Fri, Sep 1, 4:27pm by Staff Writer
St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Dragons, ANZ Stadium, Sunday September 3, 4pm AEST
By Sunday afternoon St George Illawarra will know exactly what they need to do to reach the Finals. With their rivals, playing each other on Saturday they will know that this is a must win game against the Bulldogs. Anything other than a draw in the Penrith vs Manly clash combined with a win here for the Dragons will see them make the top eight.
This will be an extremely tough task though with St George having lost five straight games to Canterbury heading into this game. Thanks to a dramatic win in Round 25 over the Panthers, the Dragons have kept their hopes alive. They are heavy favourites with William Hill priced at $1.35 with seemingly being a technicality to see them squeeze in to the top eight at the death.
Canterbury may well have something to say about that though. Whilst they have nothing to play for in the 2017 competition, they will be desperate to keep alive a sensational winning record against the Dragons. Having won 10 out of the last 11 matches against St George, giving them a possible psychological advantage this weekend.
Two straight wins for the Bulldogs in recent weeks has salvaged a little pride for them. Especially their emphatic win over Manly back in Round 24 which helped set up this clash for the Dragons. Canterbury are priced at $3.20 with William Hill.
Bet of the Match: St George to Win by 1-12 points at $3
Wests Tigers v New Zealand Warriors, Leichhardt Oval, Sunday September 3, 6:30pm AEST
After all the excitement of the first clash on Sunday, the Tigers vs Warriors fixture could feel like a come down for rugby league fans. Both sides will be aiming to end the season on a positive not with neither side involved in the Finals. Wests are still in a perilous position, in that they could still end up with the wooden spoon at this late stage.
William Hill, however, are holding them as favourites to win this match and hold of the Knights for that honour priced at $1.55. The Tigers results this year are not matched by their form and quality of play. They pushed several of the top sides all the way and have been unlucky to not have added more wins to their name.
The Warriors are staring down the barrel of a ninth straight loss. Exactly the sort of record sides do not want to end their year on. So they will have plenty of motivation to put in a quality performance on Sunday against the Tigers. The return of Shaun Johnson has had a positive impact on their attack and they will look to continue to improve this week.
As always the Warriors tend to struggle away from Auckland so that factor will have played into their price of $2.45 with William Hill. No doubt they’ll put up a fight but the Tigers are likely to have too much for them.
Bet of the Match: Wests to Win by 1-12 points at $3.10
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