National Rugby League Round 15 Preview

June 18th, 2010

This weekend Round 15 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership is set to play out as seven top matches light up stadiums across the country.

This week is a big one for Queenslanders following the Maroons strong 34 – 6 victory ahead of a bumbling Blues side in Wednesday night’s second State Of Origin, Queensland sealing their unprecedented fifth straight series with the win.

With just two teams on a bye this week, the New Zealand Warriors and the Sydney Roosters, many of the matches this round will be about which players back up well from the Origin battle.

Below we have a quick look at what happened last round and preview the matches set to take place over the next few days. Remember detailed previews, results and other Rugby League news can be found each week at NRLleague.

Round 14 Wrap-Up:

Last week was a split round due to the State of Origin, and we saw five terrific matches play out. To kick things off the Titans held strong at Skilled Park and scored a tidy 28 – 14 victory over the sinking Sea Eagles. Following the match the Gold Coast are now back in the top three while Manly are stilling hanging on to a finals spot in sixth position.

On Saturday the struggling Cowboys scored a rare victory when they defeated a weakened Raiders outfit 16 – 8 at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The Raiders sorely missed fullback Josh Dugan (injured) as well as their Origin stars including Dave Shillington and Learoyd-Lahrs. While it wasn’t a pretty win, North Queensland still did well to rise to the challenge of playing without Thurston.

Sunday afternoon saw two super showdowns, the first when the Warriors travelled across the Tasman and defeated the now number 14 team Newcastle. Then the brilliant Broncos proved they had definitely left behind their early season slump, becoming the first team this year to string together five in a row when they trounced a sloppy Rabbitohs side 50 – 22.

The final match of Round 14 had the up-and-down Roosters went down to Melbourne and put in a top performance, thrashing the young Storm side depleted of their Origin players 38 – 6.

Round 15 At A Glance:

To keep the celebrations in Queensland going, tonight the venue for the Maroons Origin win, Suncorp Stadium, hosts a great double-header.

First up the red hot Broncos will try to rope in the number two team on the ladder when they play the Panthers. A win here will see Brisbane score six from six and with Lockyer, Thaiday and the flying Folau all fit to back up from Origin they should be able to put Penrith to bed.

Next up the Bulldogs face the Titans. In trouble and on the back of five straight losses, Canterbury look a slim chance of toppling the Gold Coast who are still a quality top four team despite a patchy month. If the Gold Coast can defeat the Sea Eagles last week they should be okay here.

Then on Saturday the Cowboys head to Melbourne to take on the Storm at AAMI Park. North Queensland won last week and have their inspirational captain back, but with all Origin players named to return for Melbourne, it should be an easy win for the Storm.

The other Saturday game should be a beauty as the recently defeated Rabbitohs head to Brookvale Oval to face Manly. Both lost last week but that hardly matters here as the fifth and sixth ranked teams fight for a spot in the finals. A real cracker of a match as Taylor, Luke and Burgess return to the Rabbitohs and the Sea Eagles get back their injured duo of Lyon and Watmough. The only match where we think the underdogs, South Sydney, can bring down the favourites.

First up on Sunday arvo the competition leading Dragons should reign supreme over the Sharks at Toyota Stadium. Cronulla get back Gallen and Barrett and have the home ground advantage, but it is still hard to see them beating a clinical and dedicated outfit like St George, who will be missing just one of their Origin players with Matt Cooper sidelined after injuring his hamstring in Wednesday night’s showdown.

The second match on Sunday features the Wests Tigers (no. 3) host the Raiders (no. 11). The Tigers are looking hot right now and are coming off three wins and a bye so will be ready to trounce Canberra who are likely to struggle at Leichhardt Oval especially without Dugan.

Finally Round 15 wraps up on Monday night when the Knights play the Eels at Energy Australia Stadium. Newcastle are being lead by a down-trodden Gidley and even at home, the Eels will be too slippery for them. Parramatta have Hayne and Hindmarsh back from Origin and if they can bring even half the enthusiasm they did to their big revenge win ahead of the Storm two weeks back should be able to get back into the top eight with a win here.

Rugby League Betting Round 15 Picks:

Match 1 – Broncos $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Titans $1.75 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Storm $1.57 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Rabbitohs $2.38 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Dragons $1.45 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 6 – Wests Tigers $1.40 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 7 – Eels $1.60 Ladbrokes.com.au

Underdog Rugby League Betting Pick of the Week: South Sydney Rabbithos

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!

Again this week we are punting on the safe side and sticking with 6 / 7 favourites. However, hoping to make a bit of extra cash we are pretty keen to back the Rabbitohs to beat Manly on Saturday as our underdog of the week. Souths are at the juicy odds of $2.38 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

On top of our head-to-head wagers we are also going to get in on the exciting exotic betting markets Ladbrokes.com.au have open on the NRL this weekend. For example, after his star performance in Origin scoring a double for Queensland, we are going to go on a limb and backing Israel Folau to score the first try in tonight’s Broncos v Panthers match. Folau is at $7 odds through Ladbrokes.com.au to do so.

2010 NRL Round 15 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri June 18 7:00pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Panthers
Fri June 18 8:45pm Suncorp Stadium Bulldogs Titans
Sat June 19 5:30pm AAMI Park Storm Cowboys
Sat June 19 7:30pm Brookvale Oval Sea Eagles Rabbitohs
Sun June 20 2:00pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Dragons
Sun June 20 3:00pm Leichardt Oval Wests Tigers Raiders
Mon June 21 7:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Knights Eels