Sport NRL Round 23 betting preview: South Sydney to buck the trend, while Gutho leads Parramatta fightback
AFL Rising Star 2022: Nominees, past winners, criteria
AFL Rising Star 2022: Nominees, past winners, criteriaIt doesn't have the prestige of some of the game's other individual honours, but it has marked the beginning of some truly glittering careers.
Once again, Penrith feature in a blockbuster to open the round, as they clash with the red-hot South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Panthers have had all the answers recently against the Bunnies, having won seven of their past eight meetings. Latrell Mitchell poses as the key difference maker this time around.
The North Queensland Cowboys will be aiming to get back to winning ways against a New Zealand Warriors side who boast an impressive recent record against them, while Melbourne will attempt to make it 12 straight wins against Brisbane on Friday night.
Elsewhere, Aaron Woods will be hoping his 250th milestone match is a memorable one, when the Dragons host the Titans.
Why the Penrith-Melbourne rivalry is yet to truly catch fire
The Melbourne-Penrith rivalry should be the great rugby league clash of our time. So why is the rivalry yet to truly catch fire?As far as the NRL is concerned, we're firmly in the era of the Penrith Panthers, the dominant team of the last three seasons and on Thursday night they'll crash headlong into the Melbourne Storm, the dominant team of the last two decades.
Here’s Sporting News’ betting predictions for this round of NRL action.
Odds courtesy of TAB.
South Sydney stop the rot
Penrith are unbeaten in the last five matches against South Sydney. But their winning run is in serious danger of coming to an end, due to injury and suspension damaging their momentum heading into finals.
Without Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai, the Panthers struggled to break down Melbourne’s defence last week, despite controlling possession and field position for extended periods of the game.
At Accor Stadium, the Bunnies are an extremely difficult proposition having won nine of their past ten matches there.
With Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker firing on all cylinders, South Sydney have the opportunity to inflict rare back-to-back defeats on Ivan Cleary’s men.
Ivan Cleary hits back at Storm boss in war of words between clubs
Melbourne Storm boss Matt Tripp has intensified the ill-feeling towards Penrith after labelling the NRL premiers 'arrogant.' It leaves footy fans enthralled, with the teams squaring off on Thursday.It comes just days after Panthers club great Greg Alexander accused Craig Bellamy's team on SEN Radio of being responsible for a number of dangerous tackles the NRL needs to remove from the game.
Latrell Mitchell 1st or last try - $6.50
Jeremiah Nanai has the last laugh
Against the Sydney Roosters last weekend, North Queensland struggled. Perhaps no player more so than Jeremiah Nanai who barely touched the ball.
Nanai and his Cowboys teammates will have a chance to bounce back against the Warriors in the comfort of Queensland Country Bank Stadium where they have won six of their last seven matches.
Todd Payten’s men have made a habit out of being the last team to score this season, having done so on 15 occasions.
Nanai is one of the main reasons for this, with the backrower having notched the last try in five separate matches.
Last try-scorer Jeremiah Nanai - $9.00
Parramatta fightback through Clint Gutherson
Parramatta’s form continues to swing from one extreme to the other. They were beaten 26-0 by South Sydney last weekend, after easily beating the reigning premiers a fortnight earlier.
'We got steamrolled': Arthur bemoans pathetic Parra pack as Souths nil Eels and leapfrog them on the ladder
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur bemoaned another forward battering after South Sydney ‘steamrolled’ through his team en route to a crushing 26-0 win. Cody Walker scored a hat trick, but the platform was laid by a pack that dominated from the first minute. The Eels’ cons “We got steamrolled,” said Arthur. “Right from the start, physically we were off the pace through the middle. From the first kick off they rolled 60m. “We didn’t go to the contest physically, they rolled us too easily and bounced out of tackles. Six tackles turned into sets of ten or eleven each time. That really hurt us. “We lacked physicality.
Revenge will be on the Eels’ mind after they suffered one of the biggest shock losses of the season against the Bulldogs. Back in round 14, Canterbury battered them 34-4.
Parramatta have never lost consecutive matches at CommBank Stadium and their captain Clint Gutherson loves playing against the Bulldogs. He has scored four tries and provided two assists during his last four appearances against them.
C Gutherson 1+ try/ Par win - $2.25
Roosters make light work of Tigers
It’s fair to say the Sydney Roosters have been dominant over the Wests Tigers. In fact, they have won 15 of their past 16 meetings with them.
The Roosters have been able to pile on the points against their struggling opponents, while also restricting them in defence. They haven’t conceded 20 points or more against the Tigers in a decade.
Trent Robinson finally has his attack firing and in James Tedesco, they have a metre-eating machine who always gets their sets off to a strong start. He is one of only two players to average 200 running metres or more per game so far this season.
Away exact points: Wests Tigers 0-10 - $2.30
NRL rich list makes mockery of this Eels call
The NRL rich list spotlights the salary cap calls made by all clubs. One case worth examining is Reed Mahoney, writes Paul Gallen.The list of the 100 best-paid players in the NRL made for very interesting reading over the weekend, and highlighted just how tricky juggling the salary cap is for each club.
Canberra win in unfamiliar surroundings
The Raiders haven’t faced the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium since round 10, 2017.
But if it is unfamiliar surroundings for Canberra, the stadium poses as an unhappy one for the Knights. They have won just one of their last nine fixtures at home, leaking an average of 35 points per game during that period.
Newcastle looked devoid of attacking ideas last week in their loss to the Broncos, and this will only be made worse by thedue to disciplinary issues.
Since the conclusion of the State of Origin series, the Knights have struggled to score four-pointers. They have been able to register just 11 in two months, which is the lowest amount in the competition.
Total match tries: 0-5 tries - $4.80
AFL Fixture: Every round of the 2022 premiership season .
The AFL has released the fixture for the 2022 season with dates and times confirmed for the first nine rounds. © Provided by Sporting News 15 of the 18 clubs will feature in marquee Thursday and/or Friday timeslots across the opening six weeks, with the Sydney Derby and WA Derby to be played in rounds one and three respectively. Matches in later rounds have also been revealed, with dates and times to be confirmed. The AFL season will start on Wednesday, March 16 with a rematch of the 2021 Grand Final between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. AFL 2022 Season Fixture/Draw Round 1 table.