We are now entering the third week of the NRL 2013 finals season with two top class preliminary finals set to determine the teams that will face off in the much awaited NRL Grand Final on Sunday week, October 6.
Three of the Top 4 teams on the end-of-season NRL Ladder remain in contention for the coveted premiership title, two of those facing off tonight with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Manly Sea Eagles.
Then tomorrow night the seventh-ranked Newcastle Knights will back-up from their shock semi win over the reigning premiers, Melbourne Storm knocked out of the competition last Saturday, to take on the minor premiers when they play the red hot Sydney Roosters.
The Roosters and Rabbitohs are heading the NRL Premiership 2013 betting markets paying $2.45 and $2.75 respectively to take out the Grand Final, but will it be played between them?
Only this weekend’s results will determine that so see below for a run down on each game including our NRL week three finals tips.
Friday September 27, 2013
ANZ Stadium (7:45pm)
The Bunnies earned a week off in the semis after opening their finals season with a tidy 20 – 10 win over Melbourne back on September 13 and will be fresh and ready to fire in this do-or-die clash with Manly.
After being kept scoreless by the Chooks two weeks ago when going down 4 – 0 in one of the grittiest finals games we’ve seen in recent times, the Sea Eagles bounced back last Friday night knocked the Sharks out with a 24 – 18 success.
They will go in as the outsiders in betting tonight but will make the Rabbitohs fight for the chance to win their first premiership in over four decades.
Still, after such a bruising battle with Cronulla Manly are sure to be feeling the effects and will have to dig deep right into their very last reserve tanks to get the job done.
42 years have gone by since South Sydney celebrated a Grand Final win and they are so close they can taste it, but can they go all the way without the type of finals experience the Eagles (2008 and 2001 premiership winners) boast over them?
Bunnies have named skipper Jamie Lyon as well as back-rowers Watmough and Buhrer to play desite some injuries from last week. Brett Stewart is still a maybe.
This season the Rabbitohs have held the upper hand but they’ve only defeated Manly three times in a single season twice before, and not since 1970.
When it comes to the venue Manly have won eight of their past 10 here and will be feeling right at home.
So do you go with season form (Souths) or finals experience (Manly)?
Rabbitohs by 4
Saturday September 28, 2013
Allianz Stadium – 7:45pm (AEST)
In week one of the finals the minor premiers defeated Manly and enjoyed last weekend off. Now they play the surprise team still battling it out in the Wayne Bennett-trained Knights.
Newcastle earned their spot after holding off Melbourne 16 – 18 at AAMI Park in a blockbuster thriller last Saturday night that went down to the wire.
This one could too now with the Tri-Colours likely to have been mentally prepared to play the Storm here with Newcastle having slipped under the radar.
Sydney will be boosted by the return of the suspended Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who they had to do without in week one.
The head-to-head history between these two is very close, Roosters winning 23 of the 43 played, but Sydney do have the advantage when looking at games played at Allianz (11-6).
The Knights do deserve to be here, no arguing, but not sure if they can rise to the challenge again.
Tip Roosters by 8
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