There are 2 cracking Preliminary Finals this weekend.Storm take on the Sharks who will be without inspirational skipper Paul Gallen. The Roosters clash with the Rabbitohs after what has been a controversial week for Englishman Sam Burgess.
Melbourne Storm V Cronulla Sharks
Melbourne hold no fears for the Sharks .They have won both of their meeting so far this season. Only a few weeks ago in Round 22 Cronulla travelled to AAMI park and prevailed 17-14. Cronulla will be without Paul Gallen who injured his shoulder in last weeks win over the Panthers.
Gallen will be replaced by Joseph Paulo who will relish the opportunity. Another player who will be looking forward to this one is Valentine Holmes.He comes up against the greatest ever fullback in Billy Slater.However you would have to say that Holmes is the form fullback of the competition.
In the absence of Paul Gallen the Sharks will be looking for inspiration from stand in Skipper Andrew Fifita. His clash with Felise Kaufusi will have AAMI park shaking.
The Storm are relying more on Cameron Munster since the departure of Cooper Cronk. He has developed into one of the games best player and is sure to be in the sights of rival clubs going forward. Cameron Smith and Billy Slater will be doing what they have been doing for years. That is leading the Storm and will be hoping for their third successive Grand Final. Will Chambers returns to the Storm line up after suspension and will be a massive addition.
This will be a low scoring tight affair. You cannot discount a tough Cronulla outfit. However i think that Melbourne with the week off and the Sharks having had some tough finals matches could be the decisive factor in this match. Also you cannot downplay the absence of Gallen.
I am going for the Storm to win a close one and advance to the Grand Final.
Best Bet Melbourne 1-12 @ $2.74 on Beteasy
Value Draw at H/T @ $9.00 ON Beteasy
First Try Scorer Suliasi Vunivalu @ $7.00 on Beteasy
Sydney Roosters V South Sydney Rabbitohs
This is the final match at Allianz Stadium and it is a fitting clash between their main tenants. I believe this will go down to the wire.
You can make a case for both teams in this one. Cooper Cronk was brought to the Roosters to guide the team.He has got better as the season has gone on and will be a crucial factor in this match. However I think that the absence of Latrell Mitchell will be the difference in this match.The Roosters will also be without Dylan Napa and coupled with the absence of Mitchell it could prove too much.
South Sydney arguably should have beaten the Storm in Week 1 of the Finals.The Rabbitohs have had a controversial last few days. This has been cleared up today with all players cleared of any bad behaviour.
Look this could go either way but I am going to go for South Sydney in a nail biter.
Best Bet Rabbitohs to Win @ $2.00 on Beteasy
Value Rabbitohs 13+ @ $4.00 on Beteasy
First Try Scorer Greg Inglis @$13.00 on Beteasy
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