NRL Round 7 Betting: Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – Saturday 22nd Of April 2011
The Bulldogs got back to winning ways last weekend winning 34-14 over fellow Sydney side Parramatta Eels. This was a much needed win as they were staring down 3 losses in a row. The Rabbitohs will welcome a new coach next year in Micahel McGuire, as current head coach John Lang struggles to maintain a winning record this year, most recently losing to the in form Dragons 16-0 on Monday night. This Saturday is a short turn around for the Rabbits after a hard fought loss against the Dragons, will this be enough time to recover? Only time will tell.
This is the second time these two will meet this year, the Doggies getting up last time by 9 in week 2.
The Bulldogs have a good record at ANZ stadium just about every year. This year they have won all 4 games played here, including one that was against Souths in week 2. All up they have won 9 and only lost 2 to the Rabbitohs at this venue.
The Bulldogs have probably had the hardest run of any team this year, coming up against the Tigers, Rabbits, Roosters, Storm, Dragons and Eels. All of these were in the top 8 last year bar the Eels and Storm (although they would have been there even with the current line up). I mentioned last week that they were 3-1 against fellow Sydney teams, well now they are 4-1, the odds just keep getting shorter on this one.
The 2 weeks they lost were against 2 of the best teams in the comp, and in these losses the Dogs didn’t play as well as they could have, Namely Idris and Barba. Last week was a different story as both players carved up the Eels, as well as in form half Kris Keating. Kevin Moore looks like he has solidified his coaching role at Canterbury after a disappointing 2010 campaign.
LATE MAIL: Josh Morris has been named in the line up and should be starting. This means that the Bulldogs can once again attack on both sides of the park. Unfortunately rookie centre Tim Wautana is not even on the bench after putting in some impressive performances.
The Rabbitohs played extremely well against the Dragons on Monday night, if it weren’t for a try gone begging in the first half by Chris McQueen with a put down short of the line it could have been a different story. McQueen was also the victim of one of the best try savers I have ever seen by Matt Cooper in the second half, with McQueen lunging at the line Cooper showed almost super human strength to dead lift him back into the playing field.
The Rabbitohs have had nothing but Sydney games this year, which means that their Sydney derby record is the same as their season, sitting on 2 and 4. This will be a good match and will be the final litmus test to the Rabbitohs season in 2011.
Bulldogs 4-1 vs Sydney rivals and Rabbitohs just 2-4, this tells me enough about the quality of the Rabbitohs coming into this match. Furthermore they have the relatively short turn around from Monday night. Inglis will be looking to redeem his performance against the Bulldogs in round 2, more so against Jamaal Idris as he was put to shame by the young centre. Inglis is just one player though, and he only plays well when the rest of the team does. Bulldogs to win by 13+.
Sportingbet are on the money here with the Bulldogs paying $1.56 H2H. The bookies are of the impression that the Bulldogs will win by 13+ as well as this is paying less than the 1-12 margin. This can be had through Centrebet where you will be getting on for $2.95