NRL Finals Preview Round 1

Manly Sea Eagles Vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday 12th September, Allianz Stadium.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs come up against the Manly Sea Eagles on Friday night in what will be the first game of the NRL finals Series of 2014. The last time these two rivals faced of against one another South Sydney were victorious delivering a convincing 22-4 win. The Manly Sea Eagles enter the match as underdogs but history has shown this club should not be counted out. The finals experience the Sea Eagles carry into the match will be invaluable and with doubt still surrounding the Rabbitohs during finals footy season the bunnies have a point to prove. With the possibility of the game going either way the end result will come down to who dominates possession Sportsbet.com.au have the Rabbitohs as head to head favorites at $1.46, with the Sea Eagles at an attractive $2.80.

 

Sydney Roosters Vs. Penrith Panthers

Saturday 13th September, Allianz Stadium.

The Sydney Roosters take on the Penrith Panthers Saturday night in game two of the NRL finals series. The back-to-back minor premiers will be hoping to extend their winning streak against an in-form Panthers side. The last time these two teams meet the Sydney Roosters put up 32 points against an ordinary  panthers defense. If Penrith is to stand a chance against the top of the table Roosters the Panthers need to make defensive improvements. The Sydney Roosters are entering the match under strength with key players either injured or ineligible to play due to suspension; this should boost the confidence of a Panthers side that are considered major underdogs. Sportsbet.com.au have the Roosters as massive head to head favorites at $1.25, with the Panthers at $4.15.

 

North Queensland Cowboys Vs. Brisbane Broncos

Saturday 13th September, 1300 SMILES Stadium.

The North Queensland Cowboys host the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night in what will be survival of the fittest, brother vs. brother in a do or die clash.  The Cowboys will be hoping to replicate their previous result vs. the Broncos were they were 33-16 victors over their Queensland rivals. Jonathan Thurston and Robert Lui will be looking to replicate their impressive form as of late versus an injury affected Broncos side. Over the last four meetings between these two teams the Brisbane Broncos have the advantage winning three of the last four outings. Brisbane will be relying heavily on star player Justin Hodges to keep them in this match. Could this be the end of the Brisbane Broncos finals hopes for 2014? Sportsbet.com.au have the Cowboys at head to head $1.41 favorites, with the Broncos stretching to $3.00.

 

Melbourne Storm Vs. Canterbury Bulldogs

Sunday 14th September, AAMI Park.

The Melbourne Storm face the Canterbury Bulldogs in what is a rematch of the 2012 Grand Final on Sunday evening. The Melbourne Storm are huge favorites due to home ground advantage and a squad who are experienced in knockout match situations. Melbourne will be relying heavily on their big three Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk to bring home the victory. The Bulldogs have beaten the Storm twice this season at AAMI Park thrashing the Storm 40-12 in round 4 and just scraping through with the win in round 18, 6-2. Although the Bulldogs have not hit form as of late winning only two of their last eight games they should not be counted out. The Canterbury Bulldogs are a resilient team and have a coach with an endless bag of tricks. Sportsbet.com.au have the Storm $1.32 head to head favorites, with the bulldogs at an attractive $3.50.

 

NRL Finals Preview Round 1

Manly Sea Eagles Vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday 12th September, Allianz Stadium.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs come up against the Manly Sea Eagles on Friday night in what will be the first game of the NRL finals Series of 2014. The last time these two rivals faced of against one another South Sydney were victorious delivering a convincing 22-4 win. The Manly Sea Eagles enter the match as underdogs but history has shown this club should not be counted out. The finals experience the Sea Eagles carry into the match will be invaluable and with doubt still surrounding the Rabbitohs during finals footy season the bunnies have a point to prove. With the possibility of the game going either way the end result will come down to who dominates possession Sportsbet.com.au have the Rabbitohs as head to head favorites at $1.46, with the Sea Eagles at an attractive $2.80.

 

Sydney Roosters Vs. Penrith Panthers

Saturday 13th September, Allianz Stadium.

The Sydney Roosters take on the Penrith Panthers Saturday night in game two of the NRL finals series. The back-to-back minor premiers will be hoping to extend their winning streak against an in-form Panthers side. The last time these two teams meet the Sydney Roosters put up 32 points against an ordinary  panthers defense. If Penrith is to stand a chance against the top of the table Roosters the Panthers need to make defensive improvements. The Sydney Roosters are entering the match under strength with key players either injured or ineligible to play due to suspension; this should boost the confidence of a Panthers side that are considered major underdogs. Sportsbet.com.au have the Roosters as massive head to head favorites at $1.25, with the Panthers at $4.15.

 

North Queensland Cowboys Vs. Brisbane Broncos

Saturday 13th September, 1300 SMILES Stadium.

The North Queensland Cowboys host the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night in what will be survival of the fittest, brother vs. brother in a do or die clash.  The Cowboys will be hoping to replicate their previous result vs. the Broncos were they were 33-16 victors over their Queensland rivals. Jonathan Thurston and Robert Lui will be looking to replicate their impressive form as of late versus an injury affected Broncos side. Over the last four meetings between these two teams the Brisbane Broncos have the advantage winning three of the last four outings. Brisbane will be relying heavily on star player Justin Hodges to keep them in this match. Could this be the end of the Brisbane Broncos finals hopes for 2014? Sportsbet.com.au have the Cowboys at head to head $1.41 favorites, with the Broncos stretching to $3.00.

 

Melbourne Storm Vs. Canterbury Bulldogs

Sunday 14th September, AAMI Park.

The Melbourne Storm face the Canterbury Bulldogs in what is a rematch of the 2012 Grand Final on Sunday evening. The Melbourne Storm are huge favorites due to home ground advantage and a squad who are experienced in knockout match situations. Melbourne will be relying heavily on their big three Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk to bring home the victory. The Bulldogs have beaten the Storm twice this season at AAMI Park thrashing the Storm 40-12 in round 4 and just scraping through with the win in round 18, 6-2. Although the Bulldogs have not hit form as of late winning only two of their last eight games they should not be counted out. The Canterbury Bulldogs are a resilient team and have a coach with an endless bag of tricks. Sportsbet.com.au have the Storm $1.32 head to head favorites, with the bulldogs at an attractive $3.50.