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NRL Round 11 Tips and Predictions - 4 best bets and a $190 multibet

Steve Bennett 18 May 2017
  • Four tips for the Round 11 games
  • Combine them in a multibet

Eight intriguing NRL Round 11 await this weekend and we've picked out the best four bets and a multibet to be backing.

This is the final round before teams are selected for Origin One and with several positions still up for grabs we can expect some extra effort from those in contention for a jersey. Here are our four best for the weekend...

Brisbane Broncos v Wests Tigers

This will be the Tigers first game without former five-eight Mitchell Moses who was finally released to the Parramatta Eels this week. That means the Tigers must take the field with an untried halves combination, up against the Broncos pairing of Nikorima and Milford. A frightening thought to begin with right there. The Tigers were at their very worst last week, leaking 28 points to the Rabbitohs and Moses himself missing seven tackles and only managing one run with the ball, hardly first grade standards in any club. Their efforts as a team were very disappointing and certainly didn’t please new coach Ivan Cleary. The Broncos were quite impressive in their 24-14 victory over Manly. Down 14-0 at one stage, they clawed their way back into the match and finished with a wet sail. The forwards took control of the game early in the second half then the halves went to work and finished off the Sea Eagles in strong fashion. The Tigers have one ray of sunshine glistening for them with the return of their captain Aaron Woods from a groin injury. He will have to lead by example to get his forward pack mobile against the big Broncos pack. Halfback Luke Brooks will also need to step up a gear if he is to match it with his opposite halves. The Broncos will be full of confidence after their last effort which was their fifth straight win. The team has added strength to the bench by naming halfback Ben Hunt as a chance of returning for this game. In total, 25 games have been played between these two sides with the Broncos holding a huge advantage, winning 19 of them. The Tigers did win their only meeting last season when Mitchell Moses kicked the winning field goal. Prior to that however, Brisbane had won the six previous meetings. The Tigers have so far had a season full of drama both on and off the field and would be hoping now that Moses is gone, that the dust will begin to settle. In front of their home crowd, the Broncos should be far too strong for the Tigers in this one.

Gold Coast Titans v Manly Sea Eagles

Both sides have a great desire to take the points at Cbus Stadium on Saturday. A victory to the Titans could see them move into the top eight while another loss by the Sea Eagles will almost certainly see them fall out of the eight. Last week’s mammoth win over competition leaders Melbourne was a positive sign that the Titans are moving forward despite their horrific run of on-going injuries. Scoring points wasn’t a problem against the best defence in the game while their own defence may need some tightening up. The Sea Eagles came out of the blocks flying against the Broncos but when leading 14-0 seemed to lose their way as the momentum swung towards Brisbane. Losing their star fullback Tom Trbojevic didn’t help their cause but they were down and almost out before that incident occurred. The Titans are as full strength as they can be, sticking with Tyrone Roberts at the back and the million dollar man Jarryd Hayne remaining in the centres. It was this combination that worked so successfully last week so coach Neil Henry has seen no reason to change it. Manly will be taking the field without their star fullback Trbojevic with Matthew Wright coming in to fill the vacant spot. Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans will be on notice that this is his last chance to impress the Qld Origin selectors for what could be a possible bench spot for him. Ryan James and Jarrod Wallace have been playing out of their skin in recent weeks and look set to dominate their counterparts Brenton Lawrence and Martin Taupau. This one could be won out wide in a battle of speed in the backs with Dylan Walker, Jorge Taufua and Akuila Uate lined up against the in-form Anthony Don, Konrad Hurrell and Jarryd Hayne as well. The Sea Eagles hold a 9-6 advantage over the Gold Coast boys however their most recent match-up going the Titans way 30-10 in their round 16 clash last year. We see this match being played at 100 miles an hour and should be one the most entertaining of the round. Manly will surely miss Turbo Tom at the back which is why we see the Titans getting away with this one at home.

Parramatta Eels v Canberra Raiders

Both these sides are coming off big losses and will be desperate to get back on track. The Raiders have been down on confidence as they have lost their last three in a row including that shock loss to last placed Newcastle last week. The Eels were well below their best as the Roosters gave them a 48-10 hiding at Allianz Stadium. Missed tackles became the norm for their defence which saw them down 28-4 at half-time and basically out of the game from then on. A welcome relief to the Parramatta side will be the change to ANZ Stadium. Their last six games at Allianz have all led to losses. They also welcome new recruit Mitchell Moses from the Wests Tigers and we could see him take the field at some stage during the game. The loss of halfback Corey Norman is a massive blow for the Eels and will be hoping Moses can weave some early magic should he be used in the match. The return of fullback Bevan French is a bonus for them which puts Clint Gutherson back to five-eight where he is at his most dangerous. The Raiders offer no excuses for their recent poor form and will be out to improve their efforts on the field this week. They also welcome back a missing face with damaging forward Josh Papalii returning from suspension which will boost their strength up front. History between the sides shows an even balance with the Raiders a nose in front 28-26 from their 54 matches. However, in recent times it’s been the green machine all the way winning eight of their last ten clashes with the Eels. This should be another nail biter with both sides looking evenly matched across the park. Although the Raiders have lost five of their past seven games at Allianz Stadium, that is negated by the fact that they have never played the Eels at the ground. After losing three on the trot, we think the Raiders will be the hungriest here.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm

Another game to be played out of town with the Rabbitohs taking their home match to Perth. Will this make a difference ? Time will tell. The Rabbitohs bounced back to the winner’s circle last week against a hapless Wests Tigers side who played too badly to be true. However, the Souths attack was much improved from their recent efforts and it was their defence that really rattled the Tigers, conceding just one try in the entire 80 minutes. The Storm shocked the NRL world with what was by far their worst defensive effort in many many years as they leaked 38 points to the Titans which is just unheard of from a Melbourne defensive line. Their attack was fine, scoring 36 points themselves however allowing the Titans to score twice in the last six minutes cost them the match. Souths coach Michael Maguire has taken the gamble again of playing Cody Walker at fullback and moving John Sutton into the five-eight role, a move that hasn’t really sparked in the past. The Storm are as per last week, still missing their International front-rower Jesse Bromwich who is still under suspension. There would certainly be verbal scars visible after the post match review by coach Craig Bellamy and I doubt we will see another defensive lapse like that from the Storm this week. History shows it’s all one-way traffic with the Storm dominating the stats, winning 22 of the 26 games played between them. However, it’s been all hard work lately for the Storm as they won their last three games against the Rabbitohs by less than six points. The Rabbitohs will need the marquee players to step here and take control early. If the Storm get on top first, it may turn into a long night for Souths. It’s hard to imagine a Bellamy trained side will lose two in a row and that’s how we read this game.

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