NRL Prelim Final Picks


Sharks v Cowboys

The Sharks welcome back their skipper Paul Gallen for this clash, also back in the fold is Tagataese so their forward pack is looking healthier than the one that performed admirably two weeks ago against the Raiders, I’m not convinced though they’ll have the power to match it with the impressive Cowboys pack who are unchanged from the side that beat the Broncos last week.

The Cowboys are coming off a very gruelling match against the Broncos but everyone came through that unscathed and they have the bonus of welcoming back regular Centre Kane Linnett who will be welcomed back with open arms.

Despite both sides having their share of game breakers I can see this match going the way of a good old fashioned arm wrestle with not a lot of glitz and glammer which will suit the Cowboys nicely as they have the wood on the Sharks up front with three of the best in the game leading the way in Taumalolo, Scott and Tamou. The legend that is Thurston thrives on the big stage and he’ll certainly make the most of any ascendancy the Cowboys pack gets up front; his combination with Morgan will be another point of difference as they have much more in their arsenal than the Sharks halves of Townsend and Maloney.

We’ll take the Cowboys to back up from the Broncos match like the champions they are and cover the narrow line to proceed to their second consecutive grand final. Pick – 3 units on Cowboys -1.5 point start

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Cowboys -1.53 at 2.00Bookie Image 1-3

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Storm v Raiders

The Raiders have named an unchanged side to that which beat the Panthers last week and the Storm have named an extended bench but are themselves looking healthy too so injuries/suspension is not a factor leading into this clash for either side.

The inclusion of Hodgson and Austen was a huge boost for the Raiders last week and they’ll be all the better after another weeks recovery, they’ve proven to be very tough to beat with those two taking the field and this week will be no exception.

The fact this is being played in Melbourne gives the Storm the slight edge for mine as they’re always at their clinical best at home and will soak up the adulation of the fans and grow an extra leg. It’s not likely to be one-way traffic though as the Raiders have a beast of a forward pack and a very capable backline that’s full of confidence; one can’t help but feel though that Cronk and Smith will be at their crafty best on the big stage and lead their side to victory. We’ll take the value on the Storm victory in the margins. Pick – 2 units on Storm to win by 12 points and under

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Storm 1-122 at 3.00Bookie Image 2+4

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