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NRL odds and first tryscorer tips for Roosters vs. Souths

2019 NRL betting tips

Sydney Roosters$1.60 at Sportsbet
South Sydney Rabbitohs – $2.38

Sydney’s first taste of the 2019 NRL season is a Friday night beauty between two teams with strong claims to the premiership flag.

The Sydney Roosters have the upper hand after winning it all last year with a stunning display against Melbourne Storm in the grand final.

In bad news for the rest of the league, the Chooks have only improved their squad since then.

Angus Crichton was a Bunny last season, but the talented second-rower will wear the Tricolour strip for the first time against his old mob.

Brett Morris adds plenty of experience to the back half after making the switch from Canterbury, while English winger Ryan Hall is accustomed to a certain level of success after six Super League titles with Leeds Rhinos.

Those recruits are small fries compared to what the South Sydney Rabbitohs did over the summer.

It was no secret that Wayne Bennett would wind up at the club sooner or later, but the process was fast-tracked when the Brisbane Broncos decided to sack their legendary coach last December.

Whatever you think about the nature of his appointment, Bennett’s arrival is cause for excitement at Redfern and tees up a tantalising partnership with Souths skipper Greg Inglis.

The Rabbitohs finished in the top four last year and it is little wonder have them on the third line of premiership betting at $8.50.

Roosters vs. Rabbitohs first tryscorer odds

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NSW star James TedescoJames Tedesco
First tryscorer – $12
Two or more tries – $10
Anytime tryscorer – $2.50

Tedesco showed in State of Origin last year that he is a big-game performer, and there aren’t many bigger NRL fixtures than this. The $2.50 to score at any time is the way to go.

Dane Gagai NRL betting tipsDane Gagai
First tryscorer – $13
Two or more tries – $12
Anytime tryscorer – $2.63

Gagai is a scoring threat no matter where he plays, which explains why he is the shortest-priced Bunnies player in the anytime tryscorer market. That is the bet you should take.

Sydney vs. Souths betting predictions

If nobody turns up to the SCG for this one, then rugby league is truly doomed after all.

Sydney are favourites for good reason, but the Bunnies are sure to give them a run for their money.

Expect a hard-fought contest with a single-figure margin and a win for the defending champions.

Sydney Roosters by 1-12 points$2.88 at Sportsbet

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