National Rugby League Round 10 Preview

May 14th, 2010

Ten weeks into the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership and there is a definite buzz in the air as Round 10, the Heritage Round begins! Teams discovered just how tough the representative season can be last week when many players had to play two matches in round nine, backing up from the Australia v New Zealand and City v Country games last Friday night.

One team who felt the pinch of having a representative-riddled team was the Rugby League leaders, the St George Illawarra Dragons. With two of their big name players, Weyman and Nightingale, forced to miss Saturday’s match against Manly, the Dragons suffered a shock 24 – 6 loss.

Round nine was rife with upsets, proving there is plenty of money to be made with your Rugby League betting on the underdogs. On Sunday the Brisbane Broncos were able to smash the Melbourne Storm 36 – 14, the Storm’s first loss since news of their salary cap rort broke.

Brisbane were at juicy odds of around $5 through Ladbrokes.com.au so anyone who jumped onto them would have received a very nice payout!

For a detailed wrap-up of all the games, including the two rep games, from Round 9 and to view a more in-depth preview of the Round 10 games on this weekend visit NRLleague.

This weekend there are no byes and so Rugby League fans have eight more great showdowns and heaps of Rugby League betting opportunities to look forward to.

There are some classic and time-honoured Heritage Round games to look forward to this week, including the Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Also, things begin with a show stopping Queensland derby on Friday night when the Broncos host the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.

Below we have a brief look at the eight NRL Round 10 games. Don’t forget, once you make your picks visit Ladbrokes.com.au, the best online bookmaker for your Rugby League betting.

Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans

The opening game of round 10 is a sure to be an intense Queensland Derby as the Brisbane Broncos, fresh off their season best win last round, host the in-form Gold Coast Titans, who also enjoyed success against the Knights last week, at Suncorp Stadium.

Looking at ladder position alone, Brisbane on rank 13 while the Titans have soared into second place, this one looks easy to pick. But when you look at the odds, Broncos at $1.87 and the Titans at $1.95 through Ladbrokes.com.au, it becomes a little muddier.

The Broncos are at home, have the confidence of a big win, the return of a number of big players including Peter Wallace, and Corey Parker looking for a good 200th first-grade game here.

The Gold Coast are playing great footy, don’t have key players like Lockyer and Thaiday playing their third match in eight days like the Broncos do, have Scott Prince back to his best and the focus to win.

Really it comes down to a toss of the coin in this one.

Canterbury Bulldogs v St George Illawarra Dragons

Fresh off a bye last week, this is a good a time as any for the Bulldogs to play the Dragons. In this classic NSW derby at ANZ Stadium tonight, St George Illawarra will be fired up and keen to make up for their disappointing loss to Manly last week.

The Dragons were tiered and out of form after the rep games, and a team as professional as themselves rarely loose two in a row which is why they are the $1.52 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Canterbury do have the home ground advantage and some excellent talent in players such as Jamal Idris and Michael Ennis playing their hearts out for a Blues jersey.

But the Dragons are number one for a reason, have Weyman and Nightingale back, and the top tryscorer in the NRL right now Brett Morris on the wing so they look the pick here, as they were in Round two when the Dogs went down 26 – 6.

Look out for the return of Josh Morris for the Bulldogs who will no doubt be keen to catch up to his twin’s record number of four-pointers this season.

Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm

Saturday has a very intriguing match where the Raiders have the Canberra Stadium advantage when they play the Storm.

Melbourne suffered a surprise loss to the Broncos last week, but what we are yet to find out is whether this is it, the inevitable Storm collapse, or if it was a one off and they can rise to a win again.

We like the Raiders for a number of reasons and so are jumping on their juicy $2.30 odds through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Canberra Stadium is a dangerous place for any team other than the home squad, the Raiders will have confidence after beating the Warriors last match, fullback Josh Dugan is brilliant right now why Slater may be a bit worn following last week’s tough games, and the Storm are without Cameron Smith.

When you look at all this Melbourne at $1.62 through Ladbrokes.com.au don’t look good value.

Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights

Inconsistency with these two makes the Roosters v Knights game on Saturday at Bluetongue Stadium a tough game to pick.

Both were defeated last week, Sydney in a shocker to the Cowboys, and the Knights somewhat unluckily to the Titans by two points.

Ladbrokes.com.au are undecided on this one with both teams at $1.90. Word on the street is that Newcastle are the punters favourites.

In the Knights favour are talents like Vuna and Uate, a still bitter club out to prove Brian Smith (ex coach and now mentor to the Roosters) a fool, and the ability to play a really impressive first quarter to give them the early advantage.

We are going against the grain however and are sticking with the Roosters.

They have a shorter turn around, although hit and miss have won more games against tougher rivals than the Knights this season, and know the importance of winning this one in regards to staying in the top eight.

Hope this will be enough.

New Zealand Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys

On Saturday at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium, the New Zealand Warriors, current favourites at $1.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au, look in a good position to claim victory against a Thurston-less Cowboys.

Last week North Queensland caused a stir when they surprised many and won ahead of the Roosters 34 – 14. They have Matty Bowen back, which did wonders for their attack and confidence, but they are still at number 14 on the ladder.

Playing so far away this week after a very short turnaround means that despite their victory in round nine, they are still the $2.95 underdogs this week with Ladbrokes.com.au.

They face a refreshed Warriors outfit, coming off a bye last week, who will be very keen to put an end to their three match losing streak.

New Zealand in New Zealand should prevail, especially with the return of winger Manu Vatuvei and star playmaker Brett Seymor.

Even though Thurston won’t be on the field, still out with injury, he will have an impact on this game as his re-signing to the Cowboys throughout the week will have boosted their self belief. We just don’t think it will be enough for an upset.

Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs

This is the classic Heritage Round match of the week, the Tigers v the Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground. Sure to be a brilliant Sunday arvo match, this time-honoured clash is another tricky one to pick both teams 4/8 this season.

Currently the Tigers, with the home ground advantage, are the $1.75 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Wests needed their bye last week so they could stop, take a breath and have a look where they took a wrong turn after losing their last three games.

Can they get back on track this week that is the question. They need to bring in some more of those dazzling risks by players like Marshall and Tuqiri, or they won’t be able to get the points to win.

The Rabbits will be reeling from the loss of Keith Galloway who needed hand surgery, but can still win this.

At $2.80 odds with Ladbrokes.com.au we are taking a risk and saying the Tigers will play safe and lose this as the Bunnies turn it on and pull out the moves and get plenty of four-pointers from inside the home team’s 20m.

Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers

Penrith by a mile right? Maybe not. You can look at form, ladder position and all the statistics as long as you like, but the truth is when Cronulla play at Shark Park they can cause an upset. We saw this in round four when they won 11 – nil ahead of the Eels and then again in round seven when the Knights went down by a 20 point margin.

Can they do it again? The Sharks are the $2.75 underdogs with Ladbrokes.com.au while Penrith, who have worked their way up to number four, are the $1.46 favourites, both teams refreshed after a bye last week.

We still think Penrith will win, but it will be a narrow victory. Despite losing to the Titans in their last match in round eight, the Panthers have been in red-hot form this year and had won their previous four in succession.

The Sharks, however, were smashed by the Dragons last match, but they never really stood a chance playing the number ones at home prior to the start of the rep season.

Cronulla will be in this game, but not enough to win as Coote and Jennings will outscore the Sharks and lead the Panthers to victory.

The next question is can Penrith keep winning and make the finals for the first time since 2004? Let’s hope they are not just teasing their fans with their early season form and that they can reward Civoniceva for re-signing.

Manly Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels

Monday night is another smashing showdown as two teams with plenty of history, Manly and Parramatta, face off at Brookvale.

This is the definite grudge match of the Heritage round and bitterness and revenge will play a big part.

The Eels had a bye last week, but it might not have been the blessing it was for other teams. Finally Parra had found some form winning their past three and then came the bye. Will it have stopped their momentum?

Meanwhile Manly enjoyed an important win ahead of the NRL leaders, beating the rep-weary Dragons 24 – 6.

This week the Sea Eagles have the home ground advantage and will be more than ready to make up for their narrow loss to the Eels back in round two, victory stolen from them after an Eels forward pass was missed by the refs and Parramatta walked away with a four point win.

The Eels have their own bones to pick with Manly though, who have a habit of showing up with many a Parra player resigned and redressed in the maroon and white including Jamie Lyon, Trent Hodkinson, Ben Farrar and Tony Williams.

Whatever the history, as of right now the Sea Eagles, current $1.57 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au, are our pick.

They have been more consistent, love Brookvale and are confident.

If you like the Eels though and think they can pick up where they left off before the bye then at $2.45 they are good value.

Rugby League Betting Round 10 Picks:

Match 1 – Titans

Match 2 – Dragons

Match 3 – Raiders

Match 4 – Roosters

Match 5 – Warriors

Match 6 – Rabbitohs

Match 7 – Panthers

Match 8 – Manly

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!

This week Ladbrokes.com.au have some great specials Rugby League betting markets to make the Heritage Round even more intense.

The NRL State v State novelty from Ladbrokes.com.au allows punters to place a bet on whether the Queensland teams, from Friday night’s Sunshine State derby between the Broncos and the Titans, or the NSW teams, from the Bulldogs v Dragons match, will finish with the highest total combined score.

This is a top way for footy fans to show their support for the Blues or Maroons before the first State Of Origin match for 2010 begins, now less than two weeks away!

Visit Ladbrokes.com.au today to take advantage of this exciting offer and check out the other NRL Round 10 specials and standard betting markets.

2010 NRL Round 10 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri May 14 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Titans
Fri May 14 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Bulldogs Dragons
Sat May 15 7:30pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Storm
Sat May 15 7:30pm Bluetongue Stadium Roosters Knights
Sat May 15 7:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Cowboys
Sun May 16 2:00pm Sydney Cricket Ground Wests Tigers Rabbitohs
Sun May 16 3:00pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Panthers
Mon May 17 7:00pm Brookvale Oval Sea Eagles Eels