WE are back to a full weekend of league action after back-to-back bye weeks, and we’re excited about what round 17 will potentially bring.
The Broncos and the Storm clash in a top-of-table battle, the Roosters and the Sharks compete for a spot inside the top-four and the Raiders and the Cowboys are in dire need of a win to keep their finals tilt rolling.
Vital clashes everywhere you look this weekend, and we have pored over the stats to put together a multi that is worthy of your hard earned.
Selections for the Round 17 NRL multi:
Melbourne Storm to beat the Brisbane Broncos ($1.65)
Sydney Roosters to beat the Cronulla Sharks ($1.72)
Canberra Raiders to defeat the North Queensland Cowboys ($1.56)
Penrith Panthers to win against the South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.65)
Brisbane Broncos vs. Melbourne Storm
Friday, June 30 from 7.50 pm AEST, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
It is first playing off against third on the NRL ladder to kick us off in round 17 as the Storm travel to Suncorp Stadium to face the Broncos on Friday night.
In a big boost for the visitors the Storm welcome back the big three of Smith, Cronk and Slater for the vital clash, while the Broncos could potentially be without playmaker Corey Oates.
The Storm are looking to maintain an incredible record over the Broncos too which has seen them win 11 of the last 13 matches, including six straight at Suncorp Stadium.
We are backing the Storm to get us off to the perfect start on Friday night.
Melbourne Storm to win – $1.65
Sydney Roosters vs. Cronulla Sharks
Saturday, July 1 from 3 pm AEST, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Rugby League returns to the Central Coast of NSW as the red-hot Roosters confront the reigning premiers.
The Roosters are riding high after their last-gasp win over the league leading Storm last week. The Tricolours currently sit in second position and look poised for a genuine crack at the premiership.
The Sharks were hammered last week by Manly and are in danger of losing touch with the top four. To say they need a win if they are to go back-to-back is an understatement.
This is without question the match of the round, and we are backing the Roosters to overcome the Sharks in a nail-biter. Both teams will come out breathing fire, but we think the Tricolours have a stronger line up to choose from and will have too much in the locker.
Sydney Roosters to win – $1.72
Canberra Raiders vs. North Queensland Cowboys
Saturday, July 1 from 7.30 pm AEST, GIO Stadium, Canberra
A Cowboys outfit still reeling from the news that Johnathan Thurston will miss the remainder of the season travel to the nation’s capital to play the Raiders in a pivotal game for both teams.
North Queensland Cowboys pulled off a miraculous win without JT against the Panthers last week, and they will be keen to prove that the performance was no fluke.
The Raiders need to turn their season around now if they are to make any finals impact. Given they have only lost Josh Papalii to Origin duty, their one win across the representative period is simply not good enough.
The Green Machine gets the perfect chance to atone on Saturday however, and we think they will. We expect to see a tighter defensive presence, which the Cowboys will struggle to pierce without their key man in JT.
Canberra Raiders to win – $1.56
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Penrith Panthers
Sunday, July 2 from 4 pm AEST, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
The Bunnies and the Panthers round out our NRL multi this weekend and we are expecting a bounce back performance from the visitors following their late-game capitulation last week.
Both teams are looking to reinsert themselves back into the finals picture whilst condemning their opponent to purgatory in the process. The Rabbits may need a miracle to get the job done, but they are still right in the mix.
The Panthers are in a slightly better position, but they could be firmly inside the finals race had they held on against the JT-less Cowboys last week. Still, on paper they are the far superior team here and have more to play for.
We are backing the Panthers to bring us home in style. It feels as though week-to-week the Panthers are close to hitting their straps, and we think this might be the round.
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