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NRL Playoffs Week 2 Betting Preview

Tue, Sep 17, 2:15pm by Rob Sheeley

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Just six teams remain standing in 2013 after a weekend that had it all. Big hits, tough defence, attacking flair, amazing tries and a monumental refereeing blunder all took center stage on the first week of the playoffs.

The Bulldogs season is over after being eliminated 22-6 by the Knights, despite having Chris Houston sent to the sin bin at a vital stage.

The Cowboys were eliminated in the most controversial match of the season to date. The Sharks defeated the Cowboys by just two points, but were given an extra tackle early in the match which led to a try that proved to be the difference in the final result (20-18).

Despite the game in the modern era having more officials and eyes than ever before, it seems that errors of such magnitude can still slip through the cracks. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it means curtains in 2013.

The two sides who earned themselves a weeks break via wins (the Rabbitohs and Roosters) now occupy the first two lines in premiership betting. The Rabbitohs are favourites at $3.00 while the Roosters are at $3.25.

We had a slow start on the punt but managed to finish with plenty in our pockets. Not only did our best bet prove successful in the Roosters and Manly game at $1.92, but we selected the first try scorer in both that game and the Bulldogs vs Knights encounter, both at the whopping odds of $10 each. Those made for a very profitable weekend.

I would suggest a multi this weekend with the Sea Eagles and the Storm.

We will have full previews of both big matches right here in the coming days. All previews will include all the main betting odds, an in-depth analysis and free suggested bets. Let’s take a brief look at the second week of the playoffs.

Manly Sea Eagles ($1.35) vs Cronulla Sharks ($3.20)

7:45pm, Friday 20th August at Allianz Stadium

The Manly Sea Eagles are preparing for a second-consecutive brutal and ferocious clash when they face off against tackling specialists, the Sharks, on Friday night. The Sea Eagles were involved in the seasons most physical encounter against the Roosters last weekend, but the bad news is, they meet a Sharks pack who will be every bit as brutal this Friday.

Last week, the Sea Eagles went toe to toe with the competitions heavy weights, the Roosters. Sure they lost, but it was more of a points decision than a knockout blow. The main concern to come out of that 4-0 loss to the minor premiers is how much it has taken out of the players. There will be no room for complacency against the Sharks this week. The Sea Eagles are $5.50 premiership chances, indicating that punters think they can win here.

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The Sharks result from last week has been plastered all over the newspapers for the wrong reasons. The Sharks scored a try that proved the difference after being beneficiaries of an extra tackle due to a miscount from the officials. With all that behind them now, the $21 premiership hopefuls face a daunting task against the Sea Eagles. With their star five eighth Todd Carney in doubt, they may find it a difficult task.

Prediction – Sea Eagles by 14

Melbourne Storm ($1.38) vs Newcastle Knights ($3.00)

3:00pm, Saturday 21st September at AAMI Park

Two tenacious teams under the tutelage of the games best mentors do battle in Melbourne on Saturday night. Craig Bellamy versus Wayne Bennett in a fight to the death game that could provide a real spectacle.

The Melbourne Storm have drifted out to $5.00 after they went down by ten points (20-10) to the South Sydney Rabbitohs last week. The Melbourne side have looked a little flat over the past fortnight but, if they were ever going to be up for a game, this is it. Punters think they are a winning conveyance, it is just a matter of them producing their best football.

The Knights kept their season alive by disposing of the Bulldogs 22-6 in an upset win last Sunday. It was a tough effort given they were reduced to twelve men midway through the second half due to the sin-binning of Chris Houston. Punters don’t hold too much hope of the Newcastle team progressing any further with the Knights currently at $17 in premiership betting. But if you could have anyone coaching a team for survival, most people would choose Wayne Bennett. Bennett faces a big ask here but he has conquered much bigger Everest’s before.

Prediction – Storm by 12


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