Friday Night football takes on a completely different look in Round 16 of the NRL season with two crunch games and one very different location meaning this is a night not to be missed.
To get things underway the Wests Tigers go head to head with the desperate Canterbury Bulldogs at Campbell Town Stadium with both teams coming off defeats in their last game.
Also in action will be the South Sydney Rabbitohs who face fellow Round 15 winners the Brisbane Broncos.
That game will actually be streamed out of NIB Stadium in Perth with the West-Australians getting a rare opportunity to see Rugby League played live on their home soil.
It’s a game that in the past has attracted in excess of 20,000 locals so with a bit of luck and some good weather there’s no reason these two highly entertaining teams can’t eclipse that record this Friday.
Below is our wrap of Friday Night Footbal for Round 16 of the NRL season as well as all the latest odds thanks to Luxbet.
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Friday Night NRL Round 16 24/06/2011
Friday 7:35pm: Campbelltown Sports Stadium
The Bulldogs were woeful against the Sharks last week and the Tigers not much better as they went down as well.
Both teams struggled to cross the stripe and that’s what forced them on the back foot and while their defence wasn’t horrible, the constant pressure led to them absorbing points at crucial stages.
With such a big log jam around the bottom of the top eight it’s vital for both teams that they get the win and try and jump a little bit clear of the teams around them.
While you wouldn’t say tomorrow’s game is do or die exactly, you would say that the losing team puts themself in a pretty tough position with less than 10 rounds to go.
The big issue here is the exclusion of Benji Marshall with an ankle injury, his withdrawal takes away a bit of that attacking spark and certainly is a shot in confidence.
Having said that it always removes some of the uncertainty and a more traditional five-eigth in Jacob Miller means it will be a more structured and predictable game for the Tigers.
I see that as a good thing because lately Marshall has been off his game and at times put his side under a bit of pressure.
If they go with a back to basics style of play they’ll find that Canterbury do a bit of the work for them, that is of course if they aim up in defence.
You simply can’t have Canterbury after what they showed last week, they were picked apart at will be Cronulla and their heads jsut aren’t in the game.
They have a prime chance to knock off the tigers at home here but the performance of their halves this year has been arguably the worst in the league.
They just can’t score points and as a result they appear frustrated and uninterested.
The Tigers at home are the easy bet and the $2.15 being offered by Luxbet is an absolutely crazy price.
They’ll win the game and in the process potentially seal the Dogs slide down the ladder.
South Sydney are flying high after getting up last week and the Broncos are the same after a tough victory over St George.
Yow Yeh won’t play for them this week and neither will hooker Andrew Mculluch.
South Sydney have a full squad and one which finally has a bit of confidence about them for the first time this year.
They’re a team that in the past has liked playing in unusual grounds and I think they’ll relish the trip to Perth.
For the Broncos it may not eb the case especially given they’re coming down after such an important game and the fact many of them have State Of Origin in two weeks.
You can probably see which way I’m leaning here and once again I’ll be taking the Luxbet outsiders with South Sydney to get home at big odds.
This is much more a mental based assessment and the fact is if both sides are 100 percent the Broncos win the game.
They’re better in attack and better in defence but on the night if their head isn’t in the game they’ll be better in neither.
It’s a huge game for Chris Sandow, if he stands up I think South Sydney win and win well, if he has a shocker and the Broncs turn up ready to go, well then it could be a riot in the other direction.