NRL Round 23 Betting: North QLD Cowboys Vs Brisbane Broncos – Friday 12th of August 2011
Friday night kicks off Round 23 of the 2011 NRL competition with an absolute blockbuster between the 2 QLD power houses, courtesy of Dairy Farmers Stadium up in Townsville. There is too much emotion in this match to be ignored. The Cowboys fans will go crazy for the return of world best no. 7 Thurston, and at the same time the entire stadium, Broncos AND Cowboys, will be going bananas for the milestone of most capped player in Rugby League history, celebrated by Darren James Lockyer… yes, such a milestone deserves a middle name.
So what advantages does each team have over the other? Well the Cowboys have scored a lot more points than the Broncos, but the Broncos have had a lot less scored against as well. Both teams have an 8-2 home record this season, so the Cowboys are looking good based on this. But the Broncos have won 13 of 16 played at Dairy Farmers! So this is a hard one, better take a better look at the form et al.
So 3 from 5 is the best record I have seen for the Cowboys when missing Thurston in their ranks. So why does this player generate so much interest and media attention to this game? Well he is probably the best half back in the world, which means that he is pretty much the best player in the world. They have only lost 1 match at home with him in their team all season.
We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves though. Last week they succumbed to a dominant Bulldogs team. Well it wasn’t really dominant, both teams were sub-par. The Bulldogs just looked more dangerous for a majority of the match. They held the Cowboys scoreless for 70 minutes.
We have had a chat about Thurston, so what dynamic is Lockyer bringing that out does the best player in the World? Well there are 2 things; He is a great leader for one, and the second is the milestone that he brings into this match. Not one of his Broncos team mates will leave anything in the tank to help him get over the line in such a defining match. That being said, he did finish his rep season on a high with the Maroon’s getting up, surely not everything can go his way.
The Broncos have been in slightly better form than the Cowboys, with their only blemish over the last 5 weeks coming from a 26-6 thumping at the hands of the table topping Storm. Compare this to the Cowboys losing to the Bulldogs and the Tigers and… Well there is really no comparison.
So which team will get up? The Broncos have too much riding on this one to let it slip. I made the mistake of backing the Cowboys last week against the emotion riddled Bulldogs after Bobcat’s retirement announcement, won’t be doing the same this week. Broncos by 1-12.
The Bookies have this one quite evenly matched, and the Broncos are paying a pretty penny at $1.77 for the H2H win. I can’t see anything but a 1-12 victory on either side of the park, and with myself favouring the Broncos it is paying $3.10.