NRL Betting: Sharks looking the goods
The Sharks are too strong in the middle and are a far more disciplined outfit.
James Sweeney is astounded that the Sharks will go in as outsiders when they meet the Warriors in their Round 15 NRL match-up.
Cronulla v New Zealand
1 unit on Cronulla @ Betfair Match Odds of (2.00) or better
The Sharks have been one of the pre-eminent betting teams in 2012, going 9-4 against the line and sitting firmly inside the top eight when most pundits forecast a bottom-four finish. They have been particularly strong at home, winning five straight and covering the number in all of them.
Astonishingly enough they will go around outsiders against a Warriors team that has been inconsistent at best in 2012. Brian McClennan's men have won back-to-back games only once this season and are a poor 2-5 away from Mt Smart, defeating bottom two teams Parramatta and Penrith.
The Sharks are too strong in the middle and are a far more disciplined outfit. They have won just three of nine against the Warriors but have taken four of the last five between the two at Toyota Stadium and look the goods this Saturday night, particularly with the Warriors on a five-day backup.
Parramatta v South Sydney
2.5 units on South Sydney @ Betfair Match Odds of (1.35)
The Eels have started to show a little bit of punch of late. They ran the Dragons close before upsetting the Sharks.
That momentum was lost, however, with Stephen Kearney's men having the bye last weekend.
Souths are also off the bye but totally outclass Parramatta across the field. The biggest concern for the Eels will be the strike power of the Bunnies. Greg Inglis and Dave Taylor will have a field day on the fringes but the real pain will be the running of Issac Luke. No team plays from its haunches as much as the Eels and Luke is the sharpest dummy half out there.
Parramatta have won just three of nine against the Bunnies and have lost three straight by an average of 24.
This is a major South Sydney play.
Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters
1.5 units on Wests Tigers @ Betfair Match Odds of (1.20)
The Wests Tigers own Leichhardt Oval.
They have won 10 of 11 at the venue since 2009 with their only loss coming against Melbourne. On the back of seven straight wins, it is hard to see the Tigers losing at Leichhardt to a bottom-four team like the Roosters.
The Tigers haven't been winning big of late but they have been winning and the side looks even more composed with Benji Marshall at halfback and rookie Curtis Sironen in the No.6.
The Chooks have lost six of seven and have won just four of their last 20 away from Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters have taken the points in four of the last five against the Tigers but should be well beaten on Sunday afternoon.