National Rugby League Round 13 Preview

June 4th, 2010

We are at the half-way point for the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership, and with State of Origin Game 1 out of the way, the full eight-match card for Round 13 this weekend is set to be a cracker. Below we have a do a quick rundown of the Round 12 Results and Round 13 Preview. For full details and a more comprehensive look at this week’s matches visit NRLleague.

Round 12 Wrap-Up:

Last week teams suffered as their big name players felt the pressure of backing up from their Origin duties, and there were a number of surprise upsets.

Notable NRL results from Round 12 included the opening match, when the St George Illawarra Dragons once again put on a brilliant display, thrashing the Parramatta Eels 30 – 0.

The other Friday night showdown was another high-scoring affair, when the resurgent Wests Tigers pulled out the razzle dazzle and took down the listless New Zealand Warriors 50 – 6 in the largest margin of the week.

The Cronulla Sharks weren’t able to back up their win ahead of the Eels from the previous week, and let the Broncos run away with their third consecutive victory 20 – 4.

Saturday night at Dairy Farmers Stadium the North Queensland Cowboys put in their all in a powerful second half display, but with a few bad calls from the ref it wasn’t enough and the Sea Eagles held on for a narrow 24 – 20 win.

Sunday’s games saw the Storm secure their maiden win at AAMI Park defeating the low ranking Bulldogs 23 – 12, while in Sydney the Rabbitohs have the previously in-form Panthers a surprise 42 – 22 hiding.

The final match on Monday night had the Roosters sneak in with a mighty 30 – 16 win at Skilled Park against the Titans.

With a number of the top four teams going down last week, there is sure to be plenty of passion and maybe even a little desperation to keep in finals contention this week, making for some truly entertaining footy.

Round 13 at a Glance:

Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests Tigers

Round 13 kicks off with a bang with two brilliant Friday night footy games scheduled. The first has the lacklustre Bulldogs host the recently rising Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. The Tigers enjoyed a big win last week and will come into this match full of confidence, which is why the Tigers are the hot $1.72 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au. On a dismal four match losing streak, Canterbury are the $2.15 underdogs and even with the home ground advantage don’t look a big chance. In their favour is the return of Origin stars Kimmorley, Ennis an Idris but with the Tigers on a roll look out Dogs!

Parramatta Eels v Melbourne Storm

This is the match of the round for sure, as NRL fans are treated to an intense and bitter replay of last year’s grand final. The Eels hit a low when beaten by the Sharks two weeks back and then backed that up with a 30 – nil thrashing by the competition leaders last week. Parramatta will be very keen to show the ‘cheats’ that burst their premiership bubble last year exactly what they think of them and it should be a grinding, physical match. But Melbourne have their starts returning from Origin and the inspirational Cameron Smith back on board, are in-form coming off a win and should prevail, which is why Ladbrokes.com.au have them as the $1.71 favourites. If you think the Eels will bring it, return to form and strike against the storm then they are one of the value bets of the week at $2.18 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights

The Panthers were surprised last week going down 42 – 22 to the Rabbitohs and got pushed out of their top two spot on the ladder. This week they will be fired up and ready to silence the talk of another mid-season slump. They have the home ground advantage and the Knights have been very inconsistent, so Penrith at $1.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au should be able to get one over the $2.65 underdogs even without Petero. But the Knights are fresh off a bye and have Gidley, Mullen, De Gois, MacDougall and McManus all back so an upset could be on the cards.

Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks

When the Roosters are turned on they are dazzling and they were definitely switched on last week when they reached number seven on the ladder with a tidy 30 – 16 win ahead of the Titans. They should have no troubles on Saturday either, coming up against a struggling Sharks outfit that despite glimmers of hope through the season really have been ordinary. Cronulla are the obvious underdogs currently at $3.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au while the Chooks boasting a great squad including Paul Nuuausala, Myles and Waerea-Hargreaves are the $1.36 favourites and our pick here.

Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans

On Saturday the Titans have the tough task of travelling down to Canberra Stadium to take on the improving Raiders. The Gold Coast had a shock loss last week against the Roosters, and although they have plenty of talent and class look in trouble of suffering their third consecutive loss this season and losing their spot in the top four. The Titans are the $2.35 underdogs with Ladbrokes.com.au because if they couldn’t win at home last week, it is hard to back them in Canberra. The Raiders, currently the $1.62 favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au are starting to look better and better every week. Dugan has been sensational, working with Campese and growing in confidence. Canberra beat the competition leaders in Round 11 then enjoyed a bye last week, so Titans be warned, they are fresh, fit and full of points.

New Zealand Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons

On Sunday the Dragons will head to New Zealand to take on the Warriors in Auckland. No team likes to travel across the Tasman, but St George shouldn’t be too concerned. They proved why they are at the top of the ladder with a big 30 – 0 win ahead of the Eels last week, have a squad with depth and despite the venue should come through the winners. Ladbrokes.com.au have them as the hot $1.42 favourites, while the Warriors are paying $2.95. New Zealand play well at home, but after their pounding by the Tigers last week well be weary. But Kiwi fans will be happy to hear Vatuvei, Luck and Maloney are all back this week, and may be keener then us and tempted by their juicy odds.

Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos

Here is our value pick of the week. On Sunday afternoon Manly are the $1.52 favourites through Ladbrokes.com.au to defeat the Broncos at Brookvale Oval. But at $2.60 Brisbane represents excellent value to us. They have plenty of in-form players who are moving through the rep season flawlessly including instrumental skipper Lockyer, spry as ever. They enjoyed three consecutive wins for the first time this season last week, and have earned themselves a spot in the top eight. Having beaten the likes of the Titans and Storm over the last month they are starting to gel as a team. Manly may be in the second spot on the ladder, but they nearly lost to the Cowboys last week so that is saying something about where they are really at without Lyon. And don’t let the home ground ‘advantage’ fool you, the Sea Eagles have only won one of their past three at Brookvale so we are going with the underdogs here.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v North Queensland Cowboys

The closing match of Round 13 looks to be a very disappointing one for any Cowboy fans out there. North Queensland tried as hard as they could, but failed to win at home last week and so facing the in-form Rabbitohs in Sydney on Monday night, they look in trouble. Even though Johnathan Thurston has been cleared to play after losing his temper last week after a controversial call, the Cowboys are still the $2.85 underdogs with Ladbrokes.com.au. At $1.44 the Rabbitohs should win easily here. Souths have risen to number five on the ladder, enjoyed an impressive 42 -22 win ahead of Penrith last week, have the home ground advantage and with Sutton, Sandown, Luke and Wesser playing some top footy JT, Mason and the boys will have plenty to swear about by the end of this one.

Rugby League Betting Round 13 Picks:

Match 1 – Tigers $1.72 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Storm $1.71 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Panthers $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Roosters $1.36 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Raiders $1.62 [sporsbet]

Match 6 – Dragons $1.42 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 7 – Broncos $2.60 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 8 – Rabbitohs $1.44 Ladbrokes.com.au

Underdog Rugby League Betting Pick of the Week: Brisbane Broncos

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!

We have gone with seven of the eight favourites this week with our Rugby League head-to-head betting, so to boost our returns we are going to get in on some of the exciting exotic betting specials Ladbrokes.com.au have open on Round 13.

After a couple of massive victories for teams last week, the Highest Scoring Team for the Round wager is appealing this week. In Round 12 Wests Tigers got 50 points on the board while the Rabbitohs were the second highest scoring team with 42 points. This week both of these teams face low ranking teams so their chance to get plenty of points on the board again is high.

The Rabbitohs are the current $4.50 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au as they play the Cowboys on Monday night. But we think a good value pick would be the Roosters at $5.50 to have a field day with the Sharks.

Check out the full odds for this great Rugby League Betting market and more at Ladbrokes.com.au today!

2010 NRL Round 13 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri June 4 7:35pm ANZ Stadum Bulldogs Wests Tigers
Fri June 4 7:35pm Parramatta Stadium Eels Storm
Sat June 5 5:30pm CUA Stadium, Penrith Panthers Knights
Sat June 5 7:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Roosters Sharks
Sun June 6 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Canberra Titans
Sun June 6 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Dragons
Sun June 6 3:00pm Brookvale Oval Sea Eagles Broncos
Mon June 7 7:00pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Cowboys