The Guru’s streak was brutally broken last week in another high scoring, see-sawing affair that has typified this whole crazy NRL finals series in 2020. Throw in a positive pre-match drug test, a sizeable early lead, a crucial game-changing penalty goal hitting the posts and it’s fair to say that Eels punters experienced more sickening ups and downs than Clint Gutherson on the dance floor. But never fear, slip on your disco boots, the Guru has all the right moves this week with three confident plays. Night fever, night fever, he knows how to do it!
3 units Melbourne Storm to Win @1.48
3 units South Sydney Rabbitohs +6.5 @2.00
2 units Melbourne Grand Final Winner @2.75
NRL Finals Week 3 Match Previews
Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders
Assessed Line: Storm -7.5
Ladbrokes: Storm -6.0
An outstanding Preliminary Final unfolds on Friday night between two of this seasons heavyweights. The Raiders shocked Melbourne 12-10 in the 2019 Qualifying Final, paving the way for their eventual Grand Final appearance whilst simultaneously ruining the Storm’s strong chances of securing the same berth. The sting of that loss certainly won’t be forgotten by Craig Bellamy and this team. They’ll be ideally prepared after a week off on their Sunshine Coast base and will be at their clinical best to ensure there won’t be a repeat upset in this final. Playing at Suncorp Stadium and boasting an incredible record of 19 straight wins in Queensland, the Storm will end Canberra’s valiant run and guarantee Cameron Smith plays his farewell in the 2020 Grand Final, a match in which I expect them to also start favourites. Plenty of meat on the bone to launch into a Melbourne victory.
Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Assessed Line: Panthers -5.5
Ladbrokes: Panthers -6.5
Things just get better in Saturday night’s Preliminary Final in what promises to be a cracking affair. The competition front runners Penrith are deservedly undefeated in their past 16 matches having played sublime football for some months now. However, they face a rampaging Rabbitohs outfit who are peaking at the right time and scoring points at will. The positives for Souths don’t stop there either. They enter this clash much fresher than most teams coming from outside the top 4 in recent years and get to play at ANZ Stadium, technically their home ground. Despite having a class edge, the Panthers will be missing key forward Viliame Kikau due to suspension and with 6 of the last 8 encounters between these sides decided by 4 points or less (plus a chance of showers Saturday), the 6.5 start on offer for the Bunnies is just too good to pass up.
Good luck and great punting,
Punt Club NRL Guru