The following are previews and betting tips for the Friday NRL Round 6 fixtures: Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
ANZ Stadium, 4:00pm (local)
RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Andrew Everingham, Matt King, Shaune Corrigan, Dylan Farrell, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Scott Geddes, Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi, Eddy Pettybourne, Dave Taylor, Michael Croker. Interchange (from): Ben Lowe, Chris McQueen, Dave Tyrrell, Jason Clark, Neccrom Areaiiti
BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Steve Turner, Josh Morris, Jonathan Wright, Bryson Goodwin, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Dene Halatau, David Stagg. Interchange: James Graham, Greg Eastwood, Corey Payne, Joel Romelo
THE RABBITOHS USED THEIR ‘GET OUT OF JAIL’ CARD when they miraculously scored two tries in the final five minutes, before going on to win in golden point off the back of a wonky field goal from Greg Inglis last week against the luckless Tigers. Whilst it was a win that will be remembered for some time, it’s worth noting that the Souths side did only score 4 points in the previous 75 minutes before their breathtaking jail break. Souths are struggling to string together impressive performances in consecutive weeks and if their concentration wavers this week, I doubt that the Bulldogs will give them a single second to think about it.
The Bulldogs were pitted against the Titans last week and would certainly have been given a run for their money had it not been for two stunning individual efforts from fullback Ben Barba, one in attack and a try saver in defence.
A decent crowd should turn out for this matchup and the extra atmosphere may be conducive to another close game for the two sides. Based on their superior ability so far to play out the full 80 minutes, I have to tip the Bulldogs again but I’m very wary of the pumped up Rabbitohs.
Chance of winning: Rabbitohs 42%, Bulldogs 57%, Draw 1%
Mike’s Tip: Bulldogs
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos
Allianz Stadium, 7:35pm (local)
WESTS TIGERS: Tim Moltzen, Beau Ryan, Joel Reddy, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Benji Marshall, Tom Humble, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Matt Groat, Blake Ayshford, Matt Bell, Ben Murdoch-Masila
BRONCOS: Josh Hoffman, Gerard Beale, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Corey Norman, Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Petero Civoniceva, Alex Glenn, Sam Thaiday (c), Matt Gillett. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Ben Te’o, Scott Anderson
THE TIGERS HEARTBREAKING LOSS LAST WEEK has just been touched on in my previous preview and I’m sure fans of the club don’t want to hear anymore about it! So let’s get straight into this week’s game.
The Tigers are under heavy pressure from everywhere now that the pre-season premiership favourites have only recorded one dodgy win from their opening 5 matches. Not helpful to their campaign was the loss of Gareth Ellis to a leg injury which could keep him out for up to 12 weeks. Prop Keith Galloway has been named in the side to make his return from injury but is still no guarantee to play.
The Broncos were uber impressive last Friday against the Dragons and their first half of footy was flawless. They let the Dragons right back into the game for a short time but I’m more than happy to overlook that going into Round 6.
I’d like to think that the Tigers can bounce back in this one but it’s hard to go with them based on simple form and the fact that they will have only had 5 days rest since their last game whereas the Broncos will get a full week.
Chance of winning: Tigers 44%, Broncos 55%, Draw 1%
Mike’s Tip: Broncos
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $1965.44
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)