Big Marns Round 9 Betting Preview | NRL Betting Tips

Penrith in the doldrums, Coast on the way back, Roosters to stumble?

Darryl Brohman
Wed, 26 Apr, 12:01 PM


Lets jag this bad boy this week!!!



LEG – 1: 

PENRITH straight out

LEG - 2:

SHARKS - 6.5 line

LEG – 3:

TITANS 13+ margin

LEG – 4:

STORM -6.5 line

BRISBANE BRONCOS vs PENRITH PANTHERS - Thursday night 7.50pm, Suncorp

There is no doubt about it, Penrith are in a real rut and need to get out of it very quickly. They were awful against Parramatta last week and it seems they are trying too hard to play error-free footy and as such they take no risks, and this costs them. For the pre-season competition favourites, there is a lot of soul searching at the foot of the mountains. Results need to start coming. Now.


I do have faith. We know Penrith can play way better than they have been, but also Brisbane are playing at their peak, and let’s face it they have been very, very lucky in recent times. I can see Penrith improving a long way and have an ok record against the Broncos in Brisbane. As such, I am tipping the upset, PENRITH to win, PENRITH to win 1-12 ($4.20) and am going WAQA BLAKE ($15) to get the Panthers off to a flier. Call me mad, but this is their game.



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SOUTH SYDNEY vs MANLY - Friday night 6.00pm, Allianz

Interesting match this one. Souths were very unlucky not to topple Brisbane last week, whilst the Sea Eagles arguably pulled off the upset of the round, rolling the Raiders in Canberra. Manly can be a very hard team to catch whilst the Bunnies are getting into some sort of rhythm without getting the 2 points. The Manly fans don’t travel so it will be all Rabbitohs faithful there on Friday night, and despite the loss of Burgess through his shoulder charge, I think the RABBITOHS can sneak this one. I also expect the Bunnies to lead from go to whoa as it is fresh in my memory the touch up they game Manly early in the season. Let’s have something on RABBITOHS / RABBITOHS Half-Time / Full-Time Double ($3.25). Added to that they will be expertly guided around by CODY WALKER ($23) who is in rich form, and will stick with him to score the first try.



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NORTH QUEENSLAND vs PARRAMATTA - Friday night 7.50pm, 1300Smiles Stadium

Well when you are on a roll, you may as well stick to it (and I am not talking the sausage variety). I have picked the outsiders in the first 2 games, and I am going to side with the outsiders here – PARRAMATTA ($2.60). The Cowboys have been very flat recently and you don’t have to be a genius to work out that they appear rudderless without the great Jonathan Thurston. They have lost at home to Manly and Wests Tigers, struggled to put away the competition battlers in Newcastle last week and face a Parra side who have won two on the trot. Parramatta hit their straps rolling the Panthers, and I expect them to give an awfully big show in Townsville on Friday night.


Corey Norman has been absolutely outstanding for the Eels and I expect him to guide his team to this upset. It won’t be all one way traffic. I expect the Cowboys to come out firing and could well lead going into the break. I have Parra coming home over the top in what will be a good game. It is worth having a few bob on the COWBOYS / PARRAMATTA Half-Time / Full-Time Double ($8) and given I expect the Cowboys to be in front at the half, I am giving ANTONIO WINTERSTEIN ($10) another opportunity to bag the first try, after he dropped it (and the $12) last week when looking like he would score first. 



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The Bulldogs seems to be having some considerable issues at the moment and their football reflects this. This unrest has led to some pretty ordinary efforts on the field and they seem a team out of sorts. The Raiders will be shaken by their last minute loss to Manly, but it will serve a great purpose of knocking any complacency out of them and I expect them to bounce back with vengeance here against an average side.


I expect the RAIDERS to win this game and win easily, RAIDERS 13+ Margin ($2.65) looks good and again a 5/8th will control the game from close quarters, and is always a chance to dive over at any time. BLAKE AUSTIN ($19) looks a handy bet for First Try Scorer, he really knows his way to the line and I expect him to beat big B J Leilua to the punch against the Dogs on Saturday.



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RAIDERS 13+ margin

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WESTS TIGERS vs CRONULLA SHARKS - Saturday night 7.30pm, Leichardt Oval

Wests Tigers have had their fair share of off-field issues recently but despite this, they have been performing pretty well. They return to Leichardt but maybe the crowd won’t be in the same spirit as you would expect – last week they booed their skipper despite the fact he got the Man-Of-The-Match award. The Sharks were turned late by the Gold Coast, which is symptomatic of their season where they perform so well against the top sides, but let their guard down against those below them on the table.


I expect the Sharks won’t make the same mistake this week and I can see them running out winners, although the margin could well be tight. I am vouching for CRONULLA off the bat, CRONULLA 1-12 ($3) and the supremely talented VAL HOLMES ($12) to be first to dot down. There could be some points in this game as well, so keep an eye on that market if you expect there to be plenty of tries.



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NZ WARRIORS vs SYDNEY ROOSTERS - Sunday afternoon 2.00pm, Mt Smart

Ok I am happy to go on record right now – I have absolutely no idea why I am tipping the Warriors, but I am. They are a side I generally avoid like the plague, especially when they are favourites, but there has been something about their play recently that brings them right into this game. It is no easy feat pushing the Storm to the brink, and the week before they had the edge over the Raiders before an avalanche of 2nd half ball saw the Raiders get home. Returning back to NZ could be a huge bonus for them, as is the fact they are playing a Roosters side awfully blessed to win on Tuesday.


The WARRIORS sit here as outsiders ($2.20) and that is good enough for me to go against my grain and tip them. There is no way they will beat the Roosters out of sight, so even better than taking the $2.20 straight out, is to go for the WARRIORS 1-12 ($3.25). That’s more like the odds you need to feel a bit more comfortable about backing them.


Finally – RTS – ROGER TUIVASA-SCHECK ($15) is up against his former club and with some expected early energy from the local lads, he is a very good chance to score the first try.



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GOLD COAST TITANS vs NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS - Saturday afternoon 3.00pm, CBus

The Gold Coast have been boosted massively by the return of a boatload of their injured brigade recently, and have performed accordingly. They accounted for the Sharks away last week, Pulu grabbing a late try to put the premiers away. This week they return home against the hapless Knights, and there won’t be any other result than a big TITANS victory. They should win in a canter, so am looking at the TITANS 13+ Margin ($1.90) and now he has some footy under his belt, expect that man JARRYD HAYNE($11) to be in the thick of it, and as such back him to be First Try Scorer. Got to feel for the Knights, but the Coast will be way too good at home.



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