Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gary Belcher's Review of NRL Round 7

Fox Sport Expert, Gary Belcher previews Round 7 of the NRL. Check it out here and see if you agree with Gary. Comments are welcome.

Fox Sports commentator Gary Belcher offers his thoughts and predictions for round seven of the NRL premiership.

Belcher kindly stepped in for regular Laurie Daley this week, with Daley to be back on deck in the preview chair for round eight.

Canterbury-Bankstown v Brisbane Broncos, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Friday 7.35pm (EST)
The Broncos are going to be up against a much better defence this week than they were against the Sharks, so I think the Bulldogs will really test them. I was really impressed with Brisbane’s renewed cohesion in attack, but I think they are up against a much tougher opponent this week so I’m going to go the Bulldogs.

North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, Friday 7.35pm (EST)
The Cowboys without Luke O’Donnell, Matt Bowen, Aaron Payne and particularly Johnathan Thurston will be very hard to tip. The Eels found something against the Rabbitohs in the second half last week, but I’m not convinced about what the Eels have to offer, so I’m going to tip against the grain and go the Cowboys 1-12, but only because they’re at home.

Penrith v Wests Tigers, CUA Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 5.30pm (EST) In the battle of the big cats, I think it will be the Panthers to show something special. I’m a big Tigers fan, however there has been something missing from them in the last few weeks as far as putting two good 40 minute halves together. Keith Galloway’s back, that’s a big plus for them, but I’m going to go for the Panthers as I think they have something special out wide on the edges (as far as attack goes).

Cronulla v Newcastle Knights, Toyota Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.30pm (EST)
The Sharks just can’t score points and until they get some sort of confidence or their mojo back, (that’s been missing for a long time), they are going to find it tough. The Knights have plenty of points in them, some big outside backs on both edges and the Sharks were really vulnerable on the edges against the Broncos last week, so I’ve got to go for the Knights there.

Canberra v South Sydney, Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Sunday 2pm (EST)
This is a tough one to pick this. The Raiders were very poor against the Roosters but they are better at home. We know they’ll perform better at home and they’ll be very embarrassed with what they threw up last week against the Roosters. The Rabbitohs’ fans will be a bit alarmed the way they clocked off in the second half against the Eels last week. Raiders at home.

St George Illawarra v Sydney Roosters, Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Sunday 4pm (EST)
The Dragons consistency has been great, they make few errors and they are clinical, but I just think the Roosters are going to toss something special up against their old foes here. I’m tipping the Roosters in a pretty tight one.

Melbourne Storm v Warriors, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Sunday 6pm (EST)
The Warriors have had a bit of joy down in Melbourne recently but it’s hard to go past the Storm – they don’t very often put two bad performances together. There were some alarming signs against the Titans in round five and then of course beaten against the Sea Eagles last week. I don’t think three in a row is going to happen. Storm will be absolute specials in this match.

Manly v Gold Coast Titans, Brookvale Oval, Sydney, Monday 7pm (EST)
The Sea Eagles were very impressive last week, they’re rocking at the moment. Without Scott Prince I just don’t know if the Titans have the ability to put points together and their attack is just not flowing. I think there is a fair bit of doubt in the Titans camp as to whether they can perform without Prince and I think that’s showing up on the field. The Eagles to win.

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