Some great games of Rugby League were played over the weekend and now we see the race for a top 8 finish tighten. The results all went the Panthers way over the weekend and saw them sneak into 8th position, with the Dragons sliding down to 9th position. The Storm currently sit in the top spot and are 4 points clear of the Roosters (2nd) followed by the Sharks (3rd) Broncos (4th) and are strong favourites for the title coming into just $2.25. Round 23 will be an exciting round of NRL matches and we’ll see some tough tight matches as the top teams fight it out. The Broncos will take on the Sharks on Friday night and the Storm will do battle with the Roosters on Saturday afternoon.
NRL ROUND 23
Rabbitohs $1.57 v Bulldogs $2.41
The Rabbitohs turned up on Friday night against the Dragons and played for the full 80mins. Scoring 12 points in the last 5 mins of the game to snatch victory. The Bulldogs were kept scoreless in the first half again for the 9th time this season against the Eels and proves their attacking efforts need attention. A win here could see the Bulldogs move up 2 places on the ladder to 13 place. I think in the end the Rabbitohs will be extremely confident after their victory and will be chasing that winning feeling two weeks in a row.
Rabbitohs by 10 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Eels $1.14 v Knights $5.80
The Knights have played good footy the past 2 weeks and have deservedly won both matches against the Warriors and Dragons respectively. Going into this match with a lot of confidence I believe the last place Knights will ensure a close finish. The Eels are looking for their 7th win in a row to keep their successful run alive. The Eels forward pack has been setting the field a light in recent weeks and will be looking for Daniel Alvaro, Kenny Edwards and inspirational captain Tim Mannah to set the platform again this week. Mitch Moses has definitely settled in, in the halves with Corey Norman and have formed good combinations with their outside speed men. Definitely looking forward to seeing how far the Eels can go in 2017.
Eels by 14 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Broncos $1.42 v Sharks $2.88
The Sharks lost on the weekend to the Raiders by 18 points. Starting the game slowly, the Sharks allowed the Raiders to score 4 first half tries. The Sharks will be without James Maloney for possibly another week and have lost Jack Bird for a week or two. The Broncos rampaged the Titans taking home victory 54 – 0. The Broncos will be in front of their home crowd and will be extremely confident heading into this Match. If results go their way a win here could see the Broncos finishing the round in 2nd position.
Broncos by 16 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Dragons $1.44 v Titans $2.80
The Dragons have been very inconsistent the past couple of weeks, which could now be crucial in their finals chances. The Dragons will need to keep winning for the remaining 4 rounds to give them self any chance of making the top 8 in 2017. The Titans will be looking to safe face this weekend after being thrashed by 54 points at the hands of the Broncos. The Titans didn’t score a single point in 80 mins and will be looking to turn things around this weekend.
Dragons by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Storm $1.35 v Roosters $3.20
The Roosters lost to the Sea Eagles and let in 4 unanswered tries in the second half. The Roosters will be playing to secure second spot on the Premiership ladder, with a loss here could see them slide down to 3rd. The Storm have been on fire all year and are currently outright competition leaders. Billy Slater has been at his career best, with Cam Smith and Cooper Cronk firing, The Storm will be tough to beat.
Storm by 10 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Panthers $1.42 v Cowboys $2.85
The Coyboys, lost to the Storm over the weekend and have lost Gavin Cooper and Antonio Winterstein to injury. The Cowboys sit in 6th place are still a chance of missing out on the finals in the final 4 Rounds. The Panthers played a tough game against the Tigers and eventuated victors 28 – 14. The win has seen the Panthers sneak into the top 8 and now need to maintain their form to secure a finals position in 2017.
Panthers by 12 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Warriors $2.75 v Raiders $1.45
The Warriors haven’t won for 5 weeks, and to makes things worse lost to the last placed Knights on the weekend by 16 points. The Warriors will have a tough last 4 rounds if they don’t turn things around. The Raiders were on fire against the against the Sharks, taking the win 30 – 12. The Raiders sit 10th on the premiership ladder and will need a small miracle to occur to make the finals in 2017. With probably consistency and the ability to loose close games letting them down this season.
Raiders by 18 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Tigers $2.75 v Sea Eagles $1.45
The Tigers played well for 30 mins against the Panthers, with Tedesco looking dangerous at the back. The Tigers took their foot of the pedal in stages of the game, which allowed the Panthers to capitalise. To compete with the Sea Eagles the Tigers will need to show up for 80 mins. The Sea Eagles blitzed the Roosters and will need to maintain this form to secure their finals birth in 2017. They currently sit in 7th and a win this weekend could see them move up to as high as 4th pending other results and score lines. Daly Cherry – Evans has been guiding his team well and has been well supported by his team mates. Consistency will be the key for the Sea Eagles finals campaign and we look forward to what they can bring this weekend.
Sea Eagles by 20 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
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