Eels v Gold Coast – Saturday, April 11, 5pm (NZT) at Pirtek Stadium
Both losers last week, the Eels make a couple of changes with Manu Ma’u going back to the second row after a hastily arranged shift to the centres when Reece Robinson picked up a last minute hamstring injury. Robinson is back on the wing and John Folau returns to the centres.
The Titans make one change with Eddy Pettybourne replacing Dave Taylor in the second row.
The Titans are ahead 7-4 in the head to head stakes between the sides but haven’t won at Pirtek Stadium since 2008. Eels by 8.
Watch out for…John Folau vs James Roberts. Brute strength vs pure speed.
Warriors v Tigers – Saturday, Arpil 11, 7.30pm (NZT) at Mt Smart Stadium
Both sides are unchanged from last weekend, meaning Konrad Hurrell gets a reprieve after a horror return from injury against the Storm while Robbie Farah starts at hooker despite almost getting his ear torn off last Monday.
The Warriors have won eight of their last 11 at Mt Smart and three of their last four against the Tigers including a 42-18 win last time they met. Warriors by 10.
Watch out for…Young guns Tui Lolohea and James Tedesco going head to head at fullback.
Penrith v Manly – Saturday, April 11, 9.30pm (NZT) at Pepper Stadium
Manly are at the bottom of the table. Who’d a thunk it?! The Sea Eagles have been outscored 68-121 in five games so far and have only scored 13 tries to the Panthers’ 19.
Manly are unchanged from last weekend’s loss to the Raiders while the Panthers are missing Kiwi centre Dean Whare with a hamstring injury. Jamal Idris moves from the back-row, where he played last week, to the centres, with Sika Manu returning to the starting side in the number 11 jersey. Penrith by 4.
What to watch for…Tom Trbojevic scored twice on debut last week. Can he back it up?
Raiders v Melbourne – Sunday, April 12, 4pm (NZT) at GIO Stadium
Billy Slater is out for four weeks after aggravating a shoulder injury in a huge hit from Manu Vatuvei last week. Slater was named in the Storm’s starting side before scans revealed the extent of the injury and a replacement will be named closer to the game with a possible backline reshuffle on the cards.
The Raiders were asleep at the wheel in the opening minutes last week but ended up steamrolling Manly in Albury. Ricky Stuart has made just one change, with Jeremy Hawkins replacing the suspended Jordan Rapana on the wing.
The Raiders have won three of the last six matches between the two sides, but one of the losses was an embarrassing 68-4 hiding at home. Storm by 8.
What to watch for…Sisa Waqa against his old teammates. He’s been lighting it up for the Green Machine this year.
Rabbitohs v Cowboys – Monday, April 13, 9pm (NZT) at ANZ Stadium
Despite rumours of Greg Inglis moving to the halves to replace the injured Adam Reynolds, Michael Maguire has opted for John Sutton at 6 and Luke Keary at 7. Injury forced Glenn Stewart off in the second half last week but he’s been named in the back-row. George Burgess escaped punishment at the judiciary for dangerous contact and is set to line up at prop.
Cowboys coach Paul Green has named the same 17 that defeated Penrith 30-10 on Monday with Lachlan Coote at fullback, Michael Morgan at five-eighth and James Granville starting at hooker.
The Cowboys have won their last three matches against the Bunnies and were one of only two sides (Melbourne are the other) to beat South Sydney twice in 2014. Rabbitohs by 2.
What to watch for…He’ll be wearing the number one jersey but Inglis hinted he could slip into the halves. Inglis v Thurston anyone?