National Rugby League Round 17 Preview

July 1st, 2010

This weekend we move into the 17th week of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership, with another split round featuring five showdowns set to take place.

With the third and final State of Origin clash playing out next Wednesday night, a number of the 10 teams with games this round will have to dig deep to win without their Origin stars.

There are some cracker matches in the draw this week, including the top-ranked team taking on the number two club as the Dragons host the Panthers on Monday night.

Teams struggling to stay in the top eight and clubs eager to pump up their premiership claims by climbing up the ladder will be putting their all into their games this week.

Six teams have a bye and a guaranteed two competition points this round: Manly Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm, North Queensland Cowboys, Gold Coast Titans, Newcastle Knights and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Below we have a quick look at what happened in Round 16 and preview the five games for this round to help with your Rugby League Betting this week!

Round 16 Wrap-Up:

It was a bumper weekend of footy last week when Round 16, the NRL Women in League Round, played out over a full eight match card.

First up the Dragons showed why they were the competition leaders with a dominant 34 – 10 win ahead of the Wests Tigers, putting the number three team in their place.

Next up on Friday night the Panthers also proved how they have risen to the second spot on the ladder with an electrifying display, thrashing Manly 40 – 22.

The first of three Saturday games was a gritty, low-scoring showdown between the Eels and the Broncos, where Brisbane stood their ground and won 10 – 6.

Then the Rabbitohs and the Storm faced off in another close game, South Sydney managing to just outscore the Storm 16 – 14. Finally on Saturday night the Cowboys were shattered by another loss, this time going down by just one point 20 – 19 to the Sharks in a game that moved into overtime.

Sunday arvo things moved up to the Gold Coast where the Titans were embarrassingly beat 24 – 16 at home by the Knights, the Titans struggling without injured skipper Scott Prince.

Then in Christchurch the Roosters did everything right against the Warriors but just couldn’t hold on, going down 18 – 20 after a big comeback by New Zealand.

The eighth match to finish Round 16 saw the struggling Bulldogs travel down to chilly Canberra Stadium and outplay the Raiders in a surprise 18 – 10 win.

Round 17 At A Glance:

Things get underway on Friday night with a great battle between the Broncos and the Tigers at Suncorp Stadium. The Brissie boys have three Origin reps out with Lockyer, Thaiday and Folau as they face the team sitting in third spot on the ladder. These are big players missing from Brisbane, but they have an impressive young squad who are on fire and can win this if they stay calm. The Tigers, unaffected by Origin, are the $1.55 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au, but don’t be complacent Wests Fans, the Broncos don’t like to give away points from home.

Next up the Sharks play the Bulldogs at Bluetongue stadium. Cronulla are missing Gallen, Barrett and Snowden and look weak without them, which is why they are at the long odds of $3.05 through Ladbrokes.com.au. After struggling this season, Canberra mixed things up last week and got the better of the Raiders. With Idris in the back and Barba playing great footy, the Bulldogs should make it back-to-back wins this week.

On Sunday the Raiders host the Roosters at Canberra Stadium. Once a graveyard for their rivals, Canberra Stadium has not been the same good luck venue for the Raiders this year as they have won just two games there throughout the season. They should make it three this round, as the Roosters are still playing inconsistently this year, and Ladbrokes.com.au think so too installing the Raiders as the $1.60 favourites. Despite their best efforts Sydney couldn’t get the better of the Warriors last week, and will be disheartened. They are also without Myles and Pearce away on Origin duties, and even though Shillington and Learoyd-Lahrs are away for the Raiders, the Roosters look weaker. Raiders also have Dugan back so unless Todd Carney absolutely shuts his old team down, the home side should win. An entertaining game not to be missed.

The other Sunday showdown is between the Warriors and the Eels. Another tricky game to pick that is likely to be a close match. The Warriors are the favourites here at $1.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au as they have the home ground advantage, are coming off two successive wins and even though Locke is out after his top effort last week, with Manu Vatuvei in red hot form they should hold off whatever the Eels have in store without Hayne.

Saving the best till last, Monday night features a top-of-the-table battle between the Dragons and the Panthers. The top two teams face off, and even though some of the quality of this cracker is removed along with all the missing Origin stars, it should still be an intense battle. Penrith really are playing great footy, but a lot of their electricity is sparked by Jennings, Gordon, Luke Lewis and the boot of Luke Walsh (injured), who are out this week. Without them the Dragons, at home, should have enough points to burn the big cats, which is why St George are the $1.42 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Rugby League Betting Round 17 Picks:

Match 1 – Broncos $2.45 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Bulldogs $1.38 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Raiders $1.60 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Warriors $1.60 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Dragons $1.42 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!

This week with our Underdog selection we are going out on a limb and back the Broncos to beat the Wests Tigers in the round’s opening clash on Friday night. The Tigers are number three on the ladder but are missing a few Origin stars while the Broncos, currently ranked number six, have three out but have won without them before. At home, Brisbane can win this so at juicy $2.45 odds through Ladbrokes.com.au we are backing them all the way to the bank.

Also, to hopefully win some more cash and get in on the exciting exotic betting markets we are looking at the Raiders v Roosters match on Sunday. In the last eight matches between these two there has been 24 or more points scored, so we are looking at the winning margin spreads and 12+ point wagers at Ladbrokes.com.au too.

2010 NRL Round 17 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri July 2 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Wests Tigers
Sat July 3 7:30pm Bluetongue Stadium Sharks Bulldogs
Sun July 4 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Roosters
Sun July 4 4:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Eels
Mon July 5 7:00pm WIN Jubilee Stadium Dragons Panthers