National Rugby League Week 2 Finals Betting Preview

September 17th, 2010

The action of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership continues this weekend as four teams fight for a spot in next week’s preliminary finals, which is just one step away from the game of the year, the NRL Grand Final!

Last week was a thrilling first round of finals with the Warriors and the Sea Eagles knocked out of the competition, while the Dragons and the Titans both earned some time off to rest for their week three showdowns.

This Friday and Saturday night two monster NRL semi finals will play out where four teams will run onto the field but only two will still be standing at the end of the madness!

For a more detailed look at the two games punters are gearing up for check out NRLleague.

NRL Semi Final 1 Preview: Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers

The first semi has the Raiders hosting the Tigers at Canberra Stadium on Friday night, with the home team the hot favourites to win.

There is no mistaking the magic run the Raiders have enjoyed in the second half of the season, with many fans tipping them to go all the way to the Grand Final in the same fashion of the Eels last year.

Canberra caused an upset when they got the better of Penrith last week and at full strength, coming off six straight wins, Vidot and Dugan scoring points galore and skipper Alan Tongue ready to run off the bench they are the deserved favourites.

Wests went down to the Roosters in the thriller of the year last week and are hosting bruised egos and injured players including Marshall, who despite a nasty knee problem will still suit up.

Tigers will bring it, don’t you worry about that, especially out wide but they still don’t look to have enough in the tank.

NRL Semi Final 2 Preview: Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers

The second semi of the year plays out on Saturday night as the Roosters return to the SFS following their sensational win there last week, this time facing off against the rapidly receding Panthers.

Penrith welcome back inspirational skipper Civoniceva and word around town is that Coote could be back too.

But having lost Waterhouse (pectoral) and Pritchard (hamstring), while the Chooks are flying high thanks to season best performances from Carney, Anasta and Kenny-Dowall ready to be topped, the Panthers look in trouble.

Will the Roosters be run down or ready to rumble after 100 minutes of footy last week? We will find out on Saturday but out tip is Sydney will come good again, cause plenty of trouble for the Panthers around the ruck and continue their fairy tale Wooden Spoon to Premiership winners dream alive for another week.

Rugby League Betting NRL Week 2 Finals Picks & Odds:

Match 1 – Raiders $1.48

Match 2 – Roosters $1.53

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

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:

– Raiders to win by 1 – 6 points at $6 through Sportsbet

– Daniel Vidot to score more points than Josh Dugan at $3 in the exotic Sportsbet market

– Shaun Kenny-Dowall to be the Last Try Scorer on Saturday at $10 through Sportsbet

2010 NRL Week 2 Finals Match Calendar

Day Date Time (local) Venue Home Team Away Team
Fri Sept 17 7:45pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Tigers
Sat Sept 18 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Roosters Panthers