Fri, Aug 11, 9:19am by Staff Writer
New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders, Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday August 13, 2pm AEST
The Raiders are still in with a slight chance of making the Finals but they are relying on the teams above them to drop points. They will be hoping to keep up the pressure on the Dragons and Panthers when they take on the Warriors this weekend.
An indifferent season in terms of form has left Canberra needing a miracle to make the top eight but two straight wins has kept them in contention. An impressive victory over the Sharks will see them make the trip across the Tasman high on confidence. Having won their last three fixtures against the Warriors they stand as favourites with William Hill priced at $1.40.
Whilst the Warriors will enter this contest after a dire Round 22. Their 26-10 loss last weekend to the Knights has set alarm bells ringing in New Zealand. The manner of the defeat as well as the score line was extremely disappointing. They will need a huge performance if they are going to be able to bounce back against the Raiders. A tough ask for a side that has only won seven games all season.
Bet of the Match: Canberra to Win by 13+ points at $2.50
Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles, Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday August 13, 4pm AEST
Only a few weeks ago Manly were sitting proudly in the top four, being lavished with praise for their return to the top of the game. Now they sit in a battle to stay in the top eight with both the Panthers and Dragons waiting for them to slip up. A win last week over the Roosters, steadied the ship after dismal performances against the Storm and Dragons. Wests could pose a threat this Sunday to Manly’s Finals hopes.
The Sea Eagles will have to be on the top of their game if they aren’t to fall into the late season trap of losing to teams out of Finals contention. They are favourites priced at $1.40 with William Hill. Manly cruised to a win over the Tigers 28-16 back in Round 19.
The Tigers are fast becoming the valiant losers of the NRL. Try as they might they are able to battle away with the top sides but they can’t grind out a victory. This is another opportunity for Ivan Clearly’s men to show the potential that they have for 2018. Whilst it may well be too little too late, they will enjoy the chance to disrupt the Sea Eagles’ Finals chances.
Newcastle’s recent victories have reignited the battle at the bottom and Wests will be acutely aware that the Knights are now only two points behind them. Avoiding the wooden spoon will be a priority for the Tigers as they look to try and upset the odds at a price of $3 with William Hill.
Bet of the Match: Manly to Win by 13+ points at $2.55
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