What a great weekend of Rugby League ahead. Thursday night see Round 22 commence with the Bulldogs taking on the Eels. The Eels played great footy last Friday to beat the Broncos and will be looking for their 6th win in a row. In what could be considered the match of the round the Storm take on the Cowboys in Friday night footy. As the season is nearing closer to finals there are still a number of finals positions up for grabs, with teams all looking to secure their top 8 position, these last few round will definitely not want to be missed.
NRL ROUND 22
Bulldogs $2.96 v Eels $1.40
The Bulldogs stuck it out with the Panthers last week for the first 40mins going into the half time break locked up at 8 a piece. The Bulldogs made a few timely crucial errors in the second half which eventually saw them 8 point losers. If the Bulldogs can play for 80mins and keep their heads steady, they can threaten any of the top teams, for the remainder of the year. The Eels have now strung together 5 in a row, with possible their biggest scalp coming last week with the Broncos. The Eels forwards looked damaging and their out side backs purely outclassed the Broncos. We look forward to see how the Eels play in their run home to the finals.
Eels by 14 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Dragons $1.45 v Rabbitohs $2.75
This match will be a tough exciting game. The difference will be, which team shows up from each club. Both sides have had a fairly up and down seasons and have both produced rocks and diamonds. With the Dragons gripping on to their top 8 position, we expect them to come out firing.
Dragons by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Cowboys $2.65 v Storm $1.48
The Cowboys came out of the blocks firing against the Roosters and scored 16 points in the first half. The Cowboys clocked off after half time and didn’t manage to score another point for the remainder of the match and went down by 6 points. The Storm absolutely blitzed the Sea Eagles in Cam Smiths 350 match and won by 34 points. The Storm are a classy, experienced side and leading into the finals will be going from strength to strength. The Storm to win in a tight one.
Storm by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Knights $2.35 v Warriors $1.60
The Knights will be heading into this clash full of confidence after winning their third game of 2017 against the Dragons on Saturday afternoon. The Knights played well and did enough to eventuate 7 point victors. The Warriors have not won a game since round 16. They lost against the Sharks which was a close tough match for 40 mins. The Warriors looked lost for scoring opportunities and couldn’t detain a big mobile Sharks forward pack. Lets see the Knights go back to back.
Knights by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Titans $2.35 v Broncos $1.60
The Titans played a scrappy game against the Tigers and deserved to lose. They will be definitely looking for redemption this weekend and will head into this match confident after beating the Broncos in their last encounter. The Broncos will too be coming into this match of a loss, but will also be heading into the match with out their unsung her Andrew McCullough, who will be out for the remainder of the season. I think this game will be a little closer than the odds suggest.
Titans by 2 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Sharks $1.50 v Raiders $2.60
With the Sharks looking for the second premiership, we exact big things from them coming into the finals. They outclassed the Warriors on Friday night without James Maloney, and will maintain the same momentum this week. The Sharks do currently sit in 3rd position though a loss here could see them dropped to as low as 6th. The Raiders have been very competitive all year and have just fallen short on many occasions and currently sit in 10th place. It is fair to their finals chances are over, though will use these last few round for confidence moving forward to 2018.
Sharks by 18 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Sea Eagles $2.08 v Roosters $1.75
The Sea Eagles got absolutely blitzed by thew Storm. They only managed to score one try and went down by 34 points. They definitely did not look like a top 8 side fighting for their spot in the finals. The Roosters started slow against the Cowboys and came out in the second half and proved why they currently sit 2nd on the NRL table. The Roosters will be a very strong side come finals time and these big matches will prove their worth come September.
Roosters by 12 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Panthers $1.30 v Tigers $3.50
The Tigers will be looking for their 6th win of the season after beating the Titans by 22 points. The Tigers Currently sit second last on the table and a victory here won’t see them leap from the Rabbitohs, due to their poor defensive record. The Panthers are focused on a finals birth and just need to keep winning and other results go their way to get there. The Panthers have been in devastating form and will looks the goods if their finals birth arrises. This match sees Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary coaching Against his son Panthers Half Back Nathan Cleary. This should definitely make things interesting for Sunday after footy fans.
Panthers by 20 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
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