With top 8 sides now decided, it is only the order they finish that will be decided this weekend in the final home and away round of the 2018 NRL Premiership season. With only four points separating 1st from 8th, we look forward to an exciting weekend of rugby league.
Round 25 of the NRL season kicks off on Thursday night with the Rabbitohs taking on the West Tigers.
7:50pm South Sydney Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers @ ANZ Stadium
The Rabbitohs will be looking to bounce back this week after an embarrassing loss to the Raiders last weekend. The Rabbitohs will need to improve defensively if they are looking to improve their final position on the competition table.
The West Tigers started slow against Sea Eagles and were down at the break. With 3 quick tries in 5 minutes at the start of the second half, all the Tigers had to do was hold on and defend their lead, eventually going home winners 22 – 20.
The Rabbitohs will be desperate for the win to build some momentum for the finals and we think they will do it comfortably.
Betting Tip: Rabbitohs 13+ @ $2.60 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs to win by 16
6:00pm New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders @ Mt. Smart Stadium
The Raiders proved they are a classy outfit when they turn up to play footy, beating the third placed Rabbitohs by 12 points. With Nothing to play for in the final round but pride, we expect the green machine to come out firing one more time this season.
This match will be the Warriors last home game this season. The Warriors are almost unbeatable in front of their home crowd and proved that last week beating the Panthers 36 – 16.
With the Warriors heading into this match fully fit, we expect them to come out with a big win in a high scoring game.
Betting Tip: Match points over 42.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Warriors to Win by 22
7:55pm Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers @ AAMI Park
The Melbourne Storm were beaten out of the gates by an enthusiastic Titans side, giving them an early 8-point deficit in the first half. But as the Storm have done time and time again, they ground down their opposition and jumped on every opportunity presented and took the lead back late in the second half to win by 2 points.
The Panthers would want to forget the past 2 weeks going down to the Knights and then the Warriors. This will be a tough assignment for the young side, but will be bolstered by the return of NSW Half back James Maloney.
Finals footy awaits both sides and will be an good lead up match for both sides to see where they’re at.
Betting Tip: Melbourne Storm -6.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Storm to Win by 10
3:00pm Newcastle Knights v St. George Illawarra Dragons @ McDonald Jones Stadium
The Dragons are in all sorts at the moment. Without Gareth Widdop guiding the ship, they seem to have lost their way. With that said, there is still no excuse for the poor defensive effort to go down by 38 points to the 12th placed Bulldogs.
The Newcastle Knights are top contenders for the most improved award this year. Although going down to the Sharks last week, the Knights currently sit in 10th position an unfamiliar position at this time of the year.
With both Teams coming off big losses we expected a close, tough match.
Betting Tip: Dragons 1 – 12 @ 3.30 (BET NOW)
Dragons by 8
5:30pm Gold Coast Titans v North Queensland Cowboys @ CBUS Super Stadium
The Titans started strong last week to put a scare in the Storm, fading in the second half to go down by 2.
This game will be another big one for the Cowboys, marking JT’s send off from the NRL. The Cowboys put in a 5-star performance last week in Townsville to send him out a winner at home and no doubt the team will rally to deliver a similar performance this week.
Betting Tip: Cowboys -11.5 @ $2.52 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 14
7:45pm Parramatta Eels v Sydney Roosters @ ANZ Stadium
Parramatta Eels are coming off an absolute belting at the hands of the Cowboys last weekend and in the final game for the season, I don’t think their it will get any better. With the title of 2018 “Wooden Spooners” hanging over their heads, this will be one season Parramatta fans will wish to forget.
The Roosters are coming off a shock loss to the Broncos. The Rooster will rally this week and turn their troubles around. Rooster to win comfortably.
Betting Tip: Roosters 13+ @ $2.00 (BET NOW)
Roosters by 20
2:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs v Cronulla Sharks @ ANZ Stadium
The Bulldogs thumped the sixth placed Dragons last weekend in a text book performance. Putting on 38 unanswered points the Bulldogs definitely didn’t look like a team with only 9 wins to their name this year.
The Sharks are gaining momentum come September. A win in this match will secure the Sharks a top 4 finish in 2018.
The Sharks beat the Knights by 26 points last weekend and will prove to good and bring the Dogs back down to earth this weekend.
Betting Tip: Sharks 13+ @ $2.75 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 16
4:10pm Brisbane Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles @ Suncorp Stadium
The Broncos put on a clinic against the second place Roosters last week, with their rollercoaster season continuing. On their best day, the Broncos look unbeatable and it’s just a matter of learning to be consistent for the young side.
The Sea Eagles sit second last on the ladder and 2018 will be a year they will learn from. Consistency, like the Broncos, is their biggest enemy.
I think The Broncos will win the one, thanks to the home crowd advantage.
Betting Tip: Broncos 1 – 12 @ $3.00 (BET NOW)
Broncos by 10