National Rugby League Betting Preview – Round 3

March 26th, 2010

This weekend we move into the third round of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership with punters given plenty of fantastic new Rugby League betting opportunities from the standard head-to-head wagers to some of the unique special betting markets open on the eight matches through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Many of the teams who burst into early premiership contention in the opening round backed up their impressive round one wins with victory last week as well. St. George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast Titans all remain unbeaten this season.

Last round proved good for Rugby League betting on the favourites, but as always there were a few upsets!

Below is a quick look at the eight showdowns scheduled for Round 3 to help you get underway with your Rugby League betting over the weekend!

Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels

This will be a great match to start Round 3 with when two of League’s most exciting players face off, Benji Marshall from the Tigers and the freakishly talented Eel Jarryd Hayne.

The Tigers have the home ground advantage but they will need more than this if they are to secure a win against Parramatta this week after being well beaten by the Roosters last week.

Wests are not only coming off a loss but have also lost halfback Robert Lui – Tim Motzen will move up to fill the spot.

Jump on to the Tigers’ generous $2.35 odds with Ladbrokes.com.au if you think they can step up in defence and hold off the Eels, or if you think Hayne will just be too quick and sneaky Parramatta are the favourites at $1.60.

St. George Illawarra Dragons v North Queensland Cowboys

There is no doubt the Dragons have made an impression this season, winning both of their opening matches for the first time in a long time. Bennett is doing wonders for them and their precision, focus and results combine to make them hard to go past this game even at the short odds of $1.33 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Cowboys are out of their comfort zone once again playing away from home, but for North Queensland fans who feel their 28 – 20 win against the Panthers last week has installed in them enough confidence to play hard right from the start and take out a win then enjoy their current $3.30 odds!

Penrith Panthers v Melbourne Storm

The Panthers had an eight point loss to the Cowboys last week despite leading by 12 points at half time, but they are at home this round and they will have a stronger determination to impress the crowd and not fall behind again this week.

The Storm are one of only four teams who remain unbeaten this season, but the Panthers at $2.05 might just be the team to stop the reigning premiers’ run of wins.

Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights

Manly lost to the Eels last week in one of the most controversial set of circumstances seen this season and they will be fired up and keen to redeem themselves to their fans and their very disappointed coach.

More bad news followed after their loss when they found out they will be without Brett Stewart the entire season giving them more reason to come out at home here with all guns blazing.

But the Knights have played some impressive football in the first two rounds so it will be an interesting match on Saturday.

The Sea Eagles have lost both of their 2010 games despite having 20 point leads at one stage, so they will have to play a full 80 minutes this round if they want the win.

Manly may not be in the finals this year but this match should be theirs and the bookies agree with Ladbrokes.com.au installing them as the $1.60 favourites.

Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders

The Titans are back where they play best this round and their dominance at Skilled Park combined with their egos after winning by one point ahead of the Rabbitohs last round are why they are the $1.28 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Raiders also had a win last week, a very nice win in fact ahead of the Broncos at Canberra Stadium. But away from home the Raiders are very hit and miss despite their imposing forward pack and solid completion rate.

Prince and Campbell at home are just too good.

Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors

Well weren’t the Broncos disappointing in Canberra last week, trailing 18 – nil to the Raiders at one stage. They are back in Brissie this week though and after suffering a bit of a blow to their egos they will be ready to secure another win against the Warriors this round.

New Zealand had a good win at home last week and the Broncos have lost Corey Parker to a knee injury, but Brisbane and their plan to give the very capable Israel Folau a more central role look good here so best to stick to the $1.52 favourites in this game.

Canterbury Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters

The second match on Sunday is one of the most anticipated of Round 3 where the so far lacklustre Bulldogs come up against the impressive and determined Roosters.

An interesting game for sure, highlighted by the fact that Ladbrokes.com.au have both teams installed at equal odds of $1.91.

Sydney have been making a mess of their rivals so far this season with a more focused team including some emerging stars, but many Dog fans are still saying Canterbury will make their comeback soon and that this round could be it.

The Bulldogs have the home ground advantage and have Michael Ennis back on board, but will it be enough to stop the likes of Pearce and Carney?

Cronulla Sharks v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Two of the least impressive teams of this season face off on Monday night and it is hard to see how it is fair that either of them will come away with a win yet after their dismal performances in the first two rounds.

The Rabbitohs had a flash or two of solid play last week and with the South Sydney club desperate to show that the money they spent pulling in Taylor and Burgess was worth it, they look the pick here.

Cronulla have been just plain flat this season having done little to improve on last season. If they lose here, which they look likely to do with Ladbrokes.com.au installing them as the $2.08 underdogs, then it will be their 13th consecutive loss.

For a more detailed preview of all eight Round 3 matches as well as in-depth results after the round visit NRLleague.

Rugby League Betting Round 3 Picks:

Match 1 – Eels

Match 2 – Dragons

Match 3 – Panthers

Match 4 – Sea Eagles

Match 5 – Titans

Match 6 – Broncos

Match 7 – Roosters

Match 8 – Rabbitohs

Agree or disagree with our picks? Let us know by leaving a comment below. We are always happy to hear from other Rugby League betting enthusiasts!

As always aside from the regular Rugby League betting options available on the games including straight out backing your team to win, Australia’s most respected online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au have some excellent exotic wagers open to customers.

On each game they have their new Hit-Up, Most Metres and Most Tackles wagers open.

So in the first match of Round 3 on Friday night if you think you know your player statistics and want to try a different Rugby League betting option, why not pick who will perform the most tackles between the Tigers Robbie Farah or the Eel’s Nathan Hindmarsh.

These great special offers are especially appealing for the Bulldogs v Roosters game on Sunday afternoon. Currently both teams are at equal odds of $1.91 for a win, so instead of a head-to-head bet here why not jump on other bet types like what you think the Half Time Result will be or which player or team will score the first try of the game to spice things up with Ladbrokes.com.au!

2010 NRL Round 3 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (Local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri March 19 7:35pm WIN Stadium Dragons Bulldogs
Fri March 19 8:35pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Titans
Sat March 20 5:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Sharks
Sat March 20 7:30pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Newcastle Storm
Sat March 20 9:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Panthers
Sun March 21 2:00pm Parramatta Stadium Eels Sea Eagles
Sun March 21 3:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Roosters Tigers
Mon March 22 7:00pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Broncos