National Rugby League Round 16 Preview

June 25th, 2010

Round 16 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership plays out this weekend with all 16 teams taking part in the NRL Women in League Round over eight quality matches.

This week will be the turning point for a number of teams whose hopes of featuring in the playoffs are likely to be decided once and for all come the end of the round.

As always there are some really tricky games to pick, with evenly matched showdowns set to make this a scintillating weekend of footy.

Below is a brief preview of Round 15’s results as well as a preview of this round and our tips for the week. Don’t forget to head to NRLleague for a more detailed look at the week in Rugby League.

Round 15 Wrap-Up:

Round 15 kicked off with an entertaining double header at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It was a disappointing start for Queensland fans first up, however, as the Broncos young guns failed to back up after their previous five-straight wins. The tiered looking team gave away a rare two competition points from home to the Panthers when they lost 12 – 22.

But the Titans bought back the Maroon celebrations with a close 25 – 24 win over the Bulldogs. The Gold Coast were leading comfortably at half time but nearly gave up the lead after they lost skipper Scott Prince to a hamstring injury.

On Saturday another two top games played out, the first of which saw Melbourne hand the floundering Cowboys a massive 58 – 12 hiding at AAMI Park. Then it was another intensely close finish between the Sea Eagles and the Rabbitohs at Brookvale Oval, where two last minute field goals by Trent Hodkinson allowed Manly a narrow 26 – 25 win.

Then Sunday footy began with a tough game for the Sharks when they hosted the competition leaders at Toyota Stadium. No upsets there and the Dragons, even weakened with some missing players, scored a decisive 22 – 4 victory.

Following the Sharks v Dragons was a cracker battle between the Wests Tigers and the Raiders at Leichardt Oval. It was a gritty and tight showdown throughout, with Canberra putting in a real fight. Then in an entertaining late burst, the Tigers got in two tries to widen their victory to 18 – 8.

The round closed with another close fight between the Knights and the Eels at Energy Australia Stadium. The lowest scoring game of the week finished up with Newcastle just two points in front of Parramatta in their 6 – 4 victory.

Round 16 At A Glance:

A full eight round match is scheduled this weekend, with first against third first up on Friday night footy. The dominant St George Illawarra Dragons play in one of their tougher games of the year when they host the highly ranked Wests Tigers at WIN Jubilee Stadium. The Tigers are coming off four successive wins, but are still the Ladbrokes.com.au $3 underdogs to upset the competition leaders. The Dragons at home should prevail, but it will be an entertaining fight.

Second up on Friday night the Penrith Panthers play the Manly Sea Eagles in Penrith. Number two on the ladder, back-to-back wins behind them and the home ground advantage should see the Panthers, $1.48 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au, defeat a Jamie Lyon-less Manly.

Saturday’s first game features the Parramatta Eels face off against the Brisbane Broncos in a battle where the number eight ranked Broncs will be looking to get back to their blistering form and stop the Eels (number nine on the ladder) from creeping into the top eight. A tough one as the Eels have been inconsistent of late, but with the home ground advantage are the $1.83 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au. Meanwhile the Broncos were defeated last week, their first loss in six games, but will be reenergised this round and ready to play some tough footy so we are picking the underdogs here.

Later on Saturday night a solid game between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm will play out at ME Stadium in Perth. While Melbourne had a huge victory last week and Souths lost their Round 15 game, we still like the $2.60 Ladbrokes.com.au underdogs here. The Bunnies have some terrific talent and it was close last week, if they bring plenty of attitude an upset could be on the cards.

Next up on Saturday the North Queensland Cowboys are hoping that facing the poor performing Cronulla Sharks will be their chance to finally get another win, after some devastating losses has seen them fall to 15 on the ladder. Both teams are unlikely of a run at the premiership, but it will still be a good game as two of the season’s disappointments look to give their fans a bit of love. Thurston at home should be enough to smash the Sharks and they are the $1.45 favourites to do so through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Sunday arvo things move up to Queensland as the Gold Coast Titans enjoy a home game against the Newcastle Knights. The Gold Coast are usually a shoe-in at Skilled Park, but they lost Scotty Prince last week and the remainder of the squad will have to dig deep without their inspirational captain. Still, the Knights have been really lacklustre this year and away from home don’t look much of a chance, which is why Ladbrokes.com.au have them as the $2.70 underdogs.

The second Sunday footy showdown is probably the toughest of the round to pick, a toss of the coin between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. The Roosters can and should win this one, with Carney back to five-eighth and Minichiello as fullback, they have the skill to stay in the top eight. But the Warriors won’t make it easy. Ladbrokes.com.au have just shortened the Chooks odds to $1.87 and they are now the favourites with New Zealand at $1.97.

Finally things wrap up on Monday night with the Canberra Raiders playing the Canterbury Bulldogs at Canberra Stadium. Canterbury are out of sorts and come into this one on the back of six straight defeats. With Gidley down in the dumps and now facing the Raiders at home, they don’t have much hope and as such are the $2.55 underdogs at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Rugby League Betting Round 16 Picks

Match 1 – Dragons $1.45 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Panthers $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Broncos $2.00 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Rabbitohs $2.60 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Cowboys $1.48 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 6 – Titans $1.48 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 7 – Roosters $1.82 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 8 – Raiders $1.55 Ladbrokes.com.au

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

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!

In amongst our Round 16 selections we have backed two of the underdogs. First up we are looking to make some extra cash off the Broncos on Saturday, believing they can travel to Parramatta and take out the inconsistent Eels.

But our best value bet is on the Rabbitohs. Last round the Bunnies were our underdog pick of the week too, but they were narrowly defeated by Manly in the dying seconds by one point. We are sticking with them though, confident they can hold off the Storm.

And to get in on the exotic betting markets, we are going to place a couple of wagers at Ladbrokes.com.au on the point margins for the tightly matched games like the Cowboys v Sharks on Saturday.

2010 NRL Round 16 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri June 25 7:35pm WIN Jubilee Stadium Dragons Wests Tigers
Fri June 25 7:35pm CUA Stadium, Penrith Panthers Sea Eagles
Sat June 26 5:30pm Parramatta Stadium Eels Broncos
Sat June 26 7:30pm Members Equity Stadium, Perth Rabbitohs Storm
Sat June 26 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Sharks
Sun June 27 3:00pm Skilled Park Titans Knights
Sun June 27 4:00pm AMI Stadium, Christchurch Roosters Warriors
Mon June 28 7:00pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Bulldogs