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9th March 2006
2005 Premiers, the Tigers, will host the Dragons in
the first round of the 2006 NRL Season. The Dragons
have been well supported by the punters to win the
Premiership. The Tigers on the other hand are not
favoured to make it back to back titles. With the
announcement this week that Scott Prince will be leaving
the club at the end of the year, there will be a lot
of interest to see if the team can put this disappointment
behind them and perform when it counts. It will not
be an easy task with the Dragons expected to come
out firing. In the match betting there has been some
large bets for the Dragons at the line and in straight
betting the punters are evenly divided on who will
take first honours for the 2006 Season.
With the Eels and the Knights swapping coaches at
the end of the season, it is ironic they should meet
in the first round. The Knights will want to put a
horror start to last season behind them and with a
fit Andrew Johns, they are in with a good chance of
drawing first blood. The Eels management will feel
they underperformed last season by not making the
Grand Finals, so the team will have something to prove
when they run out on Saturday night. The task will
be made more difficult by playing away to the Knights
whose fans will be more than passionate on the night.
The betting is very close between these teams with
the performance of Johns being the definite 'X' factor.
There have been a couple of punters who have made
large wagers on the game, backing the Knights to win
in a close one.
The Aussies have struggled in their first two ODI's
in South Africa. The return of Ponting last match
had the tourists looking like a different team. Friday's
match in Durban will also be the return match for
Symonds who will further strengthen the side in their
search to level the series. The Proteas have had some
support to wrap up the series, though the punters
are heavily backing the Aussies for the win. This
seems well justified after their last start and the
return from injury of Symonds.
Super 14 Rugby
The Tahs host the Cats in Friday night Super 14 action.
The Tahs will be after their second home win of the
season. The Cats recorded a big loss to the Brumbies
last week and will have to shut down the Tahs attack
if they are to have any chance this week. As can be
expected all the money has been for the Waratahs both
head to head and at the line. There has also been
interest from the punters in the margin betting with
the punters expecting the Tahs to have a field day.
The Brumbies have turned around an inconsistent 2005
season and have not had a loss so far this season.
They are playing at home for the second week in a
row and host the Sharks. The South Africans haven't
been travelling well in Australia so will have to
dig deep to avoid the loss in this match. There has
been a little interest in the Sharks at the line,
though the majority of money has been for the Brumbies
to make it two home wins in a row.
March 16th 2006
Round 2 of the NRL season kicks off this Friday night
when the Dogs host the Tigers. After last weeks close
loss to the Panthers the Bulldogs will be aiming for
a more comprehensive performance. The Tigers played
well in the first round beating one of the early fancied
teams. The Tigers are out to prove to the competition
that last years Premiership was no fluke. There has
been some great action in the betting with a few big
bets for the Bulldogs in the Head to Head market.
Canterbury is also getting all the money at the line
to make up the 4 point start. St George, last week,
were shown up again by the Tigers. It is not the start
of the season they would have been looking for, as
the expectation is that they make it through the finals.
The Panthers will be looking for two from two when
the teams meet on Sunday. In a game when the winner
of the first round will head into the match as the
underdog, the punters have still supported the favourite
to win this one. There has been some good action at
the line with the punters backing St George to make
up the 6.5 point start.
After a slow start to the tour of South Africa, the
Australians really turned it on in the second half
of the One Day Series. In what was a great prelude
to the test series, the Proteas managed to draw first
blood. The teams now move to Cape Town for the first
test and the Aussies are looking like they will take
two spinners, which will give them a great advantage
on the slow South African wicket. The Proteas will
be hoping that Shawn Pollock will recover from his
injury as he plays some good cricket against the Aussies.
In the betting the draw has been very well backed
and the punters have shown very little interest in
the Proteas at this stage.
Super 14 Rugby
In Super 14 action the Force host the rampant Waratahs
on Friday night. The Force, who are still on a duck
and will feature a number of ex-Tahs in their line
up, will need to dominate up front and unsettle the
Waratahs ball if they are to have any chance. There
has been some interest in the Force at the line, though
most of the money has been for the Tahs to make it
another win. The Auckland Blues have been the big
under achievers of the competition so far. They host
the Brumbies on Saturday night. The Brumbies will
head into the match with caution because when the
Blues click they will be able to out play nearly every
team in the competition. In the betting action the
honours have been relatively even at this stage, with
the punters not underestimating the potential of the
Auckland outfit. Visit the Sportingbet Website for
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30th March 2006
The 2006 AFL Season kicks off tonight with last year's
runner up West Coast hosting St Kilda. Both of these
teams have had good backing to win the 2006 Flag.
St Kilda will field a very strong player roster this
year with Nick Riewoldt and Fraser Gehrig expected
to figure prominently throughout the season. The Eagles
have had a sometimes controversial off-season with
Chris Judd now captain of the team and Michael Gardiner
demoted indefinitely. The Eagles will still field
a very strong team and the home ground advantage this
game being an added bonus. In the betting there has
been solid support for West Coast to start the season
with a win with one punter having a $20,000 bet on
West Coast to win at $1.57.
Sydney Swans kick off their title defence on Saturday
night in Melbourne. They play the Bombers, who will
head into this match as slight favourites. Sydney
has fallen out of favour with both the critics and
the punter with very little support at this stage
to make it back to back premiership wins. Essendon
will head into this weeks game without the services
of James Hird, though they will otherwise have a full
roster. The Swans have retained the majority of their
playing roster from last season and with more confidence
in their playing style, they might cause a few surprises.
The Bombers have had most of the support heading into
the match with the punters that are backing the Swans
taking the 1-39 margin option.
other games, the Demons play Carlton in what should
be a good start to the year for them. Carlton will
be fielding an inexperienced team this season that
may struggle against the experience of Melbourne.
Collingwood host Adelaide in the return of Monday
night footy. There are big expectations on Adelaide
to win the flag this season and they will be looking
to put in a good performance this week.
NRL Premiership Season Parramatta went down to the
Broncos last weekend. This weekend they host the other
Queensland team, the Cowboys. The Cowboys will prove
just as much of a handful on Friday night and the
Eels will have to work a lot harder in defence if
they are to keep the score down. In the betting the
Eels have some action at the line, while the Cowboys
have had the support to win by more than 13 points.
George and Brisbane both had solid wins last week.
The Dragons will be searching for their second win
of the season when they host the Broncos on Sunday.
The Dragons haven't really lived up to expectation
so far this season so will be looking to put in a
big effort this week. The form of the Dragons is being
questioned by the punters with the Broncos having
the majority of the support at this stage.
Super 14 Rugby
The Cheetahs are the surprise packets of the Super
14; they are currently ranked as the second South
African team. They play their first game in Australia
against the Waratahs who are looking in unstoppable
form at the moment. The Tahs are heading into this
match without the dynamic Matt Rogers, who is out
through injury. The Cheetahs will have some confidence
in this match as they have a very strong tight five
that plays a similar style of rugby as the Bulls,
who are the only team to beat the Waratahs at this
stage. The Cheetahs have had support at the line,
while the Tahs have had the lion share of the backing,
with one punter backing the Tahs for $20,000 at $1.10
Crusaders come back from their week break to play
the Hurricanes in Wellington. The Canes have started
the season well and will consider this match as a
test for their prospects in 2006. The Crusaders are
again tipped to win the Super 14 competition and they
head into some tough matches in the next few weeks
with the Hurricanes this round and then the Waratahs
the next week. There have been bets of $1000 and $5000
for the Crusaders to beat their countrymen, with the
Hurricanes having very little support at the moment.
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matches that are played in Australia & New Zealand.
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