The Big Marn is delighted to be tipping an 8-game round again!
BRISBANE BRONCOS vs CANBERRA RAIDERS
In fact I am that confident of the Broncos winning convincingly, I am going all chips in – Broncos 13+ ($2.20 UNIBET), Broncos to score the first try ($1.65 Ladbrokes), Broncos Half-Full double ($1.75 Bet365). It will be a Bronco-thon. I expect ex-Raider Anthony Milford ($12.50 LuxBet) to have his try-scoring boots on tonight so back him to score first try, and maybe as a bit of a hedge, he will cross at some stage, so take him to be Anytime Tryscorer as well ($2.10 UNIBET).
It will be all one way traffic in Brisbane tonight.
WESTS TIGERS vs SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
I think the Tigers can catch Souths napping and expect them to lead all the way, so take them in the Half-Full double ($3.80 LuxBet) and looking at a first tryscorer – it’s easy when you glance at the Tigers team sheet. He sticks out like dogs balls – James Tedesco (. He really is an amazing player and expect him to use his speed and guile to cross the paint first.
The Tigers represent great value in this match and will give us some ammo for the weekends betting.
NEWASTLE KNIGHTS vs NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
They come up against the Warriors who are world beaters on their day. At other times they might not test the Yagoona Redbacks U/15’s side. They were on song against Brisbane but I feel they might come over and go through the motions as only the Warriors can do. As such I give this game a massive chance of an upset result – so I am siding with the Knights ($3.75 UNIBET). The line sits at around 10 ($2 Bet365) and if you fancy grabbing some start as well, dive in.
It seems a bit of a craze this man bun or top knot thing and whilst he is sporting one of these hairstyles that would have made him a moving target in my day, Jake Mamo knows his way to the tryline so back top knot, I mean top Knight Mamo to score first ($12 Sportsbet)
This is exactly the kind of game the Warriors get beaten in and can really see it happening again.
PARAMMATTA EELS vs GOLD COAST TITANS
The Gold Coast have impressed me recently. In fact if you take away a mini-slump mid-way through the season, they have been one of the competitions form sides. They have been putting in lots of effort recently and their last gasp wins against Penrith and Souths show the mettle of a class side. I just hope in the humidity and distraction of the top end, they keep their focus. They have had a couple of unlikely wins and this game is all about attitude, and if they keep their attitude then I think the Gold Coast ($1.80 Palmerbet) will win this game.
There is just a bit of fragility starting to show in the Eels line-up with injuries hurting on top of the off-field issues, missing Takarangi and Foran really doesn’t help their cause against a team of unheralded stars who have really stepped up this season like Agnatius Paasi and Ashley Taylor. Parra will come out steaming, Semi Radradra will appreciate the warm conditions and will stick with him as First Tryscorer ($8.50 Bet365).
SYDNEY ROOSTERS vs MELBOURNE STORM
The Storm look near impossible to beat at home but out on the road they are beatable. Having said that they were brilliant last week and I can’t see them losing out to an improving Roosters outfit. Storm to win ($1.47 UNIBET) and I believe some very good value to be had Storm 1-12 ($3.10 William Hill) as I cannot see them smashing the chooks.
Cameron Munster is a young man on the way up in his Rugby League career, he has only scored 3 tries this season but I am backing him at nice odds to score first (($11 William Hill).
Storm too good for mine but by no major margin.
MANLY SEA EAGLES vs PENRITH PANTHERS
It is an afternoon game this one, on what is expected to be dry conditions so a good bet could be going overs in Total Points ($1.90 Sportsbet). No chance the stiletto’s will get caught in the much maligned Brookvale Oval turf.
I really like the look of young Cleary – he could play a couple of hundred 1st grade games this boy, his is only young but looks an out and out first grader.
Despite having a few out the Eagles have a reasonable backline. Brett Stewart – Snake, as he is better known by – has only scored 1 try all season. For him that is just unheard of, and his record of scoring at Brookvale is 2nd to none, so we expect him to get the chocolates as first try scorer ($13 Bet365) in this contest.
I also don’t think the Panthers will run away with it in a high scoring game, so let’s execute a plunge on the Panthers 1-12 ($3.20 Bet365) with the reputable Australian bookmakers you find on Oddschecker.
ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS vs CANTERBURY BULLDOGS
CRONULLA SHARKS vs NTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
It will be a spectacular night in the Shire with the locals jumping every hurdle thrown in front of them and I can see no reason why this won’t continue here. I am siding with the Sharks ($1.97 UNIBET). Come on Sharkies, make it 10 in a row!
You always have to respect Thurston, Scott, Tamou, Morgan and Co, it is a red hot side trekking down from cane toad central so I expect this to be a very tight affair, I see immense value in the Sharks winning 1-12 ($3.20 William Hill). Those odds are FAT.
First Tryscorer: Sharks to get the scoreboard attendant working early, I am the leader of the Valentine Holmes fan club so get on Val at $9.15 (LuxBet) to set the Shire alight early on in a belter of a game.