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NRL Round 9 Best of the Rest Tips & Previews

Check out the preview and best bets for the best of the rest in NRL Round 9.

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. 

Melbourne Storm and South Sydney get us underway for Round 9.

South Sydney vs. Melbourne

May 6th 7:50pm

South Sydney get the chance at revenge over the Melbourne Storm when the teams meet at Stadium Australia tonight. 

The Rabbitohs were very heavily backed to win the season-opener against Melbourne at AAMI Park but were left to ponder a sluggish start which would ultimately see them fall short 26-18. 

Melbourne will be without star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen and the lack of his run, carry and line-breaking ability might just open the door for Souths. 

The line does look quite excessive in this game despite the heavy push in early markets for the visitors.  

Suggested Bets: South Sydney +7.5 at $1.92

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Melbourne Storm head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: South Sydney +7.5
Leg 3: A. Johnston anytime try scorer
Combined odds = $8

Penrith vs. Cronulla

May 7th 6:00pm

Penrith seek to keep its undefeated record intact when it faces the struggling Cronulla Sharks on Friday night.  

The current premiership favourite has been at its dominant best this season as it looks to go one better from 2020 and did their chances no harm after accounting for a plucky Manly outfit 28-16 last weekend. 

The Sharks are staring down the barrel of a fifth straight loss if it cannot overcome the Panthers in this game and given pummelling it copped against the Storm last week, there is no reason to suggest anything is going to change here. 

Comfortable Panthers victory coming up. 

Suggested Bet: Penrith Panthers -18.5 at $1.95

Canberra vs. Newcastle

May 8th 3:00pm

Wagga Wagga plays host to this important clash between the Raiders and Knights with both teams down on confidence  down after big losses at home. 

Newcastle were smashed by 34 points against the Roosters last week, while the Raiders went down by 14 to the Rabbitohs.

With only three wins in the bank from the opening eight rounds, both clubs are looking far and wide for answers to their form issues. 

A change of scenery might just be the spark both teams need, especially for Ricky Stuart’s men have lost their last three home games at GIO Stadium and are on the verge of five consecutive defeats. 

The Knights offered little to zero resistance in their seven tries-to-one humiliation against Sydney last week. 

It’s picking the better of two evils in this game.

Raiders win… just.

Suggested Bets: Newcastle Knights +5.5 at $1.94

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Canberra Raiders head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: J. Rapana any time tryscorer 
Leg 3: Total points under 44.5
Combined odds = $4.75

Wests Tigers vs. Gold Coast

May 8th 5:30pm

The Wests Tigers make Campbelltown Sports Stadium home again after a ‘monkey off the back’ victory against St George last week and now look towards the challenge put forth by the Gold Coast Titans.

After dashing away to a 22-0 lead in 15 minutes against rivals the Brisbane Broncos, the Titans stunk it up there on after floundering to a 36-28 loss. 

The return of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui’s from a shoulder charge ban could not have come at a better time for the Titans who have been outmuscled and outworked in recent weeks. 

Expecting a big response from Gold Coast here. 

Suggested Bets: Gold Coast Titans -4.5 at $2

North Queensland vs. Brisbane

May 8th 7:35pm

Does not get any bigger than a traditional Queensland rivalry between North Queensland and Brisbane. 

The two teams meet on Saturday night after the Broncos produced a stirring come from behind victory against Gold Coast last week. 

The Cowboys, too, almost produced a carbon copy of the Broncos feats against New Zealand but fell just short of the Warriors to go down 24-20. 

North Queensland has turned its form around in the last month having won three of its last four fixtures to get the season back on track. 

It comes as no surprise that the form reversal has coincided with the return of captain Jason Taumalolo. 

Predicting the Cowboys to get the job done on their home deck. 

Suggested Bets: North Queensland -4.5 at $1.96

Manly vs. New Zealand

May 9th 2:00pm

Manly Sea Eagles will look to back up their brave effort against the might and power of Penrith against the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday afternoon. 

The Sea Eagles were gallant in defeat against the Panthers after pushing the premiership fancy all the way to the death in Bathurst. 

Daly Cherry-Evans’ match-winning field goal a minute from time earned the Sea Eagles a famous 13-12 win over the Warriors a month ago. 

Now, the Warriors, who have done well to sit in seventh place on the table after eight rounds, will be desperate to return the favour against Manly. 

After surviving a late scare against the North Queensland Cowboys to hold on for a 24-20, the Warriors will need to produce a much better effort against a Manly squad who have found form after the return of gun fullback Tom Trbojevic. 

Suggested Bet: Manly Sea Eagles head to head at $1.46

St George Illawarra vs. Canterbury

May 9th 4:05pm

St George Illawarra Dragons find themselves in a dire situation when it faces Canterbury on Sunday afternoon. 

Only three weeks ago the Dragons were riding the wave of a  of a four-game winning streak. 

But the wave has dumped them on the beach and they now found themselves stuck in a rut after a lacklustre display in their 16-8 loss against Wests Tigers made it three consectuve losses. 

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs may as well have not even taken the field in the first half against Parrammata.

The Bulldogs started their game against the Eels 45 minutes too late after trailing 22-0 early in second half.

That was until Jake Averillo salvaged some pride back for his team. 

Canterbury proved no match for the Eels and would eventually go down 32-10. 

Surely the Dragons find a way to bounce back at home against the last-placed Bulldogs.

Suggested Bet: St George Illawarra head to head at $1.31

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