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NRL Round 16 Tips and Predictions - 4 best bets and a $814 multibet

Steve Bennett 22 Jun 2017
  • Four tips for the Round 16 games
  • Combine them in a multibet

Seven NRL Round 16 games await this weekend and we've picked out the best four bets and a multibet to be backing.

After picking up a nice return from last week’s multibet we have focused on these four games to make it two wins in a row...

New Zealand Warriors v Canterbury Bulldogs

This is the time of year that the Warriors usually take advantage of the state of period as they match it with sides missing origin players. However this week may be an exception as they are coming off a Bye which could level the playing field with the Bulldogs who are in the same boat. Both these sides sit level on the ladder and although they have lost more games than they’ve won, they find themselves just one win outside the top eight. The loser of this match will be four points adrift and it will be that much harder to be there for finals football in August. The Warriors enjoyed their biggest win of the season when they beat the Gold Coast Titans 34-12 two weeks ago. That was also their first ‘away’ win of the season. The Bulldogs also enjoyed a victory two weeks ago, disposing of the Dragons 16-2 keeping the red and whites tryless for the first time in more than a year. Defensive efforts like that win matches. History supports the Bulldogs and more recently shows they have the wood on the Warriors winning six of their last seven clashes. The last time they met was in round three this year and although it was a home game for the Bulldogs it was played in Dunedin in NZ. The location made no difference to the Bulldogs as they got the better of the Warriors that day winning 24-12. With news that Bulldogs winger Brett Morris won’t be backing up from Wednesday’s origin, the Warriors will no doubt be favoured to win this one, but the Bulldogs always seem to find something when they look to be outgunned. The return of five-eight Josh Reynolds really boosts their chances here and we are tipping an upset.

Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans

The last time the Titans were here, Jarryd Hayne kicked the winning field goal in the final minute of play, and claimed it was ‘his’ town. He had some support to making that claim as he once lived in the Campbelltown area however things may turn out a little different in this clash after his performance in origin two. The Tigers will still be hurting after losing an un-losable game last week against premiers Cronulla. Leading by eight with only seven minutes left, they found a way to lose it. The Titans will also be wondering what happened in their match against South Sydney. They led 14-0 mid-way through the first half then watched the Rabbitohs put 36 points on them from then on. All origin players have been named to back-up which keeps the Tigers right in this match with captain Aaron Woods and NSW fullback James Tedesco both available to play. The Titans, after having the most horrific run with injuries this season will welcome back their million dollar man, Jarryd Hayne and hooker Nathan Peats from origin duties and this will boost their attack. History shows the Titans holding an edge over the Tigers winning 10 of their 17 clashes including the last three straight. Their games do however quite often finish in nail-biting moments with seven of their games being decided by three points or less so it will pay to expect another close match here. The Tigers are all but out of finals contention now sitting on the bottom of the ladder on eight competition points. The Titans however are still with a chance of squeezing into the eight and a win here can only help their chances. It’s on the line for the Gold Coast boys here and we think they can get home in a close one.

Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm

Clearly the match of the round as bookmakers have these two teams as this season’s possible grand finalists. Both sides have players expected to back up from Origin two however Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has been known in the past to ‘rest’ players and withdraw them on game day. They sit first and second on the ladder with the Storm enjoying a four point buffer on top of the competition. The game becomes more even as it will be played on a neutral ground being the Adelaide Oval which will be a novelty for all the Crows and Power fans. The Storm are coming off an exciting golden point win over the Cowboys. Both sides were missing the origin stars however the game still stood high on a pedestal as a very entertaining affair. Melbourne used the opportunity to expose some future stars to the side and they didn’t disappoint. Brodie Croft filled in for halfback Cooper Cronk and really stole the show. He took his opportunity to impress the coaching staff and delivered the goods with a super performance. He put the icing on the cake by kicking the winning field goal in extra time. The Roosters return after enjoying a Bye last week and will be hope all their origin stars will be well enough to back up here. Dylan Napa, Boyd Cordner, Blake Ferguson and halfback Mitchell Pearce will be making their return from origin and will no doubt be fired up for a big performance against the competition front runners. History shows the Storm holding a narrow 18-14 lead with recent matches really showing Melbourne’s dominance over the Sydney side. Last year, the Storm won both matches with a combined score of 72-10 which is hardly a selling point for Roosters supporters. While that may be the case, the Storm also have a very ordinary record and Origin matches and there is still a chance the ‘big three’ (Smith, Cronk and Slater) could yet be rested. Whether some or all of them don’t in fact play, we think it’s the Roosters golden opportunity to get on top of Melbourne and bring their four-match winning streak to a halt.  We like the Roosters in a close one.

Cronulla Sharks v Manly Sea Eagles

The two Sydney beachside clubs meet again and their rivalry goes way back to the 70’s where they met in two grand finals with Manly winning both matches. The Sharks however are still seething over those loses with the ’73 grand final almost in their hands, eventually going down 10-7 then in 1978 forced a replay after holding the Sea Eagles to an 11 all draw, losing the replay 16-0. Clashes between them since have not been short of excitement and this game will be no different. The Sharks did a ‘Houdini’ act on the Wests Tigers last week. After looking all but beaten, they staged a miraculous comeback and scored twice in the last seven minutes to grab an unlikely victory. Meanwhile the Sea Eagles were sunning themselves on Manly beach making the most of their Bye. The week prior to that, they were counting their blessings as they got away with a four point victory over equal last placed Newcastle in a very controversial match. The Sharks have four big name players returning from origin two namely, Andrew Fifita, Valentine Holmes, Wade Graham and James Maloney and will be relying heavily on their talents to finish on top in this match. Manly will welcome back Jake Trbojevic who made a big impression in the origin match coming off the bench. With him backing up and brother Tom back in his comfort zone at fullback, fans will be expecting big things from their well rested team. History overwhelmingly has Manly leading the way with 62 victories from the 88 clashes to date. Although the Sharks have bragging rights as 2016 Premiers, their recent clashes with Manly bring that crashing down as they have lost 13 of their last 15 matches against the Sea Eagles. They split the winnings last year with one win each and with the Sharks winning the last match played can go back-to-back on Sunday with a victory. We don’t see it that way and favour Manly to get on top early and be able to hold on for a win.

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