Tue, May 14, 8:02pm by Rob Sheeley
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The 2013 NRL competition continues to provide more twists than a DNA helix. After nine rounds we now have a new team (South Sydney) at the top of the ladder while the side who looked unbeatable (Melbourne) have lost two in a row.
Round 9 featured two games decided by a solitary point and a couple of the biggest boil overs since Polly put the kettle on. None bigger than the fourteenth placed Panthers toppling the Storm, a side who just two weeks ago looked infallible. The Eels also confirmed that they are not a totally spent force this season by defeating the Broncos in Parramatta.
So many upsets might sound like a punters nightmare but we still managed to get a few nice returns including $11 for Daniel Vidot as first try scorer and our best bet in the Warriors vs Bulldogs game yielding us a tasty $3.10. Add to that a few head to head collects from suggested bets and Round 9 was far from doom and gloom.
So let’s take a look at what Round 10 has to offer:
Big brother meets little brother for the second time this season. Back in Round 6 the Broncos got the chocolates in style when they won by twenty points (32-12). No doubt the Titans will look to avenge that loss here.
The Broncos suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Eels last week. The lack of consistency from the eighth placed side sees bookmakers prepared to take them on as premiership chances and they are currently $21.
The Titans managed to down the Dragons by just one point last weekend in a topsy turvey encounter. They were boosted by the late inclusion of Ashley Harrison and look a much better team with him in. Despite currently sitting in sixth place, bookies still only rate them a $41 title hope.
Will it be a double dose of big brother showing the younger sibling who’s the boss?
In what is possibly the biggest mismatch all season, the form team of the NRL, South Sydney, take on the Wests Tigers who have lost five games in a row.
The Rabbitohs methodically disposed of the Cowboys last week and earned themselves top spot on the competition ladder in the process. They are now clear second favourites to win the premiership at $4.25.
The Tigers were handed an embarrassing 30-6 loss by the Sharks last week. They also copped the ire of their own fans who were more than a tad displeased at their teams display.
Can the Tigers pull off upset of the season? Or will the Rabbitohs machine roll on?
Both teams here are coming off one point matches last week; one a loser the other victorious. The Dragons return to the seaside of Wollongong where they will desperately hope to get their season back on track.
The Dragons are currently languishing in thirteenth position and bookies reckon they’re next to no chance of winning the title at $151. They were unable to get the better of the Titans on the Gold Coast last weekend under controversial circumstances and went down by just one point (15-14) despite scoring three tries to two.
The Eels stunned the rugby league community last weekend when they edged out the Broncos in a thriller. The form of Jarryd Hayne was something that would have delighted the blue and gold faithful. No doubt they’ll be hoping that becomes standard procedure for the often enigmatic Hayne Plane.
Will it be a red and white night? Or will the Dragons provide a meal for the Eels?
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Round nines “Giant Killers” (Penrith) return to the scene of the crime again this week where they will look to claim another scalp. The Warriors may be lamenting throwing away what looked to be a winning lead last week and redemption may be at the forefront of their priorities.
Last Sunday Penrith became just the second side in seventeen matches good enough to defeat the Melbourne Storm. They pinched an early lead and clung on like a stalactite to secure a much needed win. The mountain men have now won two of their last three and have rocketed up to twelfth place. Bookies are still understandably keen to lay the Penrith side though and currently have them at $201.
The Warriors took on the Bulldogs in windy Wellington last week and built up a handy lead; one that looked like a winning lead. Unfortunately the Warriors capitulated deluxe and were over run in the last fifteen minutes. The loss will again mean that the notion that they are not an eighty minute football team will return to haunt them. The only way they can debunk it is via their actions.
The Warriors are capable of much better results than their fifteenth position suggests. Bookies don’t have much confidence in their title hopes and have them at $151.
Have the Panthers turned the corner? Or will the Warriors return them back to their losing ways?
The Cowboys return to Townsville this week after discovering where they are in relation to the top sides last week against the Rabbitohs. On the flip side, the Sydney Roosters faithful will be cock-a-doodle-doing after their side defeated Manly on Monday night.
Although the eighteen point margin may not indicate it, the Cowboys remained more than competitive with the in form South Sydney team last week. The Cowboys probably didn’t get the rub of the green in the 50/50 decisions or they may have finished a hell of a lot closer to the competition leaders. Despite them sitting in tenth place, bookies still consider the Cowboys a premiership chance at $17.
The Roosters took another sharp step to becoming serious title contenders when they downed Manly on Monday night 16-4 at Brookvale Oval. It was one of their sternest tests to date and they passed with flying colours. They now sit in second place and have shortened up to just $5 with bookies.
Can the Cowboys round up the Roosters in Townsville?
These two teams both caused upsets in Round 7 and had the two biggest winning margins in Round 8. The Raiders are fast getting a reputation, not only as the entertainers, but as a rough premiership hope. The Sharks disposed of a hapless Tigers in style to make it two wins in a row.
The Sharks made the most of every opportunity last week against a substandard Wests Tigers outfit. While it may be arguable they didn’t beat much in the way of opposition, they still had to execute and make the most of the chances they were presented.
The Raiders could not have been more impressive than they were in the second half last week. After trailing 14-12 at half time the Raiders put on a bedazzling display of rugby league wizardry to rack up thirty two unanswered points.
Will the Raiders rich vein of form continue? Or will the Sharks make it three in a row?
This is a tale of two teams with contrasting form. The Knights return home this weekend after an embarrassing defeat in the nations capital. The Bulldogs are coming off a superb fast finishing victory in New Zealand.
The Knights have now lost two in a row to sides placed below them on the ladder. The Bulldogs have now won three in a row after struggling for form earlier in the season.
Newcastle started last weeks game in rapid fire fashion and led 14-0 in no time. But that was where the story ended for the Novocastrians with the Raiders putting forty four points on them to win 44-14. The Knights may have lost back to back games but they’re still in fifth place on the ladder and $17 hopes to win the premiership.
The Bulldogs look to be returning to the form we expected of them earlier in 2013. They finished over the top of the Warriors in Wellington last week to make it three wins on end. They have sky rocketed to eleventh on the competition ladder; seemingly with a bullet. The fact that they are only $7 to take out the title is a reflection of how much respect judges are giving them.
Can the Knights return to form against a Bulldogs team with winning momentum?
Two weeks ago we were talking up the chances of the Storm breaking the record for consecutive wins. They have now lost two in a row and coach Craig Bellamy is questioning their passion for the game. They take on Manly who only suffered their third defeat for 2013 last Monday night.
The Storm were on the wrong end of upset of the season last Sunday night when they lost 12-10 to the Panthers. They looked flat and lacked defensive intensity. It may be possible that the long pre season, which included the World Club Challenge in the U.K, may be catching up with the Melbourne players. They have now dropped to third on the ladder but remain competition favourites at $4.00.
The Sea Eagles met an in form Roosters last Monday and were out gunned in a quality match by 16-4. This match won’t be any easier but they will be smarting from that defeat and keen to atone having lost two of their last three matches. Manly are fourth on the ladder and rated as $7 premiership chances.
Will the Storm return to their winning ways at home? Or will the Sea Eagles continue their misery?
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