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We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 17, which starts with the Manly Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders on Thursday night.
There are only four NRL games for punters to enjoy this week. State of Origin Game 3 plays next Wednesday, but there are still some intriguing games on the card.
NRL Round 17 Tips
7:50pm Manly Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders @ 4 Pines Park
The Sea Eagles produced a clinic against the Bulldogs last week, scoring an emphatic 66-0 victory. It was one-sided from the outset and showed just how powerful the Sea Eagles can be on their day.
It doesn’t say much for the Bulldogs, but Manly took the chances presented to them and it takes a quality team to do that.
Canberra wasn’t as impressive, losing heavily to the Titans. There is something seriously wrong with the Raiders at the moment and it doesn’t well for Ricky Stuart’s men.
Manly are the –10.5-point favourites and they should be able to get the job done against a team struggling with confidence.
Betting tip: Manly Sea Eagles –10.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sea Eagles by 16
7:55pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Queensland Cowboys @ Stadium Australia
The South Sydney Rabbitohs were under pressure to perform last week and they came up trumps with a 38-22 victory over the Wests Tigers.
They hadn’t been playing well over the last month, but the Rabbits are a team that should always garner respect. They have been affected by Origin duty, which also hasn’t helped.
North Queensland was on the wrong side of a thrashing last week against the Knights. The Cowboys offered nothing on both sides of the ball, losing by 38-0 to a rampant Knights team, which welcomed back Kayln Ponga.
We can’t see the Cowboys sticking with the Rabbitohs, so it should be an easy victory for the home side.
Betting tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs –15.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Rabbitohs by 22
7:35pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters @ Bankwest Stadium
Any slight bit of confidence the Bulldogs and Roosters had prior to Round 16 is well and truly gone. They were both soundly beaten and they both failed to score a point.
Sydney started the week with a 46-0 defeat to the Melbourne Storm, which showcased their large injury toll and their lack of confidence. It was one-sided from the opening whistle and they’re only a shadow of their former selves.
It was business as usual for the Bulldogs, who failed to stop the Sea Eagles. The 66-0 defeat was one of the worst in the club’s history and it doesn’t get much worse.
They should fail to deliver against the Roosters on Saturday, who will enjoy facing a much easier opponent than the table-topping Storm.
Betting tip: Sydney Roosters –19.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Roosters by 32
4:05pm Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
The New Zealand Warriors let a win slip when giving up three tries in the last 10 minutes against the St George Dragons on Friday.
It was a tough way for the Warriors to lose another game, which ended in golden point. They are becoming used to losing in extra time and it’s not a good trait to have.
Cronulla also needs to start playing better, especially after losing to the Broncos. The 26-18 result was unexpected and they need to turn that performance around.
Bookmakers have the line at 8.5, which is surprising. We don’t think there is much difference between them, so we’re happy to take the Warriors with the head start.
Betting tip: New Zealand Warriors +8.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sharks by 4
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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.