NRL Preview Round 8: line-ups; UBET odds

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Anzac tradition more important than ever (1:26)

Brett Kimmorley says that the Anzac Day games are one of the most important and special days on the NRL calendar. (1:26)

Friday, April 21

Canberra Raiders ($1.25) vs. Manly Sea Eagles ($4.00), GIO Stadium at 6:00pm

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Luke Bateman 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Iosia Soliola 18. Dave Taylor 19. Jordan Turner 20. Makahesi Makatoa 21. Lachlan Croker

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Blake Green 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Frank Winterstein 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic Interchange: 14. Lewis Brown 15. Jackson Hastings 16. Darcy Lussick 17. Addin Fonua-Blake 18. Nate Myles 19. Cameron Cullen 20. Matthew Wright 21. Shaun Lane

UBET verdict: Crunched from $8.00 into $5.50 for the title, Canberra's being given a solid early nudge. First Try Scorer punters will be all over Jordan Rapana, who's without doubt the form winger in the NRL right now. He scored a hat-trick last time the Raiders played the Sea Eagles.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs ($3.20) vs. Brisbane Broncos ($1.35 ), ANZ Stadium at 7:50pm

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Braidon Burns 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Jennings 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Kyle Turner 11. John Sutton 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess (c) Interchange: 14. Robbie Farah 15. Jason Clark 16. Zane Musgrove 17. George Burgess 18. Robbie Rochow 19. Cameron Murray 20. Tyrell Fiumaono 21. Hymel Hunt

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (c) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Korbin Sims 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Sam Thaiday 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire Interchange: 14. Alex Glenn 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Herman Ese'ese 17. David Mead 18. Todd Murphy 19. George Fai 20. Jamayne Isaako 21. Jonus Pearson

UBET verdict: Confidence remains high among Broncos backers, despite their get-out-of-jail win over the Titans last round. Brisbane has won and covered against the Bunnies in their last three and the Broncs are being backed to exclusion at the 8.5 line in early trade.

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Saturday, April 22

Parramatta Eels ($2.35 ) vs. Penrith Panthers ($1.60), ANZ Stadium at 3:00pm

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva'a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Brad Takairangi 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown Interchange: 14. Beau Scott (c) 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Kenny Edwards 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. Will Smith 20. George Jennings 21. Marata Nuikore

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan (c) 2. Waqa Blake 3. Dean Whare 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. James Fisher-Harris 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin Interchange: 14. Peta Hiku 15. Leilani Latu 16. Tim Browne 17. Moses Leota 18. Corey Harawire-Naera 19. Sitaleki Akauola 20. Viliame Kikau 21. Bryce Cartwright

UBET verdict: Penrith has won four of their last five road games against Parra, but with the Panthers playing the way they are, the early interest is in the Eels at a good price.

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North Queensland Cowboys ($1.35) vs. Newcastle Knights ($3.20), 1300Smiles Stadium at 5:30pm

Cowboys: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. John Asiata 7. Michael Morgan 8. Patrick Kaufusi 9. Blake Leary 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper (c) 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. Ethan Lowe 16. Ben Spina 17. Corey Jensen 18. Sam Hoare 19. Ray Thompson 20. Javid Bowen 21. Braden Uele

Knights: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata'utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson (c) 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 11. Sione Mata'utia 12. Sam Stone 13. Mitchell Barnett Interchange: 14. Luke Yates 15. Anthony Tupou 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Jaelen Feeney 19. Jacob Gagan 20. Josh King 21. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

UBET verdict: Down several first-choice stars, including skipper Johnathan Thurston, North Queensland battled on gamely last week in their 28-22 loss to the Dragons. Punters took note of the spirited performance and are siding with the hosts straight up.

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Cronulla Sharks ($1.30 ) vs. Gold Coast Titans ($3.55 ), Southern Cross Stadium at 7:30pm

Sharks: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Kurt Capewell 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (c) Interchange: 14. Jayson Bukuya 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Joseph Paulo 18. Tony Williams 19. Sam Tagataese 20. Edrick Lee 21. Fa'amanu Brown

Titans: 1. Tyrone Roberts 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Dan Sarginson 5. Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Chris McQueen 12. Chris Grevsmuhl 13. Ryan Simpkins Interchange: 14. Karl Lawton 15. Joe Greenwood 16. Paterika Vaivai 17. Leivaha Pulu 18. Jarryd Hayne 19. Kevin Proctor (c) 20. Konrad Hurrell 21. Morgan Boyle

UBET verdict: Early shoppers seem more than happy to take the shorts about the defending premiers, who were clinical last week in dispatching the Panthers. Valentine Holmes has scored six tries in four games against the Titans and will be a hit with First Try Scorer punters.

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Sunday, April 23

Wests Tigers ($2.55) vs. Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.52 ), ANZ Stadium at 4:00pm

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoalum 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Moses Suli 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods (c) 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Joel Edwards 17. Jacob Liddle 18. JJ Felise 19. Kyle Lovett 20. Justin Hunt 21. Luke Brooks

Bulldogs: 1. Brett Morris 2. Kerrod Holland 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham (c) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 18. Francis Tualau 19. Matt Frawley 20. Renouf Toomaga 21. Remis Smith

UBET verdict: Canterbury has won four of their past five against the Tigers and the initial interest is in the away team. Bets are running 7:1 in favour of the Bulldogs in early trade.

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Tuesday, April 25

Sydney Roosters ($1.60) vs. St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.35), Allianz Stadium at 4:00pm

Roosters: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Joseph Manu 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (c) 10. Isaac Liu 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra Interchange: 14. Zane Tetevano 15. Paul Carter 16. Kane Evans 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 18. Latrell Mitchell 19. Dylan Napa 20. Connor Watson 21. Lindsay Collins

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Kurt Mann 17. Hame Sele 18. Taane Milne 19. Jacob Host 20. Luciano Leilua 21. Blake Lawrie

UBET verdict: League punters are loving the double-your-money odds about the ladder leaders. St George went up $2.40, but they've won 10 of the last 15 Anzac Day clashes, so there's no chance they'll stay that price.

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Melbourne Storm ($1.30) vs. New Zealand Warriors ($3.55), AAMI Park at 7:00pm

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane Interchange: 14. Christian Welch 15. Tim Glasby 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Cameron Munster 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Joe Stimson 20. Mark Nicholls 21. Tui Kamikamica

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Blake Ayshford 3. David Fusitua 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kieran Foran 7. Shaun Johnson 8. James Gavey 9. Isaac Luke 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering Interchange: 14. Nathaniel Roache 15. Charlie Gubb 16. Ligi Sao 17. Sam Lisone 18. Ben Matulino 19. Bunty Afoa 20. Ata Hingano 21. Mason Lino

UBET verdict: Melbourne has won and covered in their last three against New Zealand and will no doubt be a popular anchor for multi punters. Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu has crossed the stripe three times in two games against the Warriors and will start short to score the first try.

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