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Week 1 Finals Preview

Overview

The 2023 NRL Finals have arrived with the Broncos, Storm, Panthers and Warriors competing in a qualifying finals while the Sharks, Roosters, Knights and Raiders are one loss from being knocked out of the competition.

September 8, 2023 7:45 pm @ Suncorp Stadium

Broncos colors
Broncos$1.58
H2H
Storm$2.38
-4.5$1.99
Line
4.5$1.82
Under 42.5$1.81
Total Score
Over 42.5$1.81
Storm colors

Recent Form

22-32 VS STORM
L
18-29 VS RAIDERS
W
54-10 VS EELS
W
22-32 VS BRONCOS
W
37-16 VS TITANS
W
28-38 VS DRAGONS
W

Team News

Broncos (Ins: Reece Walsh, Kotoni Staggs, Herbie Farnworth, Selwyn Cobbo, Ezra Mam, Adam Reynolds, Billy Walters, Payne Haas, Kurt Capewell, Patrick Carrigan, Kobe Hetherington Outs: Tristan Sailor, Corey Oates, Delouise Hoeter, Jordan Pereira, Josh Rogers, Jock Madden, Corey Jensen, Blake Mozer, Cory Paix, Xavier Wilson, Martin Taupau)

Storm (Ins: Jahrome Hughes, Harry Grant,  Nick Meaney, Will Warbrick, Young Tonumaipea, Marion Seve, Xavier Coates, Cameron Munster, Tui Kamikamica, Christian Welch, Trent Loiero, Eli Katoa, Nelson Asofa-Solomona Outs: Reimis Smith, Justin Olam, Grant Anderson, Jayden Nikorima, Tyran Wishart, Tariq Sims, Tepai Moeroa, Chris Lewis, Jack Howarth, Sualauvi Faalogo, Alec MacDonald, Aaron Pene, Joe Chan

What We Like

While the Broncos may be favourites going into the clash, the Storm enter the game after just defeating them last week. The Storm have also won 47 times compared to the Broncos’ 13 at Suncorp Stadium and have defeated the Broncos in all four finals played since they lost the 2006 Grand Final.

Match Result Melbourne Storm $2.38

Final Thought

English international Herbie Farnworth has gone under the radar at Brisbane and been outshined by the likes of Reece Walsh and Selwyn Cobbo. However, he has been in tremendous form and is constantly dangerous in attack.

Herbie Farnworth Exact Number of Tries Exactly 2 $9.50

September 9, 2023 4:05 pm @ BlueBet Stadium

Panthers colors
Panthers$1.20
H2H
Warriors$4.55
-12.5$1.90
Line
12.5$1.90
Under 39.5$1.97
Total Score
Over 39.5$1.97
Warriors colors

Recent Form

44-12 VS COWBOYS
W
18-32 VS EELS
W
14-40 VS TITANS
W
34-10 VS DOLPHINS
L
18-6 VS DRAGONS
W
29-22 VS SEA EAGLES
W

Team News

Panthers (Ins: Mitch Kenny, Scott Sorensen Outs: Luke Sommerton, Luke Garner)

Warriors (Ins: Shaun Johnson, Tohu Harris, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Addin Fonua-Blake, Wayde Egan, Jackson Ford, Jazz Tevaga Outs: Taine Tuaupiki, Edward Kosi, Ronald Volkman, Freddy Lussick, Bunty Afoa, Kalani Going, Paul Roache)

What We Like

Stephen Crichton always manages to get his hands on the ball at the start of the game. The Penrith centre has been in tremendous form and will be hoping to lead the club to another Grand Final before he moves to the Bulldogs.

First Tryscorer Stephen Crichton $9.00

Final Thought

While the Panthers should easily be able to defeat the Warriors at home, the end total score should eclipse 39.5 points. The two teams are attacking powerhouses led by their halves; Nathan Cleary and Shaun Johnson.

Total Score (39.5) Over 39.5 $1.84

September 9, 2023 7:50 pm @ PointsBet Stadium

Sharks colors
Sharks$1.86
H2H
Roosters$1.94
0.5$1.90
Line
-0.5$1.90
Under 41.5$1.89
Total Score
Over 41.5$1.89
Roosters colors

Recent Form

24-6 VS RAIDERS
W
32-6 VS KNIGHTS
L
12-32 VS COWBOYS
W
12-26 VS RABBITOHS
W
32-8 VS TIGERS
W
12-34 VS EELS
W

Team News

Sharks (No changes made)

Roosters (Ins: Joseph Manu Outs: Corey Allan)

What We Like

Despite leaving the field against the Raiders last week with a suspected injury, Connor Tracey has been named to play this weekend. Coming into the team to replace Will Kennedy – after he sustained an injury – in the number one jersey, Tracey always manages to cross the line for a try.

Anytime Tryscorer Connor Tracey $2.95

Final Thought

While the Roosters just managed to clinch a top-eight position, the club have one of the most experienced rosters and won’t shy away from performing well in a big game.

Match Result Sydney Roosters $1.94

September 10, 2023 4:05 pm @ McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights colors
Knights$1.21
H2H
Raiders$4.40
-12.5$1.91
Line
12.5$1.89
Under 42.5$1.90
Total Score
Over 42.5$1.90
Raiders colors

Recent Form

12-32 VS DRAGONS
W
32-6 VS SHARKS
W
29-10 VS RABBITOHS
W
24-6 VS SHARKS
L
18-29 VS BRONCOS
L
36-24 VS BULLDOGS
W

Team News

Knights (Ins: Kalyn Ponga, Jackson Hastings, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Tyson Frizell, Dane Gagai, Phoenix Crossland, Leo Thompson, Kurt Mann Outs: Lachlan Miller, Adam Clube, Enari Tuala, Dylan Lucas, Fa’amanu Brown, Oryn Keeley, Riley Jones, Brodie Jones)

Raiders (Ins: James Schiller Outs: Seb Kris)

What We Like

The Knights left flank has been extremely dangerous this season and played an instrumental role in guiding the team to their winning streak. Expect both Bradman Best and Greg Marzhew to cross the line for a four-pointer.

Anytime Tryscorer Greg Marzhew and Bradman Best (SGM) $2.90

Final Thought

The Knights are the most in-form team in the competition, while the Raiders have been the most inconsistent. With the game on the line and playing at home, an easy win is on the cards for Newcastle.

Margin Newcastle Knights 13+ $1.83
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