Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cowboys Destroy Dragons While Hasler on Song about Raiders; Rugby League Columnist Tony Durkin Casts His Eye over Round 6 of the NRL

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cowboys Destroy Dragons While Hasler on Song about Raiders; Rugby League Columnist Tony Durkin Casts His Eye over Round 6 of the NRL

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TONIGHT

Broncos v Dragons

Suncorp Stadium 7.50pm

History: Played 34, Broncos 20, Dragons 14

Last met: Broncos 32-6, round 23, 2015

THE Broncos may well hold a commanding advantage over the Dragons, especially at this ground, but very rarely over the years have the margins been big. Yet unless the big Red V have been able to find some attacking prowess in the five days since the Cowboys hammered them 36-nil, they are on a hiding to nothing tonight. Despite two wins in three weeks, the Dragons have scored a meagre 40 points in five games and that attack will not scare the table-topping Broncos.

TIP - Broncos

TOMORROW

Rabbitohs v Roosters

ANZ Stadium 7.50pm

History: Played 213, Rabbitohs 112, Roosters 96, drawn 5

Last met: Rabbitohs 42-10, round 1, 2016

WHEN the Roosters smashed their arch rivals by 32 points in round one, most pundits were surprised by the margin, if not the result. But events since have highlighted the widening gap between these foundation clubs, at least during the early stages of the season. While they were desperately unlucky to lose last weekend, if the Roosters go under tomorrow night it will be their worst start to a season in 50 years. Conversely, lady luck shone on the Rabbitohs a week ago and although all indicators point to a Souths win, this could be close.

TIP - Rabbitohs

SATURDAY

Eels v Raiders

Pirtek Stadium 3pm

History: Played 51, Raiders 26, Eels 25

Last met: Raiders 28-24, round 26, 2015

In the opening five rounds of the premiership the Eels have gained a reputation as the most brutal pack, but may meet their match at home on Saturday afternoon. Not only did the Raiders beat the Bulldogs on the scoreboard on Monday night, they completely outplayed their giant forwards. With speed to burn and a super-creative pair of halves, the Raiders finally appear to be the real deal and will fully test what had been - until last weekend - the outstanding defence of the Eels. The clash of the halves is vital with the fancied Eels pair of Norman and Foran needing to step up.

TIP - Eels

Warriors v Sea Eagles

Mt Smart Stadium 5.30pm (AEST)

History: Played 27, Sea Eagles 19, Warriors 8

Last met: Sea Eagles 32-12, round 20, 2015

TWO successive wins may not be the redeemer, but the body language of the Warriors after their golden-point victory last weekend is an indicator they may have mentally turned the corner. With Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke finally running the ball and Roger Tuivasa-Scheck finding some open spaces, the danger signs have been erected. And despite their courage and at times outstanding attack against the Rabbitohs, the visit to New Zealand appears a bridge too far for the struggling Sea Eagles who have won in Auckland nine times from 12 visits.

TIP - Warriors

Panthers v Cowboys

Pepper Stadium 7. …

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