Normal transmission resumes for NRL Super Saturday with 3 games back-to-back starting at 3pm. More importantly, there are more options available for the punter and after a positive weekend in Round 13, this NRL Betting preview will hope to build on that success. The first game has the struggling Titans hosting the Rabbitohs. Each team will identify areas that they would like to improve upon, but the Titans (and their coach) are almost at panic stations.
The middle fixture travels down to Sydney with the Roosters up against the Storm. These two sides have been the benchmark for several years and this season is likely to imitate their previous form. The challenge for both sides is covering injuries/Origin omissions. The final game heads back to Queensland for a rare Saturday night fixture for the Broncos as they face off against the Raiders.
The Broncos are in fine form, but the revival of the Raiders is hard to overlook. All games should be exciting! As always, stay turned for previews for a variety of sports from the tipsters at Before You Bet all weekend.
NRL Round 14 Saturday Betting Tips
Gold Coast Titans vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Cbus Super Stadium, Saturday 11th June, 3pm (EST)
Gold Coast Titans
1. Alexander Brimson 2. Greg Merzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Paul Turner 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam Lisone 18. Esan Marsters
South Sydney Rabbitohs
1. Kodi Nikorima 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Kolomatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray Interchange: 14. Peter Mamouzelos 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Hame Sele 18. Blake Taaffe
The Titans featured in a reduced round last week, although they wish they would’ve avoided their match following a dismal 32-6 defeat to the Cowboys. It was a woeful display, yet one that has come to be expected from this team. Languishing in 15th on the ladder, their coach could be the next one to depart the NRL if their form doesn’t reverse. The Rabbitohs will pose as a difficult opponent as they are coming off the bye and will be refreshed. Prior to that, they enjoyed a 44-18 victory over the Tigers.
It has been an indifferent year for them but there were signs in that win that perhaps confidence was returning to their attack. They are the favourites for this game and rightly so given the respective form of either side. It would take a naive person to believe the Titans can improve sharply; to add support to the visitors, the Titans have not defeated their opponents since Round 13, 2016. The Rabbitohs should be able to cover the line in this given that they are the second for points conceded while 13th for points scored.
The doubt lingering about the true potential of the Rabbitohs leads one away from investing on a ‘blowout’ score line but if they gather momentum, this game could be over early.
$1.90 (2.5 Units)
Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm
Sydney Cricket Ground, Saturday 11th June, 5:30pm (EST)
1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Drew Hutchinson 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Nat Butcher Interchange: 14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Egan Butcher 17. Terrell May 18. Lachlan Lam
1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Josh King Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Trent Loiero 17. Alec MacDonald 18. Chris Lewis
This game poses as a difficult one to select. The Roosters suffered a 22-16 loss (as favourites) to the Raiders in the absence of their Origin stars. It was always going to be a difficult road trip and the omission of Tedesco left a hole in their attack. In equal measure, those stepping into the team had positive moments, but it was not enough to change the result.
The Storm enjoyed a week to recover following their 28-8 victory over the Sea Eagles on 26th May; by the time this game kicks off, there would’ve been 15 days between their Round 13 and 14 matches. Unfortunately, further injuries to key players will negatively impact them but the form of Munster is something to admire. He was Man of the Match in Origin on Wednesday night and will be out to replicate that effort for his club side. Like most matches this weekend, the performance of either side will depend on who backs up from Wednesday night. At time of writing (Thursday), all players except Coates are expected to take the field.
The odds have the Storm as favourites ($2.55 v $1.52) and this is reflective of the form of either team so far this year. The fact that the Roosters struggled at times last week with majority of their spine on the field (and a handy replacement in Manu) suggests that they will struggle at times here too. Confidence is high in them covering the line but from there, anything could happen. Scan over the prop bets for clarification of margin bets.
$1.95 (3 Units)
Brisbane Broncos vs Canberra Raiders
Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 11th June, 7:35pm (EST)
1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Teui Robati 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan Interchange: 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 18. Delouise Hoeter
1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. James Schiller 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papalii 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Harawira-Naera 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Semi Valemei
The Broncos are flying high in 4th place and enjoyed a week off following their comeback 35-24 win over the Titans. In amazing scenes, the Broncos (without Reynolds) score 31-unanswered points in the second half to run down their opponents. As good as a finish as it was, it masked the poor performance in the first half. They will be disappointed to concede 24 points to the Titans while a week earlier, they were vulnerable in the first half against the Knights.
The Raiders are also a team in form, winning 4 out of their past 5 matches. Most recently, they defeated the Roosters 22-16 at home. The inclusion of Fogarty at halfback has added a much-needed balance to this team. Reynolds is named to return for the Broncos, and he is a key inclusion for this contest. If he were to be omitted, the confidence (for an investment) would only grow. As it stands, they are a chance of winning this game and their Origin stars are also expected to feature. It comes as no surprise that confidence is growing for the Raiders, and they will see this as an opportunity to cause an upset.
The only reason for selecting the way team with the ‘Suggested Bet’ is because the value is large for them. The odds for this game should be far closer but be aware, confidence is low. Assuming the game goes as expected (based on form an execution) it should be a fantastic event; the Raiders will jump to an early lead and the Broncos will set out to catch them. This game could be anything.
$2.50 (1 Unit)