After suffering their first loss of the season the Melbourne Storm last week joined every other team in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership to be beaten and dropped off top spot on the ladder heading into Round 5.
NRL Round 5 Upset Tip: Tigers to beat the Sharks @ $2.30 through Ladbrokes.com.au on Saturday afternoon
Things kick off with Thursday Night Football this evening, Manly hosting the down-and-out Bunnies at Brookvale Oval. The Sea Eagles are looking to string together three wins after their narrow two point success over the Roosters last Saturday night, while the Rabbitohs were woeful getting smashed 42 – 12 by the Bulldogs on Good Friday. South Sydney welcome back Sam Burgess however and are actually favourites to win in the NRL odds at Ladbrokes.com.au tonight.
Friday night the surprise-package of the 2016 NRL season to date, the Gold Coast Titans, host the Brisbane Broncos in the second Queensland Derby in as many weeks. The Titans are currently fourth on the table and come off a four-point win over the Raiders down in Canberra last week. Brisbane meanwhile are still the red hot favourites after their too-good-to-script Grand Final rematch with the Cowboys last weekend, winning the game in golden point extra time thanks to a 40m field goal from man-of-the-match Anthony Milford.
The aforementioned Storm should get their confidence back hosting the 15th-placed Knights on Saturday afternoon at home, while it is 10th plays 9th in the Tigers vs Sharks clash soon after at Campbelltown Stadium.
The reigning premiers will be out to atone for their close loss to Brisbane when they head back home in Saturday night’s last clash to take on the Dragons who come off a two-point win over the Panthers having regained form in the second half last Sunday.
Sunday’s games see the Wooden Spoon-tracking Chooks look to post their maiden win of the season playing the Warriors, and the Eels hosting Penrith at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta before the round concludes with the ladder-leading Bulldogs playing the Raiders on Monday night.
Check out the full 2016 NRL Round 5 Draw complete with our footy tips for all eight matches below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back our selections or your own favourites at the hottest Rugby League prices!
NRL Round 5 Draw
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Thursday March 31, 7:05pm, Brookvale Oval
Tip: Rabbitohs by 6
Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos
Friday April 1, 7:05pm, Cubs Super Stadium
Tip: Brisbane by 12
Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights
Saturday April 2, 2:00pm, AAMI Park
Tip: Melbourne by 16
Wests Tigers vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Saturday April 2, 4:30pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Tip: Tigers by 2
North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Saturday 2 April, 6:30pm, 1300 Smiles Stadium
Tip: Cowboys by 12
Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors
Sunday 3 April, 2:00pm, Central Coast Stadium
Tip: Roosters by 6
Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers
Sunday 3 April, 4:00pm, Pirtek Stadium
Tip: Eels by 10
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders
Monday 4 April, 7:00pm, Belmore Sports Ground
Tip: Bulldogs by 16