The second week of finals is in the books and how exciting was it! The Storm edged the Roosters with a try in the last 2 minutes of the game, while the Warriors put an end to the Knights winning streak in fashion. We missed our multi of the week due to Olam not scoring but we are back this week, with another try scorer multi across both games.
NRL Best Tips and Multi Bet of the Weekend | Finals Week 3
Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm
September 22nd, 19:50, Accor Stadium
Kicking off the round we have the Panthers hosting the Storm. The Panthers will have been preparing for this fixture for 2 weeks, while the Storm are sure to be banged up and bruised after a brutal contest last week. The Panthers are the team to beat as they have been for the last few years, and with this Storm side not playing at their best, I think this will likely be too tall of an order. To make matters worse for the Storm, the Panthers have both Luai and Tago returning this week, a big injection to their attack.
For the Panthers, their dominant edge is their right edge, scoring 40% of all tries on that right side. For the Storm, they are a side that concede almost all their tries on the wings and very few through the middle. The Panthers right edge of Cleary, Martin, Crichton and To’o is bound to cause problems. To’o has scored in 9 of his last 10 games and that’s why I am taking To’o anytime try scorer @1.91 on Bet365.
Brisbane Broncos vs New Zealand Warriors
September 23rd, 19:50, Suncorp Stadium
For our second Preliminary Final we see the Broncos hosting the Warriors. The Warriors will be in good spirits after crushing the Knights 40-10, while the Broncos will be well rested and prepared after having the week off. This year the Broncos have made tremendous progress, finally becoming the contender we all knew they could be. Their spine is electric with Walsh, Mam and Reynolds, while their forward pack dominates with the likes of Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan. The Warriors also have a great spine and a solid pack, but it falls short of this dynamic Broncos side. If the Warriors want to win here, they will need to find the perfect blend of staying disciplined and playing expansive footy to try break down the Broncos defense.
The Warriors playstyle leaves them open to concede tries when their opponent outmatches them, and I think that is exactly what will happen here. The Warriors left edge is their weak edge, conceding 40% of their tries. This edge is coming up against the Broncos strike edge of Walsh, Reynolds, Staggs and Cobbo, the side that accounts for 50% of the Broncos tries. I think the Broncos score quite a few in front of their home fans and favor that right edge, and that’s why I am taking Cobbo anytime try scorer @1.87 on Bet365.