NRL FINALS WEEK 3
Storm v Sharks
The Storm will have made the most of their week off and will be nice and rested going into this clash; the Sharks on the other hand are coming off a tough one-point win over the Panthers last week; just who is better off for having played/not played will remain to be seen.
It's the brains of the Storm that make them such a scary opposition as collectively their Footy IQ is through the roof and it's what should get them through here against a Sharks side that's full of brawn but don't have that extra 1% which will be the difference.
With Slater's magnificent Storm career coming to an end they are not lacking motivation to send him out a premiership winner next week, add to that the home ground advantage and just how well supported the side was last time they played here then you really do get a picture of what the Sharks will be facing.
Just like last week it'll be the Sharks forward pack that will need to keep them in the battle but the Storm pack themselves are fairly uncompromising and will be able to handle themselves. The Storm should get the win off the back of being too clinical and too smart. Pick - 4 units on Storm -8.5 point start (BEST BET)
Roosters v Rabbitohs
There's no doubt the off-field controversy got to the Rabbitohs last week as they only just scraped past a limping Dragons side and with the dust still settling I'm not sure the heads of the likes of the Burgess boys will be fully engaged here. The Roosters are nice and rested after having the week off which will have been very welcome with a few niggling injuries hanging around and I expect them to hit the ground running here.
There's just so much attacking quality in this Roosters side that it's hard to go past them to take out the premiership; there are question marks up front but they've gotten tougher as the seasons progressed and will be ready for the big Souths pack.
There are a number of big-game players in both sides but it's the likes of Cronk, Tedesco and Fergusson for the Roosters who I expect will have the biggest say as they've been brilliant at the back-end of the season and will cause headaches here for Souths. Pick - 3 units on Roosters -2.5 or better point start
WEEK RESULTS STAKES ROI BEST BET Grand Final -6 6 -100% N/A Week Three Finals +6.44 7 92% WON Week Two Finals -7 7 -100% LOST Week One Finals +12.96 12 108% WON Week Twenty-Five -11.27 17 -66% LOST Week Twenty-Four +6.36 15 42% WON Week Twenty-Three +0.54 14 4% LOST Week Twenty-Two +6.11 16 38% LOST Week Twenty-One +10.12 11 92% WON Week Twenty -0.6 14 -4% LOST Week Nineteen +9.02 15 60% WON Week Eighteen -6.32 13 -49% LOST SOO 3 +5.25 4 130% N/A Week Seventeen -7 7 -100% LOST Week Sixteen -1.7 11 -15% LOST Week Fifteen -3.87 17 -23% LOST Week Fourteen +3.44 10 34% WON SOO 1 +3.64 4 91% N/A Week Thirteen -7 7 -100% LOST Week Twelve +6.34 13 49% WON 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 +31.53 372 8% 40%