A huge Storm is brewing and the floodgates are set to open at Kogarah on Friday night in what will be a massacre of biblical proportions. And once again our prayers have been answered by Ladbrokes with $2 lines on all matches!
5 units Melbourne Storm -14.5 @2.00
3 units South Sydney +2.5 @2.00
2 units Nth Qld Cowboys +7.5 @2.00
2 units Manly Sea Eagles -3.5 @2.00
2 units Canterbury Bulldogs +5.5 @2.00
NRL Round 7 Match Previews
Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Assessed Line: Panthers -0.5
Ladbrokes: Panthers -2.5
Two in-form teams go head to head in a cracking match to open the round. The Panthers have impressed against quality opposition whilst the Rabbitohs have found form with the return of key players, albeit against much inferior opposition. James Roberts comes on to the bench against an unchanged Penrith lineup who might feel a slight letdown after beating Melbourne. In a close one, Rabbitohs are clear VALUE.
Melbourne Storm vs NZ Warriors
Assessed Line: Storm -18.0
Ladbrokes: Storm -14.5
Things are looking very ominous for the Warriors this week. Melbourne is coming off a loss and rarely lose two in a row, they also boast an impressive 8 wins in a row against NZ, Jahrome Hughes is big in, as well as Josh Addo-Carr who returns after the birth of his first child and will be keen to celebrate with a brace of tries. Add to that the shock sacking of Stephen Kearney during the week which leaves the mental state of the Warriors team in complete shambles. Melbourne to rack up a cricket score and BET OF THE ROUND.
Sydney Roosters vs St.George/Ill Dragons
Assessed Line: Roosters -16.5
Ladbrokes: Roosters -16.5
A seemingly unstoppable Roosters up against a resurgent Dragons outfit makes for an interesting clash. These traditional rivals love a good battle but in recent times the Roosters have dominated. Hard to see any reason why that trend won’t continue on Friday night as the chooks have a clear edge in talent and class. However, the big predicted win has been anticipated by the bookies and the market is spot on.
North Qld Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights
Assessed Line: Cowboys +6.0
Ladbrokes: Cowboys +7.5
The struggling and injury-depleted Cowboys will look forward to getting back to their home stadium but not so excited about the prospect of facing a very strong Knights team. North Qld was blown off the park by the Tigers in the first half last week whilst Newcastle dominated the Broncos, who were lucky to even score. The Cowboys showed enough fight in the second half to give them a chance here. With Newcastle’s Bradman Best ruled out, the plus represents some value.
Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans
Assessed Line: Broncos -7.5
Ladbrokes: Broncos -7.5
Brisbane will relish a huge drop in grade this week after facing the Eels, Roosters, Sea Eagles and Knights since the season resumed. Not quite a classic match, but expect Suncorp stadium to be packed with 10,000 footy starved fans cheering wildly. This could be just the tonic the Broncos need to get their season back on track. I expect them to win but not be able to blow away a committed Titans outfit who should lift for the Queensland derby. The line is spot on.
Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders
Assessed Line: Eels -2.5
Ladbrokes: Eels -3.5
This is a real trap match for Parramatta, and the suspension of Nathan Brown won’t help. After a 5-0 start to the season, they blew a late lead against the Roosters to lose their first match last week and teams often lose 2 in a row after a decent winning streak. Canberra has won 11 of their last 14 against the Eels (though most of these were played in Canberra or Darwin) but in recent weeks the Raiders have looked very listless in attack, sorely missing Bateman. Not enough meat on the bone to bet here.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks
Assessed Line: Sea Eagles -4.5
Ladbrokes: Sea Eagles -3.5
No one missed the sheer guts and pure determination of Manly’s win against the Raiders last week and following that match it was plain to see Cronulla struggled to get away with one against the Bulldogs, the “rub of the green” clearly in the Sharks favour. The question is, how will the injury-plagued Sea Eagles back up following that incredible performance, especially without their star fullback. On a positive note, Taupau and Taufua are back and an astute Des Hasler will have them ready come Sunday. Manly definitely worth a bet at the odds.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers
Assessed Line: Bulldogs +4.0
Ladbrokes: Bulldogs +5.5
Ah, the Wests Tigers in a match they are expected to win – never ever a straightforward affair for such an inconsistent team, or the punters! The Dogs always hang in against the weaker teams and boast a very good record against the Tigers. I expect this one to be a closely fought encounter, even a draw would not surprise, so the Bulldogs are the value at the plus in the NRL “get out stakes”.
Good luck and great punting,
Punt Club NRL Guru