South Sydney Rabbitohs – $1.35 at Bet365
Wests Tigers – $3.25
This is one of those unassuming mid-season fixtures that could have a significant impact on NRL Premiership betting later in the year.
Sydney’s loss in Brisbane last week means the South Sydney Rabbitohs have sole claim to top spot after their hard-fought win over Canberra in the capital.
The Bunnies are unbeaten in seven rounds and have yet to drop a game at home, so Wests Tigers will have to bring their best on Saturday night.
They had a golden opportunity to upstage Melbourne in round 10, but late tries to Marion Seve and Will Chambers saw the Storm scrape by home by two points.
You can bet Wests coach Michael Maguire will demand an 80-minute performance when his new charges take on the club he led to the 2014 premiership.
South Sydney Rabbitohs team news
Bunnies boss Wayne Bennett is sticking with the same 17 that downed the Raiders to go top of the table. That means another go for Ethan Lowe, who was promoted to the starting lineup last week.
Wests Tigers team news
Paul Momirovski comes in at centre, which sees Robert Jennings move to the wing. Mahe Fonua drops out in the only change to the squad that fell just short in Victoria.
Out: Mahe Fonua (omitted)
In: Paul Momirovski
Souths vs Wests tryscorer betting
First tryscorer – $9.50
Anytime tryscorer – $1.91
Two or more tries – $6.50
Can anybody stop this man? Walker scored the opening try against Canberra to take his season tally to 11, five of which have come in the last four weeks. First, last, anytime – back him in.
First tryscorer – $11
Anytime tryscorer – $2.10
Two or more tries – $8
Jennings has scored four tries from the centres this year, but this week he shifts to the wing. The former Bunny notched 24 tries in 34 games with Souths and looks the best bet for the Tigers.
Rabbitohs vs Tigers stats and trends
- South Sydney are the only team yet to lose a game at home this season
- The Bunnies lead the NRL for lines engaged (234), run metres (16,543) and total runs (1,859)
- Wests have not strung together back-to-back results of any kind in the past six weeks
- The Tigers are top of the league for decoy runs with 503 in 10 games
South Sydney vs Wests Tigers match betting
The past fortnight has shown us that Wests can hang with the best on their day.
The Tigers demolished Penrith in the Magic Round and should have beaten Melbourne on their own patch last week, so they have no reason to fear the league leaders.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Souths is that they are top of the table despite showing only flashes of their best footy this season.
One suspects this will boil down to a battle of the forwards, particularly the dummy-half matchup of Damien Cook and Robbie Farah.
Both those players like to run, so getting the ball in their hands quickly and often will be key.
Wests will put up a good fight, but Souths should get the job done at home.
South Sydney Rabbitohs by 1-12 points – $3.10 at Ladbrokes
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