Gus Worland is a member of Triple M’s Grill Team and also commentates cricket for the station, but most importantly around this time of the year, Gus is a massive Sydney Roosters fan.
With his side one of the teams to beat in 2018, Gus is no doubt excited at the prospect of watching new signings Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco light it up for the Tricolours, and he was more than happy to chat to Zero Tackle about a huge upcoming first round win for the Roosters!
Gus is also the founder of Gotcha4life, a foundation that’s taking action to improve men’s mental health.
After recording his Man Up show for the ABC, Gus couldn’t leave the cause alone and started the foundation with a bit to raise awareness for mental health, which is built on important key pillars.
Gotcha4life aims to educate young Australians that it’s okay not to be okay, and the foundation also offers financial support to males who want to join Lifeline or those who have ideas for startups looking to work with mental health.
Gus’ ultimate goal is for every Australian bloke to have a Gotcha4life buddy within the next five years, that they can talk to about absolutely anything.
See Gus Worland’s tips below for Round 1 of the NRL season!
Thursday, March 8
Dragons v Broncos
Jubilee Oval, 8.05pm
“It’s a tough one. I’m looking forward to Hunt going back there and playing and Graham, it’s going to be weird watching him in a different colour jersey, but I think the Broncos are going to slip a little bit this year, but I still think they’re going to be too good for the Dragons.
“I just feel the Broncos probably have a little too much quality right across the field.”
Tip: Broncos by 8
Friday, March 9
Knights v Sea Eagles
McDonald Jones Stadium, 6.00pm
“Cannot wait, I’ve been standing next to Matty Johns and getting a bit of Newcastle fever and all the excitement that’s going round not just the team but just round the town.
“They say there’s around 25,000 tickets already sold, so if they get good weather, it might get up to 30,000 which would be great. I just think Manly are a top eight side, and I think they’ll probably win in a tight one because Newcastle will be right up for it.”
Tip: Sea Eagles by 8
Cowboys v Sharks
1300SMILES Stadium, 8.05pm
“Cracking game, one of the matches of the round, and I think Cronulla are really consistent, they look really good, a couple of new players I’m looking forward to seeing, obviously in Moylan and Dugan.
“North Queensland, along with the Roosters I reckon are favourites to win the comp, so with JT back, Scott back, I just think they’re going to be too good.”
Tip: Cowboys by 4
Saturday, March 10
Wests Tigers v Roosters
ANZ Stadium, 4.30pm
“Obviously the one I’m looking forward to the most, can’t wait to see Tedesco show that sort of form he showed against Manly in the trial, he was electric! I can’t wait to see him.
“It’s at ANZ Stadium so no real home ground for the Tigers and the Roosters have had the better of the Tigers for as far as I can remember, so I think the Roosters along with the Cowboys are the favourites to win the comp, so they should be too good, and I reckon they’ll win.”
Tip: Roosters by 16
Rabbitohs v Warriors
Perth Stadium, 7.00pm
“Two sides that you just don’t know what is going to happen with them this year, the Warriors could win it or they could come last!
“They just continually sort of disappoint you, just when you get all excited about them.
“The Rabbits with a new coach, and with Gagai there, you just sort of think, well, they’ll probably have to improve. That match is in Perth, so Souths normally go pretty well over there, so I’ll say Souths will win that.”
Tip: Rabbitohs by 10
Bulldogs v Storm
Perth Stadium, 9.05pm
“I think the Storm are an awesome team, can’t see them getting beaten.
“The Dogs’ form has been good in the trials, they’ve gotten a couple of wins… but I’ve got a feeling the Storm will win, they always tend to win most games with Smith and Slater.
“I know they haven’t got Cronk, but I think they’ll be too good for the Dogs.”
Tip: Storm by 12
Sunday, March 11
Panthers v Eels
Panthers Stadium, 4.10pm
“Cracking game this, the battle of the west! Penrith have all of those dramas around them at the moment, and off Parramatta’s trial form, everyone has them in the top four, so I’ve just got to go with the settled Parramatta, they’ve got too many attacking weapons for Penrith.”
Tip: Eels by 8
Titans v Raiders
Cbus Super Stadium, 6.30pm
“Who knows with these two teams, everyone’s writing the Titans up because of the new coach, and he seems to be getting the best of these young blokes, and Canberra away from home, who knows.
“Obviously they haven’t got their Hooker in Hodgson whose been a lynchpin for so long, so I’m hoping the Titans win this one, but I think the Raiders will win.”
Tip: Raiders by 8
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