Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tough Match-Ups and Juicy Bets in NRL

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tough Match-Ups and Juicy Bets in NRL

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Wests Tigers v Warriors

Leichardt Oval Friday 7.45pm

This game is billed as the king versus the apprentice or maybe the sheep versus the lamb with New Zealand star Benji Marshall up against the next big thing out of NZ, Shaun Johnston. Both have touch football backgrounds and have been responsible for some of the best tries this season. They teamed up in the Anzac test this year and know each other's game inside out. This could end up 100 a piece but the Warriors might get this in an upset. Take the $4.50 for this to be the highest total score for the round.

Cowboys v Penrith Panthers

Dairy Farmers Stadium Saturday 7.30pm

Cowboys without Johnathan Thurston, two years ago you wouldn't back with someone else's money, but with the emergence of Ray Thompson and Mat Bowen missing out on Origin selection, they look to have the wood over the lowly ranked Panthers. The mountain men showed something against an ordinary Dragons outfit last week. C[pounds sterling]The Biscuit manC[yen] Kevin Kingston is crafty out of dummy half and Travis Burns will get under a few skins. The Townsville heat will prove too much for the Panthers. The $3 for a cowboys victory by 13+ looks a juicy bet.

Manly Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters

Brookvale Oval Sunday 1.35pm

Manly has four players missing on Origin duty, including the inform Stewart brothers, which will have a massive impact on its right-side attack. The return of international half Kieran Foran to partner recently resigned centre Steve Matia on the left will see plenty of traffic aimed at Shaun Kenny-Dowall who sometimes can fall asleep in defence. The Roosters were unlucky against the Warriors and have plenty of match winners in their side, including Joseph Leilua , Brad Takairangi and Anthony Minichiello. Brookvale hasn't been the fortress it has been in the past, though I can't see the walls crumbling for the chooks. …

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