NRL Tipping Round 13: Tips and predictions from The Roar experts

Now we’re taking a break from our regular programming to be totally absorbed in a side show for almost two months.

State of Origin is about to cast its long annual shadow over the NRL, but for true football tipsters, weekly results remain of utmost importance.

It doesn’t matter if there aren’t as many games some weeks, that just means you have a better chance of getting that rare perfect round.

A warning to those playing the double points wild card round: this week is not the time to use it.

Parramatta Eels


cronulla sharks

NRL: Face to face

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7:50 p.m.

Newcastle Knights


Canterbury Bulldogs


NRL: Face to face

Friday, May 31, 2024, 8:00 p.m.

Penrith Panthers


St George Illawarra Dragons


NRL: Face to face

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 5:30 p.m.



Canberra Raiders


NRL: Face to face

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 7:35 p.m.

Sydney Roosters


North Queensland Cowboys


NRL: Face to face

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 16:05

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There are only five games on the schedule this week, but they are all difficult to predict in their own way.

Parramatta have two big weapons against a depleted Sharks team, but the Eels lost to Souths last weekend, so how much can Mitchell Moses and Clint Gutherson really do to reverse that disaster?

Newcastle should be too strong at home for a Canterbury team missing Matt Burton, Stephen Crichton and Josh Addo-Carr, but you wouldn’t put your house on it.

The Panthers are depleted but the Dragons are missing three key Origin representatives, the Dolphins and Raiders are a toss-up and with several players missing from each side, Sunday’s Roosters vs Cowboys match could go either way.

This is how experts see the development of Round 13.

Stuart Thomas

Eels, Knights, Panthers, Dolphins, Roosters

The Panthers welcome a host of players for their clash with the Sharks, who lose Nicho Hynes and Cameron McInnes. A surprising win for the Eels, although is it really a surprise after what Cronulla produced last time out?

Both the Knights and the Dogs have plenty of changes and the losses of Matt Burton, Stephen Crichton and Viliame Kikau will leave a huge void in the Canterbury squad. Knights in a thriller.

The Panthers are at half their strength and the Dragons are without Ben Hunt and Zac Lomax. Seriously, why do we play these games? In my opinion, it is disrespectful to rugby league. Penrith will win based on… well, I’m not sure.

Only a few misses for the Dolphins and Raiders and many came back into contention for both teams. Bennett’s boys will bounce back after dropping two points they probably thought were theirs last weekend.

The Roosters will defeat the depleted Cowboys in the final game of the round on Sunday afternoon. There is simply no way the Queenslanders can perform up to their Origin results. Crashes by 36.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26: Herbie Farnworth of the Dolphins is tackled during the NRL Round 12 match between Warriors and New Zealand Dolphins at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart on May 26, 2024 in Auckland , New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Herbie Farnworth. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Nick Wasiliev

Eels, Knights, Panthers, Dolphins, Roosters

Ahh, the dreaded reduced rounds begin. Many times my advice has been discarded by this dreaded period of the season. Here we go.

I mean, maybe the Eels have a chance here? Losing personnel to Origin is never fun and that’s the case for Cronulla, but then add Mitchell Moses and Clint Gutherson and there’s a lot of gray area here. I’m afraid it would take more to change this side… but it’s Origin week, it ruins everything.

Newcastle at home is always a tougher prospect, but then add in that the Doggies lose key players to Origin, which is a huge compliment to their resurgence, but also a headache. Gentlemen should do it.

I once made sure the Panthers would go down. Last week, against Cronulla. Never more. Its depth is filth. A friend of mine even scolded me for doing it, and he was right!

The Dolphins have a difficult recovery after the Warriors, but there was a lot to like in Auckland despite the drop. Plus, Kayo Stadium just does something for the kids.

The Gallos, at home, will win by a landslide.

Maria Konstantopoulos

Eels, Knights, Panthers, Dolphins, Roosters

I’m still tipping the Eels and they’re going to have to win a game eventually, right? The Eels will undoubtedly improve with the return of Mitch Moses and Clint Gutherson. I’m tipping them because I’m a sucker supporter, but after a really disappointing loss to the Panthers and the absence of players like Cam McInnes and Nicho Hynes, maybe this is the Eels’ chance to attack a depleted Sharks team .

The Bulldogs have once again understood what it means for Origin to wear down a team. Without Matt Burton, Stephen Crichton and Viliame Kikau, who have been three of the Dogs’ most damaging players, I struggle to see where their points will come from. Knights to win in a close match.

Even when the Panthers lose a player to injury or Origin, they just seem to call up the next player. Even with Origin impacting his lineup, they will beat an inconsistent Dragons side.

The Dolphins are back at home this week and I think that’s enough to give them the edge over the Raiders.

The Roosters have had a big role of late and the Cowboys are seriously depleted by Origin. Roosters to win by 12+.

Pablo Sutor

Sharks, Knights, Panthers, Dolphins, Roosters.

Parra has been rotten but Cronulla is exhausted. The Sharks can overcome the absence of some key players, while the return of a couple of the Eels won’t be enough.

Newcastle are creeping up the table without Kalyn Ponga due to a combination of grit and poor opposition – perfect timing to have the Dogs with three players in the Origin camp and no Knights on representative duty.

Penrith’s NSW Cup team will be smarter than St George Illawarra, who have shown glimpses of Anthony Griffin’s reign of error with some of their decisions in recent weeks.

The Dolphins will bounce back after a flat effort in Auckland on Sunday by beating Canberra at their geographic base of Redcliffe, also known as the location of The.

North Queensland are terrible when they have all their players and although the Roosters are also understrength, they are a smart team.

Dylan Edwards of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL round seven match between Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers at Carrington Park on April 20, 2024, in Bathurst, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Dylan Edwards of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL round seven match between Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers at Carrington Park on April 20, 2024, in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

AJ Mithen

Eels, Knights, Panthers, Raiders, Roosters

It’s time for some Origin CHAOS! Let’s do this quickly. The Eels will beat the Sharks in a massive Origin-affected upset. The Knights will beat the Bulldogs in a big Origin upset.

The popular team, their presumed champion, the Canberra Raiders, will head to Redcliffe and give a casual 56 to the hapless Dolphins. The Panthers will still be able to beat the Dragons. The roosters will outnumber the cowboys. That’s all!

Mike Meehall Wood

Parra, Knights, Panthers, Phins, Roosters

You thought you’d got rid of me… Not Hynes, not McInnes against a team that returned Mitch Moses and Clint Gutherson to the side… I’ll take Parramatta for the first example of why Origin football is rubbish. These should be the Sharks all day, but they won’t be.

Part 2 is the Knights, who are missing no one and will therefore defeat a Bulldogs team without their two best players. At least they’ve cast Toby Sexton, although it won’t be enough to move the needle here.

No amount of Origin outings could convince me to pick the Dragons over the Panthers. Penrith walks this one.

I’m not sure how much of a loss Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is for the Phins given they did so well without him before, so I’ll set it up quickly and tip them with very little confidence against the Raiders. However, he was not surprised by a shock.

Allianz will not be surprised. The Cowboys inexplicably keep drafting players even though they are allergic to defense, while the Chooks simply call up a few more players. You are going to win and more than enough.

Round 13 Stuart Thomas Nick Wasiliev Maria Konstantopoulos Pablo Sutor AJ Mithen Mike Meehall Wood The crowd
PAR vs CRO eels eels eels sharks eels eels ?
NEW against CBY Gentlemen Gentlemen Gentlemen Gentlemen Gentlemen Gentlemen ?
PEN vs. SGI panthers panthers panthers panthers panthers panthers ?
DOL v. CBA dolphins dolphins dolphins dolphins raiders dolphins ?
SYD v NQC roosters roosters roosters roosters roosters roosters ?
Last round 4 6 5 4 5 5 5
2024 count 61 64 54 63 57 64 63

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