Tue, Apr 9, 9:47pm by Rob Sheeley
Upsets galore and some very close games were the order in Round 5 of the 2013 NRL. Just when you thought you were starting to sort the chaff from the hay the unthinkable happens. That’s why we have come to expect the unexpected and that’s why we love the game. Now to Round 6 betting and what a Round it is in prospect. It’s time to dust off the 1986 retro jumper and pack the kids in the Kingswood, yep it’s heritage round.
This Round includes the most mouth watering of all; the clash of the only two undefeated teams in 2013 at ANZ Stadium. The resurgent Rabbitohs, who are making 2013 look like it may finally be “their year” up against the NRL’s perennial benchmark, the Storm.Lets have a look at the games an the head to head betting with www.centrebet.com.
Suncorp Stadium – Friday April 12th 7:35pm
This is the battle of Queensland, Big brother Broncos (7th) against their younger siblings, the Cowboys (9th). Both sides are coming off wins, with the Broncos looking like improvers every week. The Cowboys appear to have rediscovered their “mojo” after a big win at home. Sure to be a clash with plenty of feeling in front of a big crowd.
Allianz Stadium – Friday 12th April 7:35pm
The Bulldogs (14th) have won just one game this year. They come up against the man who walked out in them five years ago in this match. Sonny-Bill Williams claims the expected extra attention from Bulldogs fans won’t affect his performance. The Roosters (5th) will be smarting from their last minute loss to the Raiders. This match looks like it will have everything, two desperate teams and plenty of feeling.
Hunter Stadium – Saturday April 13th 5:30pm
The Panthers are staring down the barrel of their 5th straight loss and currently sit in 15th place. Bookies have them $126 chances to with the 2013 title. Travelling to Newcastle to beat the 4th placed Knights (who are coming off a loss) is not the preferred way of attempting to get your season back on track. Phil Gould’s role at Penrith has come under fire through the week, will he have something in his bag of tricks to life the Panthers?
Canberra Stadium – Saturday 13th April 7:30pm
The competition ladder may suggest otherwise, but the Raiders (13th) and Warriors (16th) have been producing some exciting football. The Raiders knocked off the high flying Roosters last weekend in Canberra. The Warriors went down in the last minute to the undefeated Rabbitoh’s in New Zealand. Neither side has done much away from home as yet but this game promises to feature some exciting attack.
ANZ Stadium – Saturday 13th April 7:30pm
This is the blockbuster that has rugby league fans salivating like Pavlov’s dogs. Two undefeated teams going head to head for an outright competition lead. We will see the classy, clinical and consistent Storm up against the flare and brute strength of their newest challenger, South Sydney. This game is a must watch.
Brookvale Oval – Sunday April 14th – 2pm
This match is a replay of the 1973 & 1978 grand finals. Manly were victors on both of those occasions and will look for a similar result here. The Sharks controversial season start has been well documented. Coach Shane Flanagan says it may be starting to show in their results. The Sea Eagles are coming off two emphatic victories. Can they continue that form here?
SCG – Sunday 14th April – 3pm
Rugby League returns to the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground for, what is now, a once a year tradition. Dragons coach Steve Price has managed to squeeze his head out of the coaching guillotine for now. The Dragons who have found form from nowhere to win two in a row will be looking for a hat trick. The Tigers are desperate for a win, they managed to compete with the Storm in a game where they were given little hope, but can they douse the Dragons fire?
Skilled Park – Sunday 14th April – 6:30pm
The Titans pride will be damaged after a home ground loss to “big brother” the Broncos last week. They will look to rebuild the fortress image of Skilled Park this weekend. The Eels sprung another upset last weekend when they knocked off the Sharks. Can Ricky Stuart manufacture another unexpected win?
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