NRL First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips For Round 20

Dave Kuzio:
Kyle Feldt - North Queensland Cowboys NRL

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First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys (Thursday 10:50 BST)

It is hard to imagine that Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys contested one of the best NRL Grand Finals ever only five years ago, and now here we are on the final weekly round of the 2020 campaign with both teams looking to avoid the wooden spoon. Defeat for the Broncos will see them lose 11 straight and finish bottom, but the Cowboys will take a share of last place with the Broncos and Canterbury as long as the Doggies beat Penrith Panthers on Saturday. These two teams have been awful this season, the only bright spot of the 2020 campaign is that Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt is second on the try scoring ladder with 16. He is only one behind David Nofoaluma of the Wests Tigers, so I am backing Feldt to grab the opening try of the game and put pressure on Nofoaluma ahead of the Tigers game with Parramatta Eels on Saturday.

First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Gold Coast Titans v Newcastle Knights (Friday 09:00 BST)

Gold Coast Titans have finally hit a bit of form as they go in search of their fifth successive win. This run of form has not been enough for them to sneak into the top eight, but it will give Justin Holbrook and his team a lot of confidence heading into the 2021 campaign. The Knights know victory will see them head into the play-offs in sixth place, so it is just as important for them to get the win. Both teams have some great try scorers, and the easy option would be to back Kalyn Ponga as an any time try scorer, but I am not going down that route this weekend. Full-back Alexander Brimson has scored five tries in his eight appearances this season, back him to get the ball rolling for the Titans on Friday.

First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: Cronulla Sharks v Canberra Raiders (Saturday 08:30 BST)

Canberra Raiders might be in fifth position, but don’t write them off of going all the way to the Grand Final again. Saying that, by the end of round 20 they could actually be in fourth if other results go their way – but looking at their team this week I don’t think they are too concerned about where they finish. The Green Machine are a joy to watch, George Williams has fitted in nicely following his move from Super League club Wigan warriors, plus he’s allowed Jack Wighton to play his own game. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see the likes of Wighton and Williams in action this week as coach Ricky Stuart has opted to rest his big-name players. Along with the two halves, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jarrod Croker, Jordan Rapana, Josh Papalii and Joe Tapine all having a break. Having just researched that team, I honestly cannot see the Raiders winning this weekend. There are too many changes, so my focus will now turn to Cronulla. They are without playmaker Shaun Johnson after he ruptured his Achilles tendon, while Josh Dugan and Royce Hunt are also missing. Wade Graham will replace Johnson in the halves, and I’m backing the 29-year-old to score the opening try.

First Try Scorer Predictions & Tips: St George Illawarra Dragons v Melbourne Storm (Sunday 07:05 BST)

Both St George Illawarra Dragons and Melbourne Storm have made a number of changes for their final game of the regular season, but their changes are for different reasons. St George’s interim coach Dean Young was scathing of their performance last weekend and has decided to hand debuts to Jayden Sullivan and Eddie Blacker, while Euan Aitken returns at centre. The Storm have made a number of changes with Brenko Lee, Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes, Josh Addo-Carr and Nelson Asofa-Solomona all taking a break. Even with all those changes, the Storm should still have too much for the Dragons. I’m backing the returning Ryan Papenhuyzen to score the opening try of the game from full-back to add to his seven tries this season.