NRL Preliminary Finals tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
Only four teams remain in the hunt for the premiership, with Penrith and Melbourne returning to action after earning a week off. Minor premiers the Panthers face an on-fire South Sydney outfit, while the Storm square off against last season’s grand finalists Canberra – read on below as we preview both NRL Preliminary Finals games, along with providing our best bets and tips.
NRL Preliminary Finals Tips
NOTE: We will link all NRL Preliminary Finals tips and previews to this article once published throughout the week.
Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL Preliminary Finals Tips
- Friday October 16 | Suncorp Stadium | 7.50pm AEDT
It’s been another brilliant season from Craig Bellamy and his Storm outfit, with the team advancing into the preliminary finals for the sixth consecutive year. Melbourne have compiled an incredible winning streak in Queensland, winning their last 19 matches in the state – and that’s the challenge awaiting Canberra, who avenged their Grand Final loss to the Roosters to return to the preliminary finals. Can the Raiders make it back-to-back Grand Finals, or will the Storm continue their remarkable form in the Sunshine State?
Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
- Saturday October 17 | ANZ Stadium | 7.50pm AEDT
Penrith continue their quest for a first premiership since 2003. It’s been over 100 days since the Panthers last lost a match, with Ivan Cleary’s side putting together an extraordinary 16-match winning streak, with their last outing resulting in a thrilling one-point victory over the Roosters, which saw them receive a week off. Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs have been blitzing teams over the last couple of months, averaging 35 points per game over the last 10 weeks. Souths are into their third straight preliminary final and if anyone can take down this Penrith outfit, it’s Wayne Bennett and his charges.