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One or two tricky games for us to contend with this weekend

Plenty of one-sided games in the NRL (Round 23) and AFL (Round 21) this weekend.
In the NRL, take it as a given that the Broncos will roll the Eels, that the Cowboys will overcome the Titans, that the Sharks will topple the Dragons, that the Warriors will sink the Panrthers, and that the Roosters will prove too good for the Tigers.
The Raiders-Bulldogs game could go either way with the Raiders missing Campese and Fensom and the Bulldogs losing the services of Kasiano and Eastwood.
Until their 68-4 hammering at the hands of the Storm, the Raiders had been outstanding at home and surely they will strike back after giving the Roosters, the competition leaders, a run for their money last weekend.
The Bulldogs cannot be written off, but they seem to lack that spark minus Barba and backing up on a Saturday afternoon in Canberra after playing on Monday night doesn’t help.
How will the Bulldogs deal with Ferguson after his five-star performance against the Roosters?
The Knights-Storm clash in Newcastle should be a ripping contest, and the Knights are a juicy $3.00 if you fancy their chances.
Rolling the Sharks on the road was a boost for the Knights, but the Storm are seemingly back to their best after annihilating the Raiders and putting the Rabbitohs – minus Inglis and Sutton – to the sword.
The Knights have lost just one of their past six games and are in this match up to their eye-balls if they click in both attack and defence.
You’d be a brave man to tip against the Storm; however, it’s unlikely the Knights will buckle at home like the Raiders and the return of Gidley is a shot in the arm for the Novocastrians.
The battle between rival fullbacks Boyd and Slater could play a vital role in the final result.
Of course we were always going to leave the best until last.
The Rabbitohs-Sea Eagles encounter at Gosford tonight is without question a genuine blockbuster.
The Rabbitohs got the Sea Eagles 20-12 at Brookvale in Round 7 to prove to the rugby league world that they were clearly a force to be reckoned with in 2013.
The return of Inglis and Sutton is a massive boost for the Rabbitohs; however, the Sea Eagles are aiming for their seventh win in a row and boast a 10-2 record in Gosford.
Losing Watmough is a blow for the Sea Eagles, but they have a three-quarter line that will cause the Rabbitohs all kinds of problems.
It was obvious that Reynolds was carrying an injury against the Storm, so you’ve got to wonder if he is 100 per cent fit to match it with Cherry-Evans.
You would feel pretty confident no matter who you tip, but the loss of Sam Burgess perhaps swings the match in favour of the Sea Eagles.
This weekend’s action in the AFL kicks off in spectacular fashion with the Hawks up against the Magpies.
Are the Magpies back in town?
After their struggles against the Suns and Giants, the Magpies hit back to roll the Bombers and Swans.
A win is a win, but in the case of the Bombers the walls finally came crashing down and injuries finally caught up with the Swans.
The Hawks, who just keep winning, are a solid test for the Magpies and if both teams click it could be an epic.
The return of Franklin, Hodge and Birchall is magnificent news for the Hawks, who have kicked big scores against the Magpies in recent times.
Pendlebury, Swan, Ball and Beams will get their hands on the footy and will keep the Magpies on the move. However, they will find it difficult to get on top of Mitchell, Sewell, Hodge and Rioli.
Cloke is capable of kicking a bag for the Magpies, but surely Franklin and Roughead are proving a lot more reliable in front of goal.
At their best, the Magpies will take some stopping, but, unlike the Hawks, they’ve proved highly inconsistent all season.
If the Magpies, unchanged for the first time since 1999, win then they are definitely back in the premiership hunt.
It has been mooted that the Swans and Cats were the biggest threats to the Hawks, but perhaps it’s now the Dockers who are the biggest dangers.
The Hawks are purring along nicely and are worthy premiership favourites, and a game against a supposedly rejuvenated Magpies outfit might just be the perfect tonic at this stage of the season.
Meanwhile, you’d think the Tigers would be too good for the Blues, but a few weeks ago the Tigers were cruising before suffering a diabolical loss at the hands of the Kangaroos.
Bottom line though, you couldn’t possibly see the Blues winning.
Like the Tigers, the Power are bound for the finals and it’s hard to see them losing at home at the hands of the Suns.
The Suns have recorded a win over the Power in Adelaide in the past, so you’d be advised not to take anything for granted.
The Power got the Suns quite comprehensively in Round 4 and they were far from disgraced in an honourable road loss at the hands of the Cats last weekend.
The Suns gave the Eagles plenty of cheek in Perth when last they appeared on the road, so the Power beware.
The Bombers are showing signs that the drugs scandal has finally hit home; however, they did hit the wall at the same time last year to miss the finals.
Forecasting the fortunes of the Kangaroos is like trying to pick the winning Lotto numbers – it borders on the impossible.
If the Bombers are kicked out of the competiton, then the Kangaroos are a chance of making the finals if they finish ninth.
We’ll give the Kangaroos one more chance, but don’t hold your breath because it’s impossible to speculate what the Bombers and Kangaroos will bring to the table.
The Kangroos got the Bombers by 24 points in Round 20 last year at Etihad Stadium – the venue for tomorrow’s game.
The Eagles can perhaps smell an upset when they play host to the Cats, especially after winning the corresponding match last year by five points.
The Eagles will be confident after downing the Bombers in Melbourne.
The Swans gave up second spot last weekend against the Magpies, so surely the Cats won’t do the same thing because they will slip to third spot if they go down as the Swans are odds-on to account for the Saints.
Like the Kangaroos, the Eagles might sneak into the finals if they finish ninth and the Bombers are denied the opportunity to play finals.
It’s a big game in Perth, but you’ll have the right to question if the Cats are in fact serious premiership contenders if they don’t win the game.
The Lions, Dockers and Swans will prove too good for the Giants, Demons and Saints, respectively.
Can’t see any upsets there.
Splitting the Bulldogs and Crows is no easy task.
The Bulldogs have been terrific in recent weeks and are more than a decent chance against the Crows.
The Crows jumped out of the boxes against the Kangaroos last weekend and ended up relinquishing the lead before steadying to get the cash.
The Crows are favourites, but the Bulldogs can win if they put it together from start to finish.
In the Rugby Championship, the Wallabies will prove competitive in Sydney but they’ve got too many new faces and with that in mind we’ll stick with the All Blacks.
The Springboks should post a comfortable win over the visiting Pumas in Johannesburg.

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