NRL Week 3 Finals Tips and Predictions - 2 best bets and a multibet to back

Steve Bennett 25 Sep 2019
  • Two tips for the weekend
  • Combine them in a multibet

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CANBERRA RAIDERS vs SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
The Raiders earned the right for a week off after defeating the Storm 12-10 at AAMI Park in week one of the finals. Meanwhile the Rabbitohs had to bounce back from a 32-6 drubbing by the Roosters in week one and they did just that, beating the Sea Eagles 34-26 last weekend in a controversial match at ANZ Stadium.

Team Line-Ups
Raiders: Joey Leilua will start this week after his fireworks dilemma saw him come off the bench against the Storm. Despite suffering a cut face against Melbourne, Nick Cotric has bee named and is expected to play. 

Rabbitohs: Wayne Bennett has named the same 17 from last week’s victory over Manly. James Roberts is still in some doubt after a finger injury became infected over the weekend. A decision on whether or not he will play will be made later in the week.

Key Match-Ups
At their very best, there are match-ups right across the park here. Dane Gagai will face the nippy Joey Leilua and Gagai will have to improve big time from his below par performance last week if he is any chance of holding Leilua at bay. Adam Reynolds was found wanting in defence last week (missing two tackles that both led to tries). He will have to tighten that up if he is to finish on top of an in-form Aidan Sezer. Cody Walker was in great touch against Manly and his clash with Jack Wighton will be well worth witnessing. The Raiders forward pack has been on fire of late and they will have to reproduce that form at the very least if they are to keep the three Burgess brothers at bay.

Head to Head
Played:52  Raiders:31  Rabbitohs:21
Last Met: 2019, Round 10: Rabbitohs 16 bt Raiders 12 @ GIO Stadium

Prediction
The Rabbitohs finished on top of the Raiders at this ground when they last met which was way back in round 10. Since then, the Raiders have improved out of sight and begun a legacy of beating top-eight sides. Whilst they did beat the Storm two weeks back, they only snatched victory in the dying minutes off a Storm error and will need to improve their attack if they hope to score more points this weekend. The Rabbitohs need to work on their defence and their opening 30 minutes. It’s here where they are most vulnerable and should they be slow out of blocks again, the home side, with a sold-out crowd behind them, will certainly make them pay. I believe the extra week’s break will have done the Canberra side a world of good and they will bring their ‘A’ game here and be the first team into next week’s Grand Final.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS vs MELBOURNE STORM
The Roosters came out with all guns blazing in week one of the finals and had the Rabbitohs on the ropes by half time. They went on to take match 30-6 and won themselves a week off. Meanwhile, the Storm suffered their second loss to the Raiders in four weeks and both losses were at AAMI Stadium. They bounced back last week however, to destroy the Eels 32-0 and earn a crack at the reining Premiers this week.

Team Line-Ups
Roosters: The Roosters will be missing Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for this match after he failed in his bid to have his one-game suspension for tripping overturned. Siosiua Taukeiaho comes into the starting line-up in his place with Lindsay Collins coming onto the bench. Sam Verrills has been named at hooker with Jake Friend listed as a reserve. Coach Trent Robinson is playing mind games with naming Friend and he is still a chance of playing. Watch this space. 

Storm: Craig Bellamy is sticking with the same side who were so clinical in their demolition of the Eels last week. This sees Will Chambers remain on the bench as a roving utility player with Curtis Scott retaining his spot as starting centre.

Key Match-Ups
This match would have made a great Grand Final. Tedesco vs Papenhuyzen, Mitchell vs Scott, Munster vs Keary and both forward packs will be going toe-to-toe with each other. The Roosters have the edge in the backs and Cronk’s kicking game will be paramount for turning the Storm around. The Melbourne forward pack should be able to dominate the Sydney side’s front six with Waerea-Hargreaves missing in action. If they can get the go-forward working, it will put extra pressure on the defensive prowess of Aubusson and Radley who will have to put in overtime to keep the Melbourne boys at bay.

Head to Head
Played:36  Storm:20  Roosters:16
Last Met: 2019, Round 15: Storm 14 bt Roosters 12 @ Adelaide Oval

Prediction
The Storm snatched victory in Adelaide with a second-half penalty goal, that being the only score in the last 40 minutes. It could quite easily end up the same situation here with both sides boasting a solid defensive line and both also know how to score short and long range tries as well. Cameron Smith will be hoping his goal kicking improves from last week’s poor effort where he landed just one from six attempts. A repeat of that performance could easily cost them victory here. The Roosters will be fresh off a two-week break but will have to do it without their crunch man (Waerea-Hargreaves) doing the damage up front. I believe the likes of the Bromwich brothers and the very in-form Asofa-Solomona can gain control up front and make the necessary metres to put the Storm in try scoring positions. If they can repeat last week’s effort here, they are capable of upsetting the Premiers.


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