While the action of the supercharged State Of Origin is over for another 12 months, Queensland winning their incredible eighth straight series on Wednesday night in a gritty two point margin decider, there’s now the NRL Telstra Premiership 2013 to get back to.
Upset Round 19 Tip: Penrith Panthers ($2.05) to defeat Newcastle Knights ($1.80) on Sunday
And what a series we’ve got going on this year, up to Round 19 of the competition already meaning we’re just seven weeks out from the coveted NRL semi-finals.
For many fans this week will be write off with their teams depleted from Origin while for others it’s a chance to strike and move up the NRL ladder into one of those oh-so-precious Top 8 spots.
We’ve got the second half of a split round this weekend with six matches on the cards.
Things kick off tonight with the Wests Tigers (12th) hosting the New Zealand Warriors (11th) at Leichardt Oval.
Tigers may have the home ground advantage but after all the Benji Marshall drama playing out this week things are looking decidedly sticking for the big cats.
Stats say they could be right for an upset though with the Kiwis having won only one from five at Leichardt and Marshall has everything to prove here.
Of the two Saturday night clashes the second looks the shot with the Sydney Roosters taking on the Cronulla Sharks.
These two Sydney teams sit second and fifth on the ladder which on paper makes it a blockbuster right?
But if you look at the NRL odds you’ll see the chooks are hot favourites at $1.25 while the Sharkies are right out to $4.10.
Cronulla are going to have to dig REALLY deep to win this with their casualty ward that has grown into double figures with the likes of Paul Gallen, Jeff Robson, Anthony Tupou, Wade Graham and Beau Ryan to name a few.
Another Top 8 showdown then plays out on Sunday arvo with the surprise package of the season the Penrith Panthers (7th) playing the Newcastle Knights (6th).
Penrith, coming off an easy 17 – 10 win over the Eels from last round, are missing some from their frontline but get the home ground advantage over the Knights coming off a bye who aren’t known to be great travelers.
Also in favour of the Panthers is the top form of halfback Luke Walsh, will it be enough?
Then a little later the Manly Sea Eagles (4th) will take on the Gold Coast Titans who are just sitting outside of semis contention in ninth spot.
Manly were Cowboy killers last Monday night defeating NQ 34 – 14 and will start favourites here again – big favourites with a host of big name North Queensland players backing up from Origin.
Current ladderboard leaders South Sydney Rabbitohs then play on Monday night against the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.
The Bunnies sit top of the table on 32 competition points but can they retain that and take out the minor premiership after big Greg Inglis injured his knee in Origin III ruling himself out until possibly the end of the season?
They are $1.15 to the Dragons $5.80 with St George really struggling in second last on the ladder.
There’s going to be weaknesses on the favourites here and if they are going to lose now is probably the time, but to the Dragons it looks unlikely.
See below for the full 2013 NRL Round 19 draw, match times and odds that you can find at bookmaker.com.au to lock in and show your support for this great game!
2013 NRL Round 19 Draw
Friday July 19, 2013
Wests Tigers ($2.40) v New Zealand Warriors ($1.60)
Leichardt Oval (7:45pm)
Saturday July 20, 2013
Canberra Raiders ($1.10) v Parramatta Eels ($7.50)
Canberra Stadium (5:30pm)
Sydney Roosters ($1.25) v Cronulla Sharks ($4.10)
Allianz Stadium (7:30pm)
Sunday July 21, 2013
Penrith Panthers ($2.05) v Newcastle Knights ($1.80)
Centrebet Stadium (2:00pm)
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.15) v Gold Coast Titans ($5.70)
Brookvale Oval (3:00pm)
Monday July 22, 2013
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.15) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($5.80)
ANZ Stadium (7:00pm)
*All odds quoted are head-to-head from bookmaker.com.au and times are local – subject to change