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Thursday 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.

Thursday 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 the complete range of markets. You can also bet at half time for all matches that are played in Australia & New Zealand.

Thursday 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.

The 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.

In 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.

St 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

The 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. Visit the Sportingbet Website for the complete range of markets. You can also bet at half time for all matches that are played in Australia & New Zealand.


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