National Rugby League Round 12 Preview

May 28th, 2010

This weekend Rugby League betting fans are treated to seven more top showdowns as we move one round closer to the coveted 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership finals.

Last round there were plenty of upsets as Wednesday night’s State of Origin opener, where the Maroons held off a late charge by the Blues to defeat NSW 28 – 24 in Sydney, stripped some of the leading teams of their stars.

Headlines from Round 11 included the Dragons suffering their third season loss, this time going down 14 – 22 to the improving Raiders, St George Illawarra obviously feeling the strain of playing without seven of their big name players, six on Origin duties and Dan Hunt injured pre-match.

There was also the Eels v Sharks game on Saturday, when Cronulla defeated Parramatta for the second time this season, and the Panthers big win ahead of the Bulldogs, Penrith now joining the Dragons and the Titans at the top of the ladder.

To read the full Round 11 results and view a detailed break-down of all the NRL Round 12 matches this week, head to NRLleague.

Below is a brief preview of the seven NRL premiership games happening around the country this weekend to help you make your Rugby League betting picks for the week. Don’t forget, once you’ve made you selections head to and get in on their excellent NRL odds!

St George Illawarra Dragons v Parramatta Eels

A re-match of last year’s Grand Final, Round 12 kicks off at WIN Stadium on Friday night when the Dragons host the Eels. Still at the top of the ladder despite their loss to the Raiders last week, St George Illawarra has all but one of their Origin boys back for this one. They are slightly weakened with Matt Cooper injuring his hip in the State of Origin series opener on Wednesday and Dan Hunt ruled out hurting himself in the warm up last week.

But after the Eels were beaten by the struggling Sharks in round 11, and with the home ground advantage, as long as the rest of their star players back up okay from the Origin, the Dragons should prevail.

St George are the $1.54 favourites at, but if you think the Eels will return to form with Jarryd Hayne back in the No. 1 jersey, then get on their juicy $2.50 odds.

Wests Tigers v New Zealand Warriors

The other Friday night showdown has the Warriors travel to Campbelltown to play the Wests Tigers. Both teams are coming off good round 11 wins, New Zealand claiming their second successive victory when beating the Rabbitohs and the Tigers bringing their best to Newcastle to thrash the Knights.

The Warriors are hit and miss away from home and have lost Michael Luck to a hand infection, which is why they are the $2.80 underdogs at

The Tigers on the other hand are in full force, and with Marshall starting to give us some of that magic again last week, we are sticking with the $1.45 favourites to continue their return to form.

Cronulla Sharks v Brisbane Broncos

On Saturday the Sharks, fresh off a big win ahead of the Eels, play host to the Brisbane Broncos at Cronulla Stadium. Even with the home ground advantage, with news of coach Ricky Stuart leaving soon, it is hard to see the Sharks making it two in a row.

Fresh off a bye and with their three sensational Origin stars, Thaiday, Lockyer and Folau, all looking fit after Wednesday’s game, the Broncos are the favourites currently paying $1.67 for a win with

Before last week’s bye Brisbane had secured their first two consecutive wins of the season, and with other stars like Te’o and Parker in great form, even Gallen and Barrett out to show Origin selectors what they are missing shouldn’t stop Brisbane from putting in a red-hot fight to make the finals and win this one.

North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles

Dairy Farmers Stadium will be the venue for Saturday night’s match when the out-of-form Cowboys give it another go, playing a top four team, the Sea Eagles.

This is really a must win match for North Queensland who are sitting at the tail end of the ladder in number 14. The Cowboys are the $2.25 underdogs, but we think with the home ground advantage, non-Origin players well rested after a bye, and Thurston in red-hot form after picking up man of the match in Origin game one, the home team could cause an upset here.

Manly are the $1.67 favourites, also coming off a bye. The Sea Eagle’s performance will have a lot to do with how Lyon, Perry, Watmough and Ballin back up from Origin and what their attitude is like after their Round 11 loss to Parramatta.

But after a poor early season, we think the Cowboys will pull out a beauty and win this one.

Melbourne Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs

On Sunday the Storm are the $1.57 favourites at to secure their maiden victory at the new AAMI Park stadium when they play the Bulldogs.

This will be Melbourne’s second game at AAMI Park, but they lost to the Broncos on debut two weeks ago. The Storm have a home game to win, enjoyed a bye last week and as long as their number ones in Slater, Inglis, Cronk and White return from Origin okay they should have no troubles defeating Canterbury.

The Bulldogs are the $2.40 underdogs at after a poor match losing to the Panthers last week. They were stripped of Kimmorley, Ennis and Idris away on Origin duties, but the boys in Blue lost and so won’t be bringing that winners confidence back with them for this one.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Penrith Panthers

The most anticipated match of Round 12 takes place on Sunday arvo in Sydney when the Rabbitohs face off against the recently appointed number 2’s, the Panthers.

Both teams have plenty of passion, talent and form and it will be a close one here. Based on ladder position and their last performance, Penrith coming off a win ahead of the Bulldogs while the Rabbitohs went down to the Warriors, the Panthers are the $1.85 favourites with

But it is a tricky one to pick and the Rabbitohs aren’t at much longer odds, currently paying $1.97 for a win. We like South Sydney here despite the Panthers recent success winning six of their last seven.

The Bunnies are back at home, have captain Roy Asotasi returning and are fired up. When South Sydney are on they are really on.

But we aren’t 100% confident as there is a lot of talk about the Panthers making the Grand Final this year, so Sunday’s match will show how much truth there is to that.

Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters

Monday’s match is a ripper of a round closer, when the in-form Titans play the hit-and-miss Roosters at Skilled Park.

The Titans have been the quiet achievers this season, going about their business win by win and sticking around at the top of the ladder round after round. The Roosters however are either brilliant or terrible, and there seems little rhyme or reason to how they will perform.

Both teams are coming off a bye and have no real Origin issues to consider, so it should be a great game, the first they have played against each other at Skilled Park.

Gold Coast will start as the favourites, paying $1.44 for a win at the moment with, based on the fact they have won their past three games against the Roosters, have Scott Prince in excellent form, and that they love Skilled Park.

The Roosters will be right in there however, with Mitchell Pearce returning to give them a boost.

Rugby League Betting Round 12 Picks:

Match 1 – Dragons

Match 2 – Tigers

Match 3 – Broncos

Match 4 – Cowboys

Match 5 – Storm

Match 6 – Rabbitohs

Match 7 – Titans

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 12 Match Calendar:



Time (local)


Home Team

Away Team

Fri May 28 7:35pm WIN Jubilee Stadium Dragons Eels
Fri May 28 7:35pm Campbelltown Sports Stadium Wests Tigers Warriors
Sat May 29 5:30pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Broncos
Sat May 29 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Sea Eagles
Sun May 30 2:00pm AAMI Park Storm Bulldogs
Sun May 30 3:00pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Panthers
Mon May 31 7:00pm Skilled Park Titans Roosters