We’re past the midway point in the NRL Telstra Premiership 2015 and we’re also back to a full draw of eight matches with State Of Origin Game 2 out of the way and a Game 3 decider set up for Lang Park on Wednesday July 8.
The Round 16 NRL Draw starts with two Friday night features including the top-of-the-table Brisbane Broncos taking on coach Wayne Bennett’s old club the Knights at Suncorp Stadium.
Also on this evening is the Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles showdown at ANZ Stadium where Manly will look for the upset again after posting rare competition points last weekend, both teams disappointing in their form this season.
Other highlights including the Cowboys looking for their 12th win on the trot when they take on giant-killers the Sharks up at North Queensland on Saturday night and $2 being offered at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Dragons to defeat the lowly Eels at Parramatta later that evening.
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2015 Round 16 Draw
Friday June 26, 2015
Brisbane Broncos ($1.18) vs Newcastle Knights ($5)
Suncorp Stadium (7:35pm)
The Broncos are red hot favourites to beat Bennett’s old club in Brisbane tonight and deservedly so after their dogged defensive effort to beat Melbourne last week. The favourites here are number one on the ladder and should have no problem beating the Knights even with Sam Thaiday being rested this week. Late mail: Broncos centre Jack Reed is out. Jarrod Mullen returns for Newcastle.
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.35) vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles ($3.35)
ANZ Stadium (7:35pm)
Both the Bunnies and Manly have been playing very average football this season but somehow the Rabbitohs are still inside the top eight. They come off the bye so will be fresh while the Sea Eagles have the momentum after winning over the Tigers last Friday night in an upset. Won’t be much in it and Manly could be on the improve at good odds here. Late Mail: Issac Luke & Glenn Stewart could both line-up for the Bunnies.
Saturday June 27, 2015
New Zealand Warriors ($1.45) vs Canberra Raiders ($2.80)
Mt Smart Stadium (3:00pm)
The Warriors get the home ground advantage this week and will be on a high after an easy 36 – 14 win over the Titans last week. The Raiders have to travel and could be all out of energy after putting in everything right down to the final siren against the Cowboys in Round 15 only to lose by a point, so stick with New Zealand in front of the black and white supporters. Late Mail: 18th man and newbie Joey Leilua could figure for the Green Machine.
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.50) vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks ($2.63)
1300 Smiles Stadium (5:30pm)
The Cowboys are flying high after the brilliance of skipper JT saw them score a final second field goal to win their 11th straight match last week. Now they go for the dozen on the trot but will have to do it without magic man Johnathan Thurston who is being rested. The Sharks have a habit of beating home the big boys in the competition and aren’t a total write off up in NQ headquarters. Late Mail: Paul Gallen could still line-up with his fitness pending.
Parramatta Eels ($2.20) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.70)
Pirtek Stadium (7:30pm)
The Eels have the home ground advantage but are on struggle street big time this season, their $2.20 odds pretty damn short looking at the form. The Dragons meanwhile can be had at a juicy $2 in the NRL $2 favourites market at Ladbrokes.com.au, the third-ranked team coming off a five point loss to the Roosters last Monday night. Late Mail: Anthony Watmough wasn’t named but could start for Parra while Origin star Josh Dugan could be rested for the Dragons.
Sunday June 28, 2015
Sydney Roosters ($1.13) vs Gold Coast Titans ($6.25)
Central Coast Stadium (2:00pm)
Longest odds of the round being offered for the Gold Coast who are over $6 to defeat the in-form Chooks, Sydney coming off a Monday night win over the Dragons. Last weekend at home the Titans were smashed by the Warriors and can’t see them surprising here. Late Mail: Jared Warera-Hargreaves (calf) could return from injury for the Roosters while Ryan James could still be omitted from the Titans squad.
Wests Tigers ($1.77) vs Penrith Panthers ($2.80)
Leichhardt Oval (4:00pm)
Tight markets for this battle of the big cats with Wests narrow favourites at home despite sitting 13th on the ladder after going down in an upset to Manly last week. Penrith also come off a loss when Canterbury doubled their points 24 – 12 in Round 15 so not much separating the sides in this toss-of-a-coin clash. Late Mail: Tigers’ skipper Robbie Farah missed last week but will return for this.
Monday June 29, 2015
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ($1.53) vs Melbourne Storm ($2.55)
Belmore Sports Ground (7:00pm)
The Doggies are best fancied to get the job done again this week with Melbourne playing some disappointing football without the injured Billy Slater. Storm couldn’t get through Brisbane’s grinding defense last week and could be in trouble again here. Late Mail: Josh Jackson is out on suspension for the week from the Bulldogs while star halfback Cooper Cronk (knee) could return and give Melbourne a needed boost.
*All odds quoted are head-to-head from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change