NRL Round 19: Not as simple as it looks on paper

 

For general use

 

The season that keeps on giving, that’s  2023. Giving tipsters nightmares, that is.

 

I channeled Maxwell Smart the other day after my tip, the Bulldogs, got smashed by a mere 66 points – “Missed it by that much!” I went against the trend by picking the Panthers over the Storm and, after some early setbacks, got it right when Penrith showed why they’re the team to beat again this year.

 

South Sydney gave me grief (but brought joy to RITV) by coming good prematurely over the Warriors while the Roosters continue to cost me points after yet another loss, this time against the Turbo-less Sea Eagles. Another fine captain’s knock there by DCE.

 

Once I’m back in The Lucky Country this weekend (and a trip OS soon shows how bloody lucky we are to live in Australian), I might be able to get more of the vibe of the game and tip a bit better.

 

Round 19

Tonight should see the Sharks boost their percentage at the expense of the Wests Tigers. Watch Nicho Hynes dominate yet again. How come he didn’t get the No. 14 jersey for the Blues next week?

 

Tomorrow night it will be the Raiders slaying the Dragons who must be wishing that September would come quickly to put them out of their public misery.

 

On Saturday the Moses, RCG and Gutho-less Eels might find the going tough against the Warriors. A possible upset in the making? I’ll go out on a limb and pick the Warriors.

 

The Rabbitohs, having rediscovered their mojo, should add to the Bulldogs’ pain but don’t expect it to come easily. Burton might want to make a point after missing out on Origin selection.

 

Finally, the Titans and Dolphins meet in the match of the round. The Dolphins took it up to the Broncos last weekend and just might get the chocolates as the Gold Coast will be without Tino, Fifita and Brimson. I’ll go for the upset here too by picking the Redcliffe-based lads.

 

So my winners this week are the Sharks, Raiders, Warriors, Rabbitohs and Dolphins.

 

State of Origin

As expected, NSW has wrung the changes to try to salvage something from this year’s Origin series. In doing so, Freddie has created more questions than answers by taking a band aid approach rather than a forward looking option. Walker (over 30) instead of Hynes? Why not give the in form AJ a run on the wing in place of the (so far) ineffective Foxx? Why revert to Saifiti when Utoikamanu is the future? Who knows, it just might work but the odds are against it.

 

The Maroons look far more settled with only forced changes. AJ Brimson has been there, done that – an obvious choice. And Horsburgh has been waiting his turn, again the obvious replacement for Flegler.

 

Let’s see how the week pans out but it’s looking like the first clean sweep since 2010.

 

 

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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A loyal Queenslander, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. Enjoys travel, coffee and cake, reading, and has been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. One of Footy Almanac's online editors who enjoys the occasional editing opportunity to assist aspiring writers.

Comments

  1. roger lowrey says

    IJH,

    As you no doubt understand, much of this is confused speak to true blooded south of the Murray real bloke like your unworthy respondent.

    We struggle on with the exigencies of life as they randomly occur but we get by nonetheless. You know, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the world seems much the same as it was in the 14th Sunday in Ordinary time. Why do we bother we ask?

    But hey, having said that let me say this – as our 22nd Prime Minister was so fond of saying – I have enjoyed your missives from afar. “Tiberius on the telephone” was how our 21st PM described our 20th PM running the country in his latter days from an island off your beloved maroon coloured State. But your recent considered views have been seriously better than all that comrade.

    Yes, there have been a few cock ups but they have always come with a welcome admissions of imperfection. But provided you keep the Rabbitohs in your prayers you’ll always end up in a good space. Trust me!

    RDL

  2. Russel Hansen says

    IJH

    Not as simple as it looks on paper is one description – Souths back to leaking 30+ points again in a loss to a team beaten 0-66 the week before … pass me the Seppelts Port !!

    Origin: yes, it would seem the whitewash is a huge possibility, however, if NSW do conjure a miracle, Cody will have to step up in a pressure situation, in a big game, something he has struggled to do in the past. The 2021 NRL grand final is a bridge I will never be able to build. At least Cody & Creighton are on the same team this game.

    If Cody, and the other Souths boys play well, that will be great. Prayers for no injuries!

    RITV – RPH

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