NRL Round 26 Preview

September 2nd, 2010

The final round of the standard NFL season kicks off this Friday, September 3. It will be the absolute last chance for a few teams that are hoping for some last minute heroics to get them into the Top 8.

The main story line of the last few weeks has definitely been the plight of the Brisbane Broncos. They’re heading into round 26 grasping onto the hope that they can grab a 15 point win and that the cards will fall in their favour to get them into the Top 8. It’s a long shot, especially when you consider their final opponent will be none other than the Canberra Raiders – a team that seems intent on keeping the Broncos out of the finals for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The Broncos will be down Peter Wallace and Darren Lockyer, and they’ve lost three in a row. On the other side of the field, the Raiders have a strong, youthful team that has won seven of their last eight games, and are the slight favourites to win. Things aren’t looking so good for the Broncos. Maybe the home turf will and the idea of losing out on the finals for the first time in a long time will inspire a win for the spiralling Brisbane team.

The match between the Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans will be another to watch for fans and punters. The Titans are fighting for the chance to secure the home field advantage in the first week of the finals. In addition, if they win by 10 or more points, they could potentially rob the Tigers of their number two position. But expect the Tigers to defend their position on the ladder ferociously as it provides them with a huge advantage if they should lose in week one of the finals. With so much on the line, it’s going to be an explosive game worth checking out.

Things may have looked all wrapped up for the St George Dragons last season with their Minor Premiership title sewn up, but there are still some loose ends to tie up. The outcome of their round 26 battle with the South Sydney Rabbitohs will not only decide the finals fate of the Rabbitohs, but could also mean life or death for a few other teams hoping to finish in the Top 8.

South Sydney will need to win the game in order to secure their Top 8 position. If they do, Brisbane is out. If South Sydney loses, they’ll need Brisbane and Manly to lose. Even in that scenario, the Rabbitohs will likely need at least a ten point win over the Dragons in order to oust Manly. And, to top it off, the results will also dictate who the Dragons meet in their first game of the finals. It’s an important game to say the least.

As it is the last chance for many teams, now is the time to get to Ladbrokes.com.au to place your footy bets. With the most generous odds available on these final standard season NRL matchups, online betting is definitely the way to go!

NRL Round 26 Matchups:

Date Teams Stadium Time
03/09/10 Gold Coast Titans (1.55) v Wests Tigers (2.45) Skilled Park 07:35pm
03/09/10 Brisbane Broncos (2.60) v Canberra Raiders (1.50) Suncorp Stadium 07:35pm
04/09/10 Parramatta Eels (1.85) v New Zealand Warriors (1.95) Parramatta Stadium 05:30pm
04/09/10 North Queensland Cowboys (3.70) v Sydney Roosters (1.28) Dairy Farmers Stadium 07:30pm
04/09/10 Penrith Panthers (1.36) v Cronulla Sharks (3.15) CUA Stadium 07:30pm
05/09/10 Melbourne Storm (1.08) v Newcastle Knights (8.00) AAMI Park 02:00pm
05/09/10 Manly Sea Eagles (1.42) v Canterbury Bulldogs (2.85) Brookvale Oval 03:00pm
05/09/10 St George Dragons (1.28) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (3.70) WIN Jubilee Stadium 07:00pm