2017 NRL Finals Week 1 Expert Betting Tips & Odds

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The top 8 teams have been decided for the 2017 National Rugby league season, and it went down to the final game of the round. The Bulldogs ended the Dragons 2017 finals hopes with a 6 point win and delivered one more match to for the Cowboys who finished the regular season in 8th position and will take on the Sharks on Sunday afternoon in an elimination final. The Roosters win over the Titans meant they secured second place and will host the Broncos on Friday night. It will be a big game for the Storm this week as they take on the Eels on Saturday afternoon. This Match will see Cam Smith play his 356th NRL match and pass Darren Lockyer’s record for most games ever played. 

NRL FINALS 2017 – Week 1

Roosters $1.67 v Broncos $2.22

The Broncos fought out a gritty win up in Townsville against the Broncos, though it came at a cost. The Broncos are set to loose captain Darius Boyd, in form back rower Alex Glen and bench forward Tevita Paingai Jr. through injury. With a new side the pendulum could swing either way for the Broncos and they could come out and blow the Roosters off the park or the opposite could occur.

The Roosters managed a scrappy 4 point win over the Titans who almost looked like taking an upset win, but with 2 late tries in the last 10 minutes the Rooster were able to snatch victory and claim second spot and a home final. This game could go with way but I am tipping the Roosters in a tight one.

Roosters by 7 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)

MATCH BEST BETS

BIG WIN LITTLE WIN – Roosters 1 – 12 @ $2.88

ANYTIME TRY SCORER – Boyd Cordner @ $3.10


 Storm $1.22 v Eels $4.35

The Eels won by 6 points against the Rabbitohs in their last round, but didn’t impress. Rugby bound Semi Radradra scored a hat trick for the Eels to lead his side into the finals. The Eels will have to lift their game this week if they wish to compete against the Storm.

The Storm proved why they finished the regular season 6 points clear of their nearest rival by claiming a 32 – 6 win over the Raiders. The Storm boast the best attacking and the best defensive records in the competition this season and will prove why they are the outright favourite to win the 2017 premiership.

Storm by 16 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)

MATCH BEST BETS

BIG WIN LITTLE WIN – Storm 13+ @ $2.00

ANYTIME TRY SCORER – Felise Kaufusi @ $4.00


Sea Eagles $1.60 v Panthers $2.35

These two teams did battle last week and the Sea Eagles came away with a convincing 28 – 12 win. The Panthers will however take some confidence out of the match after managing to score 2 tries with in quick succession in the final 4 minutes of the match to give them some credit on the score board.

The Sea Eagles started this match on fire and blew the Panthers of the park in the first half with 3 unanswered tries. The second half followed suit and the scoreline was 28 – 0 until the 76th minute when Tyrone May crossed the line for the Panthers. I think this match will be different second time around and the Panthers will come out firing.

Panthers by 4 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)

MATCH BEST BETS

BIG WIN LITTLE WIN – Panthers 1 – 12 @ $3.50

ANYTIME TRY SCORER – Nathan Cleary @ $4.20


Sharks $1.35 v Cowboys $3.25

The Sharks started their final round Match against the Knights in blistering form, scoring 3 unanswered tries in 20 minutes. The Knights answered back with two tries in quick succession as the Sharks slowed down just before half time. Both teams scored one try a piece in the second half, though the Opening 20 minute points grab was enough to get them home.

A depleted Cowboys outfit wrestled with the Broncos with the score locked at 14 – 6 until midway though the second half. The Cowboys had their chances though were held out by the Broncos strong line defence. The Cowboys season looked be as good as over until the Bulldogs beat the Dragons and handed them a chance at finals footy.

The Cowboys will their best though I think the Sharks will to too clinical and strong in defence.

Sharks by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)

MATCH BEST BETS

BIG WIN LITTLE WIN – Sharks 1 – 12 @ $3.00

ANYTIME TRY SCORER – Andrew Fifita @ $4.50


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