With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, finding sports to whet the betting appetite has not been easy. From second and third-tier soccer and basketball leagues to virtual gaming, the options for sports bettors have proven to be few and far between.
Fortunately for us though, there is still one top-flight league still playing, in Australia. The National Rugby League is undoubtedly one of the top leagues in the world and is renowned for being the top rugby league in the globe. It’s a bit of a different game from the traditional rugby union, but rugby league is surely a faster sport with more exciting gameplay.
The games happen quite early in the morning for us here in North America. The featured game in this spot will take place Friday, March 20th at 5:00 AM Eastern, including the Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs. In the USA it airs live on Fox Sports, while in Canada, it will feature on TSN.
In terms of comparison, rugby can be loosely considered a blend between American football and soccer, but with less breaks in the action. With limited sporting options in this time of crisis, consider reading the breakdown and preview below, staying up late or waking up early, and tuning in for some high quality sports betting action. We all know it’s already long overdue.
Brisbane Broncos vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs Betting Odds:
South Sydney -1.5 (+105)
Vs. Brisbane +1.5 (-125)
South Sydney (-110)
Over 41.5 (-110)
Under 41.5 (-110)
Brisbane Broncos vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs Pick:
Week Two of the season will begin with a heavyweight tilt between two of the sport’s most exciting teams. Brisbane put on a solid show last week against North Queensland, but will be battling some injuries this week.
It’s expected that the Broncos will be without Tevita Pangai due to suspension, while Alex Glenn is still out injured. This will quite likely result in Brisbane’s pack and forward group being a tad decimated and overmatched against a hungry South Sydney squad.
For the Rabbitohs, it was a bit of a tough introductory week last time out against Cronulla, but they did survive to earn the two points in victory. This week in Brisbane it will only get tougher, especially after spending much of the lead-up to the match in full quarantine. They do have the advantage of naming the exact same starting group as their last time out, and coach Wayne Bennett will hope that can lead to a positive result.
One disadvantage for the Broncos will be not having their raucous home crowd at their backs. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this match will be played in an empty stadium – though the Broncos should be able to control the game and hold some key advantages throughout.
Brodie Croft is also the ideal number 7 for the Broncos. He’s calm and composed and can make game-changing passes look so routine. He’s one of the best halfbacks in all of rugby league, and should be able to find space to operate with his hands and feet.
Finally, this match could very well be won or last within the centres. The Rabbitohs have a couple of former Broncos that could produce some big tackle-busting runs. Both Jimmy Roberts and Jaydn Su’A. That duo could prove deadly, but the Broncos’ defense should be up to the task. It all starts with solid tackling and resistance from Brisbane’s Darius Boyd – the Broncos key centre. Boyd is expected to retire at the end of this 2020 NRL season, and should be able to produce a couple of big tackles and moments in this big rivalry showdown.
There isn’t much separating these teams, but the odd lead-up and ongoing quarantine of South Sydney likely tweaks with their usual pre-game routine. The Broncos have bigger playmakers on their side, and though they’re a tad completed in comparison to their rivals from South Sydney, expect a Brisbane outright victory early Friday morning. Enjoy sports betting and the very exciting game of rugby league!