JUST the four NRL games this week with State of Origin 2 being played next Wednesday at the MCG and but we will preview that game with the latest team lineups.
There is still plenty of good NRL action, starting with the Tigers vs. Rabbitohs on Friday night. The Warriors return back to Mt. Smart Stadium where they face the Roosters, in what should be a high scoring game.
The Titans play the Bulldogs and week ends with the Storm playing the Eels on Monday night.
Tigers vs. Rabbitohs
Friday, June 12, 7:45pm, ANZ Stadium
Tigers – $2.95 (+7.5)
Rabbitohs – $1.40 (-7.5)
The Rabbitohs couldn’t have been more impressive when beating the New Zealand Warriors by 36-4 last weekend.
They were completely dominant on all levels and their head-to-head price would be around $1.20 for this if it wasn’t for their missing Origin players.
Their biggest loss is Greg Inglis who has turned his form around since suffering from tonsillitis during the first week of Orgin.
The Tigers also lose their main-man in Robbie Farah that we believe that will have a bigger effect on the Tigers.
We’re not sure about the points spread so add the Rabbitohs into your NRL multi-bets.
Tip: Rabbitohs to win ($1.40)
Exotic: Aaron Gray to score first ($8.50) at CrownBet.com.au
Warriors vs. Roosters
Saturday, June 13, 6:05pm, Mt. Smart
Warriors – $1.65 (-2.5)
Roosters – $2.25 (+2.5)
This has been your typical season for Warriors supporters. Just as they get a touch of confidence, they suffer a horrible loss which came at the hands of the Rabbitohs.
The Warriors will be looking to snatch the 2 points this week as they face the Roosters which have been severely depleted thanks to Origin.
The Roosters are hardly showing their best at the moment, even with their Origin stars. They suffered a bad loss last week to the Sharks which stifled their momentum after beating the Melbourne Storm the week prior.
The younger team might have something to prove, but the Warriors should get the win at home in what could be their most pivotal game of the season to date.
Tip: Warriors to win ($1.65) at Sportsbet.com.au
Exotic: Warriors -9.5 at $2.95
Titans vs. Bulldogs
Sunday, June 14, 4:05pm, Cbus Super Stadium
Titans – $2.15 (+2.5)
Bulldogs – $1.70 (-2.5)
How good did the Bulldogs look in the final 20 minutes against the Dragons? Good enough to back that up by beating the Titans here, but Origin plays its part again.
They will be without some major names and they are playing away from home, but it’s the Titans they face, and they’re far from consistent.
The Titans are coming off a solid 27-20 win against the Tigers in an action-packed game, but they just seem to be going through the motions.
You can’t trust them and the big Bulldogs pack should prove to be too strong.
Tip: Bulldogs to win ($1.70) at WilliamHill.com.au
Exotic: Bulldogs HTFT at $2.10
Storm vs. Eels
Monday, June 15, 7:00pm, AAMI Park
Storm – $2 (+1.5)
Eels – $1.80 (-1.5)
After what everyone witnessed last Monday night against the Cowboys, just how can the Eels be favourites away from home?
Yes, the Storm will be without Smith, Slater, Cronk and Chambers, but that last 20-minute effort from the Eels was just laughable.
The Eels were up 30-6 with about 25 minutes to play and they hardly touched the ball from there on out. It was try after try for the North Queensland Cowboys and it proved just how bad the Eels are in the final 20 minutes.
They will be without Will Hopoate which is a major loss, but Semi Radradra, Reece Robinson and Ryan Morgan give them some attacking flair.
Getting over last Monday night will be tough so we’ll lean towards the very inexperienced Melbourne Storm side.
Tip: Storm to win at $2
Exotic: Mahe Fonua to score ($2.30) at Sportsbet.com.au
Queensland vs. New South Wales
Wednesday, June 17, 8:00pm, MCG
Queensland – $1.58 (-4.5)
New South Wales – $2.45 (+4.5)
Queensland won Game 1 by a point and that has given the New South Wales Blues plenty of encouragement as they enter Game 2 in Melbourne.
Both teams are nursing injured players with Queensland’s Billy Slater in doubt after Origin due to a shoulder injury and Josh Dugan and Robbie Farah are also nursing injuries for the Blues.
One big blow for the Maroons is the loss of Cooper Cronk who was also injured during last year’s series which was won by the Blues.
He is an integral part to the Queensland side, but replacement Daly Cherry-Evans had big-match experience.
Playing in Melbourne favours Queensland as Smith, Chambers and Slater all play for the Melbourne Storm, but don’t disregard the hunger the Blues will possess.
Another close game is expected, but we’re slightly favouring the Marooons due to their professionalism under pressure.
1. Billy Slater
2. Darius Boyd
3. Greg Inglis
4. Justin Hodges
5. Will Chambers
6. Johnathan Thurston
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Matt Scott
9. Cameron Smith (c)
10. Nate Myles
11. Aidan Guerra
12. Sam Thaiday
13. Corey Parker
Interchange: Michael Morgan, Josh McGuire, Matt Gillett, Jacob Lilyman
New South Wales Blues:
1. Josh Dugan
2. Brett Morris
3. Josh Morris
4. Michael Jennings
5. Will Hopoate
6. Mitchell Pearce
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. James Tamou
9. Robbie Farah (c)
10. Aaron Woods
11. Beau Scott
12. Ryan Hoffman
13. Paul Gallen
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