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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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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