Kick to Come – The Gurgler’s NRL Round 25 Preview

Here's our NRL Round 25 preview featuring all you need to know for the round ahead. We answer our own big questions, give out ordinary tips and little else2

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Just the two rounds of the regular NRL season to go, and so we have our NRL Round 25 Preview.

Full of our shortest possible match by match preview, plenty O Jarryd Hayne, and we have worked out which team has the best FTA win % since 2015.

All of it is mildly interesting at best, so enjoy our NRL Round 25 Preview.

 

THE NRL ROUND 25 PREVIEW MATCH BY MATCH IN 25 WORDS OR LESS OR SO

THURSDAY – BRONCOS v EELS

The last time the NRL weekend didn’t start off with either the Eels or Bulldogs was Round 19. Luckily this is a 2nd v 5th head to head rather than another appallingly boring Bulldogs game. Hopefully it lives up to the previous clash in Round 21.

FRIDAY – RAIDERS v KNIGHTS

Raiders finals tilt came unstuck last weekend, as did the Knights great run of three straight wins. Knights have more to play for. Raiders amongst the most disappointing teams this year. Newcastle have tried hard and have the wins they deserve now.

FRIDAY – TIGERS v COWBOYS

Cowboys have been hit hard with injuries, and are limping their way out of the eight. Tigers could have beaten the Roosters last weekend, and would have been no less than they deserve. Cowboys need a win badly, they haven’t won since Round 20 v NZ Warriors.

SATURDAY – TITANS v BULLDOGS

The rugby league world awaits the reply on the field from Jarryd Hayne. Having seen off another coach it is time to do what anyone earning a million a year should be doing. Plenty.

SATURDAY – STORM v RABBITOHS

Souths have beaten Melbourne twice ever. Despite their recent upturn in form, by moving Cody Walker back where he belongs at 5/8, Melbourne are still in better form and the absolute benchmark for 2017.

SATURDAY – SHARKS v ROOSTERS

3rd v 4th and both sides have been good without being great lately but still sit in the top 4 anyway. A Sharks win would have the sides equal on points and an equal 6-6 for Sharks at home and Roosters away.

SUNDAY – WARRIORS v SEA EAGLES

Hard to think if you can’t beat the Bulldogs in their recent form that you’ll struggle to make any impact on the finals. If Manly fail to beat the Warriors this weekend then they don’t deserve Top 8.

SUNDAY – PANTHERS v DRAGONS

Penrith keep on winning and another win added with other results could see the Dragons out of finals contention in ninth.

 

THE BIG QUESTION

Who replaces Neil Henry?

Probably – Some current assistant coach from another club.

Possibly – Geoff Toovey would be interesting.

Maybe – Jarryd Hayne

Hopefully not – Kevin Walters – why would you leave a winning Origin team to coach Jarryd Hayne

Our Selection – Walker Brothers from Ipswich Jets.

 

A lot of Hayne talk? Why not vote for him in the Jerk of the Month Poll for August.

 

THE USELESS FACTS – WHICH TEAM HAS THE BEST WIN % FOR FTA GAMES?

Ever wondered which team gets the most FTA games. Probably not, that one is obvious, but is more less, and less more?

Below we have all the FTA games from this season, and 2016 and 2015. Why bother going back too far.

Teams % Games Win Loss
Storm 73% 15 11 4
Broncos 71% 52 37 15
Eels 66% 35 23 12
Raiders 60% 10 6 4
Cowboys 58% 19 11 8
Sharks 57% 21 12 9
Roosters 55% 33 18 15
Bulldogs 49% 47 23 24
Panthers 48% 23 11 12
Titans 43% 14 6 8
Rabbitohs 40% 48 19 29
Dragons 38% 29 11 18
Tigers 31% 35 11 24
Sea Eagles 26% 23 6 17
Knights 20% 10 2 8
Warriors 17% 6 1 5

 

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, and no one reads it. So we hope to get at least half of those people for the NRL tipping.

THE GURGLER’s NRL ROUND 25 PREVIEW TIPS

BRONCOS to beat Eels
KNIGHTS to beat Raiders
COWBOYS to beat Tigers
TITANS to beat Bulldogs
STORM to beat Rabbitohs
ROOSTERS to beat Sharks
SEA EAGLES to beat Warriors
PANTHERS to beat Dragons

NRL ROUND 25 PREVIEW TIPS – GUEST TIPSTER – FTA RECORD

Which team has the better win % for FTA games for 2015 to 2017 wins. Percentages in brackets.

BRONCOS (71%) to beat Eels (66%)
RAIDERS (60%) to beat KNIGHTS (20%)
COWBOYS (58%) to beat Tigers (31%)
BULLDOGS (49%) to beat Titans (43%)
STORM (73%) to beat Rabbitohs (40%)
SHARKS (57%) to beat Roosters (55%)
SEA EAGLES (26%) to beat Warriors (17%)
PANTHERS (48%) to beat Dragons (38%)

 

RESULTS SO FAR

Here’s a list of our results and the ridiculous things we’ve put our tips up against this year so far.

Most Visited Website – 88% – 7/8
Best Worst Coaches – 88% – 7/8
R3 Ladder Improvement from 2016 – 75% – 6/8
Deadliest Mascot – 75% – 6/8
Scrabble – 63% – 5/8
Penalties Conceded 63% – 5/8
Twitter – 63% – 5/8
Number of Jerseys – 63% – 5/8
<strong>The Gurgler – 60% – 96 / 160 </strong>
Jersey Sponsor’s Annual Turnover – 4/7 – 57%
Selections by Postcode – 55% – 22/40
<strong>The Dog – 53% – 77 / 144</strong>
RGB of Jerseys – 50% – 4/8
4 Rounds Form – 50% – 4/8
Errors – 50% – 4/8
Odds Change from Start of Season – 50% – 4/8
Leagues Club Turnover – 38% – 3/8
Selection by Mascot – 38% – 3/8
Most Interesting Fan – 38% – 3/8
Pack of Cards – 25% – 2/8
Best Chart Position of Club’s Fan -16% – 1/6
Origin Players from last 3 Years – 0% – 0/4

 

NRL ROUND 25 MULTI

BRONCOS to beat Eels

KNIGHTS +8.5 start v Raiders

COWBOYS to beat Tigers

HAYNE  to beat Bulldogs

STORM to Rabbitohs

ROOSTERS to beat Sharks

WARRIORS +8.5 start v Sea Eagles

PENRITH to beat Dragons

 

 

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Max has no time for long bios, he has only time for sport and then more sport. Each week he tries to sum up what sport has tickled the collective fancy of The Gurgler.

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