Rugby League Rep Round Rugby League Preview & Betting Tips
League lovers get to indulge in some representative footy this week with the NRL taking a week off.
Papua New Guinea v Fiji
Saturday 4:00 pm
Most bookies have this is a mismatch, however, we see a bit of value in the Kumuls to at least give Fiji a run for their money.
Papau New Guinea won this matchup back in 2016 by a score of 24-22 at Parramatta Stadium but the year before that, Fiji had the better of them 22-10.
PNG didn’t have a bad World Cup either and easily breezed through their group before taking on England in the quarters. The Poms were too strong across the park and ran out 36-6 victors.
Fiji had a great World Cup and upset the Kiwis in the quarter-final before being outclassed by Australia in the semis. They have Dally M Medal winner Jarryd Hayne in their line up along with Suliasi Vunivalu and Kevin Naiqama among others.
On paper they (Fiji) look too strong but going on historical trends this game will be a tight contest and we are tipping PNG at the line (14) in what should be a highly entertaining affair.
Best Bet: Papua New Guinea (Line) @ $1.90
Value Bet: Fiji 1-12 (Margin) @ $3.25
Samoa v Tonga
Tonga look to be the bet of the representative round this weekend although punters have to take some pretty skinny odds about their chances.
The Tongans were the surprise packets of last year’s World Cup and if anything, their side looks better than the side that pushed England to the limit in the semi-final of that tournament when going down 2018.
Prior to that they topped their Group and upset world number two New Zealand in a gripping contest at Waikato Stadium. They then scrapped through their quarter-final against Lebanon.
Put simply their team is stacked with NRL talent such as Andrew Fifita, Will Hopoate, Michael Jennings, Jason Taumalolo and Daniel Tupou.
Samoa, similarly, has a handy side too but they lack the class that Tonga do and that is evidenced by their 32-18 loss to them in the group stages of the World Cup.
We are tipping Tonga but at the odds we suggest you put them into your multis to add a bit of extra fat to your result. Looking for a bit of value? Jump onto Robert Jennings in the First Try Scorer market – he is in form, having bagged four against the Eels last week when playing for the Bunnies.
Best Bet: Tonga 1-12 (Margin) @ $3.10
Value Bet: Robert Jennings (First Try Scorer) @ $9
England v New Zealand
Mile High Stadium (Denver)
International rugby league heads across to the United States with this match being played in Denver, Colorado.
The Kiwis and Poms do battle in a match that will determine who really is the second best side in the world behind the Kangaroos. Traditionally there isn’t much between the sides but on the strength of their performances throughout the World Cup, England could be ready to reclaim second spot.
England, led by Wayne Bennett, nearly pulled off a huge upset in the World Cup but had to settle for second after going down 6-nil in the Final to Australia.
They are blessed with NRL players in their side that are in form for their respective club teams including Sam Burgess, Gareth Widdup and James Graham and that holds them in good stead here. Bennett’s 11 games in charge have resulted in eight wins and three losses with all three of those defeats coming at the hands of Australia.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have seen a number of test debutants named by coach Michael Maguire including Leeson Ah Mau, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Esan Marsters but they are missing some brilliant players who boast plenty of experience – Shaun Johnson and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
The Kiwis have won eight of the past 12 clashes between the sides but on the basis of what we have seen from both sides in their past performance, England is our tip in what should be a great contest. Our value bet is for Elliott Whitehead who has scored seven tries in 14 tests for England.
Best Bet: England (Win) @ $1.70
Value Bet: Elliott Whitehead To Score A Try