Big Marns Round 8 Betting Preview | NRL Betting Tips

Sharks back with a bang, Manly off the cliff and the Green Machine looking ominous

Darryl Brohman
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Wed, 19 Apr, 12:35 PM

BIG MARNS MULTI:

Keen on a rex hunt this weekend?

 

 

LEG – 1:

PANTHERS straight out

LEG - 2:

COWBOYS 13+

LEG – 3:

ROOSTERS / ROOSTERS HT-FT Double

LEG – 4:

STORM 13+

CANBERRA RAIDERS vs MANLY SEA EAGLES - Friday night 6.00pm, GIO

I just love watching the Green Machine play, they are a fabulous side with potential superstars like Rapana and B J Leilua cutting loose with great regularity. This should see them propelled into the top 4 or 5 by years end. You can’t say the same about the Eagles, who played really well for a few weeks there, but have dropped back to being the easy beats again. The Storm were tearing them apart last week then put the cue in the rack. The Raiders won’t afford them such a luxury. There have been some holes in the Manly defence out wide in recent weeks, and the green machine will exploit them.

 

 RAIDERS to smack them, RAIDERS to win 13+ (better than evens) with young NICK COTRIC($10) to be first tryscorer. 

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

RAIDERS

Margin Betting:

RAIDERS 13+

First Try Scorer:

NICK COTRIC

SOUTH SYDNEY vs BRISBANE BRONCOS - Friday night 7.50pm, ANZ Stadium

This looks a good game. I find it really hard to catch the Rabbitohs at times, they let me down last week when they should have been finishing a lot closer. With Sam Burgess getting off at the judiciary this could be a danger game for the away team. I thought Brisbane were lucky to win last week against the Coast but I feel compelled to tip them here without any real conviction. I do expect Souths to give a murmur here but the professionalism of the BRONCOS can make a difference. It won’t be a blowout, so take BRISBANE 1-12 ($3.20).  As for First Try Scorer – KODI NIKORIMA ($21) provides us with a real value play here and looks over the odds to dot down first.

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

BRONCOS

Margin Betting:

BRONCOS 1-12

First Try Scorer:

KODI NIKORIMA

 

PARRAMATTA EELS vs PENRITH PANTHERS - Saturday arvo 3.00pm, ANZ

Penrith were brutalized last week by the Sharks and with their record, their season is on the line. Parra were ok on Monday against the Tigers but I have a real belief that PENRITH are due to find their form, and I am going to make them SPECIALS here! It is a desperate time for the Panthers and they will step up here and deliver what is required. I believe they will deliver a $3.75 touch up here, get on PANTHERS 13+ to really ram home a statement. 

First Try Scoring honours should go to a Panther, let’s go for WAQA BLAKE ($12) to bag the first meaty in a vital game for the Panthers.

 

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

PANTHERS (Specials!!!)

Margin Betting:

PANTHERS 13+

First Try Scorer:

WAQA BLAKE

 

NORTH QLD COWBOYS vs NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS - Saturday afternoon 5.30pm, 1300 Smiles

This is an interesting game. I still can’t get away from thinking that the Knights are just trailing the field here, without a squad to seriously challenge the bigger sides like Nth QLD. They put up a good fight against the Roosters but just don’t have the cattle to turn small deficits into wins. Speaking of deficits – there was a big one between Saints and the Cowboys in the first half last week, they did claw it back to give Saints fans a few heart flutters but some signs in that Thurston-less side were good. You can really see the impact on a side that JT has.

 

Despite losing some big names, and guys like O’Neill surely not able to play as bad again, they look too good at home. Taumalolo is looking the goods and Asiata went well last week. COWBOYS to win and win easily, have to be on the COWBOYS 13+ ($2.15). ANTONIO WINTERSTEIN ($10) for First Try Scorer.

 

 

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

COWBOYS

Margin Betting:

COWBOYS 13+

First Try Scorer:

ANTONIO WINTERSTEIN

CRONULLA SHARKS vs GOLD COAST TITANS - Saturday afternoon 7.30pm, Shark Park

The Sharks were phenomenal last week. This is the funny thing with the Sharks – when they play the top sides in the competition they really fire up. When they play the sides further down the ladder, they have a tendency to drop off. I am concerned this could be the problem here against a Titans side who have had little or no luck recently. They look way better with Peats in their side, their halves were pretty good against the Broncos in a tough loss there, with the prospect of Hayne, Hurrell and Proctor in the mix, they might push the Sharks to the edge.

 

I don’t have the balls to tip the Coast to beat the Sharks, I am looking to a CRONULLA victory, and a tight one so CRONULLA 1-12 ($3.20) with the Gold Coast giving a really good account of themselves. So much so I believe the Titans will score the First Try through KONRAD HURRELL ($21) and go on to a half time lead, with the Sharks too strong at the business end. Take a TITANS / SHARKS HT-FT Double at $8.0.  Excellent odds given the Titans are going to have a red hot go here. 

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

SHARKS

Margin Betting:

SHARKS 1-12

HT / FT Double:

TITANS / SHARKS

First Try Scorer:

KONRAD HURRELL

 

 

WESTS TIGERS vs CANTERBURY BULLDOGS - Sunday Arvo 4.00pm, ANZ

I know the Dogs have won 3 in a row, but they haven’t impressed me and I feel this is a game where the Tigers could stand up and make a statement. Souths threw it away last week and the scoreline was flattering for the Bulldogs, whilst the Tigers came undone against Parra. Ivan Cleary has had a few weeks with his feet under the desk and I can see this side starting to put it together.

 

So we go WESTS TIGERS on top, I like the HT-FT Double: TIGERS / TIGERS @ $4.0, and he surely will jag a first meat pie sometime soon, TEDDY TEDESCO ($12) for First Try Scorer. I expect the Tigers to come up trumps in all areas on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

WESTS TIGERS

HT / FT Double:

TIGERS / TIGERS

First Try Scorer:

JAMES TEDESCO

SYDNEY ROOSTERS vs ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA - Tuesday afternoon 4.00pm, ANZ

Anzac Day. A day of rich tradition where we pay our respects to those fallen. Tradition plays itself out with the Roosters / Dragons clash in front of what will be a big crowd. St George have been the surprise packets this season, playing great footy and defying the detractors. They run into a methodical Roosters outfit whom are slowly warming up this season. They haven’t set the world alight, but winning matches they have been, last weeks tradesmanlike performance symbolic of their season so far.

 

Where do these teams stand in this battle? I think the Roosters structure and big game players will win the day here over the enthusiastic Saints, who themselves are now getting plagued by the off-field bug – where everyone wants to speculate about off contract players….Dugan and Widdop in the transfer market firing line this week.

 

A ROOSTERS team without distractions looks the goods to me, I am going to take a ROOSTERS / ROOSTERS HT-FT Double as well, and am going to back the enigmatic Kiwi SKD – that’s SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL ($12) to score the first try bro!

 

Outright Match Winner:

ROOSTERS

HT / FT Double:

ROOSTERS / ROOSTERS

First Try Scorer:

SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL

 

MELBOURNE STORM vs NZ WARRIORS - Tuesday evening 7.00pm, AAMI Park

You know my theory. I just cannot tip the Warriors. The Storm have played them already this season and won easily, nothing will change here.

 

STORM to win, STORM 13+ ($2.30) and the most reliable man in the comp to score first: SULI VUNIVALU ($12).  Easy money. Good punting people!

 

 

 

Outright Match Winner:

STORM

Margin Betting:

STORM 13+

First Try Scorer:

SULI VUNIVALU

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