2016 NRL Representative Round Betting Tips

May 5, 2016 by Posted in Betting Tips, NRL Tips

2016 NRL Rep Round

There’s only two Rugby League games that matter this weekend – It’s City Vs Country and Australia Vs New Zealand. We have our NRL Rep Round betting tips below!

Australia Vs New Zealand (Friday, May 6 at 7:50pm AEST)

Hunter Stadium is set to light up this Friday night when Australia and New Zealand meet for the first time in 2016. Last time the Trans-Tasman rivalry played out the Kiwis walked away victorious with a 26-12 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Incumbent coach Mal Meninga has come under a lot of scrutiny over the Australian team list. As it stands for this match, there are 12 Maroons and 4 New South Wales players representing Australia. This really shouldn’t come as a shock to most people as the Australian team has been dominated by Queenslanders for sometime. With several key players being injured this season it is conceivable that Mal looked in his own backyard instead of the rest of the competition. But as long as we win, who really cares?

Four debutants will also take the field in the green and gold this weekend, including Semi Radradra who is clearly one the most dominant wingers in the competition this season. So far he has scored 5 tries, had 4 line breaks and 1105 running metres. That might not sound like a lot, but this is a man who has scored 53 tries in his 58 NRL appearances. That’s a pretty good strike rate.

As the number one team in the world, the Kiwis have a huge target on their backs. That means it’s the worst time for the team to have to omit several players for disciplinary reasons, along with having Injuries to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Simon Mannering and Tuimola Lolohea. This is a very depleted New Zealand side. They will of course still be competitive but will likely struggle.
Melbourne Storm’s Jesse Bromwich has been named as the Kiwi’s Captain for the first time.

When it comes down to it, the Kiwis are a standout defensive team. They truly do hustle to reform the line, but are in no way conformed by it. Its not unusual for them to individually push up, make contact and they know the rest of the line is moments away from assisting them. This defensive effort has been a huge component for them becoming the number one side in the world.

The Australian defensive strategy, meanwhile, has been very stagnate in the last three matches. Defense was a vital part of the eight-year Maroons dominance in Origin and we expect Mal has been working on it with the Kangaroos.

With New Zealand’s current lineup, it looks like the Kangaroos will just be too strong. We’re expecting a big score from the Aussies.

Bet On: Australia -14.5 – $2.00 at CrownBet

City vs Country (Sunday, May 8 at 4:10pm AEST)

The City vs Country game is simply an audition for NRL’s younger players in front of the NSW Origin selectors. Shine here and you might be wearing Sky Blue come June.

When City take the field on Sunday there will be a staggering 10 debutants. This is due to the large number of players who omitted themselves after being preliminarily selected. Operating with a largely inexperienced representative side will obviously not be a positive for City. Despite the perceived lack of experience City do have some very solid senior players in Chris Lawrence and Chad Townsend. Pushing forward wont be an issue for City with two strong edges and a solid forward pack. On the wing, City had the speed and experience of Josh Mansour who ran for 1386 metres this season while breaking the line 5 times and scoring 3 tries.

Country has dominated in recent years and looks likely to continue the trend. Unlike City, Country hasn’t had many selection issues, naming an inform team which includes both former and future origin stars like James Maloney and Jack De Belin. De Belin will debut for Country on Sunday after starting 2016 with a bang, averaging 43 tackles, 13 hitups and 105 metres gained. Players like Jordan McLean and Boyd Cordner will provide the precious seconds needed for Country’s backs to generate plays, pushing the ball wide to the likes of Kane Linnett on the wing. Linnett has started his 2016 campaign with 2 tries and 3 line breaks. While not traditionally a Winger, Linnett possesses the speed and footwork to outlast most opponents.

This one is pretty cut and dry. City simply aren’t prepared. With late withdrawals and a such a huge lack of experience, we just cant see them winning. However, the potential for a huge action-packed game is on the cards. Look forward to seeing players attempt to add some flashy plays to their highlight reels.

Bet On: Country -6.0 – $1.90 at CrownBet

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