Round 13 of the NRL season 2019 sees some clubs coming off an Origin hangover as their players bounce back from a draining game.
Other clubs are fresh as daisies after a week off and others, well they just want to get to the next game.
Either way we can find our weekly five lessons from the games this past weekend.
1 – Knights Keep Charging
Half the competition was on a bye last week including the Knights but that didn’t seem to have much of an impact on their hot streak.
Yes if you wanted to be a bit petty you could argue it came against a drained Rabbitohs side but it’s not like they weren’t having to cover for some absences as well, namely Kalyn Ponga.
It’s certainly a tick in the right box for the Knights as they overcome schedule and lineup disruptions to continue their good run of form and extend it to six on the trot.
They get another huge test in Melbourne this Saturday afternoon when they take on a Storm side who looked pretty good themselves.
2 – Raiders Shut Up Shop Again
In this modern era of sports science and clean eating, the thought of a donut might scare a few of these athletes.
Of course, when the opposing score resembles that treat then it’s one of the best feelings in the sport… and perhaps worthy of a treat after the game as well if you’re the Canberra Raiders.
Their 28-0 win on Friday was the third time this season the Raiders have won a game while keeping an opponent scoreless and, perhaps even more impressively, it was the second time they have done it away from home.
Thus far the Raiders are the best team in the competition against the spread with a 10-3 record and looking like a really solid team to back in at the moment.
3 – Eels Away Struggles
The Eels are actually turning into a team that’s easy to get a read on, they are pretty good at home and frustrating away from home.
This weekend was another example of that as they were run off the park by Cronulla to drop their away record to 2-5 both head to head and against the spread.
Thankfully for them, they are back at home this weekend taking on the Broncos where they have gone 4-2.
4 – Panthers Making Their Run?
The Knights run should be earning them plenty of plaudits but it’s hard to ignore what the Panthers are doing right now as well.
That’s three wins in a row which has taken them off the bottom of the table and just two points off the top eight.
Yes two have come against some undermanned and fatigued sides but they’re beating the opponents in front of them.
This weekend will be a good test of where they are at as they take on a Souths side that has struggled with Origin commitments and does play a very different style.
The Panthers have won by turning games into scrap fests and keeping their opponents to as low of a score as possible, each of their three wins have had under 30 total points in the game while the Rabbitohs have had nine overs in the total points market.
If you like the Panthers, perhaps you could look at the unders double as well.
5 – Raiders Sharks Preview
We’ve touched on the Raiders but we need to discuss the Sharks who have won three of their last four ahead of their huge clash with the Raiders this weekend.
They ran up 42 on the Eels this past weekend coming out of their bye week firing.
On top of that they’ve been competitive on the road going 3-3 so they won’t fear trip to Canberra.
In short, we get two in form teams this weekend as fourth hosts sixth and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend of NRL action.