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Thursday March 1st 2007

Rugby Union
In Super 14 Rugby action the Waratahs will be playing their first home game of the season against the Western Force. The Tahs will be disappointed with their efforts in South Africa and will be looking forward to a home game. The Force have been unlucky a couple of times and will start as the underdog in this match. Super 14 leaders, the Blues will host the Highlanders, while the Brumbies will host the Bulls and the Reds will host the Lions. Both these Aussies teams will be challenged up front by the strong South African forwards.

In the NBL this week, the first game of the grand final series will be played in Brisbane between the Brisbane Bullets and the Melbourne Tigers. Both teams have been the best going around all season with the Bullets now going for their 21st consecutive win. The defending champs, the Tigers, wont be easy beats but will start as the underdog.

In the betting on the NAB Cup, Geelong has been well backed to win the competition from $8.50 into $5.00. The Kangaroos have also had some interest at $16.00 and are now quoted at $8.00. In this weeks matches, the standouts will be the matches between the Bulldogs and the Lions and the Kangaroos and the Dockers. Both games will be played at the Telstra Dome on Friday night and Sunday afternoon respectively.

Thursday March 8th 2007

Rugby Union
The Aussie Super 14 teams are having a tough time. The Western Force are the highest ranked team in sixth position. The South Africans have provided the surprises so far with three teams in the top four. The Western Force will host the Hurricanes this Friday night. The Force will be in search of their first home win after coming close many times previously. The Waratahs will host the Bulls on Saturday night. The Bulls are sitting in fourth position on the ladder and with their monster forwards, will prove a handful for the Tahs. In Six Nations games to be played this weekend, Ireland will play Scotland at Murrayfield and England will host the French. England were rocked by Ireland last round. Will they be able to find form before the World Cup?

NRL Rugby League
The NRL season is just around the corner and Sportingbet has a full range of future markets available. In the Premiership Winners market, the favourite Melbourne Storm has been well backed as have the defending champions Brisbane Broncos. There has also been interest in the Sydney Roosters, who have been backed into $21 from $31.

The ALP has totally dominated the betting for the NSW State Election, with voters going to the polls later this month. Not even the most ardent of Liberal supporters wants to claim the $4.75 on offer for their party.

Thursday 22nd March 2007

The Knights did very well last week without Andrew Johns for most of the game to overcome a 12 man Bulldogs outfit. They will play this week without Johns which will see them start as underdog against St George. Manly have often struggled to beat the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval and their chances this week have been further dented as a result of their long injury list.

Souths won their first round 1 match last week since reentering the competition in 2002 and are a very good chance of making it a double when they clash with the rusty Eels at Telstra Stadium. The Sharks started well last week and gave coach Ricky Stuart his first win at the club. Their match against the Titans at Gold Coast Stadium will be a hard task as the Titans put in a good performance against the Dragons last week.

Rugby Union
In Super 14 rugby the Waratahs may have re-signed Lote Tuqiri but they are still struggling. Their game this week looks an impossible task as the Blues are playing great rugby and the Tahs error rate will cost them dearly in this match. For their home match against the Stormers, the Crusaders will gladly welcome their All Black stars back this week, especially Richie McCaw, as they are sitting mid table. The Chiefs travel to Brisbane to play the very depleted Reds and can make it back to back wins over the struggling Aussie franchise. The Brumbies play their fourth South African team in a row and are not rated to win against the undefeated Sharks.

In World Cup matches, Australia will play South Africa to determine who will finish first in their group. The Aussies will be determined to show the world that they should have the number one tag. It will all depend on how well their bowlers perform as the South Africans are able to punish a weak attack.


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