We’re a week out from the grand final and these four teams will put it all on the line. Here’s out best picks for the 2017 NRL Preliminary finals.
Storm v Broncos
The Broncos turned in a more polished performance in their win over the Panthers last week but they certainly aren’t playing like a team that is bound for the premiership. The return of captain Darius Boyd is a big boost for the Queenslanders who have certainly missed his direction, particularly in attack the past two weeks.
Melbourne, fresh off a week’s rest, couldn’t ask for a better opponent to face in the grand final qualifier. The minor premiers have beaten the Broncos four out of the past five times they’ve met including a 30-point shellacking at Suncorp Stadium back in Round 17. The Storm don’t have any new injury concerns, they’re fresh and in what will be Cooper Cronk’s final home game – will no doubt be hungry to send the great half off the right way.
Prediction: Storm -9.5 @ $1.80
Roosters v Cowboys
Just a month ago, the Cowboys finished the regular season with four losses from their last five games and had it not been for a very unexpected loss by the Dragons to the Bulldogs in round 26 – the Cowboys wouldn’t have made the finals at all. Now, the resilient North Queenslanders find themselves just one game from playing in their third grand final, thanks to two sensational sudden death victories against the Sharks and the Eels.
However, standing between the Cowboys and a GF berth is a Roosters side bursting with talent all over the park. Trent Robinson’s outfit were clearly the better side in their narrow win over the Broncos a fortnight ago and will be confident of getting over the top of the surging Cowboys once again.
Both sides have shown they have plenty of points in them and the free-flowing style of play that the Cowboys exhibited last week could catch the rested Roosters off guard, particularly early on.
Prediction: Over 36.5 points @ $1.90