s impossible to see anything but a Rabbitohs win. Don’t feel sorry Benji – he has been ordinary since the 2011 semi-final loss to the Warriors.
DRAGONS (13th) v Eels (14th): Dragons play pretty good footy in Wollongong, while the Eels have produced dusty form on the road. The Dragons have won nine of the past 10 meetings between the sides. Dugan v Hayne could be interesting.
PANTHERS (12th) v Warriors (15th): The Panthers are starting to click, especially at home after upseting the Storm, while the Warriors continue to battle on the road. Rival coaches Cleary and Elliott come up against their old team.
COWBOYS (10th) v Roosters (2nd): The Cowboys have a decent recent record against the Roosters and will be hard to beat at home with the Roosters backing up from Monday night. The Cowboys were far from disgraced against the Rabbitohs, while Waera-Hargreaves is a big loss for the Roosters. A genuine 50/50.
SHARKS (9th) v Raiders (7th): The Raiders won this corresponding match last year, but their away form hasn’t been anything to right home aboit in 2013. The Raiders can’t be written off, but surely the Sharks can deliver at home after putting the Tigers to the sword last weekend.
KNIGHTS (5th) v Bulldogs (11th): The Knights were shocking in Canberra after racing to a 14-0 lead, while the Bulldogs left it late before toppling the Warriors in Wellington. The Knights appear to be on the slide, while the Bulldogs appear to be on the up. It’s time for the Knights to stand up, especially at home.
STORM (3rd) v Sea Eagles (4th): A ripper contest and for the Sea Eagles it’s their third straight Monday nigh fixture. The Storm had the wobbles before succumbing to the Raiders and Panthers, while the Sea Eagles proved against the Roosters that Brett Stewart is a huge loss. The Storm should bounce back against the sworn enemy.
AFL – Round 8
EAGLES (10th) v Kangaroos (12th): Statistically, little separates both teams and it’s unlikely the Kangaroos will succumb to the Eagles by 96 points like they did in the elimination final last year. The return of Naitanui is enormous for the Eagles.
BOMBERS (2nd) v Lions (15th): It may have been an even-money bet when both teams me in the 2001 grand final, but on this occasion the Bombers should win comfortable. Had the Bombers kicked straight they may have beaten the Cats, while the Lions have been legless on their travels.
HAWKS (3rd) v Giants (18th): The Giants suffered a massive loss at the hands of Crows last weekend, so it could get ugly in Launceston if the Hawks put it together. Tom Lynch kicked 10 goals for the Crows against the Giants, so what is Lance Franklin likely to kick for the Hawks.
SUNS (13th) v Bulldogs (16th): The Bulldogs showed positive signs against the Kangaroos last weekend, but it’s time for the Suns to stand tall at home. Some experts believe that the Bulldogs can spring an upset, so it’s a game the Suns can ill-afford to take lightly.
SWANS (5th) v Dockers (6th): Arguably the match of the round. The Swans were ordinary against the Hawks, while the Dockers – minus key players – were super against the Magpies. Shane Mumford returns for the Swans, which is a bonus as the Dockers are missing experienced ruckman Aaron Sandilands and Jon Griffin. The Dockers aren’t out of this, but expect a big improvement from the Swans.
CATS (1st) v Magpies (8th): Injuries haven’t been kind to the Magpies and they’ve had their struggles in defence. If the Dockers can make the Magpies look ordinary in defence, then what do the Cats have in store? The Cats are unbeaten and that record is unlikely to end this weekend. Are the Magpies a risk of missing the eight?
BLUES (11th) v Power (4th): Both teams suffered shock defeats last weekend, so it could be a lively start to the match. The Blues just can’t beat the Saints and after such an inept display on Monday night they should burst out of the blocks. Don’t dismiss the Power just yet, but they were poor against the Kangaroos and Tigers.
TIGERS (7th) v Demons (17th): Some pundits reckon the Demons can get the Tigers – a bit like the Bulldogs perhaps ambushing the Suns. Bottom line. It won’t happen. The Tigers were terrific last weekend, while the Demons still struggle to put four good quarters together and the Tigers will prove tougher opposition than the Suns.
CROWS (9th) v Saints (14th): Should be a good game if last weekend is any guide. However, it would be wise to treat the Saints with plenty of respect as the only teams the Crows have rolled this year have included the Lions, Bulldogs and Giants. Have the Crows found an answer up forward in Tom Lynch?
Super Rugby – Round 14
Hurricanes (9th) v CHIEFS (2nd): The Hurricanes would fancy their chances after getting the Chiefs in the corresponding game last year, but they’ve just returned from South Africa. Injuries threaten to de-rail the Chiefs’ title defence, but their running game could prove too much for the home team.
Rebels (12th) v STORMERS (10th): The Rebels may find it hard to win games, but they have been highly competitive and surely a win looms just around the corner. The Stormers have made a host of changes despite a narrow loss at the hands of the Waratahs, but should still get the cash with the Rebels missing O’Connor and Beale.
Force (14th) v SHARKS (11th): Like the Rebels, the Force have been gutsy of late, but they just can’t buy a win. They came awfully close to rolling the Chiefs last weekend before going down 22-21. It has been reported during the week that there has been drama within the Sharks camp, which enhances the Force’s hopes, but we’ll stick with the visitors to Perth in a game that could go either way.
CRUSADERS (6th) v Blues (5th): Here come the Crusaders. They are definitely back in the mix after a highly impressive road win over the Brumbies a fortnight ago. The Blues edged the Rebels 36-32 in their previous appearance and will be desperate to maintain their status as the leading team in the New Zealand conference. Should be a grand contest.
WARATAHS (8th) v Brumbies (1st): The Brumbies smashed the Waratahs 35-6 when last both teams clashed in Round 4. The Brumbies have had a great season and deserve their status at the top of the ladder, but there is no way they should have lost at home to the Crusaders. The Waratahs are seemingly getting better and perhaps the home ground advantage will split the teams on this occasion. A fair dinkum lottery.
BULLS (3rd) v Highlanders (15th): The Bulls have been sliding under the radar and their lofty status would surprise many followers of Super Rugby. The Highlanders fell to the lowly Kings last weekend, so how on earth are they expected to roll the Bulls in Pretoria. The Bulls are the bet of the round.
Cheetahs (7th) v REDS (4th): Could be a cracking match. The Reds have posted a number of important wins on the road in New Zealand this season, so can they repeat the dose in South Africa. The loss to the Hurricanes would have cut the Cheetahs to the bone as it may ultimately cost them a spot in the finals. It’s one of those classic games where the team you tip against will end up getting the cash.

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