Raiders - Line: 5.00 Bet Units: The Raider will win this with ease; the worst attacking team in the comp, the Dragons, put 38 points on them last week. The match up is a complete mismatch based on recent form - since Round 22 the Raiders are averaging 1506 metres per game, the Warriors 1100 metres; the Raiders miss 37 tackles a game, the Warriors miss 49; the Raiders are making only 8.50 errors per game [best in NRL in this period], the Warriors over 12 per game; the Raiders completing sets at 79.75%, the Warriors at 69.25%. The Warriors spine this week is abysmal, their defence again will struggle to hold out the outside backs of the Raiders, in particular Fergurson and Croker. The Warriors also struggle to diffuse kicks and McCrone has been on song in this area. Momentum is hard to stop both ways, the Warriors are the most unfit team in the NRL and the Raiders full of self belief. The home ground is misleading the market, the Raiders will cover this line quickly and race away (-4.5 to -6.5)
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Another Australian Open has been run and won. New heights in standard were reached, in what was a fantastically exciting tournament. At least in the men’s section that is. The women’s final turned out to be another anti-climax mirroring previous years. This would certainly be of some concern for tournament organisers.