Wed, Mar 9, 10:24am by Kevin Pitstock
The kick off for the 2011 NRL premiership race begins when the clubs with the most history face off for the Charity Shield. Since the Rabbitohs were re-instated in the NRL competition the Roosters have crowed more times than the bunnies have jumped. However it has been tit for tat since 2006. The Rooster’s record at the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) against the Rabbitohs is 20 wins and 10 Losses. Both teams are at relatively short odds to take home the Tupperware this year, with South’s coming down to 3rd favourite at $9.00.
Sydney Roosters Preview
The sidelined Roosters will not have a very detrimental effect on the strength of the team. They will be playing without the Dally M and Golden Boot winner of 2010 Todd Carney, however the team captain Braith Anasta will slot in without a hitch as he played this position for a number of years at the club. Mitch Aubisson is also back early from his shoulder injury, arguably the Roosters best attacking forward of 2010. One of the most dangerous aspects of the Roosters team is that they can attack from almost anywhere with strike weapons scattered all over the field.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview
With the announcement that Greg Inglis is a good chance of starting this week the South’s players and and fans have received a massive confidence boost. They shouldn’t get too optimistic though, not only is he battling shoulder and hip injuries, he also is a notable slow starter in season’s past. I don’t understand how a team with one of the worst halves combinations can be 3rd favourite for the premiership, it’s beside me.
Prediction and Odds
This one will be decided in the last quarter of the game, and I think it will come down to fitness. After marvelling at a 100 minute victory in the week 2 of the finals last year it tells me the Roosters will win in this department, and will run away with the match. Roosters for the win with a margin of 12.
Over the last 5 years this match has seen an average total points of 50 per game, with all but one scoring over 45 points. Both teams have got excellent attack, and I think this year the common rule will prevail. Plenty of points to come so betting above the total points spread is a definite for this one.
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