There’s likely to be further disruption to round 17 due to Covid but I’ll do my best to find a winner or two. Shortened round this week with Origin 3 on Wednesday night and plenty of players missing in club land, only making things tougher…
Ladbrokes have $2 lines for Thursday and Friday’s games and whilst both have big lines, I think there’s an angle in on both games.
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.22) VS Canberra Raiders ($4.40) – 4 Pines Park (Brookvale)
Manly have been one of the form teams of the comp recently but they have two notable outs to Origin – DCE and Turbo. The Raiders have been abysmal of late and they also lose key players in Papalii and Wighton to Origin, Simonsson and Whitehead to injury. This will be a bludger but I have to oppose Canberra the way they are playing. Confidence is low, something on Manly at the minus.
Suggested Bet – Manly Sea Eagles -15.5 @ $2
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.15) VS North Queensland Cowboys ($5.40) – McDonald Jones Stadium
Both sides lose a stack of key players to Origin and this is likely to be a very scrappy affair, conditions will likely be greasy and the game error riddled. The Bunnies were actually pretty ordinary in stages during the 2nd half in their win over the Tigers, and whilst the Cows were awful last week, they can compete in this one against an undermanned Bunnies.
Suggested Bet – North Queensland Cowboys +16.5 @ $2
Canterbury Bulldogs ($7.50) VS Sydney Roosters ($1.09) – Bankwest Stadium
Both are coming off humiliating defeats but the Roosters look most likely to be able to turn things around quickly. They were blown off the park in the first half against the Storm and are extremely unlikely to face such opposition in this. The Chooks welcome back Victor The Inflicter and even with their Origin stars (Chrichton and Teddy) missing, they look to have too much fire power for a Dogs side that have been awful all season.
Suggested Bet – Sydney Roosters -21.5 @ $1.90
Cronulla Sharks ($1.57) VS New Zealand Warriors ($2.40) – Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Last week the Warriors were…well…the Warriors – somehow losing a game they had won. The Sharks were no match for the Broncos last week so they’re not exactly flying either. Walsh back for the Warriors might just be what their attack needs, they look likely to concede points again but there really doesn’t look to be much between these two. Keen to take the start.
Suggested Bet – New Zealand Warriors +4.5 @ $1.90