• Join
  • Login
  • BNA Twitter
  • BNA Facebook
  • 19:16:57 AEST
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019
  • Gamble Responsibly 18+
Roosters Cooper Cronk

NRL Betting Tips: Roosters vs Souths Preliminary Final Preview 2018


Robinson's Roosters desperate for Grand Final Glory

Jump To: Storm vs Sharks Roosters vs Rabbitohs

Roosters v Rabbitohs

NRL Odds: Sydney Roosters $1.75 (-1.5) / Souths Sydney Rabbitohs $2.10 (+1.5)

The oldest rivalry in Rugby League history is set to explode this Saturday night when the Chooks take on the Bunnies at Allianz Stadium in the Grand Final Qualifier.

With everything on the line and no second chances here, a win would mean so much to both.

The Roosters, with their star-studded line-up, started this year as short-priced premiership favourites. And while they have secured the minor premiership, coach Trent Robinson would see a grand final victory as a defining moment in his short coaching career.

Meanwhile across the road at Redfern, Souths coach Anthony Seibold, who has done a remarkable job with his team this season, is looking for premiership glory in his first year as head coach.

After a disappointing 2017, the Bunnies were considered premiership outsiders at the beginning of this year. However, the emergence of Damien Cook has proven to be the spark they needed.

South's style of play has allowed the NSW hooker's game to elevate to a new level, largely due to the support of the Burgess brothers who have provided consistant 'go-forward' all season.

South Sydney's path to the finals hasn't been all smooth sailing. Going down to the Storm in a one-point thriller in week-one, they managed to fall over the line in week two in an equally thrilling one-point win against the unfavoured Dragons.

With a dominant win over the Sharks in the first week of their finals campaign, the Roosters secured themselves a much coveted week off. The win came at a cost though, with NSW Blues star Latrell Mitchell suspended for this week’s clash.

 

Get access to a professional NRL Punter's betting system here.

 

The Roosters have found form in the back end of the season, winning 11 of their last 14 games.

Their halves combination of Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary has finally clicked, and the partnership is now flourishing after a slow start to the season.

On the other hand, Souths have won only four of their past nine games with only two of those wins coming against top-eight sides.

After a fantastic start to the season, the Bunnies attacking formation was exposed towards the back-end, with a question mark lingering over their ability to score points.

The Roosters will start deserved favourites for this clash given their recent record against the Bunnies.

Winning four of their last five encounters, the Chooks have shown their cross-town rivals a clean pair of heels, and with Cronk steering the ship, they go into this match as deserved favourites. 

 

For the Roosters to win.. 

The Roosters' forwards will need to rise to the occasion and muscle up against the bigger Rabbitohs pack.

The Chooks matched it with the larger Sharks’ pack, dominating the ruck back in week-one of the finals. They will need to do the same again this week if they are to win the arm wrestle up front.

 

For the Rabbitohs to win...   

Damien Cook will need to take advantage of any quick play-the-balls offered by his huge forward pack.

The Roosters are renowned for controlling the ruck, so these opportunities will be few and far between, but when they do arise, they will provide Souths with their best opportunity to break the Chooks defensive line.

 

Key match-up - forward packs 

NRL Statistics

 

Souths have a powerful forward pack who dominates their opposition more often than not.

They have a clear edge on the Roosters pack in all key facets of the game, except handling errors.

The key for the Bunnies' forwards will be to keep their errors down. Doing so will ensure they can leverage their forwards' dominance and win the battle up front.

Nevertheless, the Roosters pack offer plenty in defence, playing a more workman-like style of smart conservative footy which is reflected in their low error rate. If they can match it with the Bunnies' forwards, they'll go a long way to winning this match.


 

NRL Player In N Butcher (Roosters), Nil (Rabbitohs)

NRL Player Out L Mitchell (Roosters),  Nil (Rabbitohs) 

NRL Weather Fine and 15 degrees.

NRL Stats Key NRL stats

  • Average points scored: Roosters 22.5 / Rabbitohs 24.0
  • Average points conceded: Roosters 14.9 / Rabbitohs 18.4
  • Sydney have won 4 their last 5 games against Souths
  • The Roosters have won 7 of their last 10 games
  • The Rabbitohs have won 5 of their last 10 games

 

We reveal the most profitable celebrity NRL Tipsters here.

 

NRL Betting Tip Key NRL Betting Stats

  • The Roosters have covered the line at 60% this season: Roosters -1.5 @ $1.90
  • Cody Walker (4) leads both teams in first try scorers this season: Cody Walker  first try @ $19
  • The Roosters have won 5 of their last 6 night games against the Bunnies: Roosters HTH @ $1.75
  • 7 of the Roosters last 8 finals games have resulted in 'Over' total match points: Total match points line of 37.5 @ $1.90
  •  

NRL Betting Tip  NRL Betting TipEither team to win by a margin of under 6.5 points @$2.50

Reasoning: The loss of Latrell Mitchell is a significant blow, not only do the Roosters lose their key attacking weapon, but their goal kicker as well. 

Expect this to be a fiery battle, with each side trading blows in a low-scoring affair. 

Share On:

Trending Racing & Sport News

Roosters Cordner Tackled

NRL Betting Tips: The early games Round 7 Season 2019

NRL punters face two interesting betting games on ANZAC Day, where there are two heavy favourites in the NRL odds market.....

Apr 24, 2019 04:16PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Richmond Dusty Martin 2018

AFL Betting Tips: The early games Round 6 Season 2019

The ANZAC round of the AFL gets underway on Wednesday night, when the struggling Dees will hope to keep it competitive a.....

Apr 24, 2019 04:15PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Chicago Cubs Cole Hamels

MLB Betting Picks: Best plays for 25 April 2019

Baseball fans are treated with an array of intriguing midweek matchups on Thursday. The day starts nice and early, wh.....

Apr 24, 2019 04:12PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Bookie Promos

Betting Promotions Review 20 April 2019

The Autumn Carnival concluded on Saturday, and while some punters were cheering after the races late on the card, most d.....

Apr 24, 2019 10:29AM
READ MORE right-arrow

Betting Offers

click and get your bonus today!

* NEW ACC ONLY, EXC NSW, SA, WA & VIC. TURNOVER REQUIREMENTS & EXPIRY PERIOD APPLY. SEE T&CS ON WEBSITE. GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY.



Racing & Sports Betting Topics


Tweets by @BettingNetworkA


Sports Expert Tipster Top 5

Wally Lewis
Channel 9
58 Pts $ 48.9
Mike Coleman
Courier Mail
54 Pts $ 45.3
Paul Malone
Courier Mail
54 Pts $ 44.9
Hannah Holli..
Fox Sports
54 Pts $ 44.8
Darren Lock..
Channel 9
52 Pts $ 44.0
Full NRL Leaderboard
Gerard Whate..
Fox Footy
34 Pts $ 31.0
Dermott Brer..
Fox Footy
32 Pts $ 27.8
Eliza Sewell
Herald Sun
30 Pts $ 29.9
Tyson Goldsa..
Herald Sun
30 Pts $ 28.5
Mick Malthou..
Herald Sun
30 Pts $ 26.4
Full AFL Leaderboard

Top Horse Racing Tipsters

Grigga23
Pro
250% POT
tridents
Pro
240% POT
FourexTips
Pro
180% POT
WAonly1
Pro
144% POT
kendo7
Pro
138% POT
Full Leaderboard
Greg Polson
500% POT
Bernadette C..
198% POT
Matthew Jack..
145% POT
Stephen Rodg..
89% POT
Gary Harley
88% POT
 
Greg Polson 500% POT
Bernadette C.. 198% POT
Stephen Rodg.. 89% POT
ChrisNelson 84% POT
Warren Huntl.. 79% POT
 

Next Race to Jump


More Sports & Racing news you might like

Bookie Promos

Betting Promotions Review 20 April 2019

The Autumn Carnival concluded on Saturday, and while some punters were cheering after the races late on the card, most d.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Generic 171123

Free horse racing tips for midweek races 24 April 2019

Free racing tips from Ben Beare You can access all of Ben's tips for Wednesday's racing on his tips page here.   .....

READ MORE right-arrow

Souths Cameron Murray

NRL Betting Tips: Friday night footy Round 7 Season 2019

Friday night footy kicks-off in Homebush, where the Dogs will be desperate for a win to lift them off the bottom of the .....

READ MORE right-arrow

GWS Toby Greene2

AFL Betting Tips: Super Saturday Round 6 Season 2019

There are four cracking matches for AFL punters to get their teeth stuck into on Saturday, highlighted by two derbies. .....

READ MORE right-arrow

Bookie Promos

Betting Promotions Preview 20 April 2019

The last meet of the Sydney Autumn Carnival takes place at Randwick this Saturday, with the running of two cracking Grou.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Doomben 230518

Doomben tips and best bets 20 April 2019

Brisbane metropolitan racing heads to Doomben this Saturday, where the track is currently rated a Good 4 and the ra.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Copyright © 2019 S92 www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au
Stay in Control. For gambling help call 1800 858 858 or your local State gambling helpline, Gamblers Help, Mission Australia or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.
Users must be at least 18 years old.
Feedback