Published: 25.05.2017


It’s not getting any less tight at the top of the NRL ladder. Just two points separate the top four teams but will that change come the end of a truncated weekend?

The State of the Origin games have had a major impact on Round 12 of the NRL with only four games schedules to go ahead. But fear not, we’ve gone through the remaining games to make our choice of the best betting options available to you.

New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos are one of those sides involved in the log jam at the top of the NRL ladder. They went into Round 11 just one win away from the top of the table and that’s exactly where they are ahead of Saturday’s match against the Warriors.

It will, however, take a truly amazing performance for the Broncos to remain in touching distance of the Storm.

Six of Brisbane’s best players are away on State of the Origin duty which gives head coach, Wayne Bennett, another headache having already had to deal with injury problems.

The selection dilemma facing Bennett has not gone unnoticed by the bookies who all make New Zealand the odds on favourites for the game at Mt Smart Stadium.

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On paper, this should be the perfect match for the Warriors to get their disappointing season back on track. They currently sit 14th but could climb the ladder significantly with a big win.

We think that the home side will do enough to get the win but cannot see the in-form Broncos get a hiding. So, back the Brisbane Broncos +8 points at $2.10 with Bet365.

Cronulla Sharks v Canterbury Bulldogs

Like the Broncos, the Cronulla Sharks are also on 16 points and therefore have a chance of moving to the very top of the ladder. Unlike the Bulldogs, the Sharks are the favourites to win their Round 12 match when the Bulldogs visit Southern Cross Stadium

Again, both the Sharks and Bulldogs will have to make full use of their squads this weekend because of the Origin matches.

The Sharks come into Saturday’s match on the back of a four-point win over the Cowboys, a match which showed they’ve got the ability to grind wins out when not quite at their best. In contrast, Canterbury went down by six points against the Roosters to make it two defeats on the trot.

This will come down to whichever side best deals with their absentees and you’ve got to think that will be the Sharks. Yes, some of their best players are unavailable, but they are incredibly well drilled and can dig in in needed so back the Sharks at $1.60 with Luxbet.

Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters

The Roosters are the third team on 16 points following their win over the Bulldogs last weekend. Confidence is high among the squad and they are as short as $7.50 with Sportsbet to win the premiership but, once again, it’s a case of having to make do with players away in the big Origin games.

While the Roosters will be without five players, Canberra Raiders have just one player called away. That surely gives the Raiders a chance to improve on eighth.

That’s what the bookies think having made the home side short odds favourites. We agree that the Raiders will get the job done but not without having to score heavily.

This is a fixture that tends to provide entertainment so we recommend heading to the Total Points market and betting on over 44.5 points with Sportsbet.

Top Betting Tip:

Cronulla Sharks to beat Canterbury Bulldogs at $1.60 with Luxbet

Other Bets:

Brisbane Broncos +8 points against New Zealand Warriors at $2.10 with Bet365
Over 44.5 points in Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters

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