NRL Super Saturday has a later start this week, with just 2 games being played to compensate for the fixture on Monday. Nevertheless, the loss of a fixture is off set by the quality of the two remaining contests.
The Sea Eagles have had extra time to prepare for this game following a spirited victory over the Knights.They welcome a Titans team that, unsurprisingly, is struggling for consistency. If they want to be taken seriously, this is a game they should win.
After that, it is down to Melbourne for the second fixture as the Storm host the Sharks. Always a heated fixture, the Sharks face their toughest test to date. These two sides are 2nd and 3rd on the competition ladder and have produced positive play to begin the year. Questions still linger about the Sharks overall potential, and this game will provide a clear indication of where they are at.
NRL Round 6 Saturday Betting Tips
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans
4 Pines Park, Saturday 16th April, 5:30pm (EST)
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Crocker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Ethan Bullemor
Gold Coast Titans
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Alexander Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui Interchange: 14. Will Smith 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. Paul Turner
The Sea Eagles were expected to struggle last week without Tommy Turbo, but they were anything but inept. To put that into perspective, perhaps the quality of their opponent (Knights) wasn’t a true indication of how difficult it will be moving forward. In equal measure, they were adequately led by DCE, who created multiple scoring opportunities.
As mentioned above, the Titans have been inconsistent to say the least. It is part of their DNA and fans would be surprised otherwise. Last week, they were somewhat competitive with the Eels but a late try only served to flatter them. There is every chance that they could come out in this game and cause an upset. Any game featuring the Titans should come with a warning.
If the Sea Eagles are going to be exposed without Turbo, this poses as a dangerous game; they shouldn’t lose by the Titans may sense an ideal opportunity. If you need to pick between the two sides, there is a slight lean towards the Sea Eagles. However, the investment option lies elsewhere with the Titans able to score but failing to halt opponent’s points, this game should surpass the overs.
$1.90 (2 Units)
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks
AAMI Park, Saturday 16th April, 7:35pm (EST)
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 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. Tyran Wishart 16. Trent Loiero 17. Tepai Moeroa 18. Chris Lewis
1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicholas Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane Interchange: 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Jack Williams 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Braydon Trindall
This is the toughest test the Sharks have faced. The $3 on offer for them is somewhat offensive given their form, although, they are yet to be pressured to any extent by a quality team. Should the Storm be on their game, the Sharks will find it difficult to cover their attacking weapons, especially on the edges. If the game were played with the Sharks as the home side, things would be far closer and an upset more likely.
Unfortunately, the Sharks only have a 17% winning record at this venue. On the other hand, the Storm are a team which is firing. Their big-name players are leading the team well, while the role players within their side are doing their job each week. This puts them in the best position to capture victory.
The visitors appear hard-pressed to cause an upset and once they gather enough momentum, the Storm should pull away comfortably in a low scoring affair.
Total Under 37.5 Points ($2.00 at Ladbrokes)
$1.90 (2.5 Units)