Wed, Apr 5, 10:11am by Staff Writer
Broncos v Roosters, Suncorp Stadium, Thursday April 6, 8pm AEST
Arguably the biggest match up of Round Six kicks off the weekend on Thursday night as the Sydney Roosters head to Brisbane to take on the Broncos. The Roosters’ electric start to the season stuttered last week as they went down to Manly in a thrilling contest. Neither side took a backwards step and produced a scintillating match that was only decided in the final minutes. The hurt from that loss should motivate the Roosters as they look to overcome odds of $2.03.
Meanwhile the Broncos have had to endure a tough start to the new season. They themselves battled in the Sydney rain as the Roosters did last weekend to a loss against Canterbury. In the opening Rounds Brisbane have faced a majority of the top sides in the competition and pushed them all the way including a dramatic one point loss to the Cowboys. They stand as favourites with William Hill at $1.80.
Bet of the Match: Sydney to Win by 1-12 points at $3.25
Panthers v Rabbitohs, Pepper Stadium, Friday April 7, 7:50pm AEST
Back to back 20-6 losses will have hurt for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. As much as the score line cuts, it will be the manner of the performances that causes the most worry. After impressive wins over Manly and Newcastle, the Bunnies appeared to have their season back on track. It is now, however, back to the drawing board as they look for a way past the Penrith. William Hill has South Sydney priced at $2.35. The home side themselves have had an indifferent start to the year. After all the talk preseason was that they would be fighting for the Premiership – they were priced equally with the Storm to claim the title. That talk all came crashing down after they were destroyed by the Dragons in Round One. They had been successfully rebuilding since that defeat until they met Storm last weekend when they came off second best again, 28-6. They stand at $1.60 with William Hill.
Bet of the Match: Penrith to Win by 13+ points at $3.10
Sea Eagles v Dragons, Lottoland, Saturday April 8, 3pm AEST
Fresh off the back of a hard-fought victory over the Roosters, Manly’s premiership credentials will once again be put to the test against St George-Illawarra. The Dragons, however, looked in ominous form as they easily dispatched of the Tigers in Round Five. With Gareth Widdop rediscovering his form, the Dragons themselves appear to be pushing for at least the top eight this year. Sitting second on the ladder with a 4-1 win-loss record, St George will be confident they can overturn their price of $2.62 with William Hill. Manly will be looking to continue their fine form as they currently stand at $1.50. The Sea Eagles are still aiming to get back to their glory days and have unearthed a potential rugby league superstar in Tom Trbojevic. If he can continue his fine form then Manly will maintain their impressive start to the season.
Bet of the Match: Manly to Win by 1-12 points at $3.00
Thursday April 6:
Brisbane Broncos $1.80 v Sydney Roosters $2.03
Friday April 7:
Newcastle Knights $2.54 v Canterbury Bulldogs $1.54
Penrith Panthers $1.60 v South Sydney Rabbitohs $2.38
Saturday April 8:
Manly Sea Eagles $1.50 v St George Illawarra Dragons $2.62
Gold Coast Titans $2.90 v Canberra Raiders $1.42
North Queensland Cowboys $1.14 v Wests Tigers $5.85
Sunday April 9:
New Zealand Knights $1.74 v Parramatta Eels $2.12
Melbourne Storm 1.44 v Cronulla Sharks $2.82
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