It’s here, the 2011 NRL Finals sudden-death semis play out this weekend where two more teams will be ruled out of the premiership and another two will move on to face, as it has turned out this year, the top two teams on the NRL ladder.
Week one of the NRL Telstra Premiership finals saw the Newcastle Knights and North Queensland Cowboys cut from the competition while the Melbourne Storm minor premiers and the Manly
Sea Eagles got a green pass straight through to week three.
This leaves four teams to fight it out in the NRL Week 2 semi-finals, four teams with everything to play for and everything to lose, four teams that could potentially be playing in the NRL Grand Final come the first Sunday in October and four great teams to get behind in the NRL betting markets at Luxbet.
NRL Semi-Final 1: Wests Tigers v New Zealand Warriors
Friday 16th September – Sydney Football Stadium – 7:45pm (local)
- Match Odds: Tigers $1.32 – Warriors $3.45 – bet now at Luxbet
- Match Preview:
The Warriors got smashed by Brisbane last week, but don’t worry, they’ll bring their best to the SFS tonight. Meanwhile the Tigers came back in a big way to win their opening finals clash against the Dragons a week ago and will have plenty of confidence in front of a big crowd of Sydneysiders for this. New Zealand are always dangers, but just haven’t been consistent enough. These are the two big entertainers in the competition, both teams are about attack, attACK, ATTACK! Expect a high scorer of a semi lead by Benji and Manu. Close in the stats here Tigers 10 and Warriors just one behind on nine wins from their 19 played against each other, always close, but for us you can’t go past an on-fire stipes.
- Match Tip: Tigers by 2
NRL Semi-Final 2: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons
Saturday 17th September – Suncorp Stadium – 6:45pm (local)
- Match Odds: Broncos $1.62 – Dragons $2.35 – bet now at Luxbet
- Match Preview:
This really is Darren Lockyer’s swansong at Suncorp, no ifs and or buts. And there’s also no ifs ands or buts that this clash between the defending premiership winners currently coached by Bennett and his old club will be a cracker. Brisbane get the confidence boost of playing at home thanks to their victory over New Zealand last week, but they CANNOT be complacent. Sure, the Dragons have seemingly been in a slump but if there is ever a time to get out of the ditch the semis are it. Griffin has left the Broncos squad unchanged from last week, so too have the Dragons, with Brisbane shooting for nine straight at Lang Park. It’s neck and neck looking back at the history between these two, 13 wins each from the 26 times they’ve met. They are also four all from their past eight so really it is any-ones, but the Broncos have this one in the bag for the fans and for Locky.
- Match Tip: Broncos by 4
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