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Thursday May 4th 2006

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AFL Round 6 is Rivalry Round so there will be some cracking match-ups on the cards this week. On Saturday St Kilda play the Bulldogs at the Telstra Dome. The Saints went down by a point in controversial circumstances last week and it will be a sign of a good team if they can bounce back against the Dogs. The Dogs ended their great start to the season with the first loss against the Crows. The 'reality check' may serve to refocus the team for the weeks ahead. In what is shaping up to be a close betting market there has been support for both teams at the line and margin, with one punter investing $4,500 on St Kilda for the win at $1.90.

Adelaide will come alive this Saturday when the local derby is played out between the Crows and Port. The Crows are coming off a comfortable 77 point win over the Dogs last week and have also been the only team so far to beat Collingwood. Port on the other hand has lost twice at home, though have beaten both St Kilda and the Swans on the road. In the betting the Crows have had a lot of interest at this stage both straight and both margin options. In the Port corner, one punter has invested $10,000 on Port Adelaide to win at $3.35.

NRL Premiership Season
Last time the Kangaroos and Kiwis meet, the Kiwis managed the upset and beat the Aussies on their home turf. That match was one of the brightest days for New Zealand Rugby League. The Kiwis head into the match at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night as firm underdogs. There is an injury cloud over their chief play maker Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams has recently returned from a long injury layoff. For the Aussie team they have some of the best attacking players in the competition in the side, which will prove a handful for the big Kiwi defense especially in the second half. The Aussies have been well backed to bounce back and win this match with punters finding the margin options attractive at this stage. New Zealand have not been without support with punters investing on them to keep the 12 point start.

Super 14 Rugby
All eyes in the Super 14 will be on whether the Waratahs or Crusaders finish as minor premiers, having the chance to host the home final. This week the Tahs are in Hamilton to take on the Chiefs on Saturday. The boys from Waikato have shown that they are a good team with many close results against the top placed teams. They also have a strong scrum which will again test the NSW front row. The Tahs are expected to name the same side that beat the Highlanders last week and will be looking for a big win to further their chances of the home final. The Crusaders continue their tour of South Africa. This Saturday they play the Bulls in Pretoria. These two teams are the only ones so far this season to beat NSW, the Bulls beat them on their home ground. The Crusaders are coming off a loss to the Stormers, who have a similar physical style to the Bulls. The Crusaders will have to work hard to avoid the set pieces, as the Bulls tight five is one of the best in the competition. The Bulls are still in the hunt for a place in the final series and if they win this week end there are a very good chance to make it. 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 May 11th 2006

On Saturday the Demons host Fremantle at the MCG. The Dockers are on the charge. They have been awarded the win in Tasmania and are coming of the back of a big win over their Perth rival the Eagles. The Demons have found some form winning their last three matches including the six point win over Geelong last week. The corresponding match last year was a battle, which is reflected in the betting with the support for each team split.

The Dogs travel to Adelaide to play Port on Sunday after losing their last two matches. They will want to turn around this streak so their season doesn't turn pear shaped. Port have had a very indifferent season winning two and losing four. Port will feel some advantage heading into the home game as the Dogs haven't won at AAMI in their past eight attempts. In the betting the Dogs have been well supported to win on the road.

The NSW Rugby League City v Country clash is on this Friday night in Dubbo. NSW Origin jerseys will be on offer for a number of spots, especially in the halves where there are 5 or 6 players aiming for 2 spots. The competition for spots extends to the front row where injuries and poor form have opened the way for new talent to show their skills. In the betting the money has been for the City win at the moment with little early support for the boys from the Country.

Super 14 Rugby
The Super 14 is reaching its climax this week end with the four teams in the top four meeting each other in the final round. On Friday night the number one team the Crusaders host the number four team the Brumbies. The Brumbies will be without the services of halfback Gregan, first five Larkham and second five Giteau, while the Crusaders will add Richie McCaw back into the starting 15. The Brumbies will have all the work to do if they are to beat the Crusaders and as an added incentive, they can still be knocked out of fourth spot if the they lose and the Sharks have a big win against the Force.

On Saturday night the Tahs who are number two on the ladder host the Hurricanes who are number three. A bonus point win for the Tahs will cement a home semi final and if the Crusaders lose the Tahs can be minor premiers. The Hurricanes are also playing for the home semi finals. The Tahs will be looking to forget last weeks loss and find some form heading into the playoffs.

Thursday May 18th 2006

The Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans are both coming of strong wins. Last week the Dogs beat Port by 76 and the Swans smashed the Tigers by 118. This weeks game could be the match of the round with the fourth placed Dogs against the fifth placed Swans and while the match is being played in Sydney it will be the Dogs home game. For the Swans their big name players are starting to fire, which could prove a problem for the vertically challenged Dogs. The Swans will have to watch the quick midfield play of the opposition, though if they control the play they will be in with a good shot to win this one. In the betting the punters are favouring the Swans to win this with the support for the Bulldogs coming at the line.

By all accounts the match between the Cats and the Pies will be a thriller. Both teams are evenly matched in the tall timber department and both have very dynamic roving players. What could be the difference when these two teams meet on Saturday is that the Cats have had a slightly harder run so far this season, so may have the guts to tough this one out.

NRL Premiership Season
Manly will head into their clash with the table topping Storm as favourites. The Saturday fixture at Brookvale Oval will be a test for the Storm team who will be without a number of key players who are out through injury and State of Origin duty. Manly will be without Bell, Menzies and Kite, so will have similar problems in player depth. The strong home ground advantage will lift the Sea Eagles who haven't lost at home against the Storm since 1999.

On Sunday the Sharks travel to Telstra Stadium to play the Dogs. Canterbury have been hit quite hard by Origin, losing four of their most damaging ball runners. While in the Sharks camp they have won their last four matches, one against the Cowboys, and they are not affected by Origin.

Super 14 Rugby
The Super 14 is reaching its climax this week end with the four teams in the top four. The Waratahs passed up a golden opportunity to host the Hurricanes in their semi final match this week, though poor choices cost them the chance. Now they will play in Wellington on Friday night for their chance to play in their second Super final. The Hurricanes did well limiting the options for Rogers and putting pressure on the inside backs last week, which has prompted a change in backline positions for the Tahs.

The Bulls can consider themselves lucky to make the finals for a second successive year. Their big win against the Stormers helped them make fourth on the ladder. They come up against a Crusaders team that has seem to have regained their form after their loss to the Stormers. The Bulls lost to the Crusaders in the round robin season and will need to play a lot tighter if they are to make it any further this season.

Thursday 25th March 2006

The Socceroos play their last game in Australia tonight before traveling to Germany for the World Cup. They play the current European Champions Greece who, despite playing an away game, will have plenty of support from the large Hellenic community in Melbourne. The MCG will be at capacity when these teams meet, though the Socceroos have been hit by some injuries with both Tim Cahill and John Aloisi expected to miss the match.

On Friday night Collingwood host the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. The Pies are coming off a great win against Geelong and will look to carry that form into this weeks game. The Dogs season had started so well with four straight wins though the wheels have fallen off in recent weeks with losses to Sydney, Adelaide and St Kilda. Still, this will be the match of the round with a win for the Dogs elevating them into the top four.

On Sunday the Demons travel to Perth to play the Eagles at Subiaco Oval. The Eagles have an impressive record at home and they are in the sort of form that will keep adding to that record. The size of the oval in Perth suits the Eagles midfield players and it is in this area of play the Demons need to be competitive if they are to have a chance.

Friday night NRL action is in Newcastle when the Knights host the Dragons. The Knights have turned around last seasons poor start to be leading the competition. The Dragons have so far failed to deliver on pre-season expectations and are currently sitting in ninth spot. The Dragons have a very good record in Newcastle, winning three of the last four meetings there. There is still be an injury cloud over Danny Buderus and considering the Dragons history in Newcastle there could be an upset on the cards.

On Sunday afternoon Penrith take on the Storm at Olympic Park. There are a number of Storm players backing up from Origin, with QLD star Greg Inglis and NSW star Matt King both expected to start for the Victorians. Penrith have won their last two games, though will struggle to match it with the joint competition leaders who will be very dangerous out wide.

Super 14 Rugby
On Saturday, the first Super 14 final will be played between the Canterbury Crusaders and the Wellington Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have found their form at the right end of the season, beating last years finalists NSW twice to make it to the finals. The Crusaders have been the form team all season, only suffering one loss to the Stormers. The Crusaders will head into the match as favourites with the only chance for the Hurricanes snatching victory being if they can find space in the midfield for Tana Umaga and Ma'a Nonu, which will be difficult to find because of the roving Richie McCaw.


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