2016 NRL Round 2 Betting Multi

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The opening round of the 2016 NRL season was an interesting one with a couple of upsets taking place. We narrowly missed out on receiving cash back up to $50 with the Sportsbet promotion as we picked 3 out of 5 in our multi. We take a look at round 2 of the NRL season and offer our preview and betting multi.

The Bulldogs dominated the Sea Eagles in their first win of the season. The questions surrounding whether their forward pack would be able to adjust to the new interchange rule were quickly answered when their big boppers were the vocal point of the game. Captain James Graham was causing constant havoc for their opponent as he would be at first receiver for a hit up or to start a backline play. It keeps the opposition defence in two minds and creates doubt as to what the forward will do. The Panthers were pipped by the Raiders in Canberra but the side showed a lot of promise before they suffered a massive blow with James Segyaro leaving the field due to injury. The Dogs will be without their hooker too with Michael Lichaa to miss the next six weeks but Segyaro will prove a more difficult player to replace as the Dogs will go on to win this match comfortably.

The Rabbitohs had the biggest win of the opening round and it was against their biggest rivals the Roosters. However, the loss came at a huge cost with Adam Reynolds suffering a broken jaw whilst John Sutton will miss half the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Sam Burgess made a successful return to rugby league after a year playing rugby union. He will likely move to the back row to replace Sutton whilst his two brothers will start this weekend for the Bunnies. Meanwhile the Knights played terribly against the Titans as their new halves pairing Trent Hodkinson and Jarrod Mullen played poorly together. The two hadn’t played a match together and it showed, as they seemed to get in each other’s way on a couple of occasions. Despite the losses to injury for the Rabbits they will still come away with a victory as they have a lot of depth.

Kieran Foran will make his debut for the Eels this weekend and it is likely that Corey Norman will take the field despite suffering a concussion in last week’s loss to the Broncos. It will be a big boost for the side that lacked options in attack but did show a lot of promise in their defence as they held the Broncos out for large portions of the match. The Cowboys picked up a big victory at home against the Sharks as their title defence started in strong fashion. They were able to get out to an early lead and show enough experience to hold on for the victory. The side has a strong recent record against the Eels and they will be too strong for the blue and gold.

The Dragons were their own worst enemy in their Monday night loss to the Storm. The Red V were trailing by just two points for the final 20-minutes but every time it looked as if they would hold the Storm in their own half and gain some momentum they would relieve all the pressure by giving away a penalty. They lost the penalty count 9-4 and it is hard to overcome a disadvantage like that. Meanwhile the Sharks showed they won’t take long to gel with their new halves pairing and if it wasn’t for a brilliant one-on-one tackle by Lachlan Coote on Andrew Fifita the match could have easily entered overtime. They will be without captain Paul Gallen who suffered a knee injury that will see him sidelined for at least six weeks. However, the side has one of the best forward packs in the competition and they have adjusted to playing without their lock over the last few years. We are backing them to come away with the narrow victory in this one.

In the final leg of our multi we will be backing the Tigers to cause an upset against the Sea Eagles on home soil. The Tigers already have caused the biggest upset of the season after defeating the quality line up of the Warriors. They came out with an attacking style and it clicked for the side as they ran out to a big lead in the opening forty minutes. They did let that lead slip but they managed to hold on and clinch the game with a final try to their star fullback James Tedesco. Meanwhile the Sea Eagles were one of the most disappointing teams in round one of the NRL season. The side had a massive overhaul throughout the offseason and it seems as if it will take a little while for the star players to gel and make an impact. Their forward pack was dominated whilst their backline didn’t click at all. Daly Cherry Evans needs to make more of an impact on the matches as he made too many errors whilst he didn’t live up to the pay cheque he is earning. Five-eighth Dylan Walker still has a lot to prove in that position, as he didn’t show much creativity in his sides loss.

NRL Multi of the Week – All bets placed with Sportsbet

Bulldogs to defeat Panthers – $1.60
Rabbitohs to defeat Knights – $1.35
Cowboys to defeat Eels – $1.55
Sharks to defeat Dragons – $1.50
Tigers to defeat Sea Eagles – $2.60

Total Odds: $13.06
Return on $50: $652.86

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March 8, 2016 by : Posted in Expert Betting Tips No Comments

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