National Rugby League Round 21 Betting Preview

July 30th, 2010

After three of the top four teams last week suffered losses, there is a lot to play for this weekend in Round 21 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Finals are now in sight and the teams are all fighting for a spot in the top eight, with many clashes this round must-wins for clubs on the brink of a run at the Premiership.

Some scintillating showdowns are scheduled amongst the eight games for this weekend including the Eels v Roosters battle on Saturday, the all important game between the Warriors and the Titans both desperate to stay in the top eight, and the ‘Bennett Blockbuster’ with Brisbane hosting the Dragons on Sunday arvo.

Read on for a quick run-down of Round 21 and our Rugby League betting picks and tips to help you win money off your footy bet at

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Round 21 at a Glance:

An ANZ Sydney derby kicks off the round on Friday night where the South Sydney Rabbitohs aided by the return of Issac Luke look set to put the last grasp finals hopes of the Canterbury Bulldogs to bed with a solid win.

Then the Penrith Panthers, lucky to still be in second spot after a few recent hiccups, should gain plenty of confidence with a sizeable win over the lowly North Queensland Cowboys at CUA Stadium.

On Saturday one of the best games of the round has the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters facing off. The Chooks, now third on the ladder after winning four on the trot will bring their best to Parramatta Stadium, but nothing can stop the Eels and Hayne at the moment.

Another top team beaten last week should prevail on Saturday as the Wests Tigers play the unimproved Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval, Wests pushing to stay in the top four and looking good to do so.

Then on Sunday arvo two cracker matches play out, first the Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors will face off at Mt Smart Stadium with the Gold Coast risking everything if they lose.

Also on Sunday the Suncorp Stadium showdown between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons is not to be missed, with the underdog Brisbane outfit ready to surprise St George with a sneaky K.O.

Finally things wrap up on Monday night where the Newcastle Knights look in big trouble as they play a high on confidence Manly Sea Eagles, with Manly set for a big win.

Rugby League Betting Round 21 Picks:

Match 1 – Rabbitohs $1.72

Match 2 – Panthers $1.24

Match 3 – Eels $1.55

Match 4 – Tigers $1.28

Match 5 – Warriors $1.52

Match 6 – Storm $1.45

Match 7 – Broncos $2.10

Match 8 – Sea Eagles $1.47

All odds are subject to change.

Underdog Rugby League Pick of the Week: We are putting our money behind one of the underdogs in Round 21 and saying the Brisbane Broncos will rise above the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon and secure an upset win over the competition leaders at juicy odds through

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!

With the close proximity of the finals making for some very physical and entertaining matches over the next few weeks, we are jumping into the betting action and taking a few exotic punts on Round 21 through

Exotic bets for this week worth a go are:

– The returning Issac Luke to score the Rabbitohs first try at $13 through on Friday night

– Wests Tigers to turn it on at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday and thrash the Sharks by 30+ points at $4.50 through

– Dragons to lead at halftime but Broncos to win on Sunday at $7 through

2010 NRL Round 21 Match Calendar:



Time (local)


Home Team

Away Team

Fri 30 July 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Bulldogs Rabbitohs
Fri 30 July 7:35pm CUA Stadium, Penrith Panthers Cowboys
Sat 31 July 5:30pm Parramatta Stadium Eels Roosters
Sat 31 July 7:30pm Leichardt Oval Tigers Sharks
Sun 1 August 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Titans
Sun 1 August 2:00pm AAMI Park Storm Raiders
Sun 1 August 3:00pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Dragins
Mon 2 August 7:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Knights Sea Eagles