NRL Betting: Top coaches to battle it out
...one factor that will not go away this week for the Storm is Ennis the Menace.
While many rugby punters might focus on this weekend's big NRL tussle between the Storm and the Bulldogs, Matt Adamson urges Tigers fans not to give up on their beloved side and to get back on them now.
No halves and soft middle
This week's feature game brings two of the NRL's most consistent and successful coaches into battle.
A problem has emerged already for Des, as the loss of Trent Hodkinson has become a problem in his halves, BIG TIME. The young pairing this week of Reynolds and Keating against Cronk and Widdop is a mismatch.
But one factor that will not go away this week for the Storm is Ennis the Menace.
He will fight, kick, scratch and sledge the opposition all game and do everything in his power to unsettle Cam Smith, but you the punter and I both know Smith is the ultimate pro and will not be distracted from pulling apart the Dogs D line.
Watch late in both halves as Cronk and Smith pull apart the Bulldogs' inside defensive line as they take advantage of their slow big men around the ruck.
The Storm will make it seven in a row and remain favourites to win the comp.
Sharks V Eels
I agree with the comments of Peter Sterling this week that Chris Sandow is overweight, and I will add to his statement and say that Sandow is also overpaid.
This is why this once great club is at the bottom of the comp: the management of the Eels is so not in touch with the game, for if they were they would not have spent this amount of money on him.
Punters tip: keep an eye on odds for Kearny to go before the end of 2012.
So, put your cash on the Sharks to make it five in a row. With the best defence in the competition, this side is well united and drilled in what has become the blueprint for winning.
(The loss of the flashy fullback Gardner is a loss, one they will overcome.)
I feel this is your week to collect the cash. For those who have lost some of that folding over the early rounds, stay strong.
B Marshall should score a double.
If you watched the baby Broncos last Friday night keep a keen punting eye on them throughout the season as they are without doubt one of the best prepared teams in the NRL.