Indigenous All Stars vs New Zealand’s Maori All Stars National Rugby League Betting Tips 16-02-2019
The NRL pre-season begins this week with the annual All Stars Match, albeit with a new team and a new venue. This year, Australia’s Indigenous All Stars will face a new opponent, the New Zealand Maori All Stars, at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Indigenous Rugby League Talent on Show
This is the first time the National Rugby League’s All Stars Match will showcase the best indigenous talent from both sides of the Tasman.
The Maori All Stars have named a strong squad for this match, led by Warriors lock Adam Blair and featuring other NRL stars like South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Dane Gagai and Brisbane Broncos winger Jordan Kahu.
The Indigenous All Stars will have to make do without Johnathan Thurston, who hung up his boots from competitive rugby league at the end of 2018. Thurston is the only player to have won the Preston Campbell Medal for best on ground in the All Star Game twice, and his absence paves the way for new stars to emerge.
AAMI Park is of course home to the NRL’s Melbourne Storm. Therefore, it’s worth noting that the Maori All Stars have four Storm players: Jahrome Hughes, Brandon Smith, and Jesse and Kenny Bromwich. The Indigenous All Stars have only two Storm players: Josh Addo-Carr and Will Chambers.
NRL All Star Match Betting Tips
Given the relative balance between these two squads, it’s anyone’s guess who wins. Unibet has all the NRL betting odds as always, and is paying 1.81 for the Indigenous All Stars to win and 2.00 for the Maori All Stars to win.
PointsBet is offering odds on every player and their chances of scoring a try in the All Star Match. The most likely try scorers are Dane Gagai and Jordan Kahu of the Maori All Stars and Josh Addo-Carr of the Indigenous All Stars, who are 1.95, 2.00, and 2.00 respectively