The reason we took so long to publish this week's version is because Riley Krause has been hiding under a rock after his atrocious 0-3 week last time out.
We sent a search part over to his back yard and after we pulled him out, got three tips off him for round eight.
The season standings are as follows:
HUMPHREYS: 14/18 (78%)
KRAUSE: 11/18 (61%)
Without further adieu:
BATHURST BULLDOGS versus COWRA EAGLES at Ann Ashwood Park
BULLDOGS: 1 Josh Corby, 2 Matt Trapp, 3 Bailey Warren, 4 Dale Norris, 5 Zac Taylor, 6 Tom Felsch, 7 Tom Natoli, 8 Peter Fitzsimmons, 9 Will Oldham, 10 Scott Johnston, 11 Harry Webber, 12 Hunter Davis, 13 Sione Naufahu, 14 Adam Plummer, 15 Phil Tonkin.
COACH: Mick Leseberg
EAGLES: 1 Gabe Brown, 2 Frazer Robbo, 3 Tom Cummins, 4 Chris Miller, 5 Adam Meiklejohn, 6 Damo Michaels 7 Will Turner , 8 Blake Tidswell, 9 Troy Jeffs, 10 Bill Cummins, 11 Benny Watt, 12 Vilikesa Koilagi, 13 Jeremy Montgomery, 14 Navitali Bola, 15 Noah Ryan
COACH: Col Kilby
HUMPHREYS: BULLDOGS BY FIVE
I'm going to throw Bathurst a bone, here. I thought they should have been far more convincing during a round seven win over Kangaroos, but a win's a win, and they need more of them. We've long spoke about how hard it is to win a game on the road in this competition, and while I wouldn't say Cowra's last-up win over City was an upset, it would have taken a bit out of them. It's a big ask for the visitors to back up that sort of effort.
KRAUSE: EAGLES BY SEVEN
This is a tough one. If the Eagles were at home, I'd have no hesitation picking them against Bulldogs. There's just something about this Bathurst side that doesn't feel right to me. So, let's throw away the head and tip with the heart.
DUBBO KANGAROOS versus ORANGE EMUS at NO.1 OVAL
KANGAROOS: 1 Sam Hunt, 2 Rohan Leach, 3 Edward Williams, 4 Ronan Scott, 5 Ben Knaggs, 6 Toby Gillespie, 7 Sam Gemmell, 8 Will Mitchell, 9 Pat Wheatley, 10 Jake Styles, 11 Darcy Chewings, 12 John Mafiti, 13 Filisone Pauta, 14 Logan Porch 15 Joe Nash
COACH: Paul Hausia
EMUS: 1 Digby Cooper, 2 Charlie Henley (C), 3 Ant Carver, 4 Nick Hughes-Clapp, 5 Sam McLean, 6 Jack Marchinton 7 Sam Greatbatch 8 Simon Badgery, 9 Archie Weston, 10 Louis Carr, 11 Harry Cummins, 12 Tom Joseph, 13 Nigel Staniforth (c), 14 Jake Ritchie, 15 Jamil Khalfan.
COACH: Pete Bromley
KRAUSE: EMUS BY 10
Who would have seen an Emus loss coming? Not me, obviously after my shocking performance last week. But a random defeat won't scare me away from sticking with the Emus.
HUMPHREYS: EMUS BY 10
The premiers are certainly underdone, but they won't lose two in-a-row. Look for Kangaroos to stick around for a while before Emus get the job done.
ORANGE CITY versus FORBES PLATYPI at PRIDE PARK
COACH: Viv Paasi
LIONS: 1 Sia Nemani, 2 Josh Tremain, 3 Keith Lawson, 4 Kieran Bonin, 5 Colin McGregor, 6 Harry Taberner, 7 Darcey Holmes 8 Logan Buckley, 9 Dave McQueeney, 10 Traye Hodge, 11 Terry McLean, 12 Moe Amone 13 Duncan Young, 14 Trent Maguire, 15 Henry Bouffler
COACH: Viv Paasi
PLATYPI: 1, Charlie French, 2 Will Nash, 3 Nick Guise, 4 Brenton Howarth, 5 Andrew Hubbard, 6. Tom Menzies, 7 Mat Coles, 8 Rusi Lawanikula, 9 Miniti Tonga, 10 Mahe Fangupo, 11 Tom Maguire, 12 Andrew Saar, 13 Daniel Sweeney, 14 Steven Dinham, 15 John Monk.
COACH: Heamani Lavaka
KRAUSE: FORBES BY 14
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and me picking the City game wrong. Well good for Lions fans is I'm off the bandwagon and taking Forbes this round. The Orange side just can't get over the hump and until they do, I can't bring myself to tip them again.
HUMPHREYS: FORBES BY 19
It's not easy to back up a season-best win, but luckily for Forbes, it runs into Orange City. I've come to love the attitude City has, because no matter how many times they lose, their mood remains the same. But, unfortunately, a win over Forbes is just a bridge too far.
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