2016 NRL Grand Final Betting Tips

September 29, 2016 by Posted in Betting Tips, NRL Tips

NRL Grand Final Betting Tips

As with all sports, the pinnacle of the season is always the riveting final game of the season and that’s where we have arrived with the 2016 NRL Grand Final. On Sunday evening, ANZ stadium will be lit with both sky blue and a deep purple as the Cronulla Sharks take on the Melbourne Storm.

Melbourne were the minor premiers and have perhaps had the smoothest run to a Grand Final that you could hope for. After downing the Cowboys in week one, they enjoyed a week off before going toe-to-toe against the Raiders last Saturday night in Melbourne. Storm started well before letting the Raiders back into the action. There was a clear momentum shift towards the Raiders in the second half with Melbourne’s defense being tested on multiple occasions before ultimately getting the victory.

The Storm like to bunch up and force teams out wide early in the count. This certainly creates opportunities for attacking wingers, but it also and more often than not exposes them and keeps Melbourne’s opponents runs to a minimum. Melbourne concede less than 13 points per game while scoring a impressive 24 points per game. Craig Bellamy has decided to stick with his winning formula with no changes being made to the Melbourne Storm line up.

The Sharks are in unfamiliar waters. They haven’t had a lot of finals appearances and at time this season, have shown they will crumble if truly tested. But alas, last week they managed to over-power the Cowboys 32-20 and clearly are not a team to be taken lightly.

Five-Eighth James Maloney has appeared in a couple of premiership and the Sharks playmaker will be commanding his team this weekend. Last week Maloney scored two tries and kicked 6 goals.

I can’t discount the Sharks as they’ve had a fantastic season and are certainly deserving of being in the Grand Final. Melbourne, however, were the clear winner in Round 26 when these two teams met last.

The Sharks have a slow return rate, meaning they struggle to get on-side when teams play the ball fast. They are, however, one of the best at the second defensive efforts. They will need to improve their return rate if they are any chance to take out the 2016 NRL Grand Final.

There is no argument that Melbourne is the best defensive team in the competition. I don’t see the Sharks being able to stop Melbourne’s attack, but i can easily see Melbourne containing the Sharks. Liking the look of the Storm getting this done easily at juicy odds, but will also be taking them head-to-head with the Sportsbet special.

-Tip: Melbourne Storm +13 – $4.50 at CrownBet
-Tip: Storm Hd-Hd ($1.85) using Sportsbet ‘Double Winnings’ Special


Outside of the general head-to-head market, we will be taking a look at some fun exotic NRL Grand Final markets.

When it comes to the Clive Churchill Medal for best afield, Cameron Munster has taken the fullback mantle for the last two seasons and he is certainly the future for Melbourne. Munster has the ability to break open games and his dynamic playing style is hard to ignore.

Tip: Cameron Munster to win Clive Churchill Medal – $17.00 at William Hill


Cheyse Blair, meanwhile, has been a vital part of Melbourne’s attack this season and we’re picking him to take the honours of scoring the 1st try!

Tip: Cheyse Blair 1st Try Scorer- $17.00 CrownBet



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