There were upsets aplenty last week in the 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership ensuring a crack line-up for Round 9 kicking off tonight.
Upset NRL Tip of Round 9: Newcastle Knights ($2.40) to defeat the Raiders on Sunday afternoon
Big NRL results from Round 8 last week included the high flying Bunnies getting the better of the Broncos 26 – 12 for a rare South Sydney win at Suncorp Stadium and the Canterbury Bulldogs running away with a 40 – 4 win over Tigers in the other Friday night clash.
But of course it was the upsets that had the punters talking (or screaming) including the Melbourne Storm’s flawless run coming to a surprise end at AAMI Park with the Canberra Raiders beating the defending premiers 24 – 20.
The other upsets went to the Sharks who beat the Knights by one on Sunday arvo and the Warriors one point win over the Gold Coast Titans in New Zealand.
Round 9 gets underway with a beauty of a match at ANZ Stadium where the Rabbitohs will jump short favourites over North Queensland Cowboys, the boys from NQ after another win to add to the 14 – 10 one they snared over the Eels last Saturday.
South Sydney are really going to be hard to beat here with seven wins from eight games played so far, the same as Melbourne, as they look to break a 42-year premiership drought.
Cowboys meanwhile are just hanging on to eighth spot on the NRL ladder playing very inconsistently despite their star-studded roster.
The other match tonight is between the Wests Tigers looking to bounce back after their horror loss seven nights ago who take on the Sharks, Cronulla likely to be fired up after re-signing star Todd Carney for another five-year deal.
Saturday’s game between the Eels and Broncos at Parramatta will be another interesting one with Brisbane looking for a win to retain their seventh spot on the ladder while the Eels battle with Wests for bottom spot.
On Sunday the ninth-placed Green Machine will back-up from their shock win over the Storm playing the fifth-placed Knights at Canberra Stadium and really this is anyone’s game based on what we saw last week.
Melbourne meanwhile will look to reassert their authority and forget last week’s blunder when they take on the Panthers, 30 – 6 losers to the Roosters last week, in what should be an easy confidence boosting comeback at Centrebet Stadium.
But the real blockbuster is last on the NRL line-up this round with Monday’s Brookvale Oval clash between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters shaping up as cracker when fourth and third on the ladder face off.
Manly sit one under the Tri-Colours on the leaderboard after their 24 – 18 win over the Dragons last Monday night at WIN Jubilee.
Rooseters meanwhile have won their past three on the trot and will look to keep their spot in the Top 4 firmly secured here.
So will it be an easy run for the favourites this week? Or is there a few more NRL upsets due for Round 9 of the greatest Rugby League competition in the world?
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2013 NRL Round 9 Draw & Odds
Friday May 10, 2013
ANZ Stadium (7:35pm)
Allianz Stadium (7:35pm)
Saturday May 11, 2013
Westpac Stadium (7:30pm)
Parramatta Stadium (7:30pm)
Sunday May 12, 2013
Canberra Stadium (2:00pm)
Skilled Park (3:00pm)
Centrebet Stadium (6:30pm)
Monday May 13, 2013
Brookvale Oval (7:00pm)
*All times quote are local and odds head-to-head from bookmaker.com.au – subject to change