NRL Free Game Preview – Round 4 – Bulldogs v Rabbits – 2013
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Individual Game Tips – 17/24 71%
Eagles, Bulldogs, Storm, Sharks, Titans, Knights, Cowboys, Roosters
Bulldogs v Rabbits
|Head to Head||Won 6 of last 7|
|At Ground||Won 9 of last 10||Won 8 of last 10|
Homebush: 4.00pm Friday
Be aware that both sides play out of Homebush as their home ground and importantly both sides have excellent records here. It is also of note that the Bulldogs have held a healthy H2H advantage through recent years, winning 6 of the last 7. Major key ins for the Bulldogs with Barba and Pritchard returning. While they may be short of a gallop they’ll strengthen the confidence of everyone around them and both have the quality to make an impact straight up. The Bulldogs lifted for the GF rematch in Melbourne last week. They keep making small steps of improvement and at 1/3 and off a loss I think they’ll again aim up and give this a real shake. I also think their ball shift attack to their edges, especially with the return of Barba will trouble the Rabbits but they are still missing the impact of their two big front rowers who remain out. Through the last two weeks the Sharks and Panthers have looked to move the Rabbits around with a lot of deliberate side to side attack and ball movement, obviously looking to run about and tire their bigger men and open up their defence – and with success. The Sharks looked like they could well have done more than they did (line breaks and scoreboard) while the Panthers gave them a fright and clocked up 32 points. The fact that 6 tries were conceded is a major concern for a potential top of the table team. I’m tipping the Bulldogs here off the back of their record in these big matches when it mattered, last year winning 8/13 against top 8 sides and a GF appearance, whereas the Rabbits although in winning form could only win 6/13 against the best sides in the comp (and come off two finals defeats). Looks a great contest, I lean slightly to the Bulldogs but we’ll learn a lot more from the contest.
Last Word: Bulldogs have consistently come up and or won the big games through the last 12 months. The Rabbits are yet to convince us that they can. Great contest, slight lean to Bulldogs given their record.
Betting Interest: Close game, no betting play for mine.
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