NRL Round 7 Betting: Sydney Roosters Vs St George-Illawarra Dragons – Monday 25th Of April 2011
Oh the good ol’ ANZAC day clash is upon us once again. The Dragons have had this match in the bag in recent history, no matter what kind of form the Roosters are in they seem to have their measure. The Dragons have only had the one loss this year and are sitting at equal first on the competition ladder. Last week was a hard fought win against the Bunnies, but in the end they ran away with it winning 16-0. The Roosters are playing very poor at the moment, and Brian Smiths second year syndrome continues to take its toll on another NRL club the Roosters were nothing short of pathetic last week against the Broncos. They failed to take advantage of their good field position when they had it and were demolished 24-6.
The Dragons have a dominating record against the Roosters, winning 15 and losing just 8. They have won the last 5 in a row, the most recent being the Grand Final last year where they won 32-8. The Dragons have won 4 of the last 5 by 13+, eek.
Todd Carney (stupidity)
The Roosters season went from bad on Saturday to worse on Wednesday as it was announced that last year’s Dally M winner Todd Carney has been suspended indefinitely. The Roosters are sitting very close to the bottom of the ladder with just 2 wins and 4 losses. Carney has played only 2 of these and has not been super impressive in either. First it was a groin injury, now it is the old drinking habit that is preventing him from playing.
Last year the Roosters were dangerous all over the park with strike players everywhere. This year they have the same line up, but for some reason they are no where near as threatening. Pearce is playing well at half back, but the only real danger from the Roosters is on Kenny-Dowall’s side of the field, where he has scored 5 tries this year. He could potentially have scored last week in their only try but instead handed it off for the winger to score out wide.
The Monday night match against the Bunnies was one of the most exciting of any games this year. With both teams in the match for about 70 minutes it was edge of the seat stuff. A missed try opportunity as well as a one of the great try savers was all that was required for the Dragons to win.
The Dragons have moved away from the boring, grind them down type of football that won them the comp last year. If they tried to play the old game plan I have no doubt they would have lost against the Knights, and could possibly have lost against Souths as well. This change in style means that the Dragons can now win from any position in the game, as they can hold a lead as well as fight back when down. I think the loss to the Sharks was a wake up call for them, as they tried the old style and could not crack the Sharks defense.
This is going to be one of the more embarrassing ANZAC day clashes between these two teams as the Dragons are in great form and the Roosters are playing extremely poorly. I can’t see anything but another 13+ win for the Dragons, taking them to 6 in a row against the Roosters with 5 out of 6 being by 13+.
The Dragons are paying $1.43 through Centrebet….. $1.43!? This is a shoe in, these are very good odds for an almost definite win. Centrebet also have the best odds for the almost certain 13+ where they are paying $2.51.