Daily Sports Tips – Friday, August 24

New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers (6pm)
Warriors at the Line (-3.5)

The Warriors will host the free-falling Panthers across the ditch this evening and it looms as a terrific opportunity for the New Zealand club to build confidence heading into the finals. Penrith’s bizarre decision to part ways with coach Anthony Griffin despite sitting fourth only weeks out from September will almost certainly see their season end imminently and that was more than underlined by their lacklustre performance and loss to the Knights at home last week. The line is only set at 3.5 points here and the Warriors should comfortably cover that.

Port Adelaide vs Essendon (7:50pm)
Port to Win ($2.30)

The Power can confirm a finals berth by beating the Bombers at the Adelaide Oval tonight. Its been a reasonably inconsistent season for Port Adelaide, but they have done enough to sneak into the bottom of the eight at the right point of the season, but they do enter this game off the back of three-consecutive losses. The Bombers’ season is over and there isn’t a lot on the line, and Port should be able to notch a confidence-boosting win.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Parramatta Eels (7:55pm)
Gav Cooper Anytime Try ($3.50)

Johnathan Thurston will run out in front of the North Queensland faithful for the final time tonight and will surely lead his side to one last emotional victory. It certainly has not been the best season on record for the Cowboys, but they’ve managed a few minor triumphs including a memorable win over the Broncos a fortnight ago. Parramatta sit sixteenth leading into this game, though they have been playing a far better brand of football recently and can challenge tonight. The combination between JT and prolific try-scoring backrower Gavin Cooper has been key to the Cowboys’ success for years and I am confident they can produce a try tonight.