The third Sydney Derby of the season will spell the end of the road for one club and I am confident that the bigger brother will prevail. The Swans arrive in the finals in season-best form and have won their four most-recent games. They will be buoyed by the return of Lance Franklin, who was too much for the Giants to handle only a few weeks ago. GWS really have limped into the finals and it’s tough seeing them progressing further than today.
The Panthers and Warriors will square off in the first of two sudden death NRL finals this weekend and I am confident that the away side can get the job dob. Penrith’s bizarre decision to part ways with Coach Anthony Griffin only weeks out from the finals has almost certainly decided their season and last weekend’s win over a depleted Storm outfit has undoubtedly been blown out of proportion. This finals series is set up for a team like the Warriors and they are over the odds in head-to-head betting.
The Roosters are arguably the team to beat in this year’s NRL finals and they can earn a week off by beating the Sharks in Sydney tonight. The Roosters clinched the minor premiership with a hearty win over the Eels last weekend, but they have been one of the league’s strong clubs for most of the season and would not look out of place winning another title. The Sharks have timed their run of form to absolute perfection and have delivered a number of premiership threats defeats recently. The line is only set at 3.5 points and I am confident that the Roosters have that covered.