National Rugby League Round 19 Preview

July 15th, 2010

Rugby League betting fans are treated to a bumper eight-match draw for Round 19 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership this weekend, with all teams back at full strength after Origin.

With the September finals now in their sights, the clubs are fighting harder than ever for their spot in the top eight making for some bruising battles and hot betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Highlights of the round include the two Friday night showdowns featuring the Rabbitohs v Dragons and then the Queensland derby between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos.

It will be a really tough round for some of the teams struggling this season, especially for the lacklustre Cowboys who have to travel to Leichardt Oval and play the in-form Wests Tigers.

Below we go over what went down in Round 18, have a look at this weekend’s matches and give our Round 19 footy picks. For more detailed previews each week head along to NRLleague where you will also find the latest news and other great NRL info.

Round 18 Wrap-Up:

Round 18 started with a thrilling match between two of the top performers this season, the Wests Tigers narrowly hanging on to defeat the Gold Coast Titans 15 – 14 thanks to a magic Benji Marshall field goal at half-time. The loss saw the Titans drop out of the top four.

The other Friday night footy clash was the Sydney derby where the Roosters held on at home to win 18 – 14 ahead of the Rabbitohs, still missing Issac Luke.

Saturday arvo had the Canberra Raiders travelled up to Brookvale Oval to hand the Sea Eagles a shock loss when they caused an upset with their 24 – 22 win.

Melbourne Storm struggled with so many players backing up from Origin, going down in another two-point loss 20 – 18 to a Bulldogs outfit looking to turn their season around. Canterbury have now strung together three wins and are still a last-grasp chance for the finals.

As expected the Newcastle Knights easily won ahead of the toothless Sharks, beating them 21 – 10 at Energy Australia Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Then in Penrith, the second-ranked Panthers looked very flat and not at all like a top two team when they lost 6 – 12 to a determined Warriors in the shock win of the round.

Things wrapped up on Monday night when Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne returned to form and guided Parramatta to a nice 36 – 24 home game win ahead of the low-ranking Cowboys.

Round 19 At A Glance:

The NRL Rivalry Round kicks off with two classic clashes on Friday night. First up the Rabbitohs take on the Dragons at ANZ Stadium and back at full strength with the return of their Origin stars the competition leaders should win this one off the bye.

Next is one of the blockbuster games of the round when the Gold Coast Titans play the Brisbane Broncos in a scintillating Queensland derby at Skilled Park. The Titans will be determined to get back in the top four after their one point loss to the Tigers last week pushed them out, but with Lockyer, Thaiday and Folau back for Brisbane we can’t go past the big brother Broncs here.

Saturday night features three more exciting matches, starting in New Zealand with the in-form Warriors hosting the Storm. Melbourne have their Origin stars back but New Zealand are strong and confident, especially at home, coming off four straight wins so we like the home team for this one.

Over in Penrith the competition’s current number two Panthers play a desperate Eels at CUA Stadium. Parramatta showed glimpses of a miracle run to the finals last week when Hayne returned to form and they beat the Cowboys. Still, we think that Coote, Jennings, Gordon and co. will have too many points in them and the Eels finals hopes will sink further.

The final Saturday showdown has the Sharks playing the Sea Eagles at Toyota Stadium. Cronulla are the underdogs despite Shark Park being the venue and although they haven’t been great this season we think they are the value bet of the round. Manly were pushed out of the top eight when the Raiders upset them last week and a strong start by Barrett and his crew will see the Sea Eagles have their wings cut.

On Sunday arvo Canberra Stadium will come alive as the Raiders host the Knights. Canberra skipper Terry Campese, Vidot and the returned Dugan were all super impressive last week and if they can come out with the same style of attack they should beat Newcastle.

Sunday’s other Rivalry Round game is a cracker as the Bulldogs face a tough test against the Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium. Both teams won last week, Canberra their third on the trot, but at home with Carney fired up and working well with Mitchell Pearce we see a big win on the cards for Sydney. Bulldogs will be extra driven as Braith Anasta plays in his 200th game and veteran halfback Brett Kimmorley celebrates his 300th, but it could be a disappointing result for them.

Finally on Monday night the Wests Tigers have their second home game at Leichardt Oval in a row, this time playing the Cowboys in another rematch of the 2005 Grand Final. Thurston will be explosive we are sure and North Queensland will play one of their best of the season, but it still won’t be enough to stop the third-ranked Tigers.

Rugby League Betting Round 19 Picks:

Match 1 – Dragons $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Broncos $1.35 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Warriors $1.65 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Panthers $1.55Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Sharks $2.75 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 6 – Raiders $1.48 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 7 – Roosters $1.68 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 8 – Tigers $1.31 Ladbrokes.com.au

All odds are subject to change.

Underdog Rugby League Pick of the Week: We are getting behind seven of the eight favourites for this week, some still at really good odds through Ladbrokes.com.au like the Roosters at $1.68. However our underdog footy pick of the round is for the Cronulla Sharks to beat the Sea Eagles on Saturday night. Playing at Shark Park, Origin players back in form and facing Manly who fell out of the top eight last week, we think the Sharks will have enough to win at the juicy odds of $2.75.

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!

As always Ladbrokes.com.au have some really exciting special markets open for the NRL this round, the exotic bets sure to make you some great money!

Some of the exotic bets we are making on Round 19 to hopefully make some extra cash include Israel Folau to score the first try for Brisbane on Friday night against the Titans at $4.25 through Ladbrokes.com.au, and the last scoring play in the Warriors v Storm game on Saturday to be a New Zealand try at $6.25 Ladbrokes.com.au.

Check out the full range of Rugby League Betting odds and options at Ladbrokes.com.au today!

2010 NRL Round 19 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri July 16 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Dragons
Fri July 16 7:35pm Skilled Park Titans Broncos
Sat July 17 7:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Storm
Sat July 17 7:30pm CUA Stadium, Penrith Panthers Eels
Sat July 17 7:30pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Sea Eagles
Sun July 18 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Knights
Sun July 18 3:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Roosters Bulldogs
Mon July 19 7:00pm Leichardt Oval Wests Tigers Cowboys