We got the break last week for the Representative Round and now we are back into the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership with Round 9 getting underway tonight with a big Lang Park showdown.
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Brisbane are number one on the ladder after an easy win over the Eels last game and get the chance to secure their position when they play the Panthers in Brisbane tonight a week on from the floods that saw the Anzac Test clash rescheduled to Sunday.
The other Friday night footy feast is a Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium where the Roosters will look to end a four straight losing streak and move back towards a finals berth that is slipping away as they’ve been knocked down to 12th on the ladder.
They play the Wests Tigers who are fifth on the table but underdogs for this one.
Other notable games include Saturday’s Raiders vs Titans clash where both teams welcome back a host of players who featured in last week’s rep clashes and the Cowboys vs Bulldogs up in North Queensland that night with the home side ready to secure their sixth win on the trot after putting their early seasons low well and truly behind.
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NRL Round 9 Draw
Friday May 9, 2015
Brisbane Broncos ($1.30) vs Penrith Panthers ($3.60)
Suncorp Stadium (7:35pm)
Brisbane are the ones to beat here at home with a squad welcoming back Darius Boyd two months ahead of scheduled as well as Alex Glenn who is back after the nasty fractured eye socket.
Sydney Roosters ($1.35) vs Wests Tigers ($3.30)
Allianz Stadium (7:35pm)
It is 12th plays 5th on the ladder but those outside of the top 10 are leading the way betting-wise with the Tri-Colours tipped to turn their season around starting here with the return of Aidan Guerra and Mitchell Aubusson for the roosters.
Saturday May 9, 2015
Canberra Raiders ($1.60) vs Gold Coast Titans ($2.40)
GIO Stadium (3:00pm)
The Green Machine are the favourites at home here after they beat the Bunnies last time out in a shock win that shouldn’t have been all that shocking considering they are often throwing out upsets. Titans will feel the loss of Greg Bird on an eight-week suspension for a dangerous throw on Jason Nightingale during the Anzac Test.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks ($1.75) vs New Zealand Warriors ($2.10)
Remondis Stadium (5:30pm)
Shark Park hosts a bottom of the table showdown here with Andrew Fifita back on board for Cronulla who are looking at their third win from six home games this season.
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.38) vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ($3.15)
1300 Smiles Stadium (7:30pm)
Really big odds for last year’s Grand Final runners-up to beat the in-form Cowboys who have won their past five straight games and get the home advantage here.
Sunday May 10, 2015
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles ($1.70) vs Newcastle Knights ($2.20)
Brookvale Oval (2:00pm)
Wooden Spoon shoe-ins only a few weeks ago, Manly have a glimmer of hope of scraping their way back to a respectable position by end of season after winning their second of the year with another win over Melbourne last week that sees them start favourites at Brookvale on Sunday arvo.
Parramatta Eels ($2.25) vs Melbourne Storm ($1.67)
Pirtek Stadium (4:00pm)
The Eels couldn’t stop Brisbane a fortnight ago and their home form has been off this year so they are underdogs in front of their fans for this when the Storm come to town looking to atone after losing the Manly for the second time this season back in Round 8.
Monday May 11, 2015
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.55) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.50)
ANZ Stadium (7:00pm)
The Rabbitohs were the form team of the competition to start but they are on a downward spiral cemented with the loss to Canberra last time out. Still they are top of the odds for this one even though the Dragons sit second on the ladder after wins over Brisbane and Sydney in the past couple of weeks.
*All odds quoted are head-to-head from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change