Odds and Offers on the NRL Season Opener

The Broncos hots defending premiers South Sydney in the opening game of the NRL season on Thursday night. The Rabbitohs are favourites but can Bennett's Brisbane beat the Bunnies?

After five months without NRL action the superb sporting event resumes this week. During the break the Kiwis claimed the Four Nations, the NRL Allstars returned, we watched an exciting Auckland Nines and most recently the Australian Clubs dominated the World Club Challenge in the United Kingdom. But nothing compares to the week in week out grind of frenetic and fascinating footy.

Bunnies Bookies Favourites

The Brisbane Broncos begin life back under Wayne Bennett in what will be a stunning season opener against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium. But how will the hosts fair against the reigning Premiers on Thursday night? Having waited 43 years in between Premierships the Rabbitohs are around $5 favourites to go back to back in 2015 and it’s no surprise the bookies believe they’ll begin by beating the Broncos in Brisbane. Punters can back either side to win with Sportsbet and if your selection leads at half time but fails to go on with the job customers will be refunded up to $100. While you can also throw either team in your NRL Round 1 Winners Multi and if 1 selection of a 5 or more leg bet fails, Sportsbet will once again give your money back up to 100 bucks.

World Club Challenge Winners Face off in Week One

Both teams are coming off World Club Challenge wins in England, Brisbane beat Wigan in a golden point thriller while South Sydney were simply unstoppable against St Helens winning 39 nil at Langtree Park. The Rabbitohs were also unstoppable against the Broncos last year winning home and away in 2014 as Greg Inglis twice ran rings around some of his Maroons teammates. The fullback scored one of the best solo tries in rugby league history on Anzac Day as Souths snatched a 2 point win at Suncorp Stadium before the Bunnies belted Brisbane 42-16 at ANZ stadium, with GI claiming a hat-trick. If you fancy Inglis to grab the opening try of the season you can get him at double figures, with teammate and last season’s leading try scorer Alex Johnston the favourite for the first 4 pointer. The winger’s also a double figure favourite to top the try scorers charts one again in 2015. 

Brisbane under Bennett just seems right so don’t be surprised to see the Broncos begin with a bang, especially in front of a big crowd at Suncorp. The home team are paying over $3 to be winning at half time and by the full time siren. Their opponents are even money for the same bet. If you fancy the Rabbits to repeat their last performance against the Queenslanders their paying a tick over 3 bucks to beat Brisbane by 13 points or more while if you believe the Broncos will come out firing and win by the same scenario, juicy odds of more than $5 awaits.

Whatever your bets are just be glad the footy is back and the awesome entertainment that is rugby league will be a regular feature of your week once again.