The NRL season will return this weekend coming off its most controversial week yet. The round was filled with question marks that were surrounding referees and video referees decisions. It also came with a long list of injuries to high profile players. This weekend will see a lot of big matches that could shape teams for the rest of the season. Continue reading to find out this week’s NRL Round 6 Betting Tips.
Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters (Friday 7.35pm AEST)
This match has all the shapings of a classic. In the corresponding match last year it was Mitchell Pearce who stepped up as he steered his side to a comeback victory in the last ten minutes. 12 months on and the Broncos side have improved drastically and the Roosters are coming off a stinging loss to the lowly Sharks. If it wasn’t for the losses to key players Justin Hodges, Darius Boyd, Adam Blair, Jordan Kahu and James Gavet the Broncos could be favourites. The Roosters should just get over the line in this one, despite not having Jake Friend, Blake Fergurson and Aiden Guerra.
TIP: Roosters @ $1.80 with Sportsbet
Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights (Friday 7.35pm AEST)
The Sharks earned their first victory last week and it was an impressive one against premiership favourite the Roosters. Meanwhile the Knights suffered their first loss of the season in a dour match against the Dragons. The Knights will enter the match with a huge loss as back rower Beau Scott will miss the next two weeks. Scott will leave a hole in the middle that will be hard to be filled and the pressure he puts on the opposition halves is valuable. Without him on the field we are going to have to stick with the Sharks to make it two wins on the trot.
TIP: Sharks -2 @ $1.92 with Palmerbet
Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans (Saturday 3pm AEST)
The Eels are missing half of their backline through injury and this will hurt them as they attempt to deal with Titans flyer James Roberts. He has scored four tries this year and has looked dangerous the majority of times he has had his hands on the football. If the Eels can shut him down then they will go a long way to winning this match. The Eels also return to their home ground where they always play at a different level. They beat the Rabbitohs the last time they played at the venue and have a record of 11 wins in their last 13 at Pirtek stadium.
TIP: Titans +8.5 @ $1.92 with Palmerbet
New Zealand Warriors vs Wests Tigers (Saturday 5.30pm AEST)
The Warriors have lost their last two matches and are struggling with the loss of Sam Tomkins at the back. The side will be boosted next season after they announced the signing of Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck earlier this week for the 2016 season. However the Tigers already have a star fullback in James Tedesco and he is improving in every game he stays on the field and doesn’t suffer another setback in the form of an injury. They travel across the Tasman with a lot of confidence after blowing the Eels off of the park in the last 10 minutes of their match.
Tip: Tigers +7.5 @ $1.92 with Luxbet
Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles (Saturday 7.30pm AEST)
Both of these sides have been disappointing in recent weeks and they are entering the match after coming off of three straight losses. The Panthers and Sea Eagles desperately need a victory here to turn their seasons around. The Panthers will still have to play another three matches without Jamie Soward at five-eighth and it is clearly having an impact on the side as they have failed to win without him in the side. The Sea Eagles will be without captain and goal kicker Jamie Lyon and their other centre Steve Matai will also be unavailable. They are boosted by young gun Tom Trbojevic remaining in the side.
TIP: Sea Eagles +8 @ $1.92 with Palmerbet
Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm (Sunday 2pm AEST)
These two teams are both coming off impressive wins last weekend. The Raiders were too good for the Sea Eagles whilst the Storm also outclassed the Warriors. They will enter this match looking to keep their momentum going. The Raiders no longer have a fortress at home as they have lost ten of the last fourteen matches at the venue. The Storm will be without fullback Billy Slater that could prove a huge loss. With Melbourne remaining short priced favourites we have decided to stay away from this one.
TIP: No Bet
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (Sunday 4pm AEST)
The Dragons enter the match full of confidence on the back of three straight wins and their most impressive victory was last week as they beat the undefeated Knights outfit and also kept them scoreless on their home ground. The Bulldogs however have had an unsettled week as they are dealing with the consequences of James Graham, David Klemmer and Sam Kasiano’s indiscretions. Those three players will be on the sidelines this weekend and joining them will be fullback Brett Morris who suffered an injury in the final seconds of their loss to the Rabbitohs. It is hard to predict if the Bulldogs will come out swinging against the Dragons despite the big losses up front.
TIP: No Bet
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Queensland Cowboys (Monday 7pm AEST)
The round closes out with a possible classic as the Rabbitohs returned to winning ways last week and the Cowboys have begun their season resurgence. The Rabbitohs have been dealt a huge blow as they lose their halfback Adam Reynolds for the next four months but he could be replaced by either the early return of John Sutton or by moving superstar Greg Inglis from fullback to five eighth. The move would see arguably the game's two greatest players matching up against each other in the halves. I am expecting the loss of Reynolds to really hurt the Rabbitohs side, similar to the loss Jamie Soward has had on the Panthers. Also, you never bet again Johnathan Thurston when he is in this kind of form.
TIP: Cowboys @$2.08 with Sportsbet
Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly. Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!
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