Welcome to The Gurgler’s Kick to Come – our NRL Round 4 preview.
Hard to think we’re up to Round 4 already, after the off season felt like an eternity.
It will probably be an eternity for Jason Taylor to get another coaching gig, as he became the season’s first casualty. He is very unlikely to be the last. As unlikely as he is to be hired again in the NRL.
In case you’re asking, we’ve supplied our thoughts on last weekend’s Round 3 with our recap of Round 3.
But that’s last week, and this week is…this week.
Each week we ask questions on the round ahead and answer them ourselves, mainly because no one else will. We also provide our “best bets” on the weekend action and our tipping competition. And we indulge ourselves with something stupid, the backbone of this website.
SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE NRL ROUND 4 PREVIEW
ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS
Q – How many fingers will Luke Keary be giving to Souths (more appropriately Russell Crowe) after Thursday night’s game?
A – One or two. His choice.
PANTHERS v KNIGHTS
Q – Surely Penrith won’t be as many dud decisions this week?
A – Na.
BRONCOS v RAIDERS
Q – Friday night at Suncorp Stadium?
A – You know it.
MANLY v BULLDOGS
Q – Will the sacking of Jason Taylor and a surge in form allow both head coaches Manly and Bulldogs to breathe easier.
A – Yes.
EELS v SHARKS
Q – Doesn’t Channel Nein like the Sharks? This looks a certain Sunday afternoon game?
A – Appears so. Maybe it is something else that people can blame Fifita for.
TITANS v COWBOYS
Q – Was last weekend a one off for both teams?
A – We think so.
WESTS TIGERS v STORM
Q – Sacked Coach Bounce?
A – Melbourne Storm are never that generous.
DRAGONS v WARRIORS
Q – Can the Warriors win a game in Sydney in the first half of the season?
A – No.
BONUS QUESTION – How bad is that TAB ad with the Bon Jovi song?
A – Still real bad.
THE GURGLER’S NRL TIPPING COMPETITION
Each week we will supply our tips for the week ahead, plus take on some guest tipsters. They are likely to determined by a ridiculous method. Will arse beat class? Probably. Pity we’re neither.
We have done it for the EPL, but next to none reads it. So we hope to get at least half of those people for the NRL tipping.
It is like the BBC EPL Tips of Lawro vs Someone Else, but more ridiculous.
THE GURGLER’s NRL ROUND 4 PREVIEW TIPS
NRL ROUND 4 PREVIEW – GUEST TIPSTER 1 – ROUND 3 LADDER IMPROVEMENT FROM 2016
This time we compare each teams Round 3 position from 2016 to 2017. The team with the most positive improvement or lesser of the drop off gets the tip. Movement from 2016 to 2017 in brackets. Historical ladder courtesy of www.footyforecaster.com
ROOSTERS (+14) to beat Rabbitohs (-2)
KNIGHTS (+2) to beat Penrith (0)
BRONCOS (-4) to beat Raiders (-5)
MANLY (-1) to beat Bulldogs (-2)
EELS (+5) to beat Sharks (+3)
COWBOYS (-2) to beat Titans (-8)
STORM (0) to beat Tigers (-8)
DRAGONS (+10) to beat NZ (0)
NRL ROUND 4 PREVIEW – GUEST TIPSTER 2 – POSTCODE
So we have used the postcode of the team’s spiritual home (e.g. Souths = Redfern, Bulldogs = Belmore) added the 4 digits and the biggest total gets the tip. (e.g. 4503 = 4+5+0+3 = 12) Postcode and total in brackets below.
Roosters (10 – 2026) to beat Rabbitohs (9 – 2016)
Penrith (14 – 2750) to beat Knights (5 – 2300)
Broncos (14 – 4064) to beat Raiders (9 – 2601)
Bulldogs ( 14 – 2192) to beat Manly (3 – 2100)
Eels (8 – 2150) to beat Sharks (7 – 2230)
Titans (14 – 4226) to beat Cowboys (13 – 4810)
West Tigers (6 – 2040) to beat Melbourne (3 – 3000)
Dragons (12 – 2217) to beat Warriors (8 – 1061)
NRL ROUND 4 PREVIEW – GUEST TIPSTER 3 – THE DOG
If we’re asking mascots, and postcodes, why not the dog.
RABBITOHS to beat Roosters
PANTHERS to beat Knights
RAIDERS to beat Broncos
BULLDOGS to beat Sea Eagles
SHARKS to beat Eels
COWBOYS to beat Titans
STORM to beat Tigers
DRAGONS to beat Warriors
RESULTS SO FAR
The Gurgler – 67% – 16/24
Scrabble – 63% – 5/8
Selections by Postcode – 54% – 13/24
The Dog – 38% – 9 / 24
Selection by Mascot – 38% – 3/8
Pack of Cards – 25% – 2/8
THE GURGLER’S NRL ROUND 4 PREVIEW SUPER MULTI
Want to win some cash? You may well need to avoid following our tips. Here for you street money consideration is our best bets conveniently packaged into a super multi.
RABBITOHS +12.5 start v Roosters
PANTHERS to win v Knights
RAIDERS +6.5 start v Broncos
BULLDOGS to win v Manly
EELS to win v Sharks
COWBOYS -5.5 start v Titans
TIGERS +8.5 start v Storm
DRAGONS to win v NZ
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