National Rugby League Round 14 Preview

June 11th, 2010

This weekend Rugby League fans have another split-round of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership with five thrilling games set to play out. With State of Origin Game II set to take place next Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium, Round 14 will be another cracker as the depth of the teams are put to the test with Origin stripping them of their big name players.

To check out the Maroons and Blues squads named for Origin II head to State of Origin Teams, and stay up-to-date with the latest Origin news, previews and results for the greatest Rugby League showdown check out State of Origin Betting.

Below we a have a brief look at the results from Round 13, give a quick preview of Round 14 as well as provide our Rugby League betting tips for the weekend. For more detailed results and comprehensive previews for Round 14 head to NRLleague.

Round 13 Wrap-Up:

Round 13 kicked off with the Wests Tigers securing a tidy 19 – 12 victory over the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Canterbury now looking in trouble after suffering their fifth consecutive loss.

Things then got heated with a long overdue rematch of last year’s controversial grand final when the Eels hosted and beat Melbourne at Parramatta Stadium. The final score was 24 – 10 in favour of the Eels, who were determined to show the ‘overpaid’ Storm exactly what they thought of them.

Saturday night saw two big games play out. In the first Penrith continued to rise up the ladder, putting down the Knights 28 – 10. The Panthers are now the number two team in the competition and look well placed to make the finals for the first time since 2006.

The other match on Saturday night saw the slowly improving Sharks secure a shock 42 – 18 win ahead of the Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium, Cronulla rising to number 13 on the ladder while Sydney’s inconsistency throughout the season has critics questioning their credentials for the finals.

On Sunday arvo the Raiders claimed an important win ahead of the Titans; Gold Coast, the one-time number two team, having now sunk to number six after three consecutive losses.

The Dragons managed to hang on for a close 22 – 20 win ahead of the Warriors in New Zealand while the Broncos look back on track this season, snaring their fourth win in a row this time ahead of the high ranking Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

Round 13 concluded with another thwarting loss for the Cowboys, when they travelled to ANZ Stadium to play in the in-form Rabbitohs. After Souths beat North Queensland 32 – 4 they found themselves in the number three spot on the ladder while the lacklustre Cowboys are now the last of the premiership contenders sinking to number 15.

Round 14 at a Glance:

Round 14 kicks off with a Friday night footy showdown where the Gold Coast Titans face off against the Sea Eagles. The Titans are coming into this one on the back of three consecutive losses and really need a win to prove themselves as genuine contenders. Relatively untouched by Origin, the Gold Coast have the upper hand against Manly who are also coming off a loss from last week, and will be without Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough. Titans at Skilled Park should win against a weakened Sea Eagles Squad.

On Saturday the low ranking Cowboys host the Canberra Raiders at Dairy Farmers Stadium, and after their poor performance against the Rabbitohs last week look set to lose their fourth consecutive game. Cowboys are missing too many stars to Origin, including Thurston, and the Raiders have been showing real guts so should travel and win even without Shillington.

Two top Sunday arvo matches are scheduled this week, with the Knights hosting the Warriors and the Rabbitohs heading up to Brisbane to play the resurgent Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. Both games are interesting for different reasons. The Knights and the Warriors really need to start putting back-to-back wins in if either have any chance of a finals berth this year. Currently they are at 12 and 11 on the ladder respectively, but Newcastle should be able to hold on even without Gidley.

The Brisbane v Souths game should be a real beauty as both teams have been in top form over the past month and are full of confidence coming off big wins. Brisbane need to dig deep and Te’o and Parker need to lead the way without Origin stars Lockyer and Thaiday. We are saying Brisbane to win in Brisbane against a Dave Taylor and Isaac Luke-less Bunnies side.

Round 14 concludes on Monday night when the Melbourne Storm play against the Roosters at AAMI Park. This is our value pick of the week as Melbourne are the underdogs, missing Origin stars like Inglis, Slater, Cronk and Smith. But their young guns have the ability to win this, especially if the Roosters, missing Pearce and Myles, play with the same poor attitude and defence that they did last week.

Teams on a bye this week are: St George Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs.

Rugby League Betting Round 14 Picks:

Match 1 – Titans $1.45 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Raiders $1.53 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Knights $1.55 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Broncos $1.67 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Storm $2.35 Ladbrokes.com.au

Underdog Rugby League Betting Pick of the Week: Melbourne Storm

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Four of our five selections for this week are the odds-on favourites, with our underdog pick of the week being the Melbourne Storm to beat the Roosters on Monday night. Along with jumping onto Melbourne’s juicy odds, we are also going to try to add to our betting bank account by placing a couple of special wagers through Ladbrokes.com.au on this weekend’s games.

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2010 NRL Round 14 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri June 11 7:35pm Skilled Park Titans Sea Eagles
Sat June 12 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Raiders
Sun June 13 2:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Knights Warriors
Sun June 13 3:00pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Rabbitohs
Mon June 14 7:00pm AAMI Park Melbourne Storm Sydney Roosters