Backing a winner is normally something to crow about, but Kate Ritchie was always a shoe-in for the Gold Logie. This week's Rugby League form is going to be much more difficult to assess, but Dr Turf gives it his best shot anyway.

Well, I suppose we came back to earth with a bit of a thud last week – you can’t be too chuffed when one of your winners was Kate Ritchie in that highly competitive Gold Logie league. People complain about waiting for five days to collect when you have a bet on a test match, but that seems like a mere nanosecond compared to watching the Logies for four hours to collect. That’s four hours you’re never going to get back. Fancy having to rely on a TV soap to find a winner!

Not that I’m a sore loser or anything (yeah, not much) but did anyone see the 'penalty try' awarded to the Stormers against the Brumbies? I felt as though I had been violated when I had to pay my bookie for the losing bet on the Brumbies with the handicap start. In fact, I think it’s time we introduced protests in to sporting events just like we have in racing. That one would have been upheld.

Anyway, that’s gone, but this weekend is very, very hard. With the Australia versus New Zealand rugby league test on Friday night, it’s dicey to try and tip this weekend without knowing how the players in that game will back up for their club games. But I cannot go three days without a punt on the league, so here goes. This week’s prices are from Lasseters and as always, are subject to change.



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