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NRL: Tigers target back-to-back wins

Magic Round 2023 comes to its conclusion in Brisbane on Sunday and Wests Tigers will be looking to back up a shock win over Penrith.

It has been a disastrous start to the season for the Tigers, but the 12-8 victory over the Panthers last week could be just what they need to kick-start the campaign.

They come up against a Dragons side who are desperate for points, so we could be in for a closely-fought, intense battle at Suncorp Stadium.

Two sides locked together on the ladder, Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels, also go head-to-head in the final game of the round.

The Titans are in 10th, the Eels one place below them, and neither side is where they want to be right now.

A victory at Suncorp will get one of them heading in the right direction, the other with their finals hopes hanging in the balance. So, there is plenty at stake in a massive game.

Wests out to back up huge win

WhatWests Tigers v St George/Illawarra Dragons
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When13:50 (AEST), Sunday 7th May 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsWests Tigers 1.91, St George/Illawarra Dragons 1.91

Wests Tigers pulled off the surprise of the 2023 NRL season so far when defeating reigning premiers Penrith in week nine.

Considering they had lost the previous eight games and were in turmoil, shows what a huge win it was, but now they need to back it up against the Dragons.

It is over 12 months since they last went back-to-back and will not get a better chance against a Dragons side that will be low on confidence after losing four on the bounce.

All four defeats have been close games though, with six points the biggest losing margin, so they are not being blown away by the opposition.

Lomax dropped

The Dragons have outscored the opposition 14 tries to 13, which shows that goal-kicking has been the issue for them. With that in mind coach Anthony Griffin has reacted by dropping Zac Lomax from his side.

As for the Tigers, they are forced into one change from the side that beat Penrith as Brent Naden has been handed a three-match ban for a shoulder charge against the Panthers.

Tigers winger David Nofoaluma loves playing at Suncorp having scored eight tries in his last six games at the venure. And he is priced at 2.00 to score at anytime on Sunday.

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Forward battle on the cards

WhatGold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When18:25 (AEST), Sunday 7th May 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGold Coast Titans 2.90, Parramatta Eels 1.42

The Titans and Eels both head into the game on the back of victories in week nine and they need to find some consistency if they are to play finals.

Gold Coast were impressive 26-10 winners away at Manly, while Parramatta thrashed the Knights 43-12.

The respective forwards were both on fire in those two wins and the prospect of them facing each other at Suncorp is mouthwatering to say the least.

Games between these two are usually tight. The Eels won both games last season but only by four and six points, and the Titans have improved since then.

Gutherson on fire

Another close battle looks to be on the cards at Suncorp and the game could hinge on the big players standing up in the big moments.

Eels fullback Clint Gutherson is one such player and he has managed to bag eight tries in his past seven games. He is 11.00 to score the first against the Titans.

Gold Coast’s Alofiana Khan-Pereira is also on fire with nine tries in his last seven games and the winger is priced at 2.20 to score anytime.

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