NRL Round 9 odds, betting and tipsPosted on 01/05 by Joe Gann
Melbourne Storm facee the St George Dragons in the pick of the Round 9 fixtures this week.
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The Broncos assumed the role of party poopers on Friday night, spoiling Greg Inglis’s 250th NRL appearance by inflicting a 20-24 defeat on the Bunnies. The highly anticipated debut of Payne Haas was one of the main talking points of the evening, as the giant prop excelled on his first senior outing - running 86 metres and completing 13 tackles despite only being on the field for 21 minutes. They have injury concerns over Josh McGuire who sat out the second half with an ankle injury but will be pleased to bounce back following defeat to Storm in Round 7. The Bulldogs didn’t make the most of the opportunity presented by a depleted Panthers team in round 8, going down 22-14 to the mountain men at Panthers Stadium. In a physical encounter, it was Penrith who emerged with the spoils after the Bulldogs committed several errors at crucial moments to scupper their chances of victory. A sixth loss of the year leaves the Dogs languishing second from the bottom of the ladder and they face a tough match here against the in-form Broncos.
Prediction – Broncos
Knights v Rabbitohs
Kalyn Ponga was the outstanding performer as the Knights shrugged off the loss of kingpin Mitchell Pearce to heap more misery on the Sea Eagles on Friday. The 18-12 win lifts them to 5-3 with 10 competition points – an excellent start for the wooden spooners of the previous three campaigns. A narrow loss to the Broncos leaves South Sydney on 4-4 for the season, but a frantic late flurry suggests there is plenty of character in this team. After leading on three separate occasions, it was Corey Oates who decided the outcome with a decisive score to clinch the points for his side and leave the Bunnies empty-handed. The loss put paid to the Bunnies’ fine recent form at ANZ Stadium, but coach Anthony Seibold was pleased with what he sees as significant progress from his side so far this year.
Prediction – Knights
Panthers v Cowboys
Another inspired display from James Maloney set the Panthers on the road to an impressive sixth win of the year at the expense of the Bulldogs at the weekend. It was a battling victory secured despite a lengthening injury list - Dylan Edwards becoming the latest victim of an injury curse plaguing the mountain men at present, suffering a dislocated shoulder early on in the proceedings. He joins Nathan Cleary, Josh Mansour, Tyrone May, Tim Browne and Sam McKendry in the overcrowded treatment room; nevertheless, the Panthers have got on with the job and moved up to second on the ladder this week. The Cowboys’ season has reached crisis point after a horror start that has yielded just two wins from the first eight rounds. With six defeats from the last seven games, Paul Green is contemplating moving Michael Morgan to fullback in a desperate attempt to reshuffle his deck and reignite a season that is threatening to unravel.
Prediction – Panthers
Raiders v Titans
The Raiders put an end to a nine-game losing streak against the Cowboys with their stirring 18-8 win in Townsville. They have slowly recovered from a disastrous start and preside over a 3-5 record, and sit just two competition points adrift of the Roosters in eighth spot. A heart-breaking last-gasp defeat to the Sharks consigned the Titans to a third straight loss in a low-quality show at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday. They face a re-energised Canberra outfit who will be looking to force their way into finals contention after an awful opening to 2018.
Prediction – Raiders
Warriors v Tigers
The Warriors no-show in Melbourne, which culminated in a 50-10 hammering, has left them with two defeats from the last three games following a 100% start to the year up to Round 5. This could be a crucial time for the Kiwis, how they respond to recent setbacks could shape their campaign from here. A suspected knee ligament injury to Isaac Luke was a further blow; initial estimates are that the New Zealand international could be sidelined until Round 14. The Tigers slip to fifth, the first time they have fallen outside the top four in a month, after suffering a third loss of the season in an enthralling encounter with the Eels at the weekend.
Prediction – Warriors
Sharks v Eels
The Sharks managed to dig out a win over the Titans in the tightest way imaginable; the scrappy 10-9 triumph secured back-to-back victories for the second time this year - they will be hoping that the ‘win two lose two’ pattern of their results so far does not continue past this round. The Eels seem to have rediscovered some of their sparkle following six consecutive defeats to start the campaign. Their magnificent 24-22 win over the Tigers, a second win in as many weeks, was inspired by the exceptional Mitchell Moses as the Blue and Golds ensured that their mini-revival gains more traction. Although still propping up the table, the win moves them level with the Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and the Cowboys, and brings them to within two wins of the top eight.
Prediction – Eels
Dragons v Storm
The Dragons’ tremendous win over the Roosters cemented their growing reputation as one of the competition favourites this year, and they face the reigning Premiers in what promises to be the game of the year so far. Melbourne Storm looked more like their all-conquering 2017 incarnation during their ruthless demolition of the Warriors during the ANZAC round. A devastating early blitz that saw the Storm run in five unanswered tries in the opening 23 minutes left Stephen Kearney’s side shell-shocked as the Premiers ran amok in a sensational first half – the 38-0 lead was the biggest half-time lead in their history. After a rocky start to the campaign, Melbourne appears to be hitting their stride – perfect timing as they face the competition’s outstanding team this week.
Prediction – Storm
Roosters v Sea Eagles
The Roosters’ up and down year continued at Allianz Stadium in the ANZAC round, with the Dragons outclassing the misfiring Tricolours 24-8 to maintain their grip on top spot. With just 4 wins from the opening 8 rounds, the Chooks are failing to live up to their pre-season billing as title favourites. Their expensively assembled spine is yet to gel and, flit in and out of a top-eight spot, they look light years away from claiming this year’s Premiership. A 18-12 defeat to the Knights sees things go from bad to worse for the Sea Eagles and coach Trent Barrett. After a week in which off-field behaviour of certain team members came under the spotlight, a possible ACL injury to Lachlan Croker compounded a miserable period at Brookvale. Cruelly robbed at the death, they ended with just 15 fit players after Matthew Wright succumbed to a head injury at halftime and failed to return.
Prediction – Roosters
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