NRL Round 5 – Punt Club

NRL Round 5

April 8, 2021

Last round saw some dominant favourites cover some massive lines, will the trend continue? Ladbrokes are offering $2 lines for Thursday and Friday’s games so let us see if we can fill our boots.

Thursday

South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.07) VS Brisbane Broncos ($8.50) – Stadium Australia

Souths have the luxury of replacing the suspended Cody Walker with veteran Benji Marshall. The Broncos right edge defence in Nui, Riki and whatever half they decide, is awful. Souths will have a field day attacking left. 

Suggested Bet – South Sydney Rabbitohs -20.5 @ $2

Friday

New Zealand Warriors ($1.36) VS Manly Sea Eagles ($3.10) – Central Coast Stadium

The Warriors lose some muscle up front with Fonua-Blake and Afoa both on the sidelines. Manly have played the Roosters, Penrith and Bunnies in the first 4 rounds, they find a game they can win here.

Suggested Bet – Manly Sea Eagles +7.5 @ $2

Penrith Panthers ($1.40)  VS Canberra Raiders ($2.95) – BlueBet Stadium

Game of the round! Penrith have been super impressive whilst the Raiders have been building resolve. Expect Canberra to be up to the challenge here and force a physical contest, they can win here. 

Suggested Bet – Canberra Raiders +7.5 @ $2

Saturday

Gold Coast Titans ($1.32) VS Newcastle Knights ($3.35) – CBUS Stadium

The Knights have been crippled with injuries but Kalyn Ponga looks set to make his return and Blake Green will likely start. The added direction of Green will be advantageous to the Knight’s chances against a Titans team that are not going as well as the form suggests.

Suggested Bet – Newcastle Knights +8.5 @ $1.90

Canterbury Bulldogs ($11) VS Melbourne Storm ($1.04) – Stadium Australia

Hard to see the Dogs troubling the scorers and I would expect a full strength Storm outfit to put on more than 30 points. 

Suggested Bet – Melbourne Storm -27.5 @ $1.90

Sydney Roosters ($1.36) VS Cronulla Sharks ($3.10) – SCG

This shapes as a real breakout game for young half Sam Walker, expect him to have a hand in everything the roosters do in attack. 

Suggested bet – Sydney Roosters -7.5 @ $1.90

Sunday

Wests Tigers ($1.32) VS North Queensland Cowboys ($3.35) – Leichhardt Oval

Jason Taumalolo makes his return from round 1. He is a massive boost to a Cows outfit that looks way down on confidence, against my better judgement, I am going to give them one last crack to show something against a Tigers side that is prone to inconsistency.

Suggested bet – North Queensland Cowboys +9.5 @ $1.90

Parramatta Eels ($1.28) VS St George Illawarra Dragons ($3.70) – Bankwest Stadium

Parra are a frustrating team to watch at times, they can click and look like world beaters, and they can be clunky and look like the Bulldogs. As a rule, they generally click at Bankwest and we will back them in against a Dragons team who have been flattered lately.

Suggested bet – Parramatta Eels -9.5 @ $1.90