NRL ROUND 10
Knights v Panthers
The Panthers were down and out last week against the Cowboys only to stage a decent second half comeback which wasn’t quite enough for the win but as far as losses go it wasn’t all doom and gloom and I expect a very solid bounce back effort from them here.
The Knights go into this off the back of a lacklustre effort against the Rabbitohs where they looked pedestrian and I can’t help but feel they can only paper for so long the massive hole that Pearce’s absence has left in the side and large cracks will continue to appear as they slide down the ladder.
Expect Maloney and Wallace to have a huge influence on proceedings here and put in a masterclass as they’ve done so several times this season already. The Knights simply don’t have the points in them as their attack lacks general guidance and they should be punished here by a much classier Panthers side. Pick - 3 units on Panthers -3.5 point start
Bulldogs v Eels
As the odds for this match suggest there really is not much at all between these sides, they’re both sitting at the very bottom of the ladder and both will feel they’ve severely underachieved thus far. In terms of the make-up of the sides Thomas that both forward packs have a similar look to them with the Bulldogs maybe having the slight edge and it’s much the same with the backlines with the Eels having the slight edge as their halves have grown in confidence and there’s more fluency to the overall attack.
There’s not a whole lot to say here, we’re looking at the two worst attacking sides in the competition who are both desperate and will be aiming up all game on defence and I can’t see a whole lot of points being scored.
This game could really go either way but one thing that is likely is that we’ll be looking at a very close result – take either side to win by six points and under. Pick – 2 units on either side to win by six points and under
Warriors v Roosters
The Roosters inabilities thus far to string back to back wins together is becoming a joke but there is hope for them here as they’ve named a very strong side and won’t have to contend with Johnson at halfback for the Warriors. Mason Lino was brilliant for the Warriors back in round four when the Warriors embarrassed the Chooks 30-6 in Sydney but they’ll be more alert this time round to his strengths and I can’t see him being that dominant again here.
Isaac Luke is a surprise inclusion for the Warriors but will still need further assessment, they’re otherwise looking healthy and will be confident following another good display in beating the Tigers last week but this is going to be a much tougher test against a Roosters side that will be desperate to put an end to their inconsistencies.
The battle up front looms large as JWH will typically fire-up against his fellow Kiwis with the likes of Paasi and Afoa returning serve but for mine the point of difference between the sides will be in the halves where Cronk and Keary have that added bit of class and could show Lino and Green up somewhat. The class of the likes of Ferguson, Mitchell and Tedesco need no mention and they’ll have a plan, along with their halves, to break down the Warriors defence similar to how the Storm did on ANZAC Day.
The bookies have the Warriors as favourites and we’ll take the good value on the Roosters to win in the margins. Pick – 3 units on Roosters to win by 12 points and under
Rabbitohs v Dragons
At the risk of sounding unpopular I am waiting for the Dragons bubble to burst as they continue to cause upsets but they are clearly punching above their weight ......cue outrage.....
I’d had at least three teams ahead of the Dragons in terms of where I thought they’d compete and admittedly the Rabbitohs were in the mix as well; after all who could write off a side boasting the Burgess brothers and Inglis!!
The odds on offer for the Bunnies are way too hard to pass up and we’ll happily take the upset! Pick - 4 units on Rabbitohs to win (BEST BET)
WEEK RESULTS STAKES ROI BEST BET Week Eleven +1.24 15 8% WON Week Ten +3.96 12 33% WON Week Nine +9.67 10 97% WON Week Eight -1.09 13 8% LOST Week Seven +18.27 15 123% WON Week Six -3.51 15 -23% LOST Week Five -3.3 15 -22% LOST Week Four +3.6 11 33% N/A Week Three -7 7 -100% LOST Week Two -4.5 12 -38% LOST Week One -5.27 11 -48% LOST Total +12.07 136 9% 40%