Wed, Jun 6, 4:42pm by Staff Writer
Manly Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors, Saturday 9th June, 3pm, AMI Stadium
The 6th placed Warriors take on Manly who sit in 12th place on the ladder, with both sides knowing this game is crucial for the rest of the season. The kiwi side had the benefit of having a Round 13 bye to prepare for this match, which gave Shaun Johnson another week to get back to fitness. His return will be a major boost for a side who have fallen in recent weeks. They stand as favourites at $1.72.
Manly will be hoping the Trbojevic brothers pull through unscathed from Origin. The absence of Tom and Jake was evident in last week’s loss to North Queensland as the Sea Eagles appeared rudderless. Priced at $2.15 they will have the confidence to overturn that price knowing they have won their last seven matches against the Warriors.
Bet of the Match – New Zealand to Win by 1-12 points at $3
Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers, Sunday 10th June, 2pm, Southern Cross Group Stadium
Cronulla had been riding the crest of a wave with six back to back wins, before they came tumbling down with a humbling loss to Souths. That string of wins had seen them surge back into contention for the top eight, whereas now doubt will begin to creep in that their run of luck is over. For the Sharks they will need to be at their best if they are to have any chance against the Tigers. They were average in attack and defence last week and need vast improvements but come up against a Wests side struggling for form. Cronulla are priced at $1.53.
Wests will have had a week to recover from their bruising encounter with the Roosters last weekend. It is imperative that they are firing from the offset if they are to have any chance of overturning a price of $2.55. The Tigers sit two places behind the Sharks on the ladder and the winner of this match could go along way to determining their Finals future.
Bet of the Match – Wests to Win by 1-12 points at $3.75
Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, Sunday 10th June, 4.10pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne and Brisbane will reignite their rivalry in Round 14 with this potentially blockbuster clash at AAMI Park. Despite potentially being devoid of a number of key players, should they decide to rest them after Origin, this match is always the meeting of two great league clubs.
The Storm have a huge advantage in their favour, in that Cameron Smith will for the first time being watching Origin on Wednesday night rather than pulling on a maroon shirt. Melbourne are in the midst of a minor slump having lost two out of the last four games, but certainly have the quality to match a price of $1.43.
If Wayne Bennett risks his fatigued Origin players, then Brisbane have the potential to cause an upset in Melbourne priced at $2.90. Darius Boyd’s omission from Origin selection will have given him something extra to play for when these two meet on Sunday.
Bet of the Match – Melbourne to Win by 1-12 points at $2.88
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