STATE of Origin is over for another year, which means after NRL teams will soon have a full list of players at their disposal.
This week we miss out on two games due to four teams having the bye.
But while there are only six matches on, they will all have serious finals implications.
The top of the table Cronulla Sharks have the chance to make it 14 in a row, the Penrith Panthers can close the gap on the final eight, while South Sydney’s finals hopes will be over if they cannot overcome the Brisbane Broncos at home.
All odds this week are provided by Sportsbet.com.au, where punters can get up to $50 cash back on NRL multi that miss by only one leg.
Manly to defeat New Zealand ($2.25)
Brisbane to beat South Sydney ($1.47)
Penrith to defeat Parramatta ($1.30)
Cronulla to beat Sydney Roosters ($1.55)
Multi value: $6.66 at Sportsbet
Manly Sea Eagles vs. New Zealand Warriors
Where: NIB Stadium, Perth
When: 5:35pm, Saturday 16th July
The Sea Eagles and the Warriors face the toughest road trip in rugby as they travel across the country to clash in Perth.
Both teams are fresh off the bye.
Manly are in dire need of a win, considering they sit three games adrift of the eighth-placed St George Illawarra Dragons.
The Sea Eagles are $13 at Sportsbet.com.au to finish inside the top eight in NRL 2016.
They have experienced an incredible dominance over their trans-Tasman rivals, winning 10 of the last 11 clashes between the two sides.
We are backing Manly to keep their great streak against the Warriors alive to kick our multi off in the right way.
Manly Sea Eagles to win – $2.25
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Brisbane Broncos
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
When: 7:35pm, Saturday 16th July
These two teams who are in desperate need of a win.
The Rabbitohs need results to keep their slim finals hopes alive, while the Broncos’ premiership hopes will be in tatters if they cannot match the pace of the top two.
Brisbane are at $6.50 to win the 2016 premiership, while the Rabbitohs are at $34 just to make the final eight.
The Broncos have lost six of their last eight matches, while South Sydney have lost the last five matches in a row.
Despite getting crushed 20-0 against North Queensland last time out, Michael Maguire has only made one change to his side.
The Broncos should have too much in the tank for the Rabbits, whose slim finals chances should be crushed this week by Wayne Bennett’s men.
Brisbane Broncos to win – $1.47
Penrith Panthers vs. Parramatta Eels
Where: Pepper Stadium, Penrith
When: 4pm, Sunday 17th July
Sunday sees two teams who are sitting outside the eight playing off to keep their dying finals chances alive for another week.
The Penrith Panthers are just two points shy of the eighth-placed Dragons and are at $2 to make the playoffs, while Parramatta’s $26 finals chances will blow out even further if they cannot register a win on Sunday.
The Panthers missed a golden opportunity to end a depleted Cronulla’s 12-game win streak last week, while the Eels registered a tight four-point win over the Sydney Roosters.
Penrith have a legitimate shot at the finals, while the Eels’ pipe dream is just one loss away from being over.
The Panthers should get the win.
Penrith Panthers to win – $1.30
Sydney Roosters vs. Cronulla Sharks
Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
When: 7pm, Monday 18th July
The depleted Sharks chalked up lucky 13 last week against the Panthers, but they still did not do enough to go to the top of the premiership betting market.
While top of the table, Cronulla are behind both the Storm and the Cowboys at $5 at WilliamHill.com.au to win their first ever NRL premiership in 2016.
Meanwhile, the Roosters’ finals chances are just about over after their devastating four-point loss last week.
The Tricolours also will be without NSW duo Blake Ferguson and Aidan Guerra, who have not been named to back up from Origin, which makes it even harder for the three-time minor premiers to cause an upset against the incumbent holders of the position.
We are backing the Sharks to keep their incredible win streak alive and extend their lead at the top of the table.
Cronulla Sharks to win – $1.55
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