EVERYONE loves Origin, but we do not feel as fond about it when we are robbed of a potential four games.
This means there is only four games to choose from this week in the NRL, and the shortest priced favourite across the week is at $1.43, which makes it extremely hard for the pretenders to pick winners.
Lucky you have got the experts at BettingSite.com.au looking after you in the minefield that is a round preceding Origin to steer you in the right direction.
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Round 15 NRL multi of the week:
Parramatta to defeat South Sydney ($1.77)
St George Illawarra to beat Melbourne ($1.65)
New Zealand to defeat Sydney Roosters ($1.43)
Gold Coast to beat Manly ($1.45)
Combined multi value: $6.05 @ Sportsbet.com.au
South Sydney vs. Parramatta
Friday, June 17 from 8pm at ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Two big rivals face off in Sydney on Friday night as the Rabbitohs and the Eels clash at Anz Stadium to kick off the shortened round of footy.
The Bunnies are looking to continue their dominance over Parra. They have won nine of the last 10 contests against the blue and gold.
The Souths will be impacted greatly by the loss of Greg Inglis, who will be unavailable due to Origin commitments.
South Sydney were the favourites for this match last week prior to last round’s results, but such was the influence of the results the odds have reversed and the Eels will enter Friday night as favourites.
The Eels have found form and the old adage dictates that you ‘do not flirt with form’ so we are backing Parra to keep their winning run rolling.
Multi tip: Parramatta Eels to win – $1.77
St George Illawarra vs. Melbourne
Saturday, June 18 from 7.30pm at WIN Stadium, Wollongong
The Dragons and the Storm are the next cabs off the rank in the bye week of the NRL.
The Storm have been sensational over the last month of football, but they lose Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk to Origin duties, which has serious ramifications on this match.
St George Illawarra are locked in a fierce finals battle and need this win to stay in contention.
The Dragons are $2.50 to play finals in 2016 at sportsbet.com.au.
The Dragons have only beaten the Storm four times in the last 20 matches since 2005. Melbourne has won its last three matches against the red V.
The loss of Cronk and Smith is huge for the Storm, who will find it incredibly-hard without their Queensland Origin stars.
We are backing the Dragons to snap their losing streak against the Storm and should keep themselves in the finals hunt.
Multi tip: St George Illawarra Dragons to win – $1.65
New Zealand vs. Sydney Roosters
Sunday, June 19 from 4pm at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Can New Zealand keep its mid-season revival rolling against the struggling Roosters in Auckland on Sunday afternoon?
Two wins on the trot have placed the Warriors firmly in the finals frame, and the Kiwis are at $2 to finish inside the eight in 2016.
The Tricolours have been one of the big disappointments of the season, and they travel across the Tasman after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season, a 46-0 loss to the Storm.
The Roosters are already two men down given Blake Ferguson and Aidan Guerra are unavailable due to Origin duties.
It all points towards a Warriors victory.
Multi tip: New Zealand Warriors to win – $1.43
Gold Coast vs. Manly
Monday, June 20 from 7pm at CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
It’s a long wait until Monday for the final match of round 15, but if we are trusting the punters’ money, we could be in for a close one.
A flood of money has been received by sportsbet.com.au for both sides to win by a margin of 1-12.
The Titans’ impressive unbeaten run came to a close against the Eels in Darwin last week – its second cross-country road trip in as many weeks.
The Sea Eagles jumped out of the blocks like a bullet against the Panthers, but were ultimately run down and beaten by the eighth-placed Penrith.
The biggest challenge for the Titans is keeping the Sea Eagle forwards in check. We expect they can do just that and put their name back on the winners list.
Multi tip: Gold Coast Titans to win – $1.45
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