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NRL: Broncos out to secure top four

The race to finish in the top eight of the NRL continues on Saturday as the Roosters take on the Dragons and Manly Sea Eagles entertain Newcastle, while the Broncos have their eye on the top four when they face the Titans.

The battle to finish in finals could not be much tighter and the Roosters versus the Dragons is a huge game as both sides are right in the mix.

The Dragons sit in ninth spot on the ladder with only points difference keeping them out of the eight, while the Roosters are just one place and two points below them.

Manly occupy the final spot in the eight but there is plenty of work to do if they are to stay there. They are up against a Newcastle side that look set to miss out on finals but will not give up all hope just yet.

The Broncos are in fifth spot and are looking up as they face the struggling Titans on the Gold Coast in the late game.

It looks to be an exciting day of footy so let’s take a closer look at each game.

What: Sydney Roosters v St George Illawarra
Where: Central Coast Stadium, Sydney
When: 15:00 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Roosters 1/3, Dragons 47/20

The Roosters are on the slide after losing the last four games and are in danger of missing out on finals unless they can get their act together in the remaining games.

Sydney have had a big issue with missed tackles this season, recording 529, but the Dragons trump them with 569 so it could get interesting on Saturday afternoon.

State of Origin trio James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou and Angus Crichton have all been named to play and will need to pick themselves up after New South Wales’ loss to Queensland.

They are also boosted by the return of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who has recovered from a hamstring injury and will take his place on the bench.

The Dragons lost 32-18 against the Broncos last weekend but had won their previous two games before that.

Key to their chances against the Roosters will be the performance of Queensland Origin hero Ben Hunt. He appears to have come through game three unscathed and has been named in the No.7 jersey.

Tariq Sims is suspended and has been replaced by Jack de Belin, while Tautua Moga comes in to replace the injured Mikaele Ravalawa.

What: Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights
Where: 4 Pines Park, Sydney
When: 17:30 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Manly 1/3, Newcastle 47/20

Manly had a bye last weekend but before that they caught the eye with an impressive win to see off the Melbourne Storm 36-30. They had the game sewn up at one point before allowing the Storm to fight their way back and set up a nervy finish.

It is not the first time they have switched off late and the Cowboys made them pay with a late 28-26 win in the game before. It is a habit Manly need to lose with finals approaching.

Captain Daly Cherry-Evans should be buzzing still after helping Queensland win State of Origin, while Jake Trbojevic will also play after representing NSW.

Newcastle continue to disappoint and have lost three of the last four games to leave them in 12th spot on the ladder, three wins away from the eight. They went down 40-28 against the Rabbitohs last Friday.

Bradman Best is ruled out after picking up a thumb injury against the Rabbitohs, but Kalyn Ponga, Jacob Saifiti and Dane Gagai will all return after injury.

What: Gold Coast Titans v Brisbane Broncos
Where: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
When: 19:35 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Titans 19/10, Broncos 21/50

The Titans have won just three games this season but two of them have been at Cbus Stadium so that at least gives them a bit of hope heading into Saturday night’s game.

They have however lost six on the bounce and are in danger of picking up their second wooden spoon in four years unless they can turn things around.

Skipper Tino Fa'asuamaleaui will play three days after Origin while Phil Sami and Corey Thompson both return from knee injuries.

The Broncos have their place in the eight pretty much secured and have their sights set higher. There is a chance they could move into the top four with a big enough win over the Titans.

Selwyn Cobbo will be missing after suffering a concussion on Origin duty. Kurt Capewell will be rested and Payne Haas has a shoulder issue.
However Corey Oates and Pat Carrigan are expected to play after their Origin heroics.

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