Tonight we kick off a stellar Round 6 of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership with a blockbuster clash at Suncorp Stadium between the home side Brisbane and the current premiership favourites the Roosters.
The Broncos shoot for their fifth on the trot while Sydney are up here looking to continue their good form at the old Lang Park and atone for a shock loss to the then bottom-of-the-ladder Sharks last week.
The aforementioned Cronulla who finally posted competition points in round five play in tonight’s other Friday night footy clash when taking on the Knights at Remondis Stadium, Newcastle at Shark Park after going down for the first time this season when kept scoreless by the Dragons last week.
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The other showdown not to miss is then the round’s closing clash, the reigning premiers South Sydney out to keep their ladder-leading position in place with a win over the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium, the visitors in yet another Monday night time slot.
NRL Round 6 Draw
Friday April 10, 2015
Brisbane Broncos ($2.10) vs Sydney Roosters ($1.75)
Suncorp Stadium (7:35pm)
The Chooks were embarrassed by Cronulla last week and come up to Suncorp, where they’ve got a scarily good record, out to make it up and secure their spot at the top of the NRL Premiership markets. Brisbane have won four on the trot after getting the better of the Titans last week but they can’t slip into complacency here especially when they’re missing the likes of Justin Hodges, Darius Boyd and Adam Blair.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks ($1.75) vs Newcastle Knights ($2.10)
Remondis Stadium (7:35pm)
Cronulla score the upset of Round 5 beating the Roosters last week and now get the home ground advantage over the Knights who went down 13 – nil to St George last week, the former ladder-leaders at a confidence low while the Sharks are keen to work their way back up the table having broken their 2015 maiden status.
Saturday April 11, 2015
Parramatta Eels ($1.40) vs Gold Coast Titans ($3)
Pirtek Stadium (3:00pm)
The Eels sit 10th on the ladder but can work into the Top 8 if they show what they did to beat the Bunnies back in Round 1. They love it at home and shoot for their third from three games played at Pirtek this season when they play a struggling Gold Coast outfit who showed some class last week before giving it away to Brisbane last week.
New Zealand Warriors ($1.45) vs Wests Tigers ($2.80)
Mt Smart Stadium (5:30pm)
Short odds on the Warriors to score at home this week despite their notable 30 – 14 loss to Melbourne last week. The Tigers scored a pretty good win over Parramatta last week but lost 42 – 18 to New Zealand when these two played their only 2014 game. Think the margin will be tighter and it’s almost an even split (New Zealand 12 Wests 11 from 23 played) but still leading towards NZ for the win over a young Tigers outfit.
Penrith Panthers ($1.35) vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles ($3.30)
Pepper Stadium (7:30pm)
Manly are in very poor form this season and are now the Wooden Spooners after going down 29 – 16 to the Raiders last week. If they can’t beat Canberra they probably aren’t a real hope against the ninth-ranked Panthers who are out to atone for their 30 – 10 loss to the Cowboys last Monday night.
Sunday April 12, 2015
Canberra Raiders ($2.35) vs Melbourne Storm ($1.62)
GIO Stadium (2:00pm)
The Green Machine scored an upset win over Manly last week but won’t start favourites against the Storm who won 30 – 14 over the Warriors last week. Melbourne have done plenty of travelling with this being their fourth away game already, and they play without Billy Slater (shoulder) so are vulnerable. That’s a big loss and Canberra impressed last week but still the Storm look set to attack the line too hard for them to lose.
St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.88) vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ($1.96)
ANZ Stadium (4:00pm)
Toss a coin for this one. The Dragons showed Newcastle what it feels like not only to lose for the first time this year but to be kept scoreless and now take on last year’s premiership runners-up. The Bulldogs went down by just one point to the Bunnies in the Grand Final rematch last Friday night that ended with a disgusting display by Canterbury fans who couldn’t cop the penalty decision that lost them the match. Now the Dogs, after a controversial week, look to atone. This is the Dragons best chance to beat the Bulldogs and they can do it if they stay focused.
Monday April 13, 2015
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.78) vs North Queensland Cowboys ($2.80)
ANZ Stadium (7:00pm)
These two teams at opposite ends of the ladder come off a round five win but only one will come away with the two competition points in this week’s Monday night showdown. The Bunnies got the late penalty last week to beat the Bulldogs in a result that didn’t go down well with the Canterbury fans to say the least, while NQ put 20 points more on the board than Penrith to win 30 – 10 last Monday. The Cowboys need to win again to be any kind of hope for a finals run after a dismal start to the season and get a chance with the loss of Ryan Reynolds a big one for the Bunnies.