Cairns v Melbourne Nov 29
Round 9 kicks off with Melbourne travelling to Cairns to face the snakes. Normally I would tip United without hesitation, but the Snakes lose the games they should win and win the games they should not. With Melbourne hot favourites, they should win, but Cairns seem to get these ones out of the blue. I'm as triggered as an NPC trying to work out if it's OK for transgendered women to play with genetic women.
Melbourne have bagged six wins on the trot and it looks like lucky 7 is about to happen. Before too long, they should be in second spot right behind Sydney. Number 2 is a position most Victorians find themselves in, right behind the smug, superior Sydney siders. For Melbourne, Prather is back, but Ili is out.
Shouldn't make much difference to the result, this game is the entree to Sunday's bash with Andrew and the Bogiemen. The only real question is whether Melbourne will go gang busters, or keep some in the tank. That's where the snakes can strike if they really want to, but I think Melbourne will just cruise and try to keep their noses in front by a couple of points all game.
Melbourne by single figures