Round 21 of the NRL season gets underway on Thursday night as the Cowboys host the Broncos from 7.50pm! We take a look at every game over the weekend and give our betting tips below!
Top 8 spots are on the line this Thursday and that only heightens the rivalry between these two sides. Brisbane will be coming off a disappointing 40-4 loss against the Storm at home. Which moved them back to 10th on the ladder, 1 point outside the top 8. Meanwhile, the Cowboys will be desperate to end a 3 game skid and it will likely be season over if they lose. Clashes between the Cowboys and Broncos are usually close affairs and that shows in the tight odds. Another trend has been high scoring contests, with the Over going 8-4 in the last 12 meetings at this venue. Not to mention, the last meeting here totalled 64 points as North QLD won 34-30.
After last week’s embarrassing 34 point loss at this venue, the Warriors will be out for revenge at Mt Smart on Friday. However, they’ll have to get past one of the hottest sides in the NRL in the Sea Eagles. The task also looks tougher considering Manly has won 14 of the last 16 meetings. So the likes of Trbojevic, Cherry-Evans and the Manly pack should have a field day here. Ultimately, the Warriors haven’t tasted success in their last 6 at Mt Smart and after the Raiders scored 46 here last week, the total seems low. Manly could easily score 40+ so we’ll be on the Overs.
Panthers Stadium hosts the 9-10 Panthers against the 9-10 Sharks in a massive clash for the top 8. The Sharks season is back on the track after 2 wins on the trot and a 39-24 crushing win over Souths. In contrast, the Panthers are looking to break a 2 game losing streak and that will be made difficult without James Maloney (suspension). So that will hurt the Panthers attack that is struggling at the moment and they also don’t have a great record at home against Cronulla. In the last 3, they’ve averaged just 8 points per game. So hopefully, the Panthers defence can focus on defence and that should see the Under salute in night conditions.
Super Saturday begins with the Dragons and Titans at Jubilee. In total, these two sides have lost 11 games on the trot so it’s not the greatest matchup to watch. However, this does look like a perfect game for the Dragons to continue their impressive record over the Gold Coast. The last 2 meetings have seen St. George outscore them 96-24. With the Titans seemingly checked out for the season, it’s hard to see that trend changing. So we love the Overs here, which is 18-7 in the Titans last 25 away games as an underdog.
The Eels are back at fortress Bankwest on Saturday as they look to continue the Knights woeful form at the moment. Newcastle has lost its last 5 and were no match for Manly last week in the 30-6 result. Despite their form, they’re still 2 points outside the top 8, so this is a must win. Meanwhile, the Eels have won 4 of their last 5 and 6 of their 7 games at Bankwest. Interestingly, the Over has saluted in 6 of those 7 games as well. So with the Eels expected to win this one, it should also be high scoring, which has been the case in their Bankwest victories.
Wests are hitting form at the right end of the season after 2 wins on the trot and they’ll look to continue the momentum against the Bulldogs on Saturday night. The Tigers good form has them in the top 8 at this stage and they’ll be keen to end a long finals drought. Last week, they crushed the Cowboys 28-4. Interestingly, the Bulldogs have won the last 2 games against them but the trend has been low scoring affairs. The Bulldogs were great defensively against the Panthers in last week’s win and that should give them the confidence to keep this under the total. All of the last 4 meetings have totalled 30 or fewer points.
Finals come early on Sunday as the four heavyweights of the NRL meet on the same day. It all starts with the Raiders and Roosters in Canberra. For the Raiders, they’re red-hot after 4 straight wins and their attack is firing. They crushed the Warriors 46-12 last week and they’ll be fired up in front of the Canberra faithful. Meanwhile, the Roosters seem to be a different side away from the SCG. They’ve smashed the Knights and Titans recently, but have struggled a bit in other games on the road. The two sides have played this season and the Roosters won on that occasion 30-24. With both sides in great form attacking wise, this should be an entertaining clash where both sides can clear 13 points again.
Sunday afternoon will see 1st versus 4th as the Storm tackle the Rabbitohs in a mouthwatering clash on the Central Coast. This will be a rematch of the epic finals encounter last year where the Storm won by a point and hopefully, this is another close one. Last week saw contrasting results for either side as the Storm thrashed the Broncos and the Rabbitohs were disappointing in Cronulla. Day conditions should bring out the best in both sides and we believe this will be high scoring. Melbourne comes off 40 points on the road and have scored 20 or more in the last 3 against Souths. The last 3 meetings have also totalled 50 or more points in all 3.
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