Fri, Jun 3, 6:11pm by Kevin Pitstock
Sportsbet.com.au presents “Golden Pointers” an early bird look at the weekend’s NRL.
Round 13 of the NRL fires up on Friday night with the Eels hosting the almost unbreakable Dragons while the Sharks will have a mighty task at home to the Broncos. The Titans and Panthers are the 5.30 game on Saturday afternoon and later that night the Bulldogs take on the Sea Eagles and the Roosters meet the in-form Warriors.
The early game on Sunday sees the Cowboys travel to the Nation’s Capital for the Raiders who are shooting for 3 on the trot, while the game at 3.00 sees the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm battle it out for the two points. To close out the round on Monday night, the Wests Tigers get most of their cavalry back for their match at Leichhardt with the Knights.
Eels vs Dragons Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
There is no question the Eels have been a much improved side over the last fortnight. The very fact they kept the Knights to only 1 try last week suggests there is a greater commitment in defence. The negative however, was whilst they restricted the Knights to just the 8 points, they only managed to claim 6 themselves.
So points are still a worry for Stephen Kearney’s men. Points for all and sundry has been an issue for those who have stepped in front of the Dragons. You just get the feeling that this will be another case of the Dragons strangling yet another team. The plus line has come in 1.5 points early in betting but our traders are confident the Dragons can cover the line as usual.
Parramatta – 3.70 – 1.92 (+10.5)
St George- Illawarra – 1.28 – 1.92 (-10.5)
Sharks vs Broncos Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
The Sharks were game in defeat last week against the Storm and it doesn’t get any easier for them this weekend as they line up for the Brisbane Broncos. For the past 133 games Luke Douglas has been in the side to drive the ball for them and be one of their leading men.
On Friday night while they have a mighty omission, it is the Broncos who have some terrific ‘ins’. Josh Hoffman returns from a broken leg and so too their Origin stars including Darren Lockyer and Sam Thaiday. Despite this, the Broncos are on the verge of a 4th straight loss and our traders consider them to be a risk and definitely a ‘lay’.
Cronulla – 2.60 – 1.92 (+5.5)
Brisbane – 1.50 – 1.92 (-5.5)
Titans vs Panthers Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
The Titans have major problems but to a degree you could say were unlucky last week. If they were the Tennessee Titans (NFL) last week and not the Gold Coast variety, they would have won comfortably. They managed to cross the try line a massive eight times against the Bulldogs but only legally grounded the ball on one occasion.
Ashley Harrison returning to the squad is a significant ‘in’. The Panthers on the other hand, have had a good month with two wins a bye and a loss therefore picking up 6 of the maximum 8 points. The newly found confidence might be enough to get the visitors home and they are a value bet here.
Gold Coast – 1.75 – 1.92 (-2.0)
Penrith – 2.08 – 1.92 (+2.0)
Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
The Bulldogs Trent Hodkinson would have been eating the dates off the calendar counting down for this one against his former club, the Sea Eagles. A dangerous contact charge however, has spoiled these plans and as a result will see him sidelined for 2 weeks. In comes his talented young replacement Josh Reynolds playing only his 2nd game. Josh has been public in saying that his kicking game is not his forte, which poses a bit of a problem for the Bulldogs. If they fail to obtain field possession form their kicks then they could be in for a long afternoon.
The Sea Eagles, on the other hand are soaring and it is their left edge which has caused most of the Havoc. This ironically is where big Jamal Idris resides in defence for the Bulldogs so get ready for sparks to fly. It is the match of the round where the Sea Eagles should win, but out traders suggest looking on and enjoying the contest.
Canterbury – 2.15 – 1.92 (+2.5)
Manly – 1.70 – 1.92 (-2.5)
Roosters vs Warriors Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
Roosters coach Brian Smith called for one-on-one meetings with his troops during the week to get to the bottom of this significant form slump. What sort of effect will that have? Will they respond? They will need to, for this week they tackle a Warriors side fresh up from the bye, but also a team, who is shooting for their 6th straight victory.
Only one of these wins, however, was over a side currently in the top 8, but then again you can only beat what is in front of you. You just keep waiting for the Roosters to click, but is it certain to happen? Avoid this game from a punting perspective.
Sydney – 2.08 – 1.92 (+2.0)
New Zealand – 1.75 – 1.92 (-2.0)
Raiders vs Cowboys Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
Has the ‘Green Machine’ pushed the go button? Well it certainly looks that way with back to back wins over the Storm and the Bulldogs, with a bye in the idle of all that. Their forwards have been outstanding and this will only be further strengthened by the return from injury of Tom Learoyd Lahrs. To give you an idea of how big an ‘In’ he is, many good judges are tipping that as long as he stays healthy, he should walk straight into the Blues squad ahead of State of Origin 2. Josh Dugan was superb in the 1st origin game and he should return a more confident player too if that’s possible.
The Cowboys, however, won’t be walk-overs having dropped just 3 games all year. There is no more dominant player in the competition right now than Johnathan Thurston and the result of this game may simply come down to what sort of a job the Raiders do on him. The line is set at a try and our traders don’t think that will be enough for the Raiders on a cold day in Canberra.
Canberra – 1.62 – 1.92 (-4.0)
North Queensland- 2.30 – 1.92 (+4.0)
Rabbitohs vs Storm Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
The Storm have looked a little frail in recent weeks last week they only limped past the battling Sharks, before that they were beaten by the Raiders on home soil and before that found things very difficult against the ‘Baby Broncos’ where they only sneaked home in the final stages.
This week they play the Rabbitohs who have been decimated by injury. The lion’s share of omissions has come via their forward pack. As a result, their ‘go forward’ has been majorly impaired and the knock on effect of that being the form of Isaac Luke who as playmaker, hasn’t been able to pinch yards off quality forward runs. But the ‘big fella’ is back!
The red carpet will be rolled out for Greg Inglis and he will be motivated taking on the old firm and extra motivated that Dane Neilson who now wears his old Storm number 3 Jersey is also currently wearing his maroon number 3 too. Our traders consider the Storm as the ‘lay’ of the round with the Rabbitohs the best value.
South Sydney – 2.75 – 1.92 (+6.5)
Melbourne – 1.45 – 1.92 (-6.5)
Tigers vs Knights Preview & Sportsbet Betting Odds
Can you here the trumpets? Because here comes the cavalry marching back into the fold for the Tigers. Enter McKinnon, Tuquiri, Ellis and Galloway. The Knights on the other hand lost Jarrod Mullen to a pectoral injury last week against Parramatta. He missed the last 50 minutes of the game and may miss the rest of the season. In the time he was off the field last week, the Knights didn’t score one try and nor did they look like crossing for one.
The Tigers showed glimpses last week of what they are capable of against the Dragons and one gets the impression they are ready to rumble this week. The positive for the Knights is that Kurt Gidley was a surprise return to the side last week and he will be better for the run. Given the stat below our traders think the Tigers will win, but they have a habit of not covering the line when short odds so the Knights at the plus is also an option.
Wests – 1.40 – 1.92 (-7.5)
Newcastle – 2.95 – 1.92 (+7.5)
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