The Big Marn nailed last night's tips. See what he likes for the remainder of round 17
BULLDOGS straight out
STORM plus the line
PANTHERS minus the line
RAIDERS / KNIGHTS Overs Total Points
SEA EAGLES minus the line
Best Price: $19 (LuxBet)
BRISBANE BRONCOS vs MELBOURNE STORM (Friday 1st July 7.50pm)
The Storm have been playing exceptionally well in recent times and I just have to side with them at the great value odds against. The Storm won’t romp away with this match, so have a very good look at the Storm 1-12 ($4 William Hill) here which is a brilliant price. I will be on.
The Storm often score tries around the fringes of the ruck so my tip for First Try Scorer this week is Kevin Proctor $29 LuxBet). That mop is unmissable and hopefully it flops over the line first to have us celebrating.
NZ WARRIORS vs GOLD COAST TITANS (Saturday 2nd July 3pm)
The Warriors are still blowing up about the penalty try from last week’s clash against the Sharks, and these are the kinds of matches the Warriors lose. So we are on Titans straight out but the absolute stand out bet in this game is Total Points Over/ Under. Take the Over 46.5 ($2 Ladbrokes). Absolute moral. Forecast is for a dry track in Auckland, both teams can score points and leak points. This game has Overs written all over it. Cheer the points people!
As for First Try Scorer – I am siding with a Titan as I expect them to begin quickly, young Ash Taylor ($26 Sportsbet) to dot down first across the Tasman in what will be an avalanche of points and an entertaining affair.
WESTS TIGERS vs PENRITH PANTHERS (Saturday 2nd July 5.30pm)
I will then back that up by tipping the Panthers ($1.79 UNIBET), I have sided with them all season and they really need to keep stringing wins together and have a great opportunity to do so here. Whilst they let Souths back into the game last week, they had it parcelled up early doors. The Tigers were blown off the park early by the Storm, but staged a remarkable fightback with their two classy halves leading the way as was Tedesco – who should get a look in for Origin 3.
There is a young bloke who has set the pundits tongues wagging in recent weeks in Nathan Cleary. Boy can this kid play. To think he has only played 3 First Grade games is remarkable. He will be State Of Origin half in a couple of years. He is only 18, but he has plenty of first grade in front of him. He is a pure footballer. He has great poise and balance, good kicking game, unflappable. A player of the future. I am tipping him to score first ($26 William Hill) against the tigers.
CRONULLA SHARKS vs PARRAMATTA EELS (Saturday 2nd July 7.30pm)
The Sharks are at home against a team in turmoil off the park, the only way to go here is the Sharks 13+ ($2.20 Bet365). I think they might explode here given they have had some tight ones recently. We can take the Half-Full double as well the Sharks ($1.75 Bet365). It will be go to whoa with them.
First Try Scorer – the lad has electric feet and will be getting plenty of opportunity to use them so have something on Ben Barba ($11.50 LuxBet) to get the ball rolling for the Sharks in what will be a record breaking victory.
CANBERRA RAIDERS vs NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (Sunday 3rd July 2pm)
First Try Scorer – I am going for Blake Austin ($12 Sportsbet. He has been stung by injury and hasn’t really hit his straps this season but I can see him throwing a big dummy and going straight through to score early doors against a weak Knights outfit.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS vs NTH QLD COWBOYS (Sunday 3rd July 4pm)
The Cowboys are like the Sharkies in that they just find ways to win. It is a great match-up seeing Thurston take on his QLD team mate Inglis, who is getting back to his best form. The Manly forwards made some inroads up the middle on Monday night, maybe Souths big boppers could do the same. Class will prevail in the end, and I expect North Queensland ($1.37 Palmerbet) to come out on top in a tight affair. The real value looks the Cowboys 1-12 ($3.25 Bet365) and for First Try Scorer, we are looking to the fringes of the Cowboys attack, Thurston loves creating space out wide and I expect Kyle Feldt ($8.50 Sportsbet) to take full advantage.
MANLY SEA EAGLES vs ST GEROGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (Monday 4th July 7pm)
This tall lanky kid from the northern beaches in the shape of Tom Trbojevic is a superstar in the making, and I believe he will have the Manly faithful cheering as he scores the first try ($11 Sportsbet) of the game. Eagles too good on Monday night.