National Rugby League Round 6 Preview

April 16th, 2010

It was another intense round last weekend in the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership with one of the most notable games being the Gold Coast Titans’ win over the previously unbeaten Melbourne Storm.

Despite the Storm’s loss and the mighty in-form St George Dragons big win against the struggling Brisbane Broncos in Round 5, the tables have turned in the Rugby League betting futures markets, with leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au re-installing Melbourne as the early premiership favourites at $4.60 ahead of the Dragons at $5.50.

Other significant games from last week included the intense match between the North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers. Full of drama, the end result was in favour of the Tigers 23 – 16. And more bad news for the Cowboys was their loss of star player Jonathan Thurston out with a severely injured shoulder.

It will be a tough week for the Cowboys as they face the Newcastle Knights this Saturday.

With injuries marring the hopes of a number of big-name teams, and the return of top players expecting to improve the performance of a number of lacklustre clubs, Round 6 becomes one of the most interesting for your Rugby League betting picks all year.

To lock in your selections and get the most competitive odds make sure you jump onto Ladbrokes.com.au, our preferred bookmaker for NRL betting.

Below you will find a quick preview for all eight of the Round 6 NRL showdowns scheduled for this weekend.

And remember, each week a more detailed preview of the current NRL round matches as well as comprehensive match results and coverage after the games can be found at NRLleague.

Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons

The Titans put on an excellent performance when they beat the reigning premiers last round. With four from five wins to their name and having defeated the biggest threat in the NRL, the Gold Coast will be brimming with confidence as they take on the mighty Dragons at Skilled Park.

St George have definitely been one of the most dedicated and determined teams this year, but will be weakened with the loss of prop Michael Weyman, Matt Prior, Jeremy Smith and Jarrod Saffy.

This gives the Titans a fighting chance, but the bookies still have the Dragons as the favourite at $1.83 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Titans are terrific when they play at home, and although they may be a little weary after their hard win, they still have the strength to sleigh another NRL big gun – even without Scott Prince.

Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs

The Tigers have played some really impressive footy this year, and the top-class squad including playmaker Benji Marshall and the return of the talented Lote Tuqiri has proved a winning combination for them as they look to secure their fifth win this year when the play the Bulldogs on Friday night.

The Bulldogs have been very disappointing so far, losing four from five which is why they will start as the underdogs currently at $2.20 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

But Canterbury did pull out one big win this season, which came when they were under pressure, so if you are a Dogs fan you will be backing them to do the same here.

For us the Tigers have been just too good to go past, and based on recent form and their home ground advantage we will stick with them – with or without halfback Tim Moltzen.

Newcastle Knights v North Queensland Cowboys

The Cowboys suffered an absolute shocker last week when they went down to the Tigers and missing a number of their key players this round, namely the genius Jonathan Thurston, it is hard to see them rising above, especially playing away from home.

Ladbrokes.com.au have them at the very juicy odds of $3.65 for a reason, and with the Knights having played decent footy over the past few rounds, they look set to add another victory to the Win column on Saturday.

Cowboys are also missing Aaron Payne so they do look in a bit of trouble, we’ve all seen what a few injuries have done to a team like the Broncos this year.

Newcastle also have the added confidence with the return of skipper Kurt Gidley, the brilliant leader sure to bring his team to the top here even if he will be a little rusty.

Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders

This will be one of the most interesting showdowns of the round as two teams with obvious animosity between them face off in what is sure to be a hard hitting and very personal match.

Sydney have been on fire for most of this season, putting aside their loss to the Panthers last week, and with the home ground advantage and plenty to prove about just how much of a Finals threat they are this year, they will start as the favourites currently at $1.51 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Canberra, however, are simply huge! Their forward pack is one of the NRL’s most impressive and despite their hit and miss performances this year, will definitely put up a big fight.

Angry over Sydney’s recent attempts to steal their star fullback Josh Dugan and coming up against the man they fired two years back, the impressive Todd Carney, I wouldn’t discount Canberra just yet.

Still, we will stick with the Roosters.

Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla Sharks

The Broncos have struggled this year, really struggled. Some early season injuries made the inexperience of their young team very obvious, but they look ready for a comeback this round.

Hosting the out-of-form Sharks up in Queensland this week and with the return of a number of their hugely missed players, Brisbane are the current favourites at $1.36 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Sharks have been nothing short of terrible this season and so with Israel Folau and Jharal Yow Yeh back for the Broncos, and possibly Corey Parker too, they will have to bring out a miracle to defeat Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

New Zealand Warriors v Penrith Panthers

Penrith had a very impressive win in Round 5 against the in-form Roosters, but will still start as the underdogs this week currently at $2.12 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Playing well also last week were New Zealand, who managed a big win ahead of the Bulldogs as the visitors.

Back at home the Warriors look strong, but they will have to be on their toes at all times as the Panthers proved they can come from behind and win last week when they did so against the Knights.

New Zealand will be playing without the influential Manu Vatuvei, out again with his hamstring injury, but still we will back them as the Panthers have been a little too inconsistent.

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs

The Eels are in a slump, a very big and dangerous slump, and if they don’t do something quickly they will be out of premiership contention before the year has even really got interesting.

This week they play at home hosting a very strong Rabbitohs side. As the visitors South Sydney are starting as the odds-on favourites here and although they will be tested more so than in their past three consecutive wins, we still think they can do it.

Nathan Hindmarsh will surpass Brett Kenny as the most-capped Parramatta player in history on Sunday when he plays his 266th match for the Eels, and has been installed as co-captain with Nathan Cayless to help get them out of trouble.

Will this be enough?

Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

Coming off their first loss of the year, the Melbourne team will be ready to rumble this round as they host Manly.

Despite their 4 point loss to the Titans last round, we and nearly everyone else, think that the Storm will get back to winning form here and take Manly out.

That’s not to say the Sea Eagles won’t put up a big fight, because they will. We saw just how many points they can get on the board when they racked up 40 defeating the Sharks last round.

Last time they met Melbourne absolutely smashed Manly, and although it might not be such a big margin this time, the Storm still get our vote.

Rugby League Betting Round 6 Picks:

Match 1 – Titans
Match 2 – Tigers
Match 3 – Knights
Match 4 – Roosters
Match 5 – Broncos
Match 6 – Warriors
Match 7 – Rabbitohs
Match 8 – Storm
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!
And if you want to add another level of excitement to your Rugby League betting this weekend, why not try some of the interesting specials bets Ladbrokes.com.au have available.
If a game is too close to call, or if you want to make some money off the side you love even if you think they won’t quite win this time round, Ladbrokes.com.au have you covered.
For example, if you are a big Gold Coast Titans fan but think the in-form Dragons will be able to get the better of them at Skilled Park tonight, why not try picking the 1st Try Scorer instead.
Or invest over the entire round by choosing a wager such as the Lowest Scoring Team for the Round, where the Manly Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys are both installed as the favourites to score the least points at $4.25.

2010 NRL Round 6 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri April 16 7:35pm Skilled Park Titans Dragons
Fri April 16 7:35pm Sydney Football Stadium Tigers Bulldogs
Sat April 17 5:30pm Energy Australia Stadium Knights Cowboys
Sat April 17 7:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Roosters Raiders
Sun April 18 2:00pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Sharks
Sun April 18 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Panthers
Sun April 18 3:00pm ANZ Stadium Eels Rabbitohs
Mon April 19 7:00pm Etihad Stadium Storm Sea Eagles