Former Tigers star, Sportbet’s expert NRL tipster and host of Get ‘Em Onside Joel ‘Sugar’ Caine gives his best NRL tips for each round of the season. Here are his picks for the NRL Grand Final.
I’ve been hitched to the Panthers wagon all year and haven’t wavered and I’m not about to! Champion playmakers all win premierships and I believe that Nathan Cleary may never have a better chance than the one that presents him this Sunday.
Key personnel exit come years end for the Panthers including Matt Burton who has scored 3 times against the Bunnies this year. Souths Centre/Right side has been a concern for them all year conceding 32 tries there.
Left Centres have a terrific record in premiership-winning sides in recent years with the likes of Justin Olam, Latrell Mitchell, Curtis Scott, Krisome Auv’a and Michael Jennings all enjoying a Grand Final ‘meat pie’ in the Left Centre position of the winning team.
Manly really exposed Souths right edge in last week’s Preliminary Final. Reuben Garrick scored 2 tries and had one disallowed so I’m expecting the Panthers to target there.
As for the Unders, we’ll re-visit last week’s criteria in which sides featuring Nathan Cleary (NSW & Penrith) only concede an average of 8 points per game.
If you knew in hindsight that either Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Cody Walker or Adam Reynolds had won the Clive Churchill Medal, a try would certainly have helped their cause.
Nathan Cleary is $4 alone to win the Medal, obviously he needs to score to win this bet but you’re also getting 3 other gun players with your bet.