The final round of the NRL regular season kicks off on Thursday night with the Broncos taking on the Cowboys in Townsville. The Storm is the only team them to secure their ladder position (1) heading into the final round with 8 other teams unsure of where they will finish. All eyes will be on the Dragons, Sea Eagles, Panthers and Cowboys as these four teams will be playing for their 2017 finals opportunity. Our match of the round this week will be played on Saturday afternoon as the Sea Eagles take on the Panthers.
NRL ROUND 26
Broncos $1.49 v Cowboys $2.63
The Broncos were embarrassed by the Eels last Thursday night at home in a match that saw 86 points being scored. The Broncos will be working hard on their defence this week as it is their last chance to make corrections before the finals series begins. The Cowboys are fighting to keep their season alive and played out of their skin against the Tigers to secure a 22- 14 victory. Playing in front of their home crowd we expect big things from Cowboys, as a loss in this game and other results not join in their favour could see their 2017 campaign cut short. I think this game will be close but the Broncos will bounce back.
Broncos by 4 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Eels $1.23 v Rabbitohs $4.25
The Rabbitohs got schooled by the Storm 64 – 6. The Rabbitohs were outplayed in every area of the football field and will be looking to improve this week. With nothing to play for but pride, we expect another tough night for the Rabbitohs. The Eels have been on fore in recent weeks and put 56 points on the Broncos in Brisbane last Thursday night. The Eels are currently sitting fourth on the premiership ladder and a win here could see them finish the season as high as second.
Eels by 22 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Roosters $1.12 v Titans $6.40
The Titans looked disappointing against the Bulldogs and wasn’t the response critics were expecting after the caching of their coach. The Titans are currently sitting fourteenth on the premiership table and will definitely have a tough task in front of them. The Roosters currently sit in second spot and win here will see them secure that position heading onto the finals series. The Roosters are a tough defensive side and classy attacking outfit and will be too good for the Titans.
Roosters by 24 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Sea Eagles $1.73 v Panthers $2.12
This is our match of the round, with both teams fighting for a top 8 finish it will definitely be an exciting clash. The Panthers made crucial errors in crucial stages in their match against the Dragons and as a result has put them in this position. The Panthers have been playing fantastic footy over the past couple of months and will be looking to turn things around this week. The Sea Eagles won in a golden point thriller against the Warriors with Daly Cherry Evans kicking two field goals to keep his sides finals hopes alive. I think this game will be close and am predicting another golden point thriller.
Panthers by 1 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Storm $1.33 v Raiders $3.36
The Raiders will most likely finish 2017 in tenth position. The Raiders beat the Knights 46 – 28 last week but will need to step up to another level to compete with the Storm. The Storm put on a show for their home fans in Melbourne smashing the Rabbitohs 64 – 6. The Storm were strong in every aspect of their game and are in blistering form heading into the finals. Wingers Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Add0-Carr were on fire bagging a hat trick each. The Storm are outright competition leaders and are very short priced favourites to win the premierships this season. The Storm will win in another clinical display.
Storm by 14 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Knights $3.62 v Sharks $1.29
The Knights have won the wooden spoon this year and will be looking forward to the 2017 season to be over. The Knights won 5 games this year and will be looking forward to 2018 with a host of experienced new arrivals. The Sharks just lost to the Roosters by 2 points and have slid down to fifth on the ladder. They will be looking for a big win here to build momentum for their finals campaign.
Sharks by 26 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Dragons $1.34 v Bulldogs $3.29
The Dragons beat the Panthers by 2 points to keep their 2017 season alive. The Dragons will be looking to secure victory to give themselves every chance of a finals birth. Dragons had glimpses of brilliance in their encounter with the Panthers and will need to bring everything they can to compete with the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs sit in 12th position and will head into this match full of confidence after beating the Titans by 12 points. The Bulldogs have been strong competitors for most of the season and have lost several games by 6 points or less.
Dragons by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
Tigers $1.58 v Warriors $2.85
The Tigers lost to the Cowboys by 8 points on the weekend and definitely didn’t play like a team set to finish second last. If they can put another performance like together this week they could take home the 2 points. The Warriors looked like a completely different side with Shaun Johnson back and took the Sea Eagles into Golden Point. Big game experience was the difference and the Sea Eagles took the win 22 – 21. The Warrior forwards showed a strong performance and their back three proved their worth looking dangerous with every touch.
Warriors by 8 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
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