Tue, Apr 20, 2:05pm by Kevin Pitstock
The 7th round of the 2010 NRL season kicks off this Friday night as the dust begins to settle on the rapid start to the season. There were a few minor upsets in round 6, and I think the unpredictable results will continue this round.
Before we move on to the weekly preview, best tips and predictions, let’s recap the scores from last round.
Dragons vs Titans
On Friday night th Dragons beat the Titans up at Skilled Stadium. The 19-6 scoreline meant that the 13+ bet was a winner. With all the forwards the Dragons had out and being away from home, this looked like an unlikely result. Matt Rogers was injured and will be out for an estimated 6 weeks.This result was weak from the Titans who should have performed a lot better at home against a depleted Dragons outfit.
Tigers vs Bulldogs
The other Friday night was the Tigers at home to the Bulldogs. An AustralianGambling.com.au correspondent was at the game at reported it to be a scrappy affair, and ugly to watch. The Dogs won 24-4 to help get their season back on track. I don’t think they will do much this year, but the Tigers are a dark horse this season.
It remains to be seen whether the Tigers can live up to their pre-season hype and with the signing on Lote Tuquri the look like they can do some damage. At this early stage in the season I don’t think they are going to be able to stand up to the tougher teams of the competition, week in, week out.
Knights vs Cowboys
The Saturday night games saw the Knights tear apart a hapless Cowboys outfit. The Cowboys had a few key players out, none bigger than their star play maker Jonathan Thurston. The were never in this game, and didn’t look like causing any trouble to the Knights. Kurt Gidley had a shaky start to the game but then came into his own as the game progressed. His return has sparked interest from sports media all across the country about whether he is ready to be selected in the 2010 NSW Blues State of Origin team. The final scoreline in this game was 36-18.
Roosters vs Raiders
The other Saturday night game was between the Roosters and the Raiders. These two teams are unpredictable to say the least, especially the Roosters. This game was never in doubt though, as the Roosters ran out 36-6 winners. This win helped steady their ship after they slumped to a disappointing loss the weekend before.
Warriors vs Panthers
Sunday’s early game was in New Zealand and contested by two of the most unpredictable teams this year. The Warriors were at home to the Panthers but couldn’t capitalise on their home ground advantage. The Panthers bombarded them in the first half with bombs, and raced ahead to comfortably win 40-12.
Eels vs Rabbitohs
The Eels looked like slumping to yet another defeat on Sunday, this time at the hands of the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Rabbits were up 8-0, and had an 8-2 lead at half time. That quickly evaporated in the second half with a dismal, lacklustre display which looked weak to fans and onlookers. The Eels simply ran over the top of them and Souths didn’t have any arsenal to fight back with. Parramatta won this game 22-8, with 22 unanswered points.
Sea Eagles vs Storm
Monday night’s game was a blockbuster between Manly and the top-of-the-table Melbourne Storm. The Storm lost a close one the week before to the Titans, and this week was no different. They staged a spirited fightback at home, but couldn’t quite bridge the gap to lose 20-18. That results puts a host of teams together on 8 points, with the Dragons 2 points ahead on the top of the ladder.
OK, let’s get into it. This week, yet again, has a few tough choices so don’t be surprised if there are some great bets to be had this weekend.
Bulldogs vs Broncos
Bulldgogs vs Broncos – This game is a home game for the Dogs and will be played at ANZ stadium. Both of these teams had solid wins last weekend, and both were much needed. Neither of these teams have been doing much this season and I don’t expect them to either. I think the difference that will tell is the fact that the Dogs beat a quality outfit in the Tigers, while the Broncos only defeated the cellar dweller Sharks. I also think the Dogs have better quality in their team which will help them get the win at home.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.
Cowboys vs Eeels
Cowboys vs Eels – This is a game that could go either way. The Eels have been terrible all season up until the second half against the Rabbitohs last week. The Cowboys don’t look like they could buy a win at this stage, even at home. I can’t bring myself to tip North Queensland, even at home against an out of sorts Parramatta outfit. There is chance that last week could kick start the Eel’s campaingn as well.
Prediction: Parramatta Eels to win.
Panthers vs Tigers
Panthers vs Tigers – The early Saturday game will be an absolute cracker, the game of the round. The Panthers have been the surprise packet so far this season, and currently see themselves sitting in equal second spot on the table. One of those teams equal with them is the erratic Tigers. Some weeks they can set the world alight, others they can be scrappy, just like against the Dogs last week.
I think the Panthers will prove to be too strong for the Tigers this week at home. But, it really depends on who shows up on the day. I think the Panthers are more consistent and will come out on top in a close one.
Prediction: Panthers win.
Sharks vs Knights
Sharks vs Knights – I just can’t see the Sharks doing anything in this game. The Knights are playing pretty well a the moment and should put away the hapless Sharks with relative ease.
Prediction: Knights win.
Raiders vs Rabbitohs
Raiders vs Rabbitohs – This game is being played on Sunday in Canberra. The Raiders are doing a little bit better than I expected this season, with a couple of wins I didn’t think they were capable of. That being said, the lost easily last week and won’t achieve mush this season when all is said and done. The Rabbits were going strong until their weak second half performance against the Eels last week. Someone needs to kick them up the backside for that, and instill some steely reserve into them. Yhis will be a good test for them as the Raiders are a tough outfit on their home turf. This is a true test of the Rabbitohs character, they need to prove themselves.
Prediction: Rabbitohs win.
Dragons vs Roosters
Dragons vs Roosters – This classic ANZAC day clash is always a treat to watch. These two teams are in pretty solid form, especially the Dragons. They haven’t been playing expansive, stylish football, but have been getting the job done. The Roosters on the other hand are unpredictable and capable of pulling off big upsets this season. It’s being played at the SFS so it isn’t really a home advantage for the Dragons. I think this one could go either way but I’m going to have to take the Dragons because of their ability to grind out a win in tough conditions.
Prediction: Dragons win.
Storm vs Warriors
Storm vs Warriors – The Storm have come off second best in their last two games in close encounters. They will be looking to knock off the Warriors, who will be trying to bounce back from the defeat against the Panthers. The Storm will be too tough in this won and will get the two points.
Prediction: Storm win.
Sea Eagles vs Titans
Sea Eagles vs Titans – Manly are involved in another Monday night blockbuster this week. They will be brimming with confidence after triumphing over the Storm last week. The Titans were disappointing last week and will be without Matt Rogers. I think Manly should chalk up another win in this one.
Prediction: Manly win.
That’s the recap of week 6 in the NRL season and a preview of the Round 7 action. On Thursday the team here at AustralianGambling.com.au will be publishing their best tips and odds for Round 7 of the 2010 NRL season.
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