2017 NRL Round 16 Draw & Footy Tips

State Of Origin 2017 has been thrown into a Game 3 decider and after the tough Queensland win from Wednesday night, there are seven NRL matches scheduled for Round 16 as we move back into Premiership action.

Upset NRL Round 16 Tip: Broncos to beat the Raiders @ $2.35 – Ladbrokes.com.au

Friday night features two matches between four clubs that have struggled for consistency and form all season with the Warriors (11th) favourites hosting the Bulldogs (12th) in NZ, before the Tigers (16th) will fight to move off the bottom of the ladder taking on the Titans (14th) at Campbelltown.

Saturday is a closely matched seventh plays eight clash that is a must-win for both clubs with NRL Finals pending, the Cowboys likely to be on struggle street with their hero JT ruled out for the season missing his 300th NRL match that was slated for this clash with the Panthers up in North Queensland.

The Broncos are fourth on the ladder, but missing a number or notable rep stars are at juicy odds heading to Canberra to play the Raiders before the weekend’s headliner – the Sydney Roosters (2nd) taking on the top-of-the-table Storm outfit who are underdogs for the Adelaide Oval showdown on Saturday night.

The Dragons should be easy winners at home over the Knights on Sunday afternoon, before things come to a close with the Sharks hosting Manly.

Check out the full NRL Round 16 Draw below complete with our rugby league betting tips for the week for you to lock in at the right price at Ladbrokes.com.au.

NRL ROUND 16

New Zealand Warriors ($1.60) vs Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.40)

Friday June 23, 2017 (6:00pm) – Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors are fresh off a bye and host the Bulldogs in the round’s opener tonight, favourites to hold out the Bulldogs who broke their losing streak with a Round 14 win before last weekend’s bye. It is getting to the stage for these two where wins are necessary to keep in touch with the Top 8 and that sets up an exciting clash. Canterbury are boosted by the inclusion of gun five-eighth Josh Reynolds, but are still at big odds travelling across the Tasman. If it comes down to a game of attack, the Warriors win hands down and have plenty more points in them than the Doggies who have really struggled with the ball this year.

Wests Tigers ($2.35) vs Gold Coast Titans ($1.62)

Friday June 23, 2017 (7:50pm) – Campbelltown Stadium

It’s been a long time between wins for the Tigers and they now find themselves at the bottom of the ladder after Newcastle secured two points for their Round 15 bye. Not sure what Wests can do to get back in form for 2017, but even with their Origin stars set to back-up in this clash they could be in trouble again. The Titans really haven’t been much better and are looking at a fifth loss on the trot after their 36 – 20 loss to the Bunnies a week ago. Woods, Peats, Hayne and Wallace look likely to take to the field, but Tedesco has been ruled out for the Tigers and that’s seen their odds drift right out. The Gold Coast earlier in the season showed they were capable when taking down both Melbourne and Cronulla, and without Tedesco to worry about the Titans should salute.

North Queensland Cowboys ($2.05) vs Penrith Panthers ($1.80)

Saturday June 24, 2017 (3:00pm) – 1300Smiles Stadium

Big news out of State Of Origin is the re-injury to Johnathan Thurston’s shoulder, ruling the inspiration Cowboys skipper out for the remainder of 2017. This was set to mark his 300th NRL game, but he remains stuck of 299. The Cowboys are at home this week, but are slight underdogs in betting with the news of JT out. That opens things up for Penrith to travel to North Queensland and continue their recent string of good form. The big cats have been kept fresh with two byes in the past four weeks, while the Cowboys lost 23 – 22 in a one point thriller to the Storm last round. This is an important Top 8 clash and with both clubs improving in recent weeks, it should be entertaining. That said, the Cowboys will be down about Thurston and they’ll have to dig deep.

Canberra Raiders ($1.62) vs Brisbane Broncos ($2.35)

Saturday June 24, 2017 (5:30pm) – GIO Stadium

Brisbane are at blowout NRL odds to get the job done against the Green Machine in Canberra on Saturday afternoon despite sitting fourth on the ladder, while the Raiders are 10th after back-to-back losses before last week’s bye. The Broncos also come off a bye, but the punters have shied right away from them here despite the Brisbane boys having beaten the Raiders earlier this season. The stats for the Broncos as away underdogs are poor, but they still shape-up as value even without five-eighth Anthony Milford. Marshall is a good replacement and their returning Origin players (Gillett, McGuire, Boyd) will be in high spirits after their Game 2 win in Sydney. Tipping an upset in chilly Canberra!

Sydney Roosters ($1.36) vs Melbourne Storm ($3.30)

Saturday June 24, 2017 (7:30pm) – Adelaide Oval

Could this be an early 2017 NRL Grand Final Preview? The second-ranked Roosters are clear favourites over in Adelaide on Saturday night having won back-to-back games before getting a bye to freshen-up last weekend. Melbourne meanwhile have lost only two games for the season, giving them a four point buffer over their rivals in this. The problem for the Storm though is the toll Origin has taken – they lose their Big 4 names with skipper Cam Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Will Chambers all missing this match. Melbourne are after their fourth straight win over the Chooks, but their decimated squad has them at a big price to do so and it looks a very tough ask.

St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.25) vs Newcastle Knights ($4.20)

Sunday June 25, 2017 (2:00pm) – Jubilee Oval

Sunday footy kicks off with a nearly sure-win for the Dragons hosting Newcastle and the odds are short on the home team for obvious reason. The only thing that has gotten the Knights off the bottom of the ladder is the two points they picked up for last week’s bye. Other than that they remain the season’s worst and are at the longest odds of the week. They were better than predicted in Round 14 however losing to Manly by just the four points, while the sixth-placed St George are looking down the barrel of their third straight loss. Last weekend they were well-beaten by the Eels (24 – 10) and they’re after atonement here to stay in that coveted Top 8 position as plenty of rivals chase. The Dragons are four-from-four as home favourites, but if they lose this they could lose the plot for the rest of the season for good.

Cronulla Sharks ($1.62) vs Manly Sea Eagles ($2.30)

Sunday June 25, 2017 (4:00pm) – Southern Cross Group Stadium

Cronulla come off a narrow two point win over the Tigers, but are clear favourites hosting Manly at Shark Park on Sunday arvo. Last time out the Sea Eagles beat Newcastle by four in Round 14 before enjoying their bye last weekend. Before the break Manly managed a trio of consecutive wins and have continued to surprise, while Cronulla have been lucky to come away with some of their victories with their last five wins being by six or less points. It’s 3rd vs 5th and shapes-up as a tight showdown to end the round. They’ll be boosted by the return of their Origin players, but they’ll be in poor spirits after giving away the lead to lose Game 2 and this has the sniff of a narrow Manly upset.

*All times and Ladbrokes.com.au odds subject to change