Check out the rest of the NRL action this weekend as we preview and lob in the best bets from every other game following our Game of the Round.
Penrith take centre stage on Thursday night as we head into Round 7 of the NRL season.
Penrith vs. Newcastle
APril 22nd 7:50pm
Premiership favourite Penrith host the Newcastle Knights in a bid to continue their undefeated run.
The Panthers have defeated all before them this year to take a 6-0 record into round seven of the 2021 season which sees them sitting at the summit of the NRL table.
A match against the Knights represents another game with which the Panthers are expected to easily haul in another victory but the visitors bring in winning form to this contest.
A 26-22 win over the Sharks thanks to last ditch Kalyn Ponga converted try in the 77th minute helped the Knights over the line.
If the Knights bring form they showed last week into this game, then we should be set for a Thursday night cracker.
Suggested Bets: Newcastle Knights +16.5 at $1.89 Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Newcastle Knights +16.5
Leg 2: C. Staines anytime try scorer
Leg 3: K. Ponga anytime try scorer
Combined odds = $9
Gold Coast vs. South Sydney
April 23rd 6:00pm
South Sydney will be without marquee fullback Latrell Mitchell for its clash against the Gold Coast after the 23-year-old was suspended for dangerous conduct.
The omission of Mitchell means the Rabbitohs lose one of their most vital playmaking cogs and it’s now left to coach Wayne Bennett to invent a new way to the try line.
A return home for the Titans might just be what the doctor ordered after they were crushed by Manly 36-0 last week in what was their worst performance of the year.
The loss was deemed a lesson in rugby by Titans coach Justin Holbrook and with the expectation of finals placed upon this year, the Titans should be able to at least trouble a Rabbitohs team who will also be without Josh Mansour.
Suggested Bet: Gold Coast Titans +6.5 at $1.85
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Gold Coast Titans +6.5
Leg 2: Anthony Don anytime try scorer
Leg 3: Total points scored under 41.5
Combined odds = $6.5
Parramatta vs. Brisbane
April 23rd 7:55pm
The Parramatta Eels return home to clash with the Brisbane Broncos on Friday night after overcoming their Canberra Raiders hoodoo last week.
It was a dominant 35-10 belting of the Raiders and meant the Eels slid their way up to third on the NRL table.
Meanwhile, the Broncos put in a gallant losing effort against the much more highly fancied Penrith.
Kevin Walters men pushed the premiership favourites all the way to the end and if not for some clutch moments from Nathan Cleary, it may have come away with one of the upsets of the year.
Alas, it was not to be and now a game against Parramatta represents another big task for the 2020 wooden spooners who continue to show signs of improvement.
Suggested Bets: Brisbane Broncos +13.5 at $1.90
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Parramatta head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: B. Ferguson anytime try scorer
Leg 3: Total points scored under 41.5
Leg 4: X. Coates anytime try scorer
Combined odds = $10
Cronulla vs. Canterbury
April 24th 5:30pm
Cronulla is seeking to put the pain of successive defeats in the rear view mirror when its hosts the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Late losses to Sydney and Newcastle leave the Sharks languishing in 11th place on the ladder, while the Bulldogs sit last and are yet to win a game.
A brilliant opportunity to change their season’s narrative arises for the Sharks in this game and the mail that Shaun Johnson could be making his return only adds to the positive sentiment.
The Bulldogs, too, will feel a sense of optimism going into this one after finally getting their offensive end to hit some form last week.
Odds suggest this will be one way traffic but the Bulldogs can cover the line.
Suggested Bets: Canterbury Bulldogs +16.5 at $1.83 Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Cronulla Sharks head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: Canterbury Bulldogs +16.5
Leg 3: Total point scored over 43.5
Combined odds = $5
North Queensland vs. Canberra
April 24th 7:35pm
Canberra take their talents up north when it does battle with the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night in Townsville.
Ricky Stuart will be eager to get back into winning ways after losses to two of the premiership fancies in Penrith and Parramatta.
The story for North Queensland has been a struggle this year but a two-match winning streak after victory against the Wests Tigers and Canterbury has the home side brimming with confidence.
This will be a much harder test for the Cowboys and the Raiders, albeit in losing form, bring in the strongest form line to this game.
The home crowd will be up and about ‘The Green Machine’ should revert a losing fortnight into a big win here.
We are talking about a genuine finals team against a team who have defeated squads destined to finish in the bottom of the table.
Stuart’s men will be fired up for this one.
Suggested Bets: Canberra Raiders -9.5 at $1.87
Wests vs. Manly
April 25th 1:45pm
Manly will be riding the wave of a 36-0 pummelling of the Gold Coast Titans last week when it travels out to Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Sea Eagles were on fire from the beginning of their limb by limb massacre of the Titans and in doing so elevated to 12th.
Tom Trbojevic’s return showed just how important he is to this Manly squad who are on the verge of their their consecutive win.
The momentum held by the Sea Eagles is in stark contrast to the Wests Tigers horrible form slump.
The second-last spot is where the Tigers find themselves on the ladder heading into this round seven clash despite a fighting effort against South Sydney.
Suggested Bet: Manly Sea Eagles -5.5 at $1.90
Melbourne vs. New Zealand
April 25th 6:15pm
A Sunday Anzac Day clash with great meaning ensues when the Melbourne Storm host the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park.
The Warriors cannot be discounted in this match despite the irresistible form the Storm have shown in recent weeks.
Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen has been ruled out with a shoulder injury which presents a golden opportunity for the Warriors to cause an upset here.
Papenhuyzen is amongst the hottest prospects in the league at the moment and his absence will leave a hole in offence and defence that is irreplaceable at the moment.
But the Storm, for any factors bestowed against them, are the utmost professional outfit and boast a 12-game winning streak when playing as the home team.
Predicting the Storm will improve to 5-2 but the Warriors will make them earn it.
Suggested Bet: New Zealand Warriors +16.5 at $1.90.