2015 NRL Week 3 Finals Preview
We are one week off the NRL Grand Final taking place in Sydney Sunday week but there are still four teams left fighting for survival in two blockbuster preliminary finals in Brisbane and Melbourne on Friday and Saturday night respectively.
The 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership week three finals kick off with Brisbane hosting the Minor Premiers Sydney at the old Lang Park and despite the home gam advantage the Broncos are underdogs in our markets for the monster clash.
Then Saturday night Melbourne, fresh off a week’s rest, take on the North Queensland Cowboys at AAMI Park – the visitors having kept the Sharks scoreless to progress onto this last weekend and now holding favouritism in our game two odds.
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NRL Preliminary Final 1: Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters
Friday, September 25 – 7:55pm (AEST) – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane got through the opening week of finals footy with a four point win over the Cowboys to earn last week off to recover and now they are fresh and ready to fire returning to Suncorp on Friday night to host Sydney. The Chooks had a hiccup in the opening round going down by two to the Storm and played in last week’s semis. They did it easy over the Bulldogs even without skipper Mitchell Pearce though and smashed Canterbury out of the competition 38 – 12. They might have had a big margin to spare but they played some pretty hard footy against some pretty big Bulldogs and won’t be as fresh on their feet as their hosts. That said, the finals experience the Roosters boast is impressive and this is going to be a super sudden-death showdown. Back in Round 6 Brisbane bagged bragging rights over the Tri-Colours thanks to a Ben Hunt golden-point extra-time four pointer before they faced off again four months down the track with Sydney making it one-all with a gutsy 12 – 10 victory. So who will take out the all-important Round 3? The boost of Pearce back in the Sydney line-up gives them a big advantage, and with his fill-in Jackson Hastings on the bench waiting to inject some real fire when he comes on the field they are full of depth. These have been the top two teams all year and this is going to be a down-to-the-wire must watch. For value? At home with Bennett getting his boys in prime fitness, take the Broncos for the win and take advantage of our crazy $2.50 odds for them to do so (max bet $25).
NRL Preliminary Final 2: Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys
Saturday, September 26 – 7:40pm (AEST) – AAMI Park
In the second do-or-die preliminary final the Storm play at home hosting the Cowboys who are looking to salute for the punters and make just their second Grand Final appearance next weekend since they lost to the Tigers a decade ago. We’ve got the visitors as the favourites in our markets to do just that and knock out Melbourne in Melbourne, but that won’t come easy for JT and his boys. The Grand Final experience of the Storm is much heftier – six appearances for four wins (two officially #SalaryCapScandal). In the qualifiers Melbourne won a gritty encounter over the Roosters and got the week of rest while the Cowboys lost to fellow Queensland club Brisbane in week one and then annihilated an embarrassed Cronulla outfit 39 – nil last Saturday night. NQ came through that unscathed and are ready for this clash between some of the game’s biggest stars. The Cowboys have truly shone since the below-par start to the season with 17 victories and counting. The Storm won’t be easy to knock out however with their past three wins all being against the sides still left in the Premiership race this year. These two last met just three weeks back when Melbourne came away victorious (14 – 6) and the fact the Cowboys haven’t enjoyed back-to-back wins since the start of last month could have the Queenslanders a little worried. Stats, facts and history are all meant to be broken and defied during the finals however so we’re still confident NQ can take down the home side who have a few injury concerns.