NRL Picks and Preview: Round 17

Ask any Dragons fan who their unsung hero has been this year and they will almost all say Ah Mau. New South Wales have more than deserved their lead, and while fantasy players collectively congratulate them for their effort, we also shake our fists at the scraps they have left with us to work with. It's the start of the pointy end of season , and I don't need to tell any of you how close the competition is this year. Tui unlikely for Wallabies spring tour 1d AAP. The lack of Origin stars in the team makes selections this week a lot easier. Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors

BRUNSY’S BIG DECISIONS

Melbourne Storm vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has actually been a pleasant surprise at fullback, not the precipitous drop-off I thought it may be when the monstrously underrated Dylan Edwards was injured.

The Bulldogs are an unrecognisable team from the one that was being sold to everyone as a genuine contender at the beginning of the year. They are also close to the most unwatchable team in the league, but somehow, despite all that, managed to thrash a decent Newcastle side last week. The Raiders put in a pathetic second half against the Broncos, being run down from a lead. This game might be a real stinker. This is another of those games that could see 80 points scored or 8 points scored.

Either way, Martin will put up a score. He smashed out last week and will need even more required of him with David Klemmer missing with NSW. An absolute must have every week at that price. BJ Leilua appears to have really hit a wall in Canberra. This year he has not had it all his own way, but through injuries and rep duty, he has the chance to rack up a huge score here and lock himself into the no.

HIs base stats are phenomenal when given the time, and he should get close to 80 in this one. A safe, cheap pick. Another ridiculous scheduling decision by the NRL, the Titans so seldom attract decent crowds and they might have just reached half their capacity if their local rivals were in town, even if it were purely opposition fans. Brisbane got out of jail last week against a Canberra team that I think officially ruled themselves out of finals contention.

Sam Burgess can handle the extra scrutiny over his alleged involvement in the sexting scandal that threatens to undermine South Sydney's premiership run, his brother George says. Interest in the women's Koori Knockout rugby league event is growing, as it improves health in Indigenous communities. BEN Hunt will head home to Queensland to get away from rugby league as he fears his end-of-season form with St George Illawarra may have cost him a possible Australian jersey. Skip to main content. Main menu Home Guest tips The Lounge.

Tipping competition — prize details comments: Non-owners should find it hard to ignore that price. Injury, not goal-kicking in some games, the addition of Maloney and Origin have all had a role in Cleary not reaching the heights of last year.

On the topic of halves, Widdop is another gun who is priced nicely. With a three-round average of Matterson returned to 80 minutes on the edge over the weekend which was a pleasant relief for those who held on me!

Although named on the edge, Matterson could still be used as part of the lock rotation which would severely affect his scores. With a breakeven of 88, non-owners can afford to wait a week for another look. My love affair continues…Well, sort of.