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NRL Round 24 Tips and Predictions - 4 best bets and a $216 multibet

Steve Bennett 17 Aug 2017
  • Four tips for the Round 24 games
  • Combine them in a multibet

We were three from three last Sunday, only to fall at the last hurdle when the Sea Eagles blew a 20-6 halftime lead into a last minute loss to the Wests Tigers.  Here are our best four selections for this week’s Multibet.

With nothing but pride left to play for, it’s difficult to be over-enthused with a match of this calibre. On the bright side, the Rabbitohs go into this after winning their last two matches and although a little late to think about finals football, they have been playing with more cohesion and have much more spark in their attack.

On the other side of the field, things aren’t looking as good with the Warriors having lost their last six games straight. Last week, the Raiders really stuck it to them and it was easy to see why. The Warriors defence was all but non-existent at times which allowed the Canberra side to lay on some very soft tries.

This week, the Rabbitohs remain unchanged while the Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has dropped halfback Mason Lino back to reserve grade and brought in Ata Hingano to partner Keiran Foran in the halves.

The stats between these two are a little deceiving as they show the Warriors ahead 18-12 after 30 matches. However, the Rabbitohs have won the last five straight and with the Warriors poor away record this year, winning just one from nine, things aren’t shaping up too well for the Kiwi boys.

On paper, you would think the Warriors have enough experience and International presence to win this but after six straight losses it’s hard to build up enough courage to tip them. At home, the Rabbitohs look like winning their third in a row.

The Cowboys have not been so badly hit with injuries since 2011, as they struggle to put together a side to face the reining premiers on Saturday night. With Lachlan Coote still in doubt, they have no less than 11 first grade players on the injury bench which makes life pretty difficult for coach Paul Green who despite his injury count remains positive about playing finals football this year.

The Sharks have their own problems although it’s not in the casualty ward. They have slipped off their game of late firstly being embarrassed at home by the Raiders then at Suncorp Stadium where the Brisbane Broncos did a real job on them as well. Leaking 62 points in two weeks would be far from acceptable for coach Shane Flanagan and plenty of work will need to be done in defence if they hope to be competitive during the finals.

The Cowboys are down two more regular faces this week with Justin O’Neil gone for the season (basically) as he recovers from a dislocated elbow while forward Shaun Fensom is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Te Maire Martin has been named at five-eight but still needs to pass a final fitness test on Friday before he will be cleared to play. Lachlan Coote is also still in some doubt.

The Cowboys have a poor record when playing the Sharks having won 16 of their 41 clashes and with a makeshift team to take the field in this one, it certainly doesn’t look like that record will be improving here.

The Sharks need the win to remain in the top four while it’s basically do or die for the Cowboys as a loss here would certainly see them vanish from the top eight for the first time in six years.

It’s a home game for the limping Cowboys and they are usually a 10 point better side when playing in Townsville. However, that 10 points will only reduce the Sharks’ winning margin here.

This could turn out to be the match of the round after their last clash in Round 14. The Raiders had that game shot to pieces, leading by eight points with just minutes remaining. However, they put the cue in the rack just a little early and with some Matty Moylan magic, the Panthers somehow managed to steal the match which could come back and bite Ricky Stuart’s boys on the butt and cost them a finals appearance.

Despite a determined fight by the Cowboys last week, the Panthers took control of that match and got the job done. Meanwhile, over in New Zealand, the Raiders put together a strong performance and put the Warriors away in fine fashion, keeping alive their slim finals hopes.

The Panthers have lost hooker Peter Wallace with a broken hand and Trent Merrin was expected to return this week however has only been named on the reserves bench. The Raiders are as they were last week.

As History suggests, this is a real coin toss situation with the Raiders holding the barest of leads winning 35 of their 70 clashes with draw thrown in. Outcomes at GIO Stadium are also very tight. 

Penrith would like a victory here to consolidate their spot in the top eight and with three rounds remaining they would have their eyes on a top four finish. The scenario with the Raiders is quite simple... lose this and it’s season over for them.

With much more to play for, and in front of their Viking calling crowd, we believe the Raiders can take the points in this one and keep their finals dreams alive.

With recent results for both sides, you would be biting your nails off to the elbows. The Bulldogs are having one of their worst seasons in decades. Sitting 13th on the ladder and already out of finals contention, they have managed to score just 278 points from their 21 matches to date, by far the worst in the NRL. 

Then we have the Sea Eagles who in the last month have confused all avid NRL fans with their week-by-week performances. First off, the Dragons put 52 points on the board against them, and the following week, Melbourne were allowed to rack up 40 themselves. Then two weeks ago, down 18-6 and looking beaten, they scored 30 unanswered points against the Roosters, only to then put in a totally opposite performance against the Wests Tigers the very week.

 Leading 20-6 at half-time, the crowd were just thinking, Manly by how many ?  But then, in stark contrast, they spent the next 40 minutes watching the Tigers out score them 24-6 and steal the game from under their noses.

The Bulldogs are down on troops this week with Sam Cassiano out with a sternum injury and their five-eight and playmaker Josh Reynolds sidelined with a calf injury. This is a savage blow to a team already struggling to score points. 

History shows after a mammoth 125 matches between them the Sea Eagles hold the edge with 63 victories and an incredible five drawn games as well. 

Now, which Manly side will be turning up this week ? Sitting seventh on the ladder with the prospect of grabbing a top four finish, we expect the Manly boys to be too strong for the weaker Bulldogs side this week.

Back our four selections in a multibet. A $10 bet returns $216.00 at Ladbrokes

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