2018 NRL Finals Week 2 Betting Tips

September 13, 2018 by Posted in NRL Tips

Week 2 of the NRL finals gets underway Friday night with the Sharks hosting the Panthers from 7.40pm. We take a look at both big semi final clashes and give our best bets below

Sharks vs Panthers (Friday, Sep 14 7:40pm AEST)
Allianz Stadium plays host to the first Semi-final of 2018 as the Sharks play the Panthers. Looking at the history between these two sides, this will actually be the first final they’ve played together. There’s also the fact that both clubs switched five-eighths in the offseason. James Maloney came to Penrith and has been one of the major reasons why the Panthers are in this game. On the other end, Matt Moylan joined the Sharks looking for a fresh start and obviously his younger age attracted Cronulla. Coming into this final, the Sharks will be back at Allianz after a tough battle against the Roosters. They ultimately went down 21-12 as they just couldn’t stop the experienced Cooper Cronk. So that will be the key in victory this week as they face Maloney. While for the Panthers, they were did enough in a 27-12 win over the Warriors at ANZ. On Friday night, they will be looking to overturn a horrible record against the Sharkies since 2010. Overall, Cronulla is 10-4 against them and they’ve won 5 in a row.

This season, the Sharks also won both encounters in Round 7 and 18. So logic says the Sharks should win this contest, however being a final, it should be a close contest. Especially since both of these forward parks are pretty similar. The Sharks suffered a blow last week with the injury to Wade Graham and that will hurt. But the mid-season addition of Aaron Woods could prove to be a wonderful move. The Panthers head into this game unchanged in a good sign for their fans. In the end, this game is looking like a tight call and I can see both sides enjoying success in attack. Valentine Holmes will prove hard to stop and the Panthers have a number of attacking weapons as well. So I can see both sides scoring 13+ points as good value. In season 2018, the Sharks are 16-9 against this bet and the Panthers also have a positive record against it at 15-10. Both sides also finished in the top 8 for points scored.

TIP: Both Teams to Score 13+ Points $1.85 at BetEasy

Rabbitohs vs Dragons (Saturday, Sep 15 7:40pm AEST)
South Sydney look to rebound on Saturday night as they face old foes in the Dragons. Much like the first semi-final, this is another unique finals matchup. Despite the history between the pair in the NRL, they haven’t met in a final for some 30 years. Souths will be coming off a narrow loss to the Storm in Melbourne as they went down 29-28. They’ve found their attacking mojo lately with 39.5 average points in their last 2. So they’ll look to continue the trend when they take on the battered Dragons. They were awesome to watch last week as they pounded the Broncos by 30 points. Tariq Sims got the wood over his brother on his way to 3 tries.

However, injuries have soured the Dragons for this clash. Firstly, Gareth Widdop re-did his shoulder and will unfortunately miss this final. Then they’ll also have to monitor James Graham for concussion and Jack De Belin’s sore ankle. As a result, the bookies aren’t giving them much of chance with the Rabbitohs installed as comfortable favourites. But it’s hard to see a high scoring affair, especially with the Dragons injury concerns. So I’m looking at the unders due to a fairly high points total. So far this season the two sides have met twice and both games have been low scoring. In Round 5, they totalled 28 points in a 16-12 win for the Dragons. Then at this stadium in Round 10, the Rabbitohs were strong defensively in a 24-10 result. I think this will be a similar result and total. St. George don’t enjoy scoring success at ANZ with an average of 10 points scored in their 3 games here. While for Souths, the under saluted in their last finals type game here in Round 22 against the Roosters (32 points).

TIP: UNDER 43.5 points $1.88 at BetEasy


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