Late Mail: NRL 2015 Round 20 Tips, Teams and Odds

NRL 2015 Round 20 will kick off tonight with two relatively one sided match. We take a look at each of the games in the round and give our tips and selections as well as look at the match info, teams and odds for each of the games.

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Match 1: Brisbane Broncos ($1.11) vs Gold Coast Titans ($7.20)

When: 19:45 | Friday 24/07/2015

Where: Suncorp Stadium

Tip: Brisbane Broncos at $1.11

 

 

Match 2: Wests Tigers ($5.80) vs Sydney Roosters ($1.15)

When: 19:45 | Friday 24/07/2015

Where: ANZ Stadium

Tip: Sydney Roosters at $1.15

 

 

Match 3: New Zealand Warriors ($1.25) vs Manly Sea Eagles ($4.00)

When: 15:05 | Saturday 25/07/2015

Where: Mt Smart Stadium

Tip: TBA

 

 

Match 4: Melbourne Storm ($1.40) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.95)

When: 17:35 | Saturday 25/07/2015

Where:McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand

Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.40

 

 

Match 5: South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.16) vs Newcastle Knights ($5.30)

When: 19:35 | Saturday 25/07/2015

Where:ANZ Stadium

Tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.16

 

 

Match 6: Penrith Panthers ($1.80) vs Canberra Raiders ($2.00)

When: 14:05 | Sunday 26/07/2015

Where: Allianz Stadium

Tip: Canberra Raiders at $2.00

 

 

Match 7: Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.40) vs Cronulla Sharks ($2.95)

When: 16:05 | Sunday 26/07/2015

Where: Belmore Sports Ground

Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $2.95

 

 

Match 8: Nth Queensland Cowboys ($1.07) vs Parramatta Eels ($8.50)

When: 19:00 | Monday 27/07/2015

Where: 1300 Smiles Stadium

Tip: Nth Queensland Cowboys at $1.07

 

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All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.

Teams: TBA

News:

Instead of being frustrated by Canberra’s merry-go-round of NRL halfbacks, Blake Austin sees it as the perfect chance to take his game to the next level.

The star five-eighth has had three different playmaking partners this season, and on Sunday will combine with a fourth against his former club Penrith at Pepper Stadium.

Josh McCrone will wear the No.7 jersey in the absence of coach Ricky Stuart’s first choice Sam Williams, who is sidelined with a pectoral tear for at least another two weeks.

McCrone was picked ahead of Mitch Cornish, who started the year in the halves, and Jack Wighton, who shifted from fullback for last weekend’s 21-20 loss to Cronulla.

While the frequent reshuffling has meant extra responsibility, Austin is relishing the opportunity.

“A lot of people had the opinion that I was going to struggle without Sammy and, with the result (against the Sharks), you could probably say we weren’t as sharp as we were when Sammy’s on the field,” Austin told AAP.

“That’s the part of my game that I want to keep developing.

“Whoever’s beside me isn’t going to matter too much.

“I want to take my game to the next step, which is controlling the team and making the right decisions.”

The former Penrith and Wests Tigers utility says he realises he’s becoming the player the Raiders turn to when in need – something he’s never before experienced.

“In teams I’ve played in the past, I haven’t been that player; I’m the player that does the little things for the other guys to step up and make those crucial plays,” he said.

“It’s about learning my role in the team and I think I’m becoming one of the key players.

“So I’m working hard to make sure I know what to do in those crucial moments.”

Kicking was one area the 24-year-old admits he needs to improve, as was learning to properly share the load.

He’s confident his partnership with McCrone will work this weekend, even though his three NRL appearances in 2015 were at hooker.

“Macca’s a seasoned first-grader and played a lot of games at that level, so he’s not going to come in and get overawed or anything like that,” he said.

“He’s going to be really keen to impress and I’m sure he’ll really rise to the occasion of being back in the NRL.

“He’ll carry a bit more of that responsibility of leading the team and hopefully allow me to pop up around on the field a little bit more like I was.”

 

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