THE National Rugby League finals may be just around the corner, but round 22 is headlined by the return of superstar Jarryd Hayne.
The former Dally M medallist snubbed his former club Parramatta to join the Gold Coast Titans, which could be the catalyst for a late premiership tilt for the coasters.
The Gold Coast Titans are a $21 shot at sportsbet.com.au to win the 2016 premiership.
The round is rightfully about the Jarryd Hayne show, but the contest between Cronulla and Canberra is certain to generate a lot of attention without the need for a superstar circus.
Readers last week were able to bank a $6.07 return, and we are extremely confident we have the multi that will again line the pockets of those who like a healthy dividend.
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NRL Round 22 multi of the week selections:
Manly to defeat Parramatta ($1.45)
Cronulla to beat Canberra ($1.43)
Gold Coast to defeat New Zealand ($1.55)
Penrith to beat Sydney Roosters ($1.57)
Parramtta vs. Manly
Friday, August 5 from 7.50pm at Pirtek Stadium, Sydney
We open our multi in Sydney’s west as the down trodden Parramatta Eels host the high flying Manly Sea Eagles.
Another heartbreak could be on the cards for Parra after a tumultuous week.
The Eels failed to secure the signature of favourite son Jarryd Hayne, a bitter blow for a side that could have used a good news story heading into the tail end of the season.
The outlook is not so bleak over at Manly.
The Sea Eagles are flying, and given a match against the Eels has generated a golden opportunity to extend their consecutive win streak to five, we have no doubt Manly will have zero sympathy for the blue and gold.
A victory is crucial if the Sea Eagles are to defy the $7 odds on offer to make the finals in 2016.
A win would move them into joint eighth position alongside the New Zealand Warriors, and we are backing them to do just that.
Multi tip: Manly Sea Eagles to win – $1.45
Cronulla vs. Canberra
Saturday, August 6 from 5.30pm at Shark Park, Sydney
Two of the current top-four teams in the NRL do battle at Shark Park on Saturday evening.
This will be without question the game of the round and could potentially shape the premiership race.
The Sharks and the Raiders have been two of the hottest teams in the league over the last month, and both look to be genuine premiership contenders.
Cronulla is the joint second favourite for the flag at sportsbet.com.au at the $4.50 quote while the Raiders ($12) odds shorten every round.
The Sharks incredible win streak came to an end on the weekend, but Cronulla remain undefeated over 14 weeks after the Titans held them to a thrilling 18-18 draw.
The Raiders smashed the Rabbitohs last week in a record-breaking performance by the Canberrans, running in ten tries to one in their most impressive win of the season.
Can the Sharks extend their unbeaten streak or will the Raiders spoil the party?
A big piece of the puzzle for the Sharks was the availability of key man James Maloney, who faced a dangerous contact charge, but the 30-year-old escaped a penalty and will be free to play.
Maloney’s inclusion into the squad tips the scales in Cronulla’s favour and we are backing the Sharks to swarm the Raiders en route to a potential top-two finish.
Multi tip: Cronulla Sharks to win – $1.43
Gold Coast vs. New Zealand
Sunday, August 7 from 2pm at CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
It might not be the most important game of the round in terms of premiership ramifications, but the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors match up will be a fascinating watch for one reason.
The return of the Hayne Plane.
The former 49ner, wannabe Olympian and ‘Lifetime Eel’ Hayne has signalled his intentions to line up as soon as possible for his new side, which means the former Dally M medallist could run out as a Titan this Sunday.
The inclusion of Hayne is a huge boost for a side whose finals position is far from secure, but the inclusion of the superstar has seen the Titans’ odds for a top-eight finish tighten into $1.35 at sportsbet.com.au.
Their opponents the Warriors are no walkovers however, and their streak of dominance over the Gold Coast is nothing short of imposing.
New Zealand has won ten of the last 11 matches between the two sides including five in a row on the Titans’ home deck.
Will the record matter to the Titans? Maybe not, they have made a habit of breaking hoodoos this year.
We are backing the Gold Coast to make Hayne’s debut on the coast a successful one, firmly entrenching themselves in the eight in the process.
Multi tip: Parramatta Eels to win – $1.75
Penrith vs. Sydney Roosters
Monday, August 8 from 7pm at Pepper Stadium, Sydney
A long wait until the final leg of our multi should prove a fruitful one for our followers as we are anticipating a comfortable home win for the Panthers.
The Panthers lost an agonising golden point match against the Warriors, which would have given them the chance to leapfrog their opponents, but they are now left languishing outside finals contention.
Penrith is locked on points alongside the Warriors but for and against points record sees them sitting in ninth.
Despite not currently holding the eighth position, sportsbet.com.au is confident they can climb ahead of the Warriors before the end of the season.
The Panthers are $1.65 to play finals in 2016.
It has been a disappointing season for the Roosters, but a 16-point over the Brisbane Broncos gives the Tri-Colours hope there still might be something to salvage from the season.
Could it happen against the Panthers? We do not think so.
We are banking on the Panthers to finish off our multi in style.
Multi tip: Penrith Panthers to win – $1.57
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