NRL betting (round 16, June 23): Tigers, Titans promise plenty of points

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Updated: June 23, 2017

It’s a pretty forgettable line-up for the NRL’s Friday night double-header but our expert James Potter from bigjimwins.com is hoping that the appalling defence of the Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans means a pile of points in the latter match-up at Campbelltown in the second of the two games – latest NRL standings here

 

NRL round 16: Wests Tigers (3-11) v Gold Coast Titans (4-10)
Where: Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah, NSW
When: Friday, June 23, 7.50pm (AET)
Line: Titans -3.5, O/U 44

Confirmed bet: +44/total (two units @ $1.91)

TIW says: The second of tonight’s NRL Friday double-header is at Campbelltown where the crisis-ridden Wests Tigers host a club enjoying a similarly miserable campaign, the Gold Coast Titans. In the equivalent fixture last year, a Jarryd Hayne golden point gave the Titans victory over the Tigers, which would result in Wests missing the finals just over a month later. It’s a different looking Tigers organisation heading into tonight’s fixture. There’s now a new coach (Ivan Cleary) at the helm while former Eels prop Alex Twal is poised to make his debut for Wests tonight. Tigers star fullback James Tedesco is set to miss with an ankle injury he suffered in Origin II but skipper Aaron Woods is likely to back up.

 

Wests will also have to do without the suspended Tim Grant while Jacob Liddle will take his place in the starting line-up while Matt McIlwrick will start from the bench for the first time this season. The Tigers are 3-11 and are last on the ladder after Newcastle claimed two points thanks to the bye! They had Cronulla beaten all ends up but blew an eight-point lead with eight minutes to go in a performance that left fans shocked. The Tigers have now dropped six in a row and have conceded at least 22 in five of those. Gold Coast enter this match-up off a horrific loss to South Sydney, going down 36-20 after leading 14-0 in what can only be called an embarrassing performance. They are 14th on the ladder with a 4-10 record.

Gold Coast have the worst defence in the NRL with 30-plus points conceded in four of their past five. Anthony Don returns on the wing with Phillip Sami and John Olive both dropping back to the extended bench, Tyrone Roberts has been named at five-eighth after two weeks out with a shoulder injury, the extraction of his appendix will keep Leivaha Pulu out for at least a month while Agnatius Paasi is a chance of playing his first game since round 4. Origin stars Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Peats and Jarrod Wallace should all play. The Titans have won three straight against the Tigers including a dramatic 19-18 win at Campbelltown in their last meeting. The Titans are 24-13 ATS interstate since 2014.

 

NRL round 16: New Zealand Warriors (6-8) v Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (6-8)
Where: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ
When: Friday, June 23, 6pm (AET)
Line: Warriors -3.5, O/U 36
Confirmed bets: None

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); best AU price available is quoted, correct at time of publication. Results/comments on this week’s games will follow in the next post.

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