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Hopefully, the end of the week will be better than the start

It has been a big week. Just returned from the Alice Springs Cup on Monday.
Originally backed Russian Jar, but it was scratched on the morning of the race. Plonked the cash on The Ruffian and Patience on an each way basis, and the good news is that they crossed the line in first and second place.
Hopefully that’s a good omen for this weekend when it comes to the footy.
Regardless of the code, nominating winners hasn’t been all that difficult.
However, it’s a different story when it comes to the 50/50s.
We’ll happily indicate the 50/50s and we’ll do our best to try and pick a winner, but it isn’t proving an easy task of late.
There’s an element of luck at the moment and we’re working hard to find the perfect formula.
Rest assured, there would be other punters battling to split the 50/50s as well.
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You would be filthy if the Storm’s home loss to the Raiders and the Knights’ golden point loss to the visiting Sharks cost you picking a perfect round in the NRL last weekend.
As usual, no matter if it’s the NRL, AFL or Super Rugby, you’ve got to find that upset result on top of splitting those 50/50s.
Back to back visits to Sydney awaits the Cowboys and it’s no easy assignment as they face the red-hot Rabbitohs.
We’ve been waiting for the Cowboys to click, and they should be in the mix when they whips strat cracking at the end of the season, but at the moment the Rabbitohs are flying.
The Warriors-Bulldogs clash is a toss of the coin, but the Warriors are legless when they appear at an alternative venue in New Zealand.
Titans are capable of rolling the Dragons after a gutsy effort in Auckland and the Roosters must be some chance at Brookvale Oval now that Brett Stewart is missing from the Sea Eagles line up.
Form and common sense tells you that the Sharks, Broncos, Raiders and Storm should prevail against the Tigers, Eels, Knights and Panthers in the remaining games in Round 9.
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There’s a host of big games in the AFL with the Cats and Bombers kicking off the Round 7 program tonight – that’s a contest between the teams who sit in first and second place.
The Bombers are on a fire and are capable of winning, but they’ve made six changes to their unbeaten line up and that has to enhance the prospects of the Cats.
Injuries have hit the Tigers on the eve of an important game and that may open the door for the Power, especially in Adelaide.
The Magpies boast a wonderful record on the road and how many punters have been stung over the years when they’ve tipped against the black and whites on their travels.
You’d be filthy if you settled on the Magpies and the Dockers, who are still missing Pavlich and Sandilands, got the cash in Perth.
Good luck picking the winner of that game.
And of course, the Hawks play host to the Swans at the MCG in a replay of last year’s grand final.
The Hawks are out for revenge and prepared for the Swans with a tremendous win over the Crows in Adelaide.
It’s hard to fault the Swans and they blasted the Lions out of the water last weekend, so how can you split the Hawks and Swans with confidence.
The Demons and Suns meet in yet another lottery – there’s just nothing that gives either side the edge.
The Demons are at home, but the Suns are favourites.
Picking the card last weekend wasn’t that hard, but it could be a different story this weekend.
The Eagles, Kangaroos, Crows and Blues are good enough to edge the Lions, Bulldogs, Giants and Saints, respectively.
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To top things off you’ve got Super Rugby, which continues to toss up unpredictable results after 12 rounds.
The Reds-Sharks, Cheetahs-Hurricanes and Waratahs-Stormers match ups will leave punters scratching their heads as deadline approaches.
The head tells you that the Reds (Sharks have their injury concerns) and Cheetahs (Hurricanes just aren’t playing well enough) may get over the line, but it’s hard to be confident about the Waratahs winning at home as their inconsistency baffles punters.
The Stormers are battling to pick up from where they left off last year when they were eliminated at the semi-final stage, so with that in mind we’ll stick our neck out and settle on the Waratahs.
Fingers crossed.
The Chiefs, Blues and Highlanders are in line to celebrate victory against the Force, Rebels and Kings.
Treat the Force and Rebels with an element of respect as they have produced decent form across the Tasman in 2013.
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