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Loss of Origin players means tipping gets harder and harder

NRL – Round 12
 
Tipping has never been harder, and it only gets more difficult in the NRL this weekend with teams losing key players to State of Origin.
 
The Dragons’ loss against the Panthers came from no where as they had displayed pretty good form in recent weeks, so it’s hard to see them rolling the Bulldogs who are aiming for their sixth straight win.
 
No surprise that the Bulldogs are stringing wins together with James Graham back on deck.
 
The Dragons can spring an upset.
 
Hard to get excited about the Knights after their disappointing loss against the Warriors, however they do welcome back Jeremy Smith.
Sam Burgess is a big loss for the Rabbitohs, who should bounce back after an unexpected loss to the Sharks, but the fact that John Sutton is on deck may be enough to get them over the line against the Knights.
 
Apart from a win on the Gold Coast, the Knights’ form on the road has been diabolical.
 
The Titans are travelling OK and they have the depth to cover the loss of Origin stars Greg Bird, Ashley Harrison and Nate Myles.
 
In contrast, the Cowboys are struggling and it’s hard to see them getting the cash on the Gold Coast minus Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Brent Tate, James Tamou and the injured Matt Bowen.
The Broncos are missing a host of players to Origin, while the Warriors are basically at full strength and bring good form to Brisbane after putting the Knights to the sword.
 
The Broncos looked second rate against the Bulldogs, but they should lift at home.
 
However, if the Warriors don’t get the Broncos on this occasion they never will.
 
AFL – Round 10
 
First of all, the Magpies, Blues, Cats, Hawks, Kangaroos and Eagles should overcome the Lions, Giants, Suns, Demons, Saints and Tigers, respectively.
 
The Saints and Tigers may give some cheek, but it would come as a shock if any of those six teams suffered defeat this weekend.
However, the other three games can go either way.
 
Therefore, getting it right in the 50/50 games could prove the difference between getting a minimum of six winners or a maximum of nine.
 
The Swans might just get the Bombers, but treat the Bombers with respect following wins over the Crows and Dockers on the road this season.
 
Adelaide recorded three wins in as many games against the Dockers last year, but the Dockers have found another gear in 2013 and are capable of getting the cash in Adelaide.
 
The Crows would be full of beans after an incredible win over the Kangaroos and go into the match as favourites, but the Dockers have been super impressive since that Bombers defeat and the fact they were able to share the spoils with the Swans at the SCG is something that must be taken into consideration.
 
Good luck splitting the Crows and Dockers.
The Bulldogs have won their last six games against the Power, which have included comfortable wins over the Port in the last three games between the teams in Darwin.
 
History suggests it’s the Bulldogs, but the Power are favourites despite the fact they have lost their past four games.
 
The Bulldogs played well last week, but the Saints are on the nose at the moment.
 
Going the Power, but don’t write off the Bulldogs.
Super Rugby – Round 16
 
Get the winner of the Cheetahs-Bulls match and you’ll more than likely get the card in Super Rugby this weekend.
 
The game in Bloemfontein is the last game of the weekend and with both teams in the finals mix it should be a terrific contest – games between South African teams usually are.
The Cheetahs have stung tipsters all season, but the Bulls are flying and sit comfortably in second place.
 
It’s a massive game and although the Cheetahs are a chance at home, the head tells you it’s the Bulls.
 
The rest of the games should go in favour of the favourites, however the Hurricanes could make it tough going for the Brumbies in Canberra and the Highlanders will lift when the free-falling Blues arrive in Dunedin.
 
The Brumbies and Blues have plenty to play for, so you would expect them to bring their A grade game to the table.
Hard to see the Brumbies and Blues making an impact at the end of the season if they go down this weekend.
The fast-finishing Crusaders have won their past 10 games against the Waratahs and will prevail once again in Christchurch.
It was magnificent win by the Rebels over the Waratahs last weekend after toppling the Stormers the week before, but the boys from Melbourne may find it tough to overcome the Reds in Brisbane.
 
The Rebels have been highly competitive for the past six weeks against quality opposition, so the Reds – an absolute flop in South Africa – can ill-afford to take them lightly.
It was a super effort by the Stormers to sink the Reds last weekend after falling to the Rebels in Melbourne and it’s hard to see them succumbing to the visiting Kings.
 
 
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