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2022 NRL Round 8: Saturday Preview & Betting Tips

April 29th 2022, 7:34pm, By: Scooby

NRL Round 8 Saturday Betting Tips

After 2 consecutive weeks of just two matches, NRL Super Saturday resumes normal transmission with three NRL games for fans to feast upon. Better yet, it adds another opportunity for punters to get a return with this NRL betting preview. The first game is a battle between the cellar dwellers desperate for a win as the Warriors host the Raiders at their adopted home of Redcliffe.

The middle match heads south to Sydney with the Bulldogs aiming to play for 80 minutes against the Roosters, a team who is also coming off a disappointing loss.

The final NRL game on Super Saturday heads across to Darwin, as the Eels continue their association with the ‘top end’. They will play host to the Cowboys in conditions which will be more accustomed to their Queensland opponents. Make sure you are also paying attention to the ‘prop bets’ each weekend, with additional chances of getting a return. 

NRL Round 8 Saturday Betting Tips

New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders

Moreton Daily Stadium, Saturday 30th April, 3pm (EST)


New Zealand Warriors

1. Reece Walsh 2. Rocco Berry 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Adam Pompey 5. Viliami Vailea 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Jazz Tevaga Interchange: 14. Taniela Otukolo 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Jack Murchie 18. Edward Kosi

Canberra Raiders

1. Jordan Rapana 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Semi Valemei 5. Xavier Savage 6. Jack Wighton 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton Interchange: 14. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Adam Elliott 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Harry Rushton

Match Preview

Inconsistency and disappointment have become a staple for both sides so far in 2022. While injuries have plagued their squad, the lack of effort has been highlighted by their coaches recently in their respective matches. The Warriors were handed a 70-10 loss on ANZAC Day and have a short turnaround ahead of this match. The most disappointing factor was that they were only trailing their opponents 16-10 at HT; agreeing with their coach, it was as if some players ‘gave up’.

The Raiders also narrowly trailed their opponents, the Panthers, 14-6 at the break. Yet, just like the Warriors, as their opponents went to another level, they were unable to go with them, suffering a 36-6 loss. Each team will be motivated by their most recent effort but what changes remains unknown. The Raiders are favourites but only just. If anything, this is the perfect game to invest in the ‘overs’, with defence optional at various times. Toss a coin again and make your decision head-to-head but the preferred investment here lies elsewhere. 

Total Over 46.5

$2.80 (1 Unit)


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters

Accor Stadium, Saturday 30th April, 5:30pm (EST)


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 

1. Matt Dufty 2. Brent Naden 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson Interchange: 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Max King 17. Ava Seumanufagai 18. Joshua Cook

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Kevin Naiqama 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley Interchange: 14. Drew Hutchinson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Lachlan Lam

Match Preview

Hopes were high for the first 55 minutes of the Bulldogs clash against the Broncos, but they conceded 28-points in the remaining 25 minutes to be defeated 34-14. Such a change in performance is disappointing to say the least. The Roosters were also not at their best, suffering a 14-12 loss to the Dragons on ANZAC Day. Another uncharacteristic inconsistent performance of the Roosters this year has many searching for answers.

Thankfully for them, they appear capable of handling teams like the Bulldogs. It spells further trouble for the home side that they have not won a game in their past 8 matches against the Roosters; you have to go back to Round 17, 2016 to find their last victory. This is reflected in the odds ($1.20 vs $4.50), with a strong case to suggest the Bulldogs are ‘unders’. Even with the short turnaround from Monday, the Roosters should win this fixture comfortably. 

Same Game Multi
Todesco, Manu & Chichton Anytime Tryscorers
$13 at Ladbrokes

Roosters -13.5

$1.90 (2 Units)


Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys

TIO Stadium, Saturday 30th April, 7:35pm (EST)


Parramatta Eels

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Hayze Perham 3. Will Penisini 4. Dylan Brown 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Jake Arthur 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagen Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown Interchange: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Wiremu Greig

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Fedlt 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

Match Preview

Desperate to bounce back from a Round 6 loss to the Tigers, the Eels quickly regained confidence in their ability with a ‘training run’ 39-2 victory over the Knights. The Eels were in a different class to their opponents and performed accordingly. Now, they should be able to go along with it here and produce another confident display. The Cowboys will be no easy opponent though, they easily accounted for the Titans 30-4 last week, a team that the Eels have played twice already this year and have only defeated them by 4 and 6 points (Round 1 32-28 & Round 5 26-20).

The form line of the Titans is questionable to say the least but there is enough to suggest that perhaps the effort of the Cowboys is better than it looks; games involving them are always confusing. Go with what you know and that is that the Eels are a quality team when right. It has been overlooked (and barely reported) that their team is battling a horror injury toll, hence the shift of Dylan Brown to centre but they should still be too strong for the Cowboys, it’ll just be closer than most think in a high-scoring affair.

Eels 1-12

$2.70 (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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