National Rugby League Round 23 Betting Preview

August 13th, 2010

Rugby League betting fans are treated to another eight cracker games this weekend with Round 23 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership playing out.

A month-out from the September finals there has never been a better time to back your Premiership favourites in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets and make a few extra bucks off your footy picks!

With the race for the finals now at a frantic pace, this is the last chance for many of the closely-ranked teams to make the top eight.

There is also the hope of securing a coveted spot in the top four and the chance at a home finals game for some of the best teams in the comp, so every club has something to play for this week.

Some of the highlight matches of Round 23 include the Broncos v Eels showdown at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, the excellent line-up on Sunday arvo including the Storm v Rabbitohs clash and the battle of the cats between the Tigers and Panthers in a Campbelltown Stadium thriller.

Make sure you also check out the Ladbrokes.com.au markets open on Monday night’s beauty between the precision-perfect Dragons and the determined Sea Eagles.

Read on for a preview of Round 23 including our Rugby League betting tips for the week.

Get a more detailed preview and all the latest betting odds at NRLleague.

Round 23 at a Glance:

Round 23 gets underway on Friday night with the Brisbane Broncos, who are being hailed as one of the genuine Premiership contenders, hosting the desperate looking Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane have lost their captain Darren Lockyer and the Eels must win this to stay in touch with the top eight, but as Parra have won just three of their past 11 at the old Lang Park, we think the young Broncos will rope in Hayne and co and Corey Norman will fill Lockyer’s boots nicely.

The other Friday night footy showdown has the bottom ranking Cronulla Sharks playing against the Sydney Roosters at Toyota Stadium. Having lost six on the trot and facing a the third team on the ladder, Cronulla look in trouble of a real thrashing by a Chooks seeking revenge for their Round 13 loss. The Roosters, despite being on a short turnaround after their gritty loss to the Dragons last week, should enjoy an easy win.

Saturday night the Gold Coast Titans play against their Sunshine State brothers, the North Queensland Cowboys at Skilled Park. With a top four, possibly even top two, finish in their sights the Gold Coast should outclass a Thurston-less Cowboys without too much worry.

Then down at ANZ Stadium the Canterbury Bulldogs face the Canberra Raiders. Canterbury’s season is done and dusted, but playing for pride alone can be a strong influence, just look at the Storm. Even so, with faint finals hopes still alive for Canberra the Raiders will have more points in them thanks to Dugan, Vidot and Campese.

Three super Sunday clashes will then take place. First across the Tasman the New Zealand Warriors host the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium. New Zealand look the better team here but only just as the Knights have begun to fly over the past fortnight and it should be a high scoring blockbuster.

Next up on Sunday is the Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs game at AAMI Park. Melbourne are gearing up for a strong end to the season to farewell Inglis and White, but the Bunnies showed they are capable of miracles when they downed the Tigers in the 90th minute last week. With a few of the many sidelined Souths set to return including Burgess and Champion the Rabbitohs could sneak in with another shock win here.

Sunday’s final game is another beauty as the Wests Tigers face fellow big cats, the Penrith Panthers. Penrith are still the number two team thanks to a lot of luck but need Coote to make it despite a groin injury to play their best. With Coote and some confidence, the Panthers should be able to beat the Tigers.

Finally on Monday night a not-to-miss clash between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles will have the crowd at WIN Jubilee Stadium on their feet. St George are clinical and in control and even though Manly have raised the bar recently, they haven’t won at Kogarah in over a decade so stick with the favourites.

Rugby League Betting Round 23 Picks:

Match 1 –Broncos $1.75 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Roosters $1.38 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Titans $1.20 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Raiders $2.08 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Warriors $1.40 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 6 – Rabbitohs $3.05 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 7 – Panthers $1.83 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 8 – Dragons $1.45 Ladbrokes.com.au

All odds are subject to change.

Underdog Rugby League Pick of the Week: We have put our money on two underdog teams this week and like the Raiders to beat the Bulldogs at $2.08 through Ladbrokes.com.au, while our best value tip is the Rabbitohs to perform another miracle and rise above a distracted Storm at juicy $3.05 odds through Ladbrokes.com.au.

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 so many of our favourite teams for Round 23 at very short odds, we are looking at the exotic betting markets open at Ladbrokes.com.au to add some extra excitement and winnings to the weekend!

Exotic bets for this week worth a punt are:

– Brisbane to beat Parramatta by 7 – 12 points on Friday night at $6.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au

– Bill Tupou to score the Warriors first try on Sunday at $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au

2010 NRL Round 23 Match Calendar

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri 13 August 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Eels
Fri 13 August 7:35pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Roosters
Sat 14 August 5:30pm Skilled Park Titans Cowboys
Sat 14 August 7:30pm ANZ Stadium Bulldogs Raiders
Sun 15 August 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Knights
Sun 15 August 2:00pm AAMI Park Storm Rabbitohs
Sun 15 August 3:00pm Campbelltown Stadium Tigers Panthers
Mon 16 August 7:00pm WIN Jubilee Stadium Dragons Sea Eagles