|Indigenous All Stars vs Maori All Stars Rugby League Betting Odds and Game Info|
|All Stars betting odds||Indigenous $1.50 at BetOnline | Maori $2.60 at BetOnline|
|When||Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:10pm AEST|
|Where||Queensland Country Bank Stadium – Townsville, Queensland|
|Watch live||Nine, Foxtel, Kayo|
Indigenous vs Maori NRL All Stars betting preview
The NRL has tried many different ways to kick the season off in style, and the Indigenous All Stars vs Maori All Stars clash has by far been the most successful concept.
The attacking flair of the Indigenous players and the fiery passion of the Maori is never a hard sell, but put it on a hot summer night in Townsville with the implementation of new rules and find me a footy fan who says ‘no’.
It will not come without a minor hitch from our old friend COVID-19, however, with the Melbourne Storm contingent of seven players forced to withdraw due to a Victorian lockdown.
The Maori team came into $1.80 at online bookmakers before the withdrawals, and it means there is no Bromwich brothers, Jahrome Hughes, or the two-try hero from the 2020 game, Brandon Smith, but it does give Polynesian icon Benji Marshall a starting role at halfback.
The Maori have now drifted out to $2.60 on the back of those changes, while the Indigenous side moves into warm favouritism at the $1.50 price.
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The Indigenous backline looks like a fantasy team with names like Cody Walker, Jack Wighton, Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr.
It screams highlight-reel tries by the boatload, but this was the trap they fell into last year when they made too many errors from trying to push too many miracles passes.
As a result, the Maori side hung tough before busting the dam wall in the final 10 minutes to win 30-16.
The -5.5 line at $1.90 for the Indigenous team will be the most heavily backed, and you’ll most certainly want take the overs on the 44.5 total points line at $1.90.
The new rule changes which have taken out scrums whenever the ball goes into touch will mean even less stoppage time, so when you factor that in with a hot night in Townsville and the shortest offseason in history, defence will not be a factor.
The bet of the night looks to be the double of Indigenous -5.5/over 44.5 total points at $3.30, which should be backed off the map.
Best bets for Indigenous All Stars vs Maori All Stars
Indigenous All Stars -5.5
Over 44.5 total points
Indigenous -5.5 / Over 44.5