The 2017 NRL Premiership Round 5 got underway on Thursday night with the Bulldogs fighting back to score an upset win over the Brisbane Broncos (10-7).
Upset NRL Round 5 Tip: Eels to beat Raiders @ $3.15 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Brisbane remain in eighth spot on the NRL Ladder despite the loss, but they’re unlikely to retain that Top 8 spot after the rest of the Round 5 Rugby League matches are played across the weekend.
Tonight footy fans are in for a big treat as the ladder-leading Sydney Roosters shoot for their fifth straight win of the season over a resurgent Manly outfit in a blockbuster 1st plays 6th clash.
The fourth-placed Cowboys then host the Bunnies up at 1300Smiles Stadium in NQ looking to give the home crowd something to cheer for after a horror week thanks to Cyclone Debbie.
The Sharks look in for an easy win over the Knights on Saturday afternoon, before the Canberra Raiders host the Eels at GIO Stadium after they went down by a point to Brisbane last Friday night.
The other key NRL match to enjoy a punt on at Ladbrokes.com.au this week is the Melbourne Storm (2nd) taking on the Penrith Panthers (5th) down in AAMI Park.
Check out the full NRL Round 5 2017 Draw, match venues and head-to-head NRL betting odds before backing our footy tips online at Ladbrokes.com.au.
NRL ROUND 5
Canterbury Bulldogs (10) vs (7) Brisbane Broncos
Thursday March 30, 2017 (8:05pm) – ANZ Stadium
Sydney Roosters ($1.36) vs Manly Sea Eagles ($3.25)
Friday March 31, 2017 (6:00pm) – Allianz Stadium
The Chooks were tipped to be the 2017 improvers, but few thought they’d be off to such a flying start. They have won their opening four matches and if successful tonight, make it five from five to kick off their NRL season. Last week they made light work of the Rabbitohs (20 – 6), but they’ll have to be on their game with Manly also bringing in top form off their 36 – nil thrashing of the Bulldogs last Saturday. With Jake Friend back from a facial injury for the Tri-Colours, there’s plenty to suggest they’ll be on top again especially with the flying Latrell Mitchell if he gets the ball.
- Tip: Roosters by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.30) vs South Sydney Rabbitohs ($3.70)
Friday March 31, 2017 (8:05pm) – 1300Smiles Stadium
Will the North Queenslanders finally be given to smile about this week after the devastation of Cyclone Debbie? The Cowboys were good down at the Gold Coast last week winning 32 – 26, while the Bunnies were well-beaten by the Roosters. The odds reflect those results and with JT just 12 points off scoring 2000 for the club, plus the return of both Lachlan Coote (injury) and Jason Taumalolo (suspension) the home squad will be boosted. Their defence wasn’t exactly top notch last week, but there’s still plenty to suggest it’ll be good enough to hold out Souths.
- Tip: Cowboys by 13+ – Ladbrokes.com.au
Cronulla Sharks ($1.15) vs Newcastle Knights ($5.75)
Saturday April 1, 2017 (3:00pm) – Southern Cross Group Stadium
Cronulla easily accounted for the Eels last week and are on a high with home ground advantage at Shark Park for this clash against the disappointing Knights who were crappy again failing to post points in their 40 – nil loss to Penrith last Friday. It’s a big match for Chris Heighington who plays his 300th first grade game. The milestone has been done by just 25 NRL players before him and he is on the bench now for Cronulla after 200 odd games for the Tigers. It is still a huge accomplishment and it should be celebrated by a runaway win by the Sharks.
- Tip: Sharks by 13+ – Ladbrokes.com.au
Canberra Raiders ($1.38) vs Parramatta Eels ($3.15)
Saturday April 1, 2017 (5:30pm) – GIO Stadium
The Green Machine were gutsy in their one point loss to Brisbane last week and play Parramatta here, the Eels coming off the big loss to the Sharks. History shows that the Eels haven’t won in Canberra since 2006 so there’s that hoodoo for them to overcome on Saturday night. The Raiders have been making plenty of errors in 2017, and if the Eels dominant possession and off-loads they could be in for an upset to break the drought down at the cauldron.
- Tip: Eels by 6 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Melbourne Storm ($1.60) vs Penrith Panthers ($2.40)
Saturday April 1, 2017 (7:30pm) – AAMI Park
The Storm have been very solid so far this season including their 22 – 14 win over the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval last Sunday. They get home club advantage here and are always tough to beat in Melbourne. Penrith had it easy over the Knights (40 – nil) last week, but won’t be given the same chance to run away this round. Still Penrith are one of the form teams of the season and will need to bring their A-game to stop the Storm from making in 11 from 14 as home favourites. History is against the Panthers who haven’t gotten the better of Melbourne since 2013 and that’ll likely stay the same in a close encounter here, especially with the Storm boasting 16 wins from their past 17 played against Penrith and chasing their 500th win since 1967.
- Tip: Storm by 6 – Ladbrokes.com.au
New Zealand Warriors ($1.45) vs Gold Coast Titans ($2.85)
Sunday April 2, 2017 (3:00pm) – Mt. Smart Stadium
The Warriors are at home after their loss to the Dragons a week ago and favourite to hold out the visitors, the Titans coming off a loss to the Cowboys. The Gold Coast still managed to run in 26 points against NQ last round, so they have points in them if the NZ crew aren’t switched on. Kieran Foran failed to make his much-awaited run-on for the Kiwi squad last week due to a hamstring injury and is likely to be absent for this as well. The Titans look overs for this considering the Warriors are just one win from their past eight played and think they can score an upset here.
- Tip: Titans by 8 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Wests Tigers ($2.40) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.60)
Sunday April 2, 2017 (5:00pm) – ANZ Stadium
A pretty tough clash to tip to close the round, the Tigers coming off a hard loss to Melbourne, while the Dragons were victorious over the Warriors last Sunday. St George now chase their third win on the trot and start favourites, which suits as they have won five of their past six as the top fancies. No doubt the Tigers have some tough times ahead and the loss of No. 7 Luke Brooks (hamstring) doesn’t help. Their attacking plays can be very exciting when they are switched on however and if the Dragons go to sleep they’re a chance. Think the Red V will be firing on all cylinders though.
- Tip: Dragons by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and times (AEDT) – subject to change