South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Sydney Roosters
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Sydney Roosters
Season record:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 3-0Sydney Roosters: 2-1
First try-scorer:South Sydney Rabbitohs: Bryson Goodwin ($15 @ Sportsbet)Sydney Roosters: Latrell Mitchell ($10 @ Sportsbet)
Line betting:South Sydney Rabbitohs: +8 ($1.90 @ Crownbet)Sydney Roosters: -8 ($1.90 @ Crownbet)
Thursday March 23, 8.05pm, ANZ Stadium.
HOW the fortunes of the Sydney Roosters have changed over the course of a year.
This time last year, the Roosters were having off-field troubles that threatened to spiral the club out of control.
Fast forward 365 days and the Roosters are back on top.
Sydney has remained perfect this season after three wins from three games, albeit after a fortunate win against the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night.
A suspect forward pass led to a try, which ultimately gave the Roosters the win and despite the controversy, the Roosters put themselves in a position to snatch the victory and continue the roll.
The roll could continue this Thursday night when the Roosters come up against the South Rabbitohs, which are in some form of their own.
Following a disappointing loss on round one to the Wests Tigers, the Rabbitohs have bounced back to score wins over the enigmatic Sea Eagles and the Knights.
Not the strongest opposition, but there are positives going forward for the Rabbitohs and punters are getting some good value this Thursday night.
Sydney Roosters first try-scoring tips
The Roosters have a wealth of attacking ability and that gets first try-scoring punters very excited.
You can’t help but get excited when looking at the Roosters line-up as it boasts so much attacking flair and ability.
The likes of Daniel Tupou, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Dale Copley all possess great try scoring ability, but there’s one rising star which will take our money this week.
Daniel Tupou – $9
Latrell Mitchell – +900
Shaun Kenny-Dowall – $10
Dale Copley – $13
Blake Ferguson – $13
Boyd Cordner – $14
Luke Keary – $19
Michael Gordon – $19
Connor Watson – $19
Mitchell Aubusson – $21
Aidan Guerra – $26
Mitchell Pearce – $31
Dylan Napa – $36
Zane Tetevano – $36
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves – $36
Isaac Liu – $36
Jake Friend – $51
Latrell Mitchell is one of the rising stars in the NRL and we believe he’s at great value to score first against the Rabbitohs.
He’s a young talent who hit top form against the Panthers and he should enjoy the expansive type of football we’re likely to see this Thursday night.
He’s currently +900 at Sportsbet.com.au to score first and we think that’s value worth snapping.
We also believe that Mitchell Aubusson is a good value pick. He’s currently $21 to score first and he has plenty of ability to cross the white line.
He scored the game-winning try against the Bulldogs in round two and we’re backing him in again. Conversely, punters can back Aubusson to score at anytime during the match.
This option pays $3.75 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Souths Rabbitohs first try-scoring betting
Bryson Goodwin – $12
Alex Johnston – $15
Braidon Burns – $15
Cody Walker – $21
Hymel Hunt – $23
Robert Jennings – $23
Jason Clark – $26
Sam Burgess – $26
John Sutton – $31
Robbie Farah – $31
Damien Cook – $31
Adam Reynolds – $31
Kyle Turner – $36
Angus Crichton – $61
Robbie Rochow – $61
Zane Musgrove – $61
George Burgess – $101
The try-scoring threats are limited for the Rabbitohs, but there’s two players which could make an impact on Thursday.
Bryson Goodwin tops the list and with good reason. He’s a winger that receives plenty of try scoring opportunities from the halves and he could expose the wing defense of the Roosters.
Look for Goodwin to target the defense of Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who can be exposed on the wing. Goodwin isn’t currently $12 with Sportsbet and he looks the best chance for the Rabbitohs.
We’re going left-field with our next pick as we believe he needs to start stepping up. There’s no denying the talent of Sam Burgess, but he’s better with the ball in hand than most give him credit for.
While he does make some errors trying to offload, we want to see “Big Sammy” run it up the middle when he’s close to the line.
The Brit has a fair amount of toughness and grit, so seeing Sam Burgess crash over the line at try-scoring odds of $4.50 would please us.
Rabbitohs vs. Roosters game prediction
The Roosters have the historical advantage over the Rabbitohs. They have won 22 of 33 games between the two clubs, which included a 17-10 victory last time they met.
Both teams are in good form, but the Roosters should simply have too many guns for their cross-town rivals.
The $1.40 in the head-to-head market is on the short side, but punters should lock in that price while it’s available. We’re expecting most of the money to come for the popular side which is looking to remain unbeaten this season.
Our tip: Rabbitohs 16 – Roosters 26
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