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Thursday April 13th 2006

Round 3 of the AFL Premiership kicks of tonight with St Kilda hosting Brisbane at Telstra Dome. St Kilda have been heavily backed to win the Flag this year, they have had a mixed start to the season with a win and a loss. Brisbane got thumped by Geelong in the first round, though bounced back well to beat Essendon last week. In the betting there has been little interest in the Lions, while there has been healthy support for St Kilda with a couple of punters investing on them to win.

Sydney has started their 2006 campaign in terrible style, losing both of their first games. Their form has translated into a big slide in the betting for the 2006 Flag with the Swans now at $19.00 to win the Premiership. Carlton host the Swans on Saturday night and will feel they have a great chance to notch up a win against the struggling Sydney team. Will Sydney be able to bounce back or will the youth of the Blues be too much for them?

Port Adelaide and Fremantle go into their clash with a second round victory under their belts. Port can already boast that they have beaten last years Premiers. That match last round was a comprehensive display of football, which they will want to continue this round.

The injury ravaged Roosters host the Broncos in Friday night football. Both teams have had mixed seasons, so far sitting on three wins apiece. There will be plenty of talent on show and possibly Test jerseys on the line.

The match of the round will be the clash between the Knights and the Cowboys. Both teams are sitting at the top of the table, with only the Knights recording a loss. The Cowboys will head into this match as the underdogs, as a Newcastle team with John is worth watching out for. The Cowboys also contain some potent attacking weapons with Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen expected to be a handful for the Knights. In the betting the early money has been for the Cowboys at the attractive price of $2.60. There has also been some good support for the Knights to win by more than 13 points.

Super 14 Rugby
Across the Tasman there will be a cracking game in Dunedin when the Highlanders host the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes will be better for the week off and will be relieved that star Umaga is set to return for this match. Talented Highlanders lock James Ryan will be out for up to six months, which is another injury blow to the team, though they are still a team to watch out for, especially when they are playing at Carisbrook. The Waratahs host the Brumbies on Sunday night in what is proving to be the derby between the 2 dominant Australian teams.

The Tahs have won the last two encounters both home and away and will be after the hat trick this weekend. NSW Coach Ewen McKenzie has Mat Rogers returning from injury and has injected more options in the back line by playing Sam Norton-Knight at inside centre. The Brumbies already have a great combination in their backline so will be looking for them to fire for this match. The Tahs have been slightly favoured early on in the betting. The punters know how close the match between these two teams can be, so there has been good support for both teams to win by 1-12 points.

Thursday 20th April 2006

The Kangaroos have had a less than impressive start to the season, losing their last two starts by large margins. They host the undefeated Eagles, who are already looking like they will be in contention come September. The Roos must turn around their season, but the Eagles will be a difficult team to beat. West Coast will be aiming for four from four wins this weekend. In the betting there has been overwhelming support for West Coast to win by more than 39 points, there has been some money for the Kangaroos to win by less than 39 points and at the line.

Port Adelaide host St Kilda on Sunday. Surprisingly both of Port's losses so far this season have been on their home ground - AAMI Stadium. Both of these losses have been by a considerable margin. This trend is one that Port will be looking to change this week. St Kilda, who are sitting on two wins, both at home, will head into this match with confidence. In the betting there has been mixed support at this stage with the punters evenly split in their selection for this match.

Both the Tigers and Eels started the season with high expectations. At the moment both teams sit outside the top 8 with just 4 wins between them. The Tigers have been hit by injuries to their key play maker Benji Marshall and Brett Hodgson, while the Eels play makers have not fired at all this season. When the teams meet in Friday night football the Eels will have to rely on their home ground advantage to get them over the line. Parramatta have had the support so far, with the punters backing the Eels to cover the 6.5 point margin.

Manly could be considered unlucky not to beat the Sharks at home last week, while the Dogs had to come from behind to beat Souths. They play each other on Sunday and each team will have something to prove. The Dogs fans can get excited about the return of Sonny Bill Williams who should boast the morale of the team if nothing else. In the betting, there have been some large bets for the Dogs, with one punter putting $10,000 on for the Dogs to make up the 2.5 point start. Manly have also had quite a lot of interest from the punters which is making for an interesting betting market.

Super 14 Rugby
The Queensland Reds had an encouraging win against the Bulls at home last week in what could be considered an upset. This week they take on another South African outfit - the Stormers. The Reds and Stormers are sitting 11 and 12 respectively on the table so on paper it should be a close affair. The Reds have had some good backing with one punter outlaying $6,000 for the Reds to make up the 6 point margin.

The Brumbies and Hurricanes play in Canberra on Saturday night. This match could decide who finishes third and fourth on the ladder. The Brumbies will be lamenting the loss of chief playmaker Larkham for up to 6 weeks as the team looks wayward without him in the back line. The Hurricanes will be pleased that they came away from Dunedin with a bonus point win even though their performances will have to lift if they are to beat the top ranked teams. In the betting the market has been relatively split between the teams.

Thursday 27th April 2006

The Western Bulldogs have had a great start to the season and are one of the two teams that have won all their games. This will be the first real test for the Dogs when they travel to Adelaide to play the Crows. The Crows have dropped just the one match which was a two point loss to West Coast. The Dogs are the in-form team and have fewer concerns with injury and suspension than their opponents so will be confident of breaking the AAMI Stadium jinx. In the betting Adelaide has been favoured by the punter to continue their dominance of the Bulldogs at home.

Both the Saints and Dockers have had mixed starts to the season winning 2 and losing 2. The Saints have had some close losses so will feel positive about the season so far. The teams meet in Tasmania this Sunday. The Dockers have a terrible record in the Apple Isle losing all their matches, so they will be looking to change this stat this weekend. Fremantle has had little backing at this stage with all the money for St Kilda to make it three wins for the season.

Friday night NRL action will see the Sharks travel to Penrith to take on the Panthers. The Sharks have had some mixed results losing to the Roosters and the Tigers, though beating the Cowboys last weekend. Penrith are coming off the back of two big losses so will want to make amends in front of the home crowd. At this stage the punters are leaning towards a Cronulla win as the form of the Panthers is questionable. The Storm are sitting at second on the table after seven rounds and deservedly so after strong wins over Newcastle and Penrith. The Dragons have also been winning though are only sitting at seventh on the ladder. The teams will meet each other on Saturday night and the Dragons will have to find that something special if they are to beat the Storm at home. The majority of the interest has been in the Storm so far, with the Dragons having some backing to make it back to back wins.

Super 14 Rugby
The Waratahs return from their break to take on the Highlanders in Dunedin . The Tahs are strong favourites heading into this match as the Highlanders have had an injury ravaged season and are missing many star players. Still the Highlanders do have the potential to cause upsets - especially on their home ground. In the betting there has been some interest in the Highlanders to defend the start with the rest of the money from the punters backing the Tahs win.

Queensland can take some positives out of the season with a good win on the road against the Bulls. The all Australian game against the Brumbies will be another test that will measure how far the team has come this season. For the Brumbies they need to keep winning if they are to guarantee themselves a seat at the table come finals time. In this match the support has again come at the line for the under dog with the Reds being supported to defend the 14.5 point start.


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