National Rugby League Week 1 Finals Betting Preview

September 9th, 2010

After a 26 week wait the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership finals are here at last making this the best time of year to be a Rugby League fan and punter!

Not only will we be treated to four cracker qualifiers this weekend where the Top 8 teams in the competition face off, but the betting markets on the NRL finals are going off too.

Below we have a brief look at each of the NRL week one finals, give our footy tips and list the current NRL odds. For more detailed match and betting previews check out NRLleague.

NRL Final 1 Preview: Titans v Warriors

The action of first week of NRL finals kicks off on Friday night with a battle between the number four Gold Coast Titans and the fifth-ranked New Zealand Warriors at Skilled Park.

Both teams are coming off a last round win, the Warriors flying high to secure their fourth victory from their past five when thrashing the Eels while the Titans dug deep and outscored the Tigers by three.

The Warriors have plenty of points and will be hard to beat, but at home with Prince and Campbell holding off injury then the Titans should make it a perfect record against New Zealand at Skilled Park and beat them for the third time this year.

NRL Final 2 Preview: Tigers v Roosters

Things move down south for the next match with the Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters lined up for a Sydney Football Stadium super showdown on Saturday night.

This is the toughest qualifier to pick with both teams confident at the venue.

The Chooks have twice beaten the Tigers this year, but no team has ever done a triple over the Tigers in one year making this a tough ask!

Sydney weren’t great against the Cowboys last week, but after Carney took out the Dally M this week and knowing how important this one is the tricolours should turn it up and can win this.

NRL Final 3 Preview: Panthers v Raiders

The other Saturday night final has the second-ranked Penrith Panthers hosting the Canberra Raiders at CUA Stadium.

The mountain men have been winning plenty lately, but beating the likes of the Bunnies, Bulldogs and Sharks wouldn’t have given them too much confidence as they haven’t been able to beat any of the other sides in the Top 8 since Round 17 when they won against the Dragons.

Canberra are strong, surly and have everything to play for.

Penrith, on the other hand, are safe either way and are without their inspirational skipper with Civoniceva on suspension and other injured stars like Lewis and Walsh under a cloud of doubt opening things up for the form team coming into the finals, the Green Machine having won eight of their last nine.

NRL Final 4 Preview: Dragons v Sea Eagles

Now here is the easiest to tip, the back-to-back Minor Premiership winning St George Illawarra Dragons hosting the lucky-to-be-here Manly Sea Eagles.

Everything is in the Dragons’ favour here as they welcome back stars Soward, Hornby, Young and Smith who were all given a breather last week.

History shows the Dragons have won every home game against the Sea Eagles since 2003 and that the last finals game St George were able to win was against Manly in 2006 where they easily won 28 – nil.

With Manly playing inconsistently, unable to last a full 80 minutes and having lost Matai and King to suspension, this is the one to stick to the favourites for sure.

Rugby League Betting NRL Week 1 Finals Picks & Odds:

Match 1 – Titans $1.60

Match 2 – Roosters $1.92

Match 3 – *Raiders $2.45

Match 4 – Dragons $1.16

All odds are subject to change – check Ladbrokes.com.au for full markets and updates.

*Underdog Rugby League Pick of the Week: With the Panthers safe this week no matter the result, playing without their captain and facing a big, strong and determined Raiders outfit, if you are seeking an underdog to back this week Canberra are it! And at juicy $2.45 odds at Sportsbet, a nice fat payout could be on the other side of this 80 minutes of finals footy.

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!

Exotic Bets Worth a Punt This Week:

– A field goal will be scored in the Titans v Warriors match

– Josh Dugan will score the Raiders first try against Penrith

– Dragons will beat Manly by 19+ points

Check out the odds for these bets and the other exotic markets for this weekend at Ladbrokes.com.au who have the best NRL betting options!

2010 NRL Week 1 Finals Match Calendar

Day Date Time (local) Venue Home Team Away Team
Fri Sept 10 7:45pm Skilled Park Gold Coast Titans New Zealand Warriors
Sat Sept 11 6:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Wests Tigers Sydney Roosters
Sat Sept 11 8:30pm CUA Stadium Penrith Panthers Canberra Raiders
Sun Sept 11 4:00pm WIN Jubilee Stadium St George Illawarra Dragons Manly Sea Eagles