NRL ROUND 25
Storm v Broncos
The Broncos look like they’re back in top form after another convincing win over the Bulldogs last week and will be itching to take that form into this game and get some revenge for the 48-6 thrashing the Storm dished out to them in round 17.
The consistency of the Storm is something to behold as they just continue to perform at the highest of levels week in and week out so the Broncos know exactly what they’ll be confronted with here which could play into their hands.
Both these sides playing to their capacity I’d take the Broncos over the Storm most days as they pose more danger man for man, with the obvious exception being Smith and Cronk.
I can see this game being played with finals intensity with not too many points in it; I am leaning towards the value on the Broncos as they’re a team on the up who will be aware of the mountain they have to climb and they certainly have the personnel to get the job done. Bennett will have his side well prepared to counter the mechanical approach the Storm take to everything they do and will have a few tricks up his sleeve to combat that. The Broncos will be highly motivated with the memory of round 17 still raw and I sense an upset on the cards, we’ll play it safe though and take the start on offer. Pick – 4 units on Broncos +6.5 point start
Titans v Panthers
The Titans need to win one of their last two games to make the finals but considering they’ve got the Cowboys in Townsville next week this match shapes as an absolute must win, at home to a team just one place ahead of them on the table. The recruitment the Titans have done this season has seen them steadily gain momentum as the seasons progressed, with Hayne and Peats both experienced quality players who have created a very good balance to the side. Hayne in particular provides the x-factor and the side that’s been named here certainly have the goods to deliver the victory needed to progress them to the finals.
There’ll be a huge crowd packed into Cbus Stadium for this clash and the match-ups are mouth-watering, none more so that in the halves with both boasting very youthful pairings as well as fullbacks who are able to chime in and assist with the playmaking duties but whilst Moylan is absolute quality Hayne is on a different level and will use every ounce of his additional experience to cause major headaches for the Panthers.
I don’t see there being a lot in this but the Titans at home just have the edge for mine, their forward pack has lifted considerably this season and they’ve for the most part had a settled halves pairing who are playing beyond their years and as a whole the side are playing with a consistent hunger that’s often been missing in years gone by.
The line is very tight for this with the Titans being the slight favourites and we’ll take them to cover it and effectively end the Warriors season. Pick – 3 units on Titans -2.5 or better point start
Sharks v Roosters
The Sharks record run of wins is now a distant memory having lost their last three matches in a row and they’re running the risk of limping into the finals unless they steady the ship over their last two regular season games, it’s certainly not going to be easy for them here though against a reinvigorated Roosters side who are fresh off putting the Dragons to the sword.
The Roosters resurgence has coincided with the blistering form of both Pearce and Ferguson, the latter absolutely relishing playing at fullback, and with the quality they have around them and the momentum the side has built over the past few weeks it’s hard to shy away from the upset here.
Both sides are fairly evenly matched on paper but the Sharks are seriously down on confidence whilst the Roosters are playing like competition front-runners - we’ll take the value on a Roosters win. Pick – 2 units on Roosters to win
Warriors v Tigers
The Warriors will know prior to taking the field whether their season is still alive or not (depending on the outcome of the Titans match) but either way they’re going to have to put in a huge effort here, if not for their finals chances but for their coaching staff’s survival in 2017.
As expected last week the Tigers badly missed Tedesco on attack and it’s hard to see a big turnaround here in the face of what should be a fired up Warriors side who should defend with plenty of pride and passion in front of their home fans at the tail-end of what’s been a disappointing season.
Regardless of the outcome of the Titans game the Warriors will be well and truly up for this and with a fully-fit side and players / coaches futures on the line they should get the job done easily against a Tigers side that looked last week like they had conceded defeat for 2016.
Whether backing them to win or lose the Warriors have been quite profitable for us this season, despite their inconsistencies, and we’ll cash in on them here to have an up day and cover the large start on offer. Pick – 3 units on Warriors -10.5 or better point start
Knights v Rabbitohs
Both these sides have struggled defensively this season with the Knights in particular being dreadful having conceded over 200 more points than the next worst side.
Short and sweet here, the Rabbitohs are all of a sudden playing some of their best footy of the season and should put up some large numbers here, meanwhile the Knights do have points in them and in their final home game of the season will attempt to entertain their long-suffering fans.
I see points aplenty on offer here, the forecast is for a dry track and I can see this match quickly taking on a festival atmosphere as attack rules the day. Pick – 4 units on total combined points ‘over’ 46.5 or better
Total Points Over 46.04 at 1.90push
Total Points Over 46.04 at 1.90push
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