It’s more of a sideshow than a serious competition, but the annual NRL Nines tournament will take place in Perth from Friday and that means the 2020 NRL Premiership season is only a few weeks away.
The NRL Nines represents an opportunity for all sixteen clubs to blood youngsters, trial combinations and ultimately tune up for the serious competition that everyone is focused on.
This will be the first time that the NRL Nines is contested away from its ‘traditional’ home of Auckland and $1 million in prizemoney will be on the line, as well as an extra bonus of $1 million for any side that completes the Nines/NRL Premiership double.
We’ll be offering a range of markets for each and every game at the 2020 NRL nines and below, you can find our best bets for overall winner and where we think that the value lies.
The Eels have named a talented, youthful squad that is full of speed for their campaign at the 2020 NRL Nines, and they represent an excellent chance of winning at a lovely price ($6.50 at publish).
Clint Gutherson remains at the helm, with the likes of Maika Sivo, Mitchell Moses and Blake Ferguson all confirmed to make the trip west. They look to have a relatively favourable draw, coming up against the Bulldogs on Friday and Dragons on Saturday.
Similarly to the Eels, the Panthers will travel an exciting squad to Perth that at their best, could run rings around just about any of their rivals.
Nathan Cleary and Josh Mansour combine with the likes of Viliame Kikau, and they have been drawn against the NRL Nines’ rank outsiders in the Sydney Roosters, as well and a Knights side that will be without Kaylin Ponga. Penrith were available at $16 when markets first went up and have continued to receive huge support.
The Cows are typically a good team to follow at the NRL Nines and 2020 doesn’t look like being any exception to that rule.
They have drawn into a strong pool but will be led by the league’s wrecking ball in Jason Taumolo and will also boast names like Kyle Feldt, Jake Granville, Josh McGuire and Esan Marsters. I can’t understand why they have been priced as long as they have.
There is no denying that the Titans were extremely disappointing throughout the 2019 NRL Premiership, but new coach Justin Holbrook has named a strong squad for the Perth Nines.
All your usual suspects like Jai Arrow, Tyrone Peachey and Anthony Don will be joined by exciting youngsters like Treymain Spry and Darius Farmer. Given the number of starting positions on the line on the Gold Coast and every player’s desire to perform, the Titans could prove enormous overs at $15.