Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm

Friday June 30, 8:05pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium

Melbourne have definitely had it over Brisbane historically with 21 wins in their last 26 meetings but with Cameron Smith potentially out for the Storm there is some enthusiasm about the Broncos here. Brisbane have been in red-hot form with eight wins in their last 10 matches and they have a great record at Suncorp with 31 covers from their last 48 at the venue. On a tough turnaround after a trip against the Roosters in Adelaide, the Storm are vulnerable here.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Brisbane +3.5


Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks

Saturday July 1, 3:00pm AEST – Central Coast Stadium

The second-placed Sydney Roosters will be looking to ride the wave of momentum they picked up in their last-ditch win over the Storm last Saturday. They meet a Cronulla team down on confidence having dropped two of their last three. The Roosters play their best football at Allianz in the afternoon, covering four of their last five day games at their home ground, so appreciate the time slot here.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Sydney Roosters -2.5


Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers

Sunday July 2, 2:00pm AEST – Hunter Stadium

It would take a game punter indeed to back Newcastle as favourites, the first time they have been the popular elect since Round 1, 2016. The Tigers have covered eight of their last 12 road games while Newcastle have covered just six of their last 16 home games. Newcastle’s defence has really dropped off recently conceding 30-plus in four of their last six and they seem vulnerable against a Tigers team who did push the premiers a fortnight back.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Wests Tigers +1.5


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