Round 6 of the NRL 2017 Premiership kicks off with one of the week’s major showdowns – Broncos v Roosters at Suncorp Stadium.
Upset NRL Round 6 Tip: Sharks to beat the Storm @ $2.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au
What a way to get a weekend of Rugby League betting action going. Brisbane are desperate to get back to winning form after the shock loss to the Bulldogs a week ago, while the Chooks suffered their first loss of the NRL season going down to Manly last Friday night.
Another blockbuster is the Manly v St George showdown on Saturday afternoon at Brookvale Oval, both clubs two of the surprise form teams of the year so far.
The Cowboys should be able to post a third win on the trot against the out-of-form Tigers on Saturday night up in North Queensland, while the 2016 NRL Grand Final rematch between the Storm and Sharks is scheduled for AAMI Park in Melbourne on Sunday.
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NRL ROUND 6
Brisbane Broncos ($1.80) vs Sydney Roosters ($2.05)
Thursday April 6, 2017 (7:50pm) – Suncorp Stadium
It has been a tough start to the NRL Season for the Broncos who are ninth on the ladder after a shock loss to the Bulldogs last week (10 – 7). All the money was on Brisbane for that, but in the wet they struggled to post points and they won’t have it any easier against the Tri-Colours here. The Roosters were knocked off top spot when they lost their first of the year to Manly last week and they’ll be out to atone. Who bounces back? Sydney have lost their past three at Suncorp Stadium and get the full week turnaround. The Brisbane defence has been very good this season so far and that combined with the home venue should see them get back to winning form.
- Tip: Brisbane by 10 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Newcastle Knights ($2.60) vs Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.52)
Friday April 7, 2017 (6:00pm) – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle are looking down the barrel of their fourth straight loss, but were far from disgraced last week when only a point away from beating the reigning Premiers (19-18). The Bulldogs meanwhile will be on a high after they fought back and defeated Brisbane as the underdogs last Thursday night. The Doggies have had eight days to rest and the stats show that they are four-from-five as favourites away from home. That bodes well as they head to the Hunter for what will be a low-scoring affair.
- Tip: Bulldogs by 4 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Penrith Panthers ($1.65) vs South Sydney Rabbitohs ($2.30)
Friday April 7, 2017 (7:50pm) – Pepper Stadium
Penrith are Top 8 at the moment despite their big 28 – 6 loss to the Storm last Saturday in Melbourne. They get an easier match-up here against the Bunnies who suffered the loss to the Cowboys last weekend. Robbie Farah injured his back last weekend, but is named in a 21-man Souths squad, while Penrith play without skipper Matt Moylan. Can’t see there being much in this and it’ll be won in the halves. Whose kicking game will reign supreme?
- Tip: Panthers by 2 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.52) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.60)
Saturday April 8, 2017 (3:00pm) – Brookvale Oval
No one would have guessed that a Sea Eagles v Dragons showdown would be so mouth-watering! Manly have gone from strength-to-strength in the opening five rounds of play, now fifth on the ladder and chasing a fourth win on the trot after ending the Roosters’ winning streak last Friday night. The Dragons meanwhile are second only to the Storm on the ladder and are four-from-five to open the season. Their last three games have also racked up competition points and they looked pretty professional making a mess of Wests last week. The Tigers aren’t the biggest competition however and St. George are underdogs to beat Manly at Brookvale and the loss of Josh Dugan (hamstring) won’t help. Venue biases and Dugan out sees the Sea Eagles on top.
- Tip: Manly by 6 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Gold Coast Titans ($3) vs Canberra Raiders ($1.42)
Saturday April 8, 2017 (5:30pm) – CBUS Super Stadium
The Titans are at home and come off back-to-back wins after the tough 22 – 28 loss to the Warriors across the Tasman last Sunday. The Raiders meanwhile enjoyed a home win over the Eels and so have the momentum and longer turnaround. Canberra haven’t been able to post two wins on the trot in 2017 yet, but against a Gold Coast side without a steady spine, they should be able to here.
- Tip: Raiders by 10 – Ladbrokes.com.au
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.17) vs Wests Tigers ($5.50)
Saturday April 8, 2017 (7:30pm) – 1300Smiles Stadium
North Queensland are fourth on the ladder and come off back-to-back wins, the latest an easy victory over Souths at home last Friday night. They’ll be fresh for another game up in NQ Headquarters against the down-and-out Tigers who were thrashed 28 – 6 by the Dragons last Sunday. What does work in favour of the now Ivan Cleary-coached big cats is the loss of Jake Granville for the Cowboys. Coote is still in doubt, but the exciting Kalyn Ponga is a NRL Player to Watch in 2017 and is a very good replacement. Closer than the odds suggest, but hard to bet against the home side.
- Tip: Cowboys by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
New Zealand Warriors ($1.75) vs Parramatta Eels ($2.15)
Sunday April 9, 2017 (2:00pm) – Mt Smart Stadium
The Warriors lost three on the trot before their win over the Titans last weekend and get another New Zealand game for this clash against Parramatta who are tipped to lose for the fourth straight week. The Eels were no match for the Green Machine last weekend in Canberra and this is another tough week with more travelling. NZ enjoyed the addition to Kieran Foran last week, could he be the injection they need to start really challenging for a finals bid? Money is always on the Kiwis at home, but their strike rate isn’t great. That said, think they’ll be pretty easy winners over Parra who are pretty woeful away from home.
- Tip: Warriors by 13+ – Ladbrokes.com.au
Melbourne Storm ($1.48) vs Cronulla Sharks ($2.75)
Sunday April 9, 2017 (4:00pm) – AAMI Park
The week concludes with the much-awaited NRL Grand Final rematch from last season played out in Melbourne. The ladder-leading Storm are clear favourites to continue their undefeated start to the year coming off five straight wins, the only team to do so in 2017. The Sharks meanwhile have won their past two, but were only a point clear of the Knights last Saturday so there’s improvement needed for this. Cronulla have a habit of beating the bookies when underdogs travelling. The stats however also show Melbourne are 10-from-13 has home favourites. Can Cronulla get the upset?
- Tip: Sharks by 6 – Ladbrokes.com.au
*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and times AEST – subject to change