Ladbrokes have come to the party this week with $2 lines on all matches. Let’s celebrate in style with a plethora of bets. Who said we can’t have our cake and eat it too!
5 units South Sydney Rabbitohs -6.5 @2.00
5 units Parramatta Eels +7.5 @2.00
2 units Brisbane Broncos +6.5 @2.00
2 units Manly Sea Eagles +4.5 @2.00
2 units Total Points Over 41.5 (GCvsStg) @1.90
NRL Round 6 Match Previews
Newcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos
Assessed Line: Knights -6.0
Ladbrokes: Knights -6.5
Another Thursday night, other injury-depleted Broncos facing an uphill battle. The improved attitude last week plus the addition of Pangai Jr and Glenn will help. Newcastle looked flat against the Storm and face a quick 5-day backup here, however, that has not been as detrimental to teams in 2020 as previous years. The Knights welcome back Fitzgibbon and will be ready to bounce back after their first loss of the season, aiming to start fast unlike in recent weeks.
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs NZ Warriors
Assessed Line: Rabbitohs -10.5
Ladbrokes: Rabbitohs -6.5
Souths relished the return of Walker and the continued improvement of Latrell to put away a poor Gold Coast side. This week they face the inconsistent Warriors but catch them at the right time. Coming off a Loss-Win-Loss-Win streak, I’m confident New Zealand will keep up the trend and add another Loss to their sequence. The Rabbitohs will simply have too much firepower and win by a double-figure margin. BET OF THE ROUND.
Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm
Assessed Line: Panthers +4.5
Ladbrokes: Panthers +5.5
If not for some brief lapses the Panthers would be undefeated this season, but even so, they face a stiff task this week against a team they have only beaten twice in their last 20 attempts. Cameron Smith will be aiming for back to back masterclasses in his birthday week, proving that he is still as effective as ever at an incredible 37 years of age. Can Penrith spoil the party? It’s difficult to see them competing for a full 80 minutes against such a clinical Storm team.
Gold Coast Titans vs St.George/Ill Dragons
Assessed Line: Titans +2.5
Ladbrokes: Titans +3.5
A very dubious opener on “Super Saturday” but admittedly, both struggling teams do boast 1 win in their last 2 matches. However, backing the Saints at a short quote is fraught with danger, borderline insane, certainly reckless and in some countries would be considered a criminal offence. Phil Gould might even suggest you “rot in jail” for the mere thought! On a sunny Brisbane afternoon, this is likely to be a high scoring, see-sawing affair so the overs is worth a small ticket.
Wests Tigers vs North Qld Cowboys
Assessed Line: Tigers -1.5
Ladbrokes: Tigers -1.5
A slight improvement in the second match on “Super Saturday” though both teams have been extremely disappointing in a winless past fortnight. Taumalolo will strip fitter this week but the loss of Holmes and McLean will hurt a side desperate for some kind of spark. If either of these teams are serious about securing a finals berth, even at this stage of the season, it’s a must-win match. A slight lean to the Tigers but the betting is spot on.
Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels
Assessed Line: Roosters -4.0
Ladbrokes: Roosters -7.5
Finally, a BLOCKBUSTER on “Super Saturday”, the reserve grade matches are over, this is the one we’ve all been waiting for! An undefeated Eels team against the red hot Premiers in the most anticipated match of the year so far. Parra has got out of jail for the last 2 weeks and the pressure of remaining undefeated is telling. On the other hand, the Roosters face a short (and unexpected) turnaround and have yet to be really tested by any strong opposition since the resumption of the season. The bookies have surprisingly been very generous to the Eels and the plus is HUGE VALUE.
Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles
Assessed Line: Raiders -4.0
Ladbrokes: Raiders -4.5
With 5 of their past 6 matches decided by 4 points or less (and 2 by a field goal), this promises to be another cracking affair between these clubs. Unfortunately for Manly, despite the 10-day break, they have picked up a few injuries which won’t help them against a solid Raiders outfit, who managed to grind out their win last week. Expecting this to be a hard-fought contest also and could easily be decided by 4 points or less again.
Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Assessed Line: Sharks -4.5
Ladbrokes: Sharks -5.5
Two very disappointing teams square off in the final game of the round, both sitting at the bottom of the ladder on 2 points only. The Bulldogs face a massive drop in class this week and will be smarting from their huge loss on Monday night. The Sharks are under immense pressure, a team littered with talent, but unable to beat a struggling Saints outfit last week, in fact, flogged by them. With the possible return of Moylan, Sharks will have the edge in attack and the bookies have priced this one spot on.
Good luck and great punting,
Punt Club NRL Guru