The Big Marn’s NRL Round 24 Preview

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers

Thursday 21st August, 7:45pm AEST

ANZ Stadium

A month is a long time in rugby league and this game is a perfect example of that, with the Tigers defeating The Bulldogs 46-18 in Round 19.

We all know how the Tigers have gone since then and the Bulldogs finally broke their losing streak with a narrow 18-16 victory over the Eels last week.

The Bulldogs have more on the line and the Tigers are counting down the days until their end of season trip. Bulldogs to win comfortably.

Major Outs from Rd 23: Canterbury – Lloyd Perrett (Ankle), Wests – Dene Halatau (Hamstring)

Big Marn Says: Bulldogs by plenty here. Were smashed by the Tigers a month ago but the Tigers have now been reduced to whimpering pussies.

Recommended Bet: Canterbury 13+ ($1.68)


Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles

Friday 22nd August, 7:45pm AEST

Pirtek Stadium

This is arguably the game of the round with plenty at stake for both clubs and they have plenty of history too.

Manly is trying to wrap up the minor premiership and the Eels are trying to force their way into the Top 8.

It should be an arm wrestle for the majority of the 80 minutes with Cherry-Evans & Foran guiding the Silvertails to victory.

Major Outs from Rd 23:  Parramatta - Fuifui Moimoi (Dropped), Pauli Pauli (Dropped)

Big Marn Says:  Manly should win but I do think the Eels will fight all the way.

Recommended Bet: Manly 1-12 ($3.10)


Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights

Saturday 23rd August, 5:30pm AEST

Suncorp Stadium

This shapes up as an interesting clash, with Knights coach Wayne Bennett coming up against the side he will be in charge of next year. Could be some spite in this one.

The Knights are becoming the giant-killers of the competition with wins over the Storm & Warriors in the past two weeks.

The Broncos ran wild last time they played at Suncorp Stadium with a 41-10 victory over the Bulldogs. They were touched up by the Bunnies last week but will be keen to make amends back in front of their home fans.

Not sure if the Knights can lift for a third consecutive week and the Broncos need the win to force their way into the eight.

Major Outs from Rd 23: Brisbane – Josh Hoffman (Leg)

Big Marn Says:  Broncos to win and keep their playoff hopes alive. Take the Broncos at the line.

Recommended Bet: Brisbane -8.5 ($1.91)


South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday 23rd August, 7:30pm AEST

ANZ Stadium

The Rabbitohs are the form team of the competition and will fancy their chances against a Cowboys side backing up after Monday Night Football.

The Cowboys hate playing in Sydney and will be up against it when facing one of the competition heavyweights.

Plenty of factors against the Cowboys but the big question is, have the Bunnies peaked too early?

Major Outs from Rd 23:  Souths – Ben Te’o (Suspension), North Queensland – Ethan Lowe (Dropped)

Big Marn Says:  The Rabbits are in rare form and will win this 13+. Look for another big performance from Sam Burgess.

Recommended Bet: South Sydney 13+ ($2.35)


New Zealand Warriors vs Sydney Roosters

Sunday 24th August, 12:00pm AEST

Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors are the toughest team in the NRL to follow when it comes to consistency, just look at the result in Newcastle last week.

The Roosters have been winning ugly before they blew the Tigers away last week. It’s not the best formline but might finally click them into gear when they head across the Tasman.

Won’t be much in this one but the Roosters look to have the edge.

Major Outs from Rd 23: Sydney – Heath L’Estrange (Knee)

Big Marn Says: I liked what I saw from the Roosters last week. Should be too classy for the Warriors.

Recommended Bet: Sydney 1-12 ($3.50)


Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders

Sunday 24th August, 2:00pm AEST

Remondis Stadium

This has to be the match of the round!

Battle of the spoon. Last vs Second last. What more can you say?

The Sharks have played the better football despite sitting at the bottom of the ladder. Sharks to give their loyal fans something to cheer about.

Major Outs from Rd 23:  Cronulla – Tinirau Arona (Hamstring), Canberra – Jordan Rapana (Fractured Skull), Brett White (Hamstring)

Big Marn Says:  Sharks to hand Ricky Stuart back to back wooden spoons. Sharks at the line.

Recommended Bet: Cronulla -4 ($1.91)


St George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans 

Sunday 24th August, 3:00pm AEST

WIN Jubilee Oval

The Titans had a dig against the Sea Eagles last week and despite having an unhappy season, they should test the Dragons.

The Dragons finally broke their Raiders hoodoo, but need to keep winning to keep alive their finals hopes. This is a massive danger game for them!

Titans speedster James Roberts is starting to find some form and could be the X-factor in this one.

Major Outs from Rd 23: No Changes

Big Marn Says:  Tipping an upset here. I think the Titans have been pretty good lately and might get the biscuits.

Recommended Bet: Gold Coast ($2.80)


Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm

Monday 25th August, 7:00pm AEST

Sportingbet Stadium

Can’t knock the efforts of the Panthers, but if James Segeyaro is out, that could be a huge blow to their title aspirations.

The Storm keep going from strength to strength and plenty of sides are starting to look over their shoulders.

Think the class of Slater, Cronk and Smith could prove the difference against the gutsy Panthers.

Major Outs from Rd 23: No Changes

Big Marn Says: Even though Penrith have been outstanding this year I think the class of the Storm will get them home. Storm at the line.

Recommended Bet: Melbourne -5.5 ($1.91)

 

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