South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs

The Bunnies and Bulldogs are on the rebound after copping upset losses in round three. South Sydney were drowned by the Dragons amid a deluge at the SCG, the shock 8-6 defeat was compounded by a neck injury to star Sam Burgess, who will miss the Good Friday clash at Homebush.

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Burgess has been immense since returning from his ‘kick and clap’ stint and his loss hurts. That’s why we’re keen on Sportsbet’s $2.10 for Canterbury to score first and win. This will be a close one, though, so get on the Bunnies with a 9.5-point head start ($1.54 with Luxbet).

It’s also worth remembering the Doggies will be boosted by the return of Greg Eastwood. The forward has been named after a foot injury kept him out of Canterbury’s 20-6 beating by Parramatta at the weekend so they will be a stronger prospect.

Canterbury Bulldogs - 1pt @ 2.10
South Sydney - 1pt @ 1.54

Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys

North Queensland will go into this one with the same line-up that beat the Broncos in last season’s grand final. We are not for superstition, however, and the Cowboys face a massive test against Brissy, who will be smarting from a one-point defeat to the Panthers at the weekend.

The fact this game is in the big smoke tips it in favour of the Broncos, who welcome back winger Lachlan Maranta from a wrist injury for the first time this season.

We recommend the $1.68 offered by Unibet for a Brisbane win. Maranta, who scored 15 tries in his 20 games last year, to cross at any time is also paying $2.2 with Sportsbet.
Brisbane Broncos - 1pt @ 1.68
Lachlan Maranta - 1pt @ 2.20

Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans

Canberra missed a chance to make it three wins on the trot when they let Newcastle back in at the weekend to eventually share the points. We like their prospects of bouncing back when they host Gold Coast on Saturday.

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The Titans notched their second victory of 2016 when putting the brakes on Wests Tigers’ fast start to 2016 with a 12-point triumph at home in round three.

Both teams go into this one unchanged and we think a Raiders Half-Time/Full-Time double at $1.94 with Unibet is where the smart money will be in the nation’s capital. You should also not miss Sportsbet’s $2 for the Green Machine to score first and win.

Canberra Raiders - 1pt @ 1.94
Canberra Raiders - 1pt @ 2.00

Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles

We reckon Chooks fans should use the Easter weekend to find a quiet place where you will be far away from the footy with no TV, phone, or internet.

It has been a dreadful opening three rounds to the season for Sydney, culminating in a 40-0 thrashing at the hands of North Queensland last Thursday night.

The Roosters have lost Dale Copley (pectoral) and Ian Henderson (leg) but speedy Brendan Elliot comes into the centres for his first game this season.

We think the Sea Eagles will be too good on Saturday so don’t be afraid of taking Unibet’s $1.64 for a Manly victory. We will also be getting involved in the $10 on offer with Hills, Sportsbet, bet365 and Centrebet for winger Jorge Taufua to score the first try of the match.
Manly Sea Eagles - 1pt @ 1.64
Jorge Taufua - 1pt @ 10.00

St George Illawarra Dragons v Penrith Panthers

Both of these teams sprung upsets to ensure round three was a graveyard for punters and Sunday’s clash in the ’Gong looms as a tough one to pick.

Penrith prop Jeremy Latimore copped a one-week ban for a crusher tackle in last week’s shock triumph over Brisbane but lock Trent Merrin, who missed the win last week with a virus, has been named to take on his former team.

We like the Dragons in a close one and Palmerbet’s $1.80 is the best price. Get on Panther Peta Hiku, who has helped himself to tries in all of Penrith’s games so far this season, to dot down at any time at $2.88 with Sportsbet.
St George Illawarra Dragons - 1pt @ 1.80
Peta Hiku - 1pt @ 2.88