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2022 NRL Round 7: Saturday Preview & Betting Tips

April 21st 2022, 11:16pm, By: Scooby

NRL Saturday Betting Tips

NRL Super Saturday again has just two games for fans to enjoy, with the first kicking off at 5:30pm. Regardless of how many games there are, it is still an opportunity to win some money and hopefully this NRL Betting preview can help steer you in the right direction.

The first game is a ‘Queensland Derby’ between the Cowboys and Titans in Townsville. The Cowboys are sitting higher on the ladder, but you can never discount the Titans against a rival. At 7:30pm, it is back to the scene of the ‘Easter Monday miracle’ as the Tigers attempt to make it consecutive victories within 6 days. If they want to prove that Monday’s performance was no fluke, this is the ideal opportunity. Both games promise to be exciting contests, let’s bring it on!

NRL Round 7 Saturday Betting Tips

North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans

Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Saturday 23rd April, 5:30pm (EST)

Squads

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Jake Granville 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Reuben Cotter 17. Griffin Neame 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

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

Match Preview

The Cowboys shocked many last week with a spirited ‘come from behind’ 18-12 win over the Raiders in Canberra. It takes their total to 3 wins for the year and has them inside the Top 8. It was another underwhelming display from the Titans, who allowed Manly to jump to an 24-4 HT lead, to only be denied late the opportunity to draw level. The inconsistency this team displays on a weekly basis is yet another reminder of their potential but also their shortcomings.

The Cowboys are slight favourites for this game but have just won 1 or 3 games at home this year. Only 2-points behind them on the ladder, the Titans have underwhelming victories against the Warriors and Tigers to their name. They are also winless from 3 road games this year. Much like all games involving them this year, the risk outweighs the reward. They are just as likely to dominate this contest for 80 minutes and change their season narrative, as to be outplayed and fall short of victory.

The balance that the Cowboys currently have across the field appears to be working well for them and they should win. As defence is optional for both teams at times this year, expect this score to be high. 

Prop Bet:
Holmes & Fifita Anytime Tries ($7.00 at Ladbrokes)

Over 41.5 Points

$1.90 (2 Units)

 

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

CommBank Stadium, Saturday 23rd April, 7:35pm (EST)

Squads

Wests Tigers

1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Starford To’a 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue Interchange: 14. Jock Madden 15. Alex Twal 16. Thomas Mikaele 17. Luke Garner 18. Alex Seyfarth 

South Sydney Rabbitohs 

1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Hame Sele 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray Interchange: 14. Thomas Burgess 15. Jacob Host 16. Davvy Moale 17. Liam Knight 18. Siliva Havili

Match Preview

It was hard not to get caught up in the Tigers upset victory over the Eels last week. Adding to the achievement was the fact that they’ve looked less competitive against weaker opponents. One win doesn’t make a season, but confidence is a key commodity in rugby league and that victory will add to this team ahead of this fixture. It will be needed, as the Rabbitohs appear to be finding their feet after a slow(ish) start to the season.

Without creating too much attention, they have been taking care of business in their matches and have been performing well. Their most recent display against the Bulldogs was expected but the ability to overcome a slow start and play with poise says a lot about this team moving forward. They are the superior team in this contest, but you cannot forget the two games last year where the Tigers caused headaches for (and almost defeated) the Rabbitohs. The Rabbitohs are not the finished product just yet and can still leak points.

Back to the idea of confidence, this may just keep the score closer than expected. 

Prop Bet:
Walker to Score + Rabbitohs Win ($3.10 at Ladbrokes)

Rabbitohs 1-12

$2.90 (1 Unit)

 

 

Scooby is our NRL guru with over ten years experience writing about rugby league with Before You Bet and previously at The Profits. His background is in playing and coaching but he's enjoyed the switch to share his knowledge through his articles, as well as sharing his thoughts on Twitter.

Scooby's strength is assessing the overall team - what they offer across the field in a match and how the ethos of a club contributes to their success. Momentum also has a major impact on sports, and Scooby likes to explore this, while underpinning his judgement against a solid basis of statistical analysis. When combined with the aforementioned points, it combines for a holistic approach towards betting on rugby league.

Other sports he enjoys include Cricket, Horse Racing and NFL. There is a reason why Scooby ‘clicked’ with BYB from Day 1 - he loves his sport as much as we do.

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