NRL All Stars – Indigenous All Stars v Maori All Stars Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
NRL All Stars

The Harvey Norman All Stars match between the Indigenous All Stars and Maori All Stars takes place this Saturday at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville. Can the Maori All Stars kick on from their win in 2020, or will the Indigenous All Stars gain their revenge?

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Indigenous All Stars v Maori All Stars Betting Tips & Predictions: Match Winner

Last season the Maori All Stars picked up their first ever win in the All Stars game with a 30-16 success over the Indigenous All Stars at The Robina Stadium on the Gold Coast. The Indigenous side have been playing in this NRL season curtain raiser since 2010, but last year’s game with the Maori All Stars was only the second time they have met. The Indigenous side have played against the NRL All Stars, World All Stars and Maori All Stars over the years and have won five from nine attempts. This year’s game has been overshadowed with the Victoria border closure, meaning that the Indigenous side will be without Josh Addo-Carr, while Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Reimis and Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughes and Nelson Asofa-Solomona are unable to feature for the Maori All Stars. The Maori side will still have some quality players on show with the likes of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Benji Marshall, Joseph Manu and Dylan Walker, but I think they will; be affected by the loss of the Melbourne-based players. The Indigenous side are also loaded with quality with Latrell Mitchell, Blake Ferguson, Jack Wighton, Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, David Fifita, Tyrone Peachey and Corey Thompson all featuring, so I am backing them to win this one and record their sixth win overall and their second over the Maori All Stars.

Indigenous All Stars v Maori All Stars Betting Tips & Predictions: 1st Try Scorer

The Indigenous All Stars are taking this game very seriously, and they are keen to avenge last season’s 30-16 defeat. South Sydney Rabbitohs full-back Latrell Mitchell make his return from injury and he will play a huge part in the outcome of this encounter. The 23-year-old former Grand Final winner has not played since picking up a hamstring injury for the Bunnies back in August. He is not expected to play a lot of minutes, but he will still be on long enough to have an impact. As you have seen in recent years, playing for the Indigenous All Stars means the world to Mitchell and I am backing the former Sydney Roosters star to score the opening try of the game.

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