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Week 3 of the NRL Finals is preliminary finals week. The final four sides remaining in the competition will do battle to secure their place in the 2017 NRL Grand Final. Friday night see competition favourites the Storm take on the Broncos and on Saturday night we see the Roosters take on competition dark horse the Cowboys. Both the Storm and the Rooster will be fresh from a week off and will start these matches as favourites. Though as proven so far this year in finals footy, anything is possible.
NRL FINALS 2017 – Week 3
Storm $1.30 v Broncos $3.70
The Broncos ended the Panthers 2017 season in Round 2 of the 2017 Finals Series with a 13 – 6 victory. The Broncos proved themselves in defence with the Panthers only try coming in the 64th minute.
Questions about Darius Boyd’s fitness will again be asked this week, as the Broncos skipper works hard to prove his fitness to lead his side into the possibility of a 2017 NRL title.
The Broncos could also be without Corey Oates, Sam Thaiday and Jai Arrow after all three players suffered sickening head knocks and failed to finish the match.
The Storm will be at full strength after a week off and will be full of confidence entering into this match. The last time these two sides met in round 17 the Storm won the match convincingly 42 – 12.
The Storm will cause headaches all across the park for the Broncos and will be too good.
Storm by 20 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
MATCH BEST BETS
BIG WIN LITTLE WIN – Storm 13+ @ $2.25
TOTAL MATCH POINTS – Under (+36.5) @ $1.90
WIN TRY COMBO – Felise Kaufisi to score a try and Storm to win 13+ @ $7.00
FIRST TRY SCORER – Josh Addo-Carr @ $8.00
To Score 2 or more Tries – Suliasi Vunivalu @ $4.20
Roosters $1.35 v Cowboys $3.30
The Cowboys were extremely lucky to qualify for the 2017 NRL Finals Series and they have never looked back. Beating the 2016 premiers, the Sharks in week 1, they have since gone on to convincingly beat the Eels in Week 2 to give them self every opportunity of contesting the 2017 NRL Grand Final.
Missing two of the games biggest stars the Cowboys young guns have stepped up and are leading the way. With two finals wins under their belt so far, can the fairy tail finish continue for the boys from North Queensland.
The Rooster had a tough first week to finals with a 2 point victory over the Broncos earning themselves a week off.
Theses two sides met in Round 21 and the Roosters took home the 2 points 22 – 16. The Cowboys led the match early though could not continue the same form and intensity into the second half.
It’s fair to say the Cowboys have been on fire in the finals so far and I think their momentum and winning run will continue.
Cowboys by 2 (BET NOW with Sportsbet)
MATCH BEST BETS
BIG WIN LITTLE WIN – Cowboys 1 – 12 @ $4.33
TOTAL MATCH POINTS – Under +36.5 @ $1.90
PICK YOUR OWN LINE – Cowboys +6.5 @ $2.05
ANYTIME TRY SCORER – Jason Taumalolo @ $5.50
Half Time/Full Time – Sydney Roosters/Nth Queensland Cowboys @ $13.00
Once again, all odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker.