ANOTHER week of Origin means we are deprived of a full week of NRL footy, but fortunately the game’s biggest stars should still be on show, albeit on a short turnaround.
This week only two teams are not taking to the field, the Parramatta Eels and the Sydney Roosters.
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NRL Round 16 multi of the week:
Penrith to defeat South Sydney ($1.52)
Cronulla to beat New Zealand ($1.28)
Canterbury to defeat Brisbane ($2)
Melbourne to beat Wests Tigers ($1.23)
Penrith vs. South Sydney
Friday, June 24 from 7.50pm at Pepper Stadium, Penrith
Two teams that have contrasting recent records kick off both our multi and this week of NRL action.
The Panthers have won six of their last 11 matches and sit outside of finals contention solely on points differential.
The Rabbitohs have won just three of their last 12 matches and sit in 13th position on the ladder. They are $6 outsiders to make the eight at WilliamHill.com.au.
South Sydney has named Adam Reynolds and Greg Inglis, but it’s hard to bank on the duo having a big impact, given both will be depleted after the short Origin turnaround.
It’s not do-or-die yet for either side, but Penrith’s inconsistency is a constant concern, and they need to win to stay in finals contention.
Penrith should be able to register a home win to keep momentum towards a finals berth.
Multi tip: Penrith Panthers to win – $1.52
Cronulla vs. New Zealand
Sunday, June 25 from 3.35pm at Shark Park, Cronulla
Cronulla, the premiership favourties at WilliamHill.com.au at $4.25, host the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
The Sharks are in rare form, having won their last 11 games.
Cronulla has had a week off to cool their heels, which should give them the energy to re-charge and attack the second half of the season in full flight.
New Zealand is in top gear after winning its last three games on the trot.
The Warriors only just scrapped past the Roosters last week, but it does not matter how you get the job done in footy, it only matters who registers the points.
They face a stern test against the Sharks this week and while their form line suggests they will put up a solid fight, we cannot go past the premiership favourites at home.
Canterbury vs. Brisbane
Saturday, June 25 from 5.35pm at ANZ Stadium, Sydney
The match of the round takes place on Saturday evening as the Dogs and the Broncos meet at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
Both teams are fresh off a bye, but as always the Broncos have a string of players playing Wednesday night in Origin II.
Wayne Bennett has named all six players that are taking part in the second Origin game at Suncorp Stadium in the club match on Sunday.
Both teams sit inside the top six on the NRL ladder, but the Dogs and the Broncos have combined for just two wins in the last month.
Both sides need to lift if they are to have a run at the 2016 premiership this season.
We are banking on the Bulldogs to get the result here, the six players that are playing two games in four days will negatively impact the Broncos and we are expecting them to tire late in the match.
Multi tip: Canterbury Bulldogs to win – $2
Melbourne vs. Wests Tigers
Sunday, June 26 from 4pm at AAMI Park, Melbourne
The top-four Storm play host to the bottom five Tigers in a match that looks like a comfortable victory on paper to the home side.
Forgetting ladder position and looking at the last meeting between the two sides, we could be in for a fascinating contest.
A Cooper Cronk field goal in extra time won the Storm the match, which triggered a seven game win streak that only ended after last week’s loss against the Dragons.
The Tigers had last week off through their bye, but prior to their sabbatical Wests recorded their best win of the season against the Rabbitohs.
Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk hold the key to this match; if they both can make it through Origin II unscathed the home side should hammer the Tigers and maintain their position inside the top-four.
We are backing the Storm to round out our multi in style.
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