We are just two weeks away from the much awaited 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership finals with Round 25 kicking off tonight with the Canterbury Bulldogs hosting the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
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The Bulldogs are sixth on the ladder having fought back with two straight wins over the past two weeks including an easy 30 – 10 victory over the down-and-out Tigers a week ago.
They get their second Thursday night match here but this time will start at long odds as they host the second-ranked South Sydney.
The Bunnies will be keen to bounce back, pun intended, after suffering their first loss in a while last round with an upset 22 – 10 defeat at the hands of the Cowboys.
It will be a cracking game and it will come down to the wire but think with big GI in form and the return of George Burgess the Bunnies have the upper hand.
Friday night footy then returns to the old Lang Park with the Brisbane Broncos after another victory following their brilliant 48 – 6 annihilation of the Knights last Saturday at Suncorp.
Another home game here and another team they should be able to defeat as they play the St George Illawarra Dragons and it is do-or-die for both teams re: a finals berth as they sit ninth (Broncos) and 11th (Dragons) on the ladder.
The Dragons though also come off a big win from last round running over the Gold Coast 34 – 6, and there’s a 40,000 strong crowd expected to turn up to cheer on their rivals this weekend.
Justin Hodges wears the No. 1 this week with Todd Lowrie the 18th man on an extended bench, while Benji Marshall is cleared to play for the Dragons again despite an ankle scare.
On Saturday night the Newcastle Knights will be after an atoning win when they play the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium, but don’t think they’ll get it after their competitors stamped themselves as one of the form teams of the competition in Round 24.
The Eels took on the top-ranked Manly last Friday night and in a brilliant second half display stormed home with a 22 – 12 upset, and have named the same line-up again this week.
Newcastle though have the advantage historically here having won their past six against the Eels including a 16 – 10 win back in Round 16 so there will be some Knights fans taking the nice odds.
Also on Saturday night is a nothing match at GIO Stadium between two of the game’s current worst performing teams, the 15th ranked Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers (12th) who are looking at yet another loss following a disastrous second half of the season both on and off the field.
Then at Allianz Stadium a genuine Round 25 blockbuster plays out between the third-ranked Sydney Roosters, after their fifth straight win, and the Melbourne Storm, currently in fifth spot and keen for a Top 4 finish, looking for their third on the trot.
Sydney start favourites here after an excellent 46 – 12 victory over the Warriors in New Zealand last Sunday afternoon, while the Storm will be on the short back-up after a nice 24 – 10 win over the Panthers, now fourth on the ladder, in Monday night footy.
Jesse Bromwich is emerging as a big name player in the game for Craig Bellamy’s side and adds some excitement to a Melbourne squad keen for an upset to celebrate Cooper Cronk’s 25th game.
Sunday the Gold Coast Titans will be at big odds to beat the New Zealand Warriors with the latter getting another home game across the Tasman, while at Brookvale Oval the Penrith Panthers will be looking to claw their way back with an upset over the Manly Sea Eagles.
Monday night footy then features some historic NRL odds, the Cronulla Sharks at an incredible $15 to beat the North Queensland Cowboys who have won five of their past six games including four away from home.
Wooden Spooners the Sharks have lost four straight and are playing rubbish while the Cowboys have been working their way towards the finals with some outstanding form of late to find themselves in seventh spot, one ahead of the Eels at present.
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2014 NRL Round 25 Draw
Thursday August 28, 2014
Canterbury Bulldogs ($3.10) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.38)
ANZ Stadium (7:45pm)
- Tip: Rabbitohs
Friday August 29, 2014
Brisbane Broncos ($1.42) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.95)
Suncorp Stadium (7:45pm)
- Tip: Broncos
Saturday August 30, 2014
Newcastle Knights ($2.20) v Parramatta Eels ($1.67)
Hunter Stadium (3:00pm)
- Tip: Eels
Canberra Raiders ($1.42) v Wests Tigers ($2.95)
GIO Stadium (5:30pm)
- Tip: Tigers
Sydney Roosters ($1.57) v Melbourne Storm ($2.40)
Allianz Stadium (7:30pm)
- Tip: Roosters
Sunday August 31, 2014
New Zealand Warriors ($1.17) v Gold Coast Titans ($5)
Mt Smart Stadium (2:00pm)
- Tip: Warriors
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.22) v Penrith Panthers ($4.20)
Brookvale Oval (3:00pm)
- Tip: Sea Eagles
Monday September 1, 2014
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.02) v Cronulla Sharks ($15)
1300 Smiles Stadium (7:00pm)
- Tip: Cowboys
*All odds quoted provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change