National Rugby League Betting Preview – Round 5

April 8th, 2010

We are over a month into the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership now and the form and premiership chances of teams are beginning to become a little clearer.

With four rounds down, Rugby League betting fans now have more to go on regarding how teams are working or not working this season.

The mighty Melbourne Storm are now the only undefeated team for 2010 and they don’t look like slowing down any time soon after snatching back premiership favouritism from the St George Illawarra Dragons last week.

The Cronulla Sharks finally broke through with a shock victory in Round 4 too, when they left the Parramatta Eels shaking their heads at their 11 nil defeat.

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Below are brief previews of the eight Round 5 NRL matches set to take place this weekend to give you a guide for your Rugby League betting selections.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos are in big trouble on Friday night, BIG trouble. With Lockyer confirming he is leaving them to their own devices to play representative footy, a string of injured stars, a nervous and inexperienced squad and three consecutive losses behind them, for Brisbane to defeat the Dragons at WIN Stadium would be a near miracle.

Still, the in-form Dragons showed they can lose when they went down to Melbourne last week, but the way the Broncos have been playing, to compare them to the Storm is an insult to the reigning premiers.

Dragons by a mile.

However, at odds of $6.75 with Ladbrokes.com.au dedicated Brissy supporters will be putting their money on a Broncos comeback just in case!

Gold Coast Titans v Melbourne Storm

The Storm are now the only team with four wins from four rounds to their name and coming up against the Titans has many predicting a Gold Coast slaughtering.

The Titans are still without Scott Prince and will have lost some confidence suffering their first defeat of 2010 last round against the Cowboys.

Playing at Skilled Park is always a massive advantage for the Titans, but it doesn’t look enough this round.

Still, with margins on the game predicted to be so high, the Gold Coast will fight hard to keep their points deficit to a minimum. It may not be quite the thrashing expected so check out the betting markets and odds for the points margin at Ladbrokes.com.au.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newcastle Knights

The Rabbitohs are the $1.45 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au to snare their third straight victory for 2010 on Saturday when they play the Knights.

South Sydney are starting to show some of the flare and skill that the pre-season reports had glorified, with English import Sam Burgess beginning to look more comfortable in the NRL scoring a double last week when they gave the Bulldogs a good beating.

Newcastle are without skipper Kurt Gidley for another fortnight and aren’t always at their best away from home so the Bunnies are our favourite here.

North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers

The Cowboys really are something special when playing up North and with a good win against the Titans here last round they have been installed as the $1.75 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au.

But the Tigers too have played some sensational footy in the last two rounds and if they stick to their guns, use all those terrific playmakers they have and get a good start they could rope in the Cowboys.

North Queensland, however are just one of those teams we refuse to bet against at home no matter their competition so we will stick to the favourites.

Canterbury Bulldogs v New Zealand Warriors

New Zealand, following their Round 4 loss to Manly last week, start as the long-priced outsiders here at $3.05 with Ladbrokes.com.au as they play the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

The Dogs showed a brief return to form in Round 3 but were then beaten by the Rabbitohs last week.

A tough game to pick as both teams have displayed such inconsistency in the first month of footy, but with the home ground in their favour the Dogs look the pick, especially if they can utilise their wingers a bit more.

Manly Sea Eagles v Cronulla Sharks

Despite claiming their first win of the season against an embarrassed Eels last week, the Sharks look outclassed here when they face Manly.

The Eagles beat the Warriors away in Round 4 and will appreciate being back home this round and have been unlucky to secure only two wins from four this year after producing some impressive plays.

Cronulla, however, are improving and Tim Smith has added a bit of flare so at $3.65 odds with Ladbrokes.com.au it will be payday for Sharks fans if they can pull out another shock win.

Penrith Panthers v Sydney Roosters

Another good match-up with only a small margin separating these two teams in the Rugby League betting markets. Currently the Panthers, coming off a win against the Knights last round, are installed as the $1.80 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au.

But the Roosters have played some excellent footy this season, winning big, and as they improve each round and work on finishing their sets and stepping up their defence we will go with the $2.05 underdogs here.

Penrith do have the advantage of playing at home at CUA Stadium though and the Panthers are the Roosters bogie team, but have the Chooks risen above this?

Parramatta Eels v Canberra Raiders

Monday night’s match is another interesting one as the Eels take on the Raiders at Parramatta Stadium.

Normally it would be the Eels through and through here, and they have been installed as the $1.35 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au, but Parramatta have played some very disappointing football this year.

However, last week’s 11 nil loss to the Sharks is likely to have worked as a slap in the face for last year’s grand final runners-up and they will be seeking to turn the tables here.

The Raiders are always a worry when playing away and with the Eels putting Luke Burt and Ben Smith back in their line-up on Monday, Raiders at $3.30 will have a bit of work to do.

A more detailed preview of all eight Round 5 matches as well as in-depth results after the games visit NRLleague.

Rugby League Betting Round 5 Picks:

Match 1 – Dragons

Match 2 – Storm

Match 3 – Rabbitohs

Match 4 – Cowboys

Match 5 – Bulldogs

Match 6 – Sea Eagles

Match 7 – Roosters

Match 8 – Eels

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!

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2010 NRL Round 5 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri April 9 7:35pm WIN Stadium Dragons Broncos
Fri April 9 7:35pm Skilled Park Titans Storm
Sat April 10 5:30pm Bluetongue Stadium Rabbitohs Knights
Sat April 10 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Tigers
Sat April 10 7:30pm ANZ Stadium Bulldogs Warriors
Sun April 11 2:00pm Brookvale Oval Sea Eagles Sharks
Sun April 11 3:00pm CUA Stadium Panthers Roosters
Mon April 12 7:00pm Parramatta Stadium Eels Raiders