2017 NRL Round 14 Draw, Tips & Preview

We’ve moved past the half-way point in the NRL Telstra Premiership for 2017 and Round 14 sees a full eight match card kicking off with a blockbuster Grand Final rematch.

Upset NRL Round 14 Tip: Warriors to beat the Titans @ $2.20 – Ladbrokes.com.au

Tonight in Cronulla the reigning Premiers the Sharks host the Melbourne Storm for their second NRL Grand Final rematch this season.

Manly get a chance for another win hosting the bottom-ranked Knights at Brookvale in the first on Friday night, before the Broncos start at short odds to end their recent losing streak playing the Bunnies at Suncorp Stadium.

There’s a host of closely matched rugby league matches right across the weekend making it a tough week for the footy punters including the Titans (11th) v Warriors (12th) at the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon, the Panthers (10th) v Raiders (9th) in Saturday’s pub match and the Eels (8th) vs Cowboys (7th) in Parramatta that night.

Check out the full NRL Round 14 Draw for 2017, footy tips and rugby league odds below – pricing open now at Ladbrokes.com.au.

NRL ROUND 14

Cronulla Sharks ($1.57) vs Melbourne Storm ($2.45)

Thursday June 8, 2017 (7:50pm) – Southern Cross Group Stadium

In the first NRL Grand Final rematch back in Round 6 the Sharks enjoyed an 11 – 2 win over the Storm in Melbourne. The two best from 2016 face off again on Thursday night and this time Cronulla have the home advantage. Melbourne sit No. 1 on the ladder with just two losses for the season to date and come of the cruisy 40 – 12 win over the Knights last Friday. This is a tougher ask and they bring Cam Smith back. Cooper Cronk is being rested however and Melbourne are underdogs in betting. The Sharks are second on the table and are fresh off a bye. There’s definitely no love lost between these two sides and Cronulla come into this full of confidence after plenty of their players won State of Origin Game 1 for the Blues. It’ll be a genuine battle, but at home and with Cronk missing the game for the Storm think the bookies have it right.

Manly Sea Eagles ($1.17) vs Newcastle Knights ($5.25)

Friday June 9, 2017 (6:00pm) – Brookvale Oval

It wasn’t a pretty win last Round by the Sea Eagles who held on in golden time to beat the Raiders by one point. This shapes up as a much easier assignment for them as Newcastle are by fast the worst team in the NRL this year. Manly have won four of their past five coming into this, while the Knights have just two wins from 12 played in 2017 and were smashed by the Storm last weekend. The Sea Eagles have a problem playing a full 80 minutes of footy and also play without winger Jorge Taufua (ACL). Still, there’s not much stacking up in favour for their visitors and Manly should be a pretty safe bet this round.

Brisbane Broncos ($1.25) vs South Sydney Rabbitohs ($4.10)

Friday June 9, 2017 (7:50pm) – Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane got off to the flying start winning six on the trot before State of Origin depleted them of their rep stars and now they come into this Friday night showdown off back-to-back losses. They were gutsy against the Roosters last week only going down by two after a late missed conversion. They’ll be out to atone in front of a home crowd here and are short favourites over the Bunnies who lost two on the trot before last weekend’s bye. Brisbane will be keen to get back to winning form and back into the Top 4. When these two met earlier in the season just one point decided the result, but the home side this time welcome back Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima. If Benji Marshall shows up again it’ll be a runaway for the Broncos.

Gold Coast Titans ($1.70) v s New Zealand Warriors ($2.20)

Saturday June 10, 2017 (3:00pm) – CBUS Super Stadium

After an earlier purple patch of form, the Titans have now lost their past two games with a Round 12 bye sandwiched between the losses. Last weekend they were outclassed (20 – 8) by the Cowboys up in North Queensland, but they’ll appreciate a home game here against a travelling New Zealand outfit. The Kiwis went down to the Eels last weekend and are underdogs on Saturday afternoon. As always the NZ squad have been very hit-and-miss in 2017 and they’ve won just one of their past nine games as underdogs this side of the Tasman. Nothing separates these sides on the ladder, but the odds are surprising considering the Gold Coast have recorded just a single win against the Warriors in their past 13 played.

Penrith Panthers ($1.82) vs Canberra Raiders ($2.05)

Saturday June 10, 2017 (5:30pm) – Carrington Park

Were Penrith on fire or were the Bulldogs just that bad when the Panthers defeated Canterbury 38- nil last Sunday? Either way the Penrith side come into their clash against the Raiders on Saturday on a high and they are favourites to salute at Carrington Park in Bathurst and make it four straight wins. Canberra fought back to come within a point of beating the Sea Eagles last round, which was their first loss in three weeks. Off their best performance of the year against a Raiders’ side whose forward pack has been hit hard by injury this year, think the Panthers will win in a close affair.

Parramatta Eels ($2.05) vs North Queensland Cowboys ($1.82)

Saturday June 10, 2017 (7:30pm) – TIO Stadium

The Eels held off the Warriors at ANZ Stadium (32 – 24) last Friday and get over a week turnaround in this close eighth-plays-seventh showdown against the Cowboys up in the Northern Territory. North Queensland easily defeated the Titans at home last weekend and are favourites to salute away from home in Round 14. It’s been tough for the 2015 Premiers without Johnathan Thurston and Origin also had an impact. JT is still out and the Eels, who have this down as a ‘home game’, have won all three of their previous matches in Darwin. Happy to take them at the price again here.

Wests Tigers ($4.50) vs Sydney Roosters ($1.22)

Sunday June 11, 2017 (4:00pm) – Campbelltown Stadium

Finally, an easier game to predict. The Roosters won in a two-point thriller over the Broncos last weekend and surpassed them in fourth spot on the laddery. They’ve now won three of their past four played, while the Tigers are on a downward spiral sitting second last on the table. It was a closer affair than predicted when Wests went down by four to the Dragons last Saturday, but they are at big odds to end their four straight losing streak especially with the loss of vice-captain Chris Lawrence (hamstring). Mitchell Pearce is back for the Tricolours after his Origin concussion and they’ll be hard to hold out.

Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.75) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.48)

Monday June 12, 2017 (4:00pm) – ANZ Stadium

Monday night footy brings Round 14 to a close and the Bulldogs will be out to atone for their embarrassing 38 – nil flogging at the hand of the Panthers last Sunday. Canterbury certainly didn’t look like a First Grade footy team and are down to 14th on the ladder looking down the barrel of their fifth straight loss. The odds reflect this with the third-ranked Dragons favourites to win their third from as many played following their four point win over the Gold Coast last weekend. If the rain in Sydney sticks around this could be a scrappy affair. You’d think that would suit the Bulldogs but they were simply too poor last week to tip for an upset.

*All times (AEST) and odds from Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change