NRL Auckland Nines 2017 Betting Preview

The footy is back this weekend with the modified 2017 NRL Auckland Nines tournament taking place across the ditch to tie fans over until the NRL Premiership kicks off.

2017 NRL Auckland Nines Tip: The Titans look good value for an upset at $11 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

There are plenty of Rugby League betting opportunities on offer for punters that have been waiting to get back to the joy of the NRL since the Cronulla Sharks secured their maiden premiership title last October.

It’s the fourth NRL Auckland Nines competition this year at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, and NRL betting fans should get in on the action now with talk it could also be the last of the tournament.

All 16 of the NRL teams are over in NZ fighting for the prize money and below we take a look at the full Auckland Nines Tournament Games and make our Rugby League odds selections.

Hunua Pool

North Queensland Cowboys

Odds: $4 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: John Asiata, Javid Bowen, Gavin Cooper (c), Kyle Feldt, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Jake Granville, Ben Hampton, Coen Hess, Shaun Hudson, Corey Jensen, Kane Linnett, Ethan Lowe, Michael Morgan, Justin O’Neill, Kalyn Ponga, Jason Taumalolo, Johnathan Thurston, Shane Wright.

The 2015 NRL Premiers are always short in Auckland Nines betting and start favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au again at $4. The squad is at nearly full-strength making for an imposing line-up of hard-hitters ready for the game they love to dominate. Headliners like Jason Taumalolo always thrive here and play with the champion Johnathan Thurston for the first time.

Sydney Roosters

Odds: $21 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Connor Watson, Daniel Tupou, Dale Copley, Latrell Mitchell, Joseph Manu, Paul Momirovski, Mitchell Cornish, Isaac Liu, Paul Carter, Kane Evans, Ryan Matterson, Mitchell Aubusson (c), Aidan Guerra, Chris Smith, Zane Tetevano, Brendan Frei, Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck, Bernard Lewis.

A pretty weak Roosters squad heads over for the tournament this club never really seems to standout in. The prize money and boasting rights don’t seem to be enough to lure the best the Tri-colours have to offer and as such they’ll be knocked out pretty early as their big Auckland Nine odds.

Canberra Raiders

Odds: $34 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Jeff Lima (c), Zac Santo, Eddie Aiono, Thomas Cronan, Brent Naden, Nick Cotric, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Dunamis Lui, Adam Clydsdale, Luke Bateman, Scott Sorensen, Jordan Turner, Paul Roache, Mark McCormack, Anthony Moraitis, Makahesi Makatoa, Topi Tafua.

The Lima-led Raiders don’t feature in Auckland Nines betting and their weak squad selection is why. They face a tough tournament line-up in a Group dominated by the Cowboys and won’t be last but won’t be challenging for the title either.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Odds: $17 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Angus Crichton, Damien Cook, Bryson Goodwin, Aaron Gray, Zane Musgrove, Siosifa Talakai, Tyrell Fuimaono, Braidon Burns, Kyle Turner, Alex Johnston, Anthony Cherrington, Cody Walker, Hymel Hunt, Robert Jennings, Thomas Burgess, Robbie Rochow, Cam Murray, Dave Tyrrell.

About $17 on offer for the Bunnies who always turn up and take the Auckland Nines seriously. From their past 13 games in this competition played they have enjoyed nine wins so the strike rate is pretty good. Genuine roughie club to look out for.

Rangitoto Pool

Newcastle Knights

Odds: $26 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Jamie Buhrer (c), Peter Mata’utia, Ken Sio, Brendan Elliot, Nathan Ross, Cory Denniss, Brock Lamb, Jaelen Feeney, Daniel Saifiti, Danny Levi, Jacob Saifiti, Mitch Barnett, Luke Yates, Tyler Randell, Jack Stockwell, Sam Stone, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Nick Meaney, Sione Mata’utia.

The Knights have good Auckland Nines form, until the knockout stages of course, but still look overs at $26 to finally win. Like the Cowboys they’ve qualified all three years, but the quarter-finals is when they come undone. Could this be their year?

Melbourne Storm

Odds: $26 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Kenny Bromwich (c), Young Tonumaipea (c), Josh Addo-Carr, Curtis Scott, Cheyse Blair, Linc Port, Cameron Munster, Brodie Croft, Mark Nicholls, Slade Griffin, Tim Glasby, Joe Stimson, Felise Kaufusi, Scott Drinkwater, Ryley Jacks, Jake Turpin, Dean Britt, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Charlie Galo.

The Storm are one of the most imposing NRL teams the Premiership has to offer, but the Auckland Nines isn’t the prize they’re after. Coach Craig Bellamy is never shy to say what he really thinks of the tournament and there’s not much in this fringe side to suggest he cares where they finish.

Wests Tigers

Odds: $34 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Elijah Taylor (c), Josh Aloiai, Luke Brooks, Michael Chee Kam, Joel Edwards, Matt Eisenhuth, JJ Felise, Watson Heleta, Justin Hunt, Jack Littlejohn, Kyle Lovett, Esan Marsters, Matt McIlwrick, Kevin Naiqama, Jordan Rankin, Ava Seumanufagai, Bayley Sironen, Sauaso Sue.

No other Auckland Nines team should be too worried about the Tigers looking at their disastrous previous form in the tournament. They’ll be one of the worst performers no doubt especially playing without Mitchell Moses.

Brisbane Broncos

Odds: $5 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Lachlan Barr, Adam Blair, Darius Boyd, Gerome Burns, Mitch Cronin, Matt Gillett, Jordan Kahu, Sam Lavea, Matiu Love-Henry, Benji Marshall, Andrew McCullough, Anthony Milford, Francis Molo, Corey Oates, Jonus Pearson, James Roberts, Gehamat Shibasaki, Jaydn Su’A.

Always one of the stars kept short in Auckland Nines betting despite what their coach thinks of the comp and this year the Broncos are second elects behind foes the Cowboys to take out the whole thing. Anthony Milford will be a standout for them and they’ll be right in the finish.

Waiheke Pool

Cronulla Sharks

Odds: $15 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Wade Graham (c), Luke Lewis, Matt Prior, Chris Heighington, Gerard Beale, Kurt Capewell, Joseph Paulo, Jack Bird, Ricky Leutele, Manaia Cherrington, Jesse Ramien, Will Kennedy, Jayden Walker, Kyle Flanagan, Sione Katoa, Billy Magoulias, Malakai Houma, Kurt Kara.

The reigning NRL Premiership winners are out to carry that drought-breaking form into the Auckland Nines format and could prove to be over the odds with a newfound confidence to take them further than some predict. Graham is there bringing the gruff toughness along with Lewis, with the squad’s depth extended by the likes of Beale and Bird.

Gold Coast Titans

Odds: $11 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Morgan Boyle, Alexander Brimson, Tyler Cornish, Anthony Don, Kane Elgey, Jarryd Hayne, Ryan James, Max King, Chris McQueen, John Olive, Nathaniel Peteru, Pat Politoni, Leivaha Pulu, Tyrone Roberts, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Hayden Schwass, Paterika Vaivai, Daniel Vidot, William Zillman.

No surprise to see the pretty short price for the third Queensland club that goes over with nearly a full-strength squad. They’re in it with one-time NFL player Jarryd Hayne this year and that’ll boost their chances. Right team, right competition, wrong odds. Get them before they firm.

Penrith Panthers

Odds: $26 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Dylan Edwards, Corey Waddell, Waqa Blake, Jed Cartwright, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Nathan Cleary, Kaide Ellis, Sione Katoa, Darren Nicholls, Tyrone May, Moses Leota, Sitaleki Akauola, James Tamou, Christian Crichton, Corey Harawira-Naera, Isaah Yeo (c), Zach Dockar-Clay, Oliver Clark.

Not all that impressed with the Panthers Auckland Nines team, but their coach hasn’t put together a squad meant to scare anyone off other than the punters. Are there Wooden Spoon markets to take?

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

Odds: $34 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Josh Reynolds (c), Brad Abbey, Tom Carr, Matt Frawley, Danny Fualalo, Craig Garvey, Kerrod Holland, Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer, Lachlan Lewis, Michael Lichaa, Rhyse Martin, D’Rhys Miller, Marcelo Montoya, Tyrone Phillips, Reimis Smith, Renouf To’omaga, Francis Tualau.

Reynolds leads-out the Bulldogs outfit in the Nines and he’ll be supported by……zilch. There’s no genuine top-level Rugby League talent here and they should be at $101.

Piha Pool

Manly Sea Eagles

Odds: $41 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Brenton Lawrence (c), Jono Wright, Brian Kelly, Akuila Uate, Jorge Taufua, Pita Godinet, Cameron Cullen, Peter Schuster, Tom Wright, Joey Lussick, Shaun Lane, Frank Winterstein, Jarrad Kennedy, Curtis Sironen, Addin Fonua Blake, Martin Taupau, Lloyd Perrett, Dylan Walker.

Roughie squad of the Auckland Nines competition for 2017, but omit completely at your own peril. This is a sneaky looking little team that could perform under pressure and give their dismal record in the comp a boost.

Parramatta Eels

Odds: $6.50 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Corey Norman (c), Nathan Brown, Kenny Edwards, Jamal Fogarty, Bevan French, David Gower, Clint Gutherson, Josh Hoffman, George Jennings, Cameron King, Suaia Matagi, Tepai Moeroa, Marata Niukore, Scott Schulte, Rory O’Brien, Semi Radradra, Honeti Tuha, Joseph Ualesi, Troy Dargan.

The Eels are aiming at back-to-back Auckland Nines Championship titles and are third favourites in betting to get the job done again with Norman there to skipper the side who, if successful, will hopefully be able to officially hang onto it. They’ve got a tough draw and the Warriors are there to be beaten in this Group, but livewire chance.

New Zealand Warriors

Odds: $7 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Ruben Wiki (c), Ryan Hoffman, Junior Pauga, Matt Allwood, Blake Ayshford, Ata Hingano, Solomone Kata, Shaun Johnson, Mason Lino, Bunty Afoa, James Gavet, Tuimoala Lolohea, Jazz Tevaga, Ofahiki Ogden, Lewis Soosemea, Toafofoa Sipley, Isaiah Papalii, James Bell.

The Warriors are always out to perform on their home turf and their record is consistent without being dominant. They go so close, but are yet to take it out overall and that’ll likely be the case once again in 2017.

St. George Illawarra Dragons

Odds: $26 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

Team: Tyson Frizell (c), Patrick Herbert, Nene Macdonald, Euan Aitken, Levi Dodd, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Kurt Mann, Siliva Havili, Cameron McInnes, Luciano Leilua, Joel Thompson, Jack de Belin, Tariq Sims, Taane Milne, Shaun Nona, Will Matthews, Matt Dufty, Jai Field.

The Frizell-captain Dragons have talent, but not enough. Dugan isn’t coming over so think their focus is on the upcoming Premiership for sure. They won’t be disgraced, but they won’t be a danger either.

Head to Ladbrokes.com.au now for all the best NRL odds on the Auckland Nines 2017!

*All odds quoted provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change