We are now over a month into the 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership and while Melbourne Storm still look the benchmark team in the competition there are a number of other clubs giving it a good shot this season.
There were some real thrillers played out in Round 4 last week including the Brisbane Broncos fighting back after a shocker first 15 to give Melbourne a rattle-up going down 26 – 32 in a really tight showdown.
The reigning Premiers should have a much easier time this week enjoying a nice long break to play Monday night against the Wests Tigers who failed to post any points last Thursday night when going down 26 – 0 to last year’s Minor Premiers the Manly Sea Eagles.
A similar result rounded things rounded up with last year’s Wooden Spooners, the Eels, putting in a shocker when failing to post any points as the Sydney Roosters ran off with a 50 – nil victory despite Parra’s earlier good form.
Expect the Eels, who get the home ground advantage, to improve on Saturday when they play the Sharks who looked really shaky in their 25 – 12 loss to the Dragons last week.
This week the Thursday night match has been abandoned in favour of back-to-back Friday night clashes and they are two beauties with a Queensland Derby between the Broncos and the Titans at Skilled Park followed by the Sea Eagles taking on Canterbury in Sydney.
Titans have been in really nice form early in and last week they enjoyed a 28 – 10 victory over Penrith.
Brisbane will be a little tougher but Gold Coast are at home and on a roll whereas the Broncs could be feeling the effects of a tough battle with the Storm.
Manly meanwhile look the pick against the Doggies are their easy win a week back, Canterbury failing to finish off against the Bunnies last week when losing 17 – 12.
Other highlights of the round include the Dragons v Knights at Win Jubilee on Sunday arvo where Newcastle will look for another win after a victory over the Raiders, and the Storm hosting the Tigers at AAMI Park on Monday night.
See below for the complete 2013 NRL Round 5 draw complete with match times, venues and the all-important NRL odds so you can see who are the favourites and the underdogs for the week.
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2013 NRL Round 5 Draw
Friday April 5, 2013
Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.07) v Manly Sea Eagles ($1.79)
ANZ Stadium – 7:35pm (local)
Gold Coast Titans ($1.51) v Brisbane Broncos ($2.64)
Skilled Park – 7:35pm (local)
Saturday April 6, 2013
Parramatta Eels ($2.58) v Cronulla Sharks ($1.53)
Parramatta Stadium – 5:30pm (local)
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.22) v Penrith Panthers ($4.50)
1300SMILES Stadium – 6:30pm (local)
Sunday April 7, 2013
St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.26) v Newcastle Knights ($1.67)
WIN Jubilee Oval – 3:00pm (local)
New Zealand Warriors ($3.35) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.35)
Mt Smart Stadium – 4:00pm (local)
Canberra Raiders ($2.63) v Sydney Roosters ($1.51)
Canberra Stadium – 6:30pm (local)
Monday April 8, 2013
Melbourne Storm ($1.16) v Wests Tigers ($5.60)
AAMI Park – 7:00pm (local)
*All odds quoted are Head-to-Head from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change