Wow – how fast is this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership flying? It feels like just a few weeks ago when we were gearing up for Round 1 eager to see how our teams would perform, but really there are only a few weeks left until finals time!
Round 22 Upset Tip: Raiders were smashed last week and will be keen to make amends so Canberra ($4.70) to beat the Roosters ($1.19) – but only for the brave!
We enter Round 22 this weekend and what a blockbuster way to start tonight with the reigning premiers Melbourne Storm taking on this year’s top fancies South Sydney Rabbitohs in an AAMI Park cracker.
The Storm are number four on the ladder but making their move at the right time after an all-too-easy 68 – 4 smashing of the Raiders last Sunday, one of the biggest wins of any team in recent years.
The Bunnies meanwhile lost top spot on the NRL Ladder dropping into second spot as things fall apart at the seams exactly when they shouldn’t.
They’re without Greg Inglis and had their egos bruised last week when the North Queensland Cowboys got the better of them up there 30 – 12.
Number one position now belongs to the revived Sydney Roosters who have been very impressive this season thanks in part to the inclusion of the controversial Sonny Bill Williams.
SBW will be absent again this weekend serving the second week of his suspension but it should matter little with the Roosters taking on the Raiders at Allianz Stadium.
The Green Machine though will want to be proving they are better than the hiding they got from the Storm and they do have a good record against Sydney so maybe those juicy $4.70 odds could be worth a sneaky look at?
Other Top 8 teams looking to secure their semis’ bid once and for all this week?
The Cronulla Sharks (sixth) take on the Newcastle Knights (eight) on Saturday evening in a really important match for Bennett’s boys.
The Sharkies held on across the Tasman last Saturday to beat the Warriors 18 – 14 and will look to get the job done again here after the Knights fought back with two tries inside the final 10 minutes to draw 18 – all with a luckless Brisbane Broncos a week ago.
Sunday arvo then sees the third-ranked Manly Sea Eagles playing the Warriors at Bluetongue Stadium, New Zealand always a danger as they sit 10th on the ladder still a shot at a semis birth.
Manly are another team doing everything right ahead of the finals including their walk in the park last week when putting 36 points on the Eels to win 40 – 6 over this year’s Wooden Spooners.
Another team just outside of finals contention, the Gold Coast Titans (9th) get a shot to sneak in in Monday’s match against the fifth-ranked Canterbury Bulldogs.
The Gold Coast have been Queensland’s best team this year despite former captain Scott Prince, out of A-grade next year, going to Brisbane.
They were easy 36 – 6 winners over the Tigers last Sunday but will have to be fitter and more on the ball to do anything similar with the Doggies who won 39 – 20 over the Dragons in a points galore affair last Monday night.
Check out who is playing who, where and when, and what the odds are below before heading to bookmaker.com.au to place your footy bets at the best prices!
2013 NRL Round 22 Draw
Friday August 9, 2013
Melbourne Storm ($1.34) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($3.30)
AAMI Park (7:35pm)
Parramatta Eels ($1.58) v Wests Tigers ($2.40)
Parramatta Stadium (7:35pm)
Saturday August 10, 2013
Sydney Roosters ($1.19) v Canberra Raiders ($4.70)
Allianz Stadium (5:30pm)
Cronulla Sharks ($1.49) v Newcastle Knights ($2.63)
Remondis Stadium (7:30pm)
Sunday August 11, 2013
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.34) v New Zealand Warriors ($3.30)
Bluetongue Stadium (2:00pm)
Brisbane Broncos ($1.34) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($3.30)
Suncorp Stadium (3:00pm)
Penrith Panthers ($2.63) v North Queensland Cowboys ($1.49)
Centrebet Stadium (6:30pm)
Monday August 12, 2013
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ($1.16) v Gold Cost Titans ($5.25)
ANZ Stadium (7:00pm)
*All odds quoted are head-to-head from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change – times are local and also subject to change