Roosters to hold off the Sea-Eagles

Rugby League
Published: 08/10/2013

It is a big weekend of Rugby League action this weekend with the Grand Final of both the Super League and the NRL. Here is our guide to the best of the bets from these games.

Wigan take on Warrington at Old Trafford in the Super League Grand Final (18:00,SKY) in a game that bookmakers make the latter favourites to win. The Wolves are 10/11 (ladbrokes) to claim their first ever Grand Final trophy and go one better than last season when they lost to Leeds Rhinos in the big game (26-18).

Warrington qualified in style coming second in the regular season standings before a first match victory over the Rhinos 40-20. That victory along with Wigan beating Huddersfield meant that they had first choice in the controversial ’club call.’ The Wolves decided they would take on the Giants this time seeing off Huddersfield 30-22 to mean they are on a run of form that has seen them win 13 of their last 14 games.

Wigan are the 6/5 (GENERAL) favourites but they have been defying the odds throughout the play-offs. Firstly, they defeated regular season winners before seeing off the Rhinos who are kings at this format. In addition the Warriors have recieved a huge boost with the news that Sean O’Loughlin is likely to feature as he is a huge leader for them. Sam Tomkins will be the best player on the park and Warrington must deal with him. By the same manner though Wigan must find a way to stop the Wolves dominating the ruck.

The prices look about right in a close looking final which neither should run away with.. Those looking for a tryscorer will see the first tryscorer market is headed by Joel Monaghan (GENERAL) and Josh Charley (william hill) at 8/1. Sam Tomkins is a 9/1 (GENERAL) chance while a host of players are available at double figure odds.

The man of the match market is headed by Lee Briers at 11/2 (william hill/BWIN) who could dominate with his kicking while Sam Tomkins is also an 11/2 (SKYBET/william hill/BWIN) shot. If Wigan are to win this game then it is likely to be thanks to Tomkins and as such odds of 11/2 look worth a little interest in the man of the match market.

Fast forward to the early hours of Sunday morning (09:15,PREMIER SPORTS) and Rugby League fans have another treat as Sydney take on Manly and this looks an easier game to call for me then the Super League game.

The Roosters from Sydney have won all three meetings between these sides this year and boosted the best defence in the league. They are 7/10 (888 SPORT/unibet) to win the game in regular time or 8/13 (ladbrokes) to lift the trophy. I think they should have too much for the Sea Eagles and would recommend an interest on them to cover the handicap margin of just two points with bet365 and SPREADEX at odds of 10/11.

In addition have a little interest in the first tryscorer market on this match where the wonderfully named Roger Tuivasa-Sheck offers great each-way appeal at 12/1 (bet365) as the firm will pay out on the first four tries at a quarter the odds. Sheck has frightening speed and turn of foot and he scored the only try of the game when these sides met previously.


GOLD: Roosters to cover +2 v Sea Eagles, 10/11 (bet365/SPREADEX)
SILVER: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck EW first try scorer, 12/1 (bet365)
BRONZE; Sam Tomkins Man of the Match, 11/2 (SKYBET/william hill/BWIN)

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