Wed, Apr 25, 3:47pm by Staff Writer
Round 8 kicks off with the Anzac Day games meaning there is wall to wall rugby league for the best part of seven days. Even at this early stage there is key match ups across the Round with clubs aiming to stake their claim for the top eight.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos, Thursday 26th April, 7.50pm, ANZ Stadium
The Rabbitohs head into this match fresh from the hammering of Canberra in Round 7. Their attack was firing against the Raiders as they ran in seven tries in the 42-22 victory. That win continued their fine form in recent weeks following their upset win over bitter rivals, the Roosters, the week before. The loss of Sam Burgess to suspension for the second time this season will disrupt their preparations for the Broncos game though. South Sydney stand at $1.60.
Brisbane hold the edge in recent meetings with the Rabbitohs, having beaten them on the last five occasions. Despite that they are priced at $2.35. A win over the Warriors two weeks ago in New Zealand highlighted the capabilities of this side, but they were rapidly brought back down to earth by the Storm in Round 7. They will have to much South Sydney’s powerful ball carriers if they are to have any chance of overturning that price.
Bet of the Match – Brisbane to Win by 1-12 at $3.60
Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights, Friday 27th April, 6pm, Lottoland
Manly are once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Team strip club visits, players falling out and a disastrous loss to Parramatta encapsulate the Sea Eagles week, so they will be looking to just get back on the pitch. They stand as favourites to bounce back in this clash priced at $1.60. languishing in 13th on the ladder, this game could make or break their top eight hopes for the season as they desperately need the confidence boost.
The loss of Mitchell Hunt for four months with a pectoral injury threatens to derail the Knights season. After a promising start to the season they have faltered a little in recent weeks even with Pearce at the helm, this will be a massive test of what the new look Knights can offer. They stand at $2.40.
Bet of the Match – Newcastle to Win by 1-12 at $3.60
Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers, Sunday 29th April, 4pm, ANZ Stadium
A first win of the year for the Eels last week may well kick start their season, although they face a huge test against a Tigers side who have already beaten them once in 2018. Parramatta’s attack finally gelled last week against Manly with Mitchell Moses back to his best. The true test will be if they can back up that performance with a similar one against Wests to overcome a price of $2.05.
Wests are flying high with a 5-2 record sitting them sit 4th on the ladder going against what many were tipping at the start of the year. The Tigers fell apart in Round 7 to gift the Knights victory and they will be out to make amends against the Eels. With Benji Marshall in scintillating form they certainly look good at $1.78.
Bet of the Match – Wests to Win by 1-12 at $3.75
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