With State Of Origin done and dusted for 2016 we head back to the NRL Premiership and Round 19 runs this weekend with four matches as we charge towards the footy finals season.
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The Queensland Maroons won another Origin series and Wednesday’s night’s Game III was a dead-rubber, the Blues winning the penalty count and the last of the games to give them some hope heading into next year.
The NRL is back on our screens from Friday night with the Dragons (8th) playing the Gold Coast Titans (9th) in a tightly-matched clash at Jubilee Oval. St George have won their past five matches when starting favourites at home and look set to continue that record against their Queensland visitors this weekend.
The first of the two on Saturday arvo has Manly (13th) hosting the Warriors (7th) before the Bunnies (12th) have the Brisbane Broncos (6th) travelling to ANZ Stadium.
The Sea Eagles have enjoyed nine wins from their past 10 played against New Zealand and look one of the value NRL tips of the week, while South Sydney are favourites to keep the Broncos in their slump.
Brisbane are in desperate need of a redemptive win after losing steam over the Origin period and dropping out of the Top 4 with just one win in their past five matches. This is a must win if they want to claw their way back to the top of the table in time to host a semi-final and they should be fresh after last week’s bye.
Their last two played have been embarrassing losses when smashed 48 – 6 by Melbourne at Suncorp in Round 17 and 40 – 14 in Round 16 by the Bulldogs.
Sunday arvo is host to two clashes with an easy win for the Storm who head to Hunter Stadium to play the Wooden Spoon favourites Newcastle with Melbourne likely to run away on the scoreboard, before Pepper Stadium has Penrith favourites to hold off the Eels who have slipped right down to 14th on the NRL Ladder in a Western Sydney Derby.
The round concludes with Monday Night Football played between the Sydney Roosters and the Sharks who still got the job done last week even without their rep stars.
These two sit at opposite ends of the ladder, the 15th-ranked Chooks underdogs to stop the table topping Cronulla outfit from securing their impressive 14th win on the trot.
Check out the full NRL Round 19 draw below complete with the latest head-to-head odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Footy Freaks! – and our insider footy tips to have you cleaning out the bookies post-State of Origin.
NRL Round 19 Draw
St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.05) vs Gold Coast Titans ($1.80)
Friday July 15, 7:50pm, Jubilee Oval
Tip: Dragons by 8
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles ($2.12) vs New Zealand Warriors ($1.75)
Saturday July 16, 5:30pm, NIB Stadium
Tip: Warriors by 6
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($2.90) vs Brisbane Broncos ($1.44)
Saturday July 16, 7:30pm, ANZ Stadium
Tip: Broncos by 2
Newcastle Knights ($7.50) vs Melbourne Storm ($1.10)
Sunday July 17, 2:00pm, Hunter Stadium
Tip: Melbourne by 13+
Penrith Panthers ($1.28) vs Parramatta Eels ($3.80)
Sunday July 17, 4:00pm, Pepper Stadium
Tip: Eels to win by 4
Sydney Roosters ($2.65) vs Cronulla Sharks ($1.50)
Monday July 18, 7:00pm, Allianz Stadium
Tip: Sharks by 12
*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change