NRL Round 19 Betting: New Zealand Warriors Vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – Friday 15th of July
The Warriors will kick off Friday night Football for the second week in a row with a home game played at 8:30pm local time (6:30pm AEST) against the Bulldogs at Mt Smart Stadium. The NZ team was able to kick a 4 game losing streak to get their first win since Round 11. Last week they were gifted a win against the Titans who are their donkey of the competition; they got up 22-6. They are facing a Bulldogs team that has seen better days, only winning 1 of their last 5 and are struggling for confidence, mostly through Ben Barba and his support at the back.
The Bulldogs played one of their better performances of recent times as they managed to go down by just 10 points against the table topping Storm, with the end result being 28-18. What worries is the fact that 18 points is the most they have scored since Round 28…. Against none other than the Titans!
The Warriors season has been one of strange consistency. They started off losing 3 straight. They then had a few weeks up and down then hit their straps with 5 straight. After that was a 4 game losing streak, undoing all of their good work in the previous 5. Now they have managed to bounce back with a win over the Titans. So they have had 2 bad streaks and one good one, with a win here they could be on to another winning streak as they have the struggling Bunnies next weekend in Sydney and the Titans again the week after. Ivan Cleary would have already made this clear to his squad and a win here is crucial for their finals chances.
The Warriors left a lot of room for improvement after last week’s less than impressive performance against the Titans. A 13+ win is always a good result, just the same as a 61% completion rate is poor. They actually had a lower completion rate than the opposition with more errors being made, but their ability to break the line was the difference with the Warriors racking up 4 to the Titans 0.
5/8 James Maloney had a good kicking game against the Titans, setting up one and racking up a massive 531m in total. In the 4 weeks they lost he kicked an average of 348m per game, so if he can get his kicking game right they are in for a win.
Michael Luck and Sam Rapira returned to the team last week and were also pivotal in the teams win. Both were back to their best as they returned from lengthy stints on the sidelines, Cleary would be very pleased with this.
If the last 2 weeks is anything to go by the Doggies back 3 will be targeted with bombs all night long. They have struggle more than any team I have seen all year when the high kick is put up, failing to catch the ball without competition and failing to win when there is one. If Barba takes the first 2 or 3 with confidence then we could see a completely different performance from the Dogs, if he doesn’t its murder, she wrote.
I mentioned Maloney’s kicking game above, and with this aspect of the Warriors attack being critical to their success I’m sure we will see him exploit this weakness. To compliment the high ball in this match is the fact that “The Beast” will be charging down the side line with a full head of steam, try blocking that vision out of year head as you focus on the high ball lads! Let alone the loud thudding of soft grass under foot, they will think there its aftershock from the devastating Earth quakes earlier this year.
Whilst this is not as certain a win as their gimme against the Titans last week we should expect much the same. The Bulldogs have been losing to some decent teams, however the Warriors are also decent so I can’t see them getting up whilst travelling across the Tasman.
The Warriors will have the H2H covered in this one for sure and they are paying $1.48. Get on the Warriors to cover the 7 point spread which is paying $1.94.