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Anzac Day action kicks off busy weekend for NRL, AFL fans

Punters should start Round 7 of the NRL premiership with a winning double if they stick with the Roosters and Storm against the Dragons and Warriors, respectively.

History suggests that the Sea Eagles will edge the visiting Rabbitohs at Brookvale, the Cowboys should have too much class for the Raiders in Townsville, the Broncos perhaps have the class to overcome the Tigers at Campbelltown, and considering the Knights have battled on the road this season you’d like to be on the Titans up on the Gold Coast.

The next two games are interesting affairs with the Sharks squaring off with the Bulldogs in Gosford and the Panthers hosting western Sydney rivals the Eels on Monday night.

The Bulldogs, who are missing Graham more than they would be willing to admit, are slight favourites against the Sharks, who are not out of this despite their inability to post wins of late.

Don’t write off the Sharks, but if the Bulldogs can’t win this then there’s every chance they won’t make the eight.

After winning at home in Round 1 against the Raiders, the Panthers have had their struggles ever since.

It’s hard to believe that the Eels let it slip on the road against the Titans in their previous assignment, so on that basis we’ll stick our neck out and give them another chance.

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 It’s Round 5 action in the AFL and although the Bombers will lift for the big Anzac Day clash injuries might make it tough for them to overcome the Magpies.

The crowd for the match in Wellington will be a mystery, but it shouldn’t be a shock to see the Swans get the cash against the battling Saints.

If you can get the winner of the Giants-Suns game, the Blues-Crows clash, and the Power-Eagles encounter then you might well be on the way to landing the card this weekend.

The Blues appear to be on the way up and may sneak by the Crows in what should be a tremendous contest.

The Giants stunned the Suns in Canberra last year, but surely the Suns will get the cash on this occasion if their soild performance against the Swans at the SCG is any guide.

It’s hard to knock the Giants, but they just can’t put it together for four quarters.

The Eagles seem to be all the rage this weekend, but they haven’t exactly set the world on fire and face a rampant Power in Adelaide.

In the fair dinkum stakes, it’s hard to ignore the Power and if they can overcome the Crows at AAMI Stadium then they’re every chance of eclipsing the injury-ravaged Eagles.

The Tigers let themselves down in the third quarter against the Magpies last weekend, while the Dockers played second fiddle to the Hawks from start to finish in Launceston in Round 6.

Hard to believe that the Dockers lost to the Bombers when last they appeared in Perth and expect them to string four good quarters together.

The Tigers will be competitive, but winning in the west won’t be easy and if you’re looking for comparisons you’ve got to ask yourself if they’re playing as well as the Bombers.

The Cats will prove too good for the Bulldogs, the Lions, who have lost Rich, have played well in Queensland this year and are capable of rolling the Demons, and the Hawks just have too many guns for the Kangaroos.

 

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