Melbourne v North Queensland

Saturday June 17, 5:30pm AEST – AAMI Park

Melbourne have historically dominated North Queensland with 14 wins in the last 19 matchups including the last three. That run of superiority can continue in a match that will be without nine Origin players. The loss of five spine players means a low-scoring affair is on the cards and that suits the Storm to the ground. Melbourne have covered 6 of their last 9 when favoured at home by less than a converted try. The Cowboys haven’t won three straight all year and it doesn’t look like it will be happening here.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Melbourne Storm – 3.5

Cronulla v Wests Tigers

Saturday June 17, 7:30pm AEST – Southern Cross Group Stadium

The Wests Tigers have been in a deep rut with five straight losses, three by margins of 20 or more. Cronulla have certainly had the best of the Tigers with three straight wins while the two of the last three clashes at Shark Park have seen Cronulla win 13-plus. The Tigers are averaging a paltry 11 points a match over their last five games and that will not be enough against the best defensive team in the NRL.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Cronulla Sharks – 11.5

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