Hawthorn vs. Brisbane Lions
Geelong’s loss on Thursday night opens up a door for the Hawks, and with a home game in hand against the Lions, Hawthorn are in prime position to further help their finals case. Brisbane look capable of an upset on any given week, but unfortunately for Chris Fagan’s side, the Lions’ record down in Launceston isn’t pretty. Brisbane’s last (and only) win in Tassie came during 2009, and with the Hawks expecting Brendan Whitecross back in the side, Hawthorn should wrap this one up.
Manly Sea Eagles vs. Melbourne Storm
The Storm’s last loss came against this Manly outfit, and Melbourne should be short-staffed due to Origin commitments this week. You could argue this is a different Storm side compared to the one that lost in Round 11 though, and as we saw last week, it’s Melbourne’s depth that can really pack a punch. The Sea Eagles should keep this one close at Brookvale, but Melbourne’s 5-3 record in away games this year makes the Storm hard to back against.
GWS Giants vs. Richmond
There’s no denying Richmond’s dominance right now, but a quick look at their record in away games casts some doubt over the Tigers. All three of Richmond’s losses have come on the road this year, and although the Giants came up short against West Coast last week, GWS’ form as of late has been strong. This undermanned side has been great at starting out games red hot, and if the Giants can control the midfield battle, they just might upset the reigning premiers.