National Rugby League Week 3 Finals Betting Previews

September 24th, 2010

This is it, the penultimate week of the 2010 NRL finals and two sudden-death showdowns are scheduled to determine which teams will make it all the way to the Grand Final on October 3!

Last week’s semis saw the season end for the Penrith Panthers who, riddled with injury, could do little to stop the Roosters flying off with a emphatic 34 – 12 victory.

The Canberra Raiders were also knocked out of the competition, a missed penalty kick by young Croker in the dying minutes of the match the two point difference as the Tigers snuck through to this week with a 26 – 24 win.

Now the Titans and the Dragons return from their well-earned week off and will be looking to run riot over the tiring Chooks and Tigers!

Below we have a quick glance at the two NRL Preliminary Finals for this week and give our top footy tips and picks.

For a more comprehensive preview of the games complete with team lists and current odds head over to NRLleague.

NRL Preliminary Final 1 Preview: Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters

Friday night the Gold Coast Titans host the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium, the competition’s youngest team just 80 minutes away from featuring in their first Grand Final.

The Titans are fresh off the break, will have the Queensland crowd behind them, have the hottest performing halfback in the NRL and welcome back Campbell.

Sydney enjoyed a nice win over Penrith last week, but face a much tougher test here.

Chook supporters will be slightly comforted by the stat that shows Sydney have a perfect record with their interstate games this season.

The Roosters have won four on the trot and have scoring power thanks to a formidable halves combo with Carney and Pearce and top tryscorers like Kenny-Dowall.

However, the Titans experience and planning should be enough to hold off Anasta and co.

NRL Preliminary Final 2 Preview: St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers

The second final of the week will play out at ANZ Stadium when the Premiership favourite Dragons host the Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

Yes the Tigers are lucky, very lucky, to still be here. They have injuries galore, have been giving away solid leads with second half performances that leave a lot to be desired and Sheen’s men have scraped through by the skin of their teeth.

St George, on the other hand, are focused and in-form. They have improved in leaps and bounds from the 2005 preliminary that saw them go down to the Tigers in exactly the same situation.

Wests play attractive and entertaining footy and there will still be plenty of big cat supporters tipping another upset, but after choking in last year’s finals, the Dragons are ready to fire in the face of their critics and should outlast and outclass the Tigers here.

Rugby League Betting NRL Week 3 Finals Picks & Odds:

Match 1 – Titans $1.75

Match 2 – Dragons $1.40

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:

– Titans to beat the Roosters by 1 – 6 points at $6 through Sportsbet

– Tigers to lead at Halftime but Dragons to win at $7 through Sportsbet

– Todd Carney to be the Leading Points Scorer for the week at $4.50 through Sportsbet

– Kevin Gordon to score more points than William Zillman Friday night at $2.90 through Sportsbet

2010 NRL Week 3 Finals Match Calendar

Day Date Time (local) Venue Home Team Away Team
Fri Sept 24 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium Titans Roosters
Sat Sept 25 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Dragons Tigers