May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler pick their winners


Andrew Johns admits Ricky Stuart’s decision to leave prop superstar Josh Papalii on his side to take on the Rabbitohs tonight is “interesting” but says there is a method to the madness.

Speaking to Brad Fittler for Wide World of Sports’ Advice from Freddy and JoeyJohns looked forward in the Raiders draw before launching into a theory as to why Stuart would have chosen this game as the one that would rest Papalii – an almost guaranteed selection player for Queensland in the upcoming Origin series. .

“I took a look, next week they’re going to Newcastle home, it’s a nine-day turnaround,” Johns said.

“If they thought they would put it down and refresh it for that one …”

The decision to rest Papalii gives him a 14-day period between games to cool off, with Stuart himself admitting he did it in an attempt to “bring back old Papa”.

But the rest of the squad will also benefit from a luxurious gap between tonight’s game and next Saturday’s Knights clash, with Johns adding that he’s sure Stuart would have swung a carrot for his players to make a big effort to break their losing streak against. the Rabbitohs.

“I have no doubt that Ricky would have gone to his team and said to them, ‘Thursday night you win, I’ll give you Friday, Saturday, Sunday off.’ So for that reason I’m going to tip the Raiders there. -low, ”Johns said.

Johns and Fittler also expected the cold Canberra weather, with a forecast temperature for tonight’s game of 2 degrees, to give the Raiders and the advantage, although Fittler always tipped the Rabbitohs.

“Sometimes when you go out there and play in the cold, you can get beaten up before you even get there,” Johns said.

Scroll down below for the current leaderboard and Round 8 tips from Johns, Fittler, and all of Nine’s expert tipsters!

Andrew Johns: Raiders, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Warriors, Dragons

Brad Fittler: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Cowboys, Dragons

Peter Sterling: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Cowboys, Dragons

Paul Gallen: Raiders, Storm, Broncos, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Cowboys, Dragons

Ruan Sims: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Knights, Warriors, Dragons

Darren Lockyer: Raiders, Storm, Broncos, Panthers, Eels, Knights, Warriors, Dragons

Wally Lewis: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Cowboys, Dragons

Mat Thompson: Raiders, Storm, Broncos, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Warriors, Dragons

James Bracey: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Cowboys, Dragons

Peter Psaltis: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Cowboys, Dragons

The mole: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Warriors, Dragons

Tim Elbra: Rabbitohs, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Knights, Warriors, Dragons

Ben Glover: Raiders, Storm, Titans, Panthers, Eels, Roosters, Warriors, Dragons

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