Mon, Aug 7, 10:59am by Head Editor
Melbourne have shortened from $2.50 to $2.25 to win the Premiership, following their big win over North Queensland on Friday night in Townsville.
The result sees the Storm move four points clear at the top of the table, and with just four games remaining, they’re in prime position to win the Minor Premiership.
While Melbourne got the points, the team sitting in second place on the ladder – the Roosters – couldn’t get the job done, losing 36-18 to Manly.
Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans was brilliant for the Sea Eagles, while fullback Tom Trbjevic scored two tries to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Sharks drifted from $7 to $9 following their loss to the Raiders, which keeps Canberra’s finals hopes alive.
Josh Hodgson was superb for the winners, who are now just two points outside the top eight, following the 30-12 win. The Raiders odds were slashed from $41 to $21.
The Broncos moved from 4th to 3rd on ladder, and in from $10 to $8 to win the ultimate prize following their massive 54-0 win over their neighbours, the Titans.
Ben Hunt played one of his best games of the season for Brisbane, in what was the club’s biggest ever win over the Gold Coast.
Four favourites won and covered the line over the weekend, but the Dragons weren’t one of them, losing a nail biter to Souths at the SCG on Friday night.
The 26-24 loss sees the Dragons slide outside the top eight, and sees them drift way out from $34 to $101.
A night earlier the Eels won their sixth game in row, with a comfortable 20-4 win over the Bulldogs. The result sees Parramatta move in from $15 to the fifth line of betting ($12) to win the Premiership.
The Newcastle Knights won their second game in a row, to give their chances of avoiding the wooden spoon a boost, beating the Warriors on Saturday.
The Novocastrians are now just one game behind the 15th placed Tigers, but are still assessed as a $1.06 shot to win the dreaded spoon.
The Tigers moved in from $12 to $8 to win the unwanted honour after losing 28-14 to the Panthers on Sunday.
Penrith are now 8th on the ladder, after their fifth win in a row, which has seen their quote for the ultimate prize move into $17.
Round 23 kicks off when the Rabbitohs ($1.56) host the Bulldogs ($2.44) on Thursday night. The line in that game is four points, which is the lowest line of a round where all eight games have a clear favourite.
Melbourne ($1.38) host the Roosters ($3.06) on Saturday afternoon in a top of the table blockbuster, while the 3rd placed Broncos ($1.42) host the 4th placed Sharks ($2.88) in a huge game on Friday night.
NRL Round 23 Odds: (Sportsbet)
South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.56 v Canterbury Bulldogs $2.44 Line: 4
Parramatta Eels $1.14 v Newcastle Knights $5.80 Line: 16
Brisbane Broncos $1.42 v Cronulla Sharks $2.88 Line: 6.5
St George Illawarra Dragons $1.44 v Gold Coast Titans $2.80 Line: 6
Melbourne Storm $1.38 v Sydney Roosters $3.06 Line: 7.5
Penrith Panthers $1.47 v Nth Queensland Cowboys $2.69 Line: 6
New Zealand Warriors $2.77 v Canberra Raiders $1.45 Line: 6.5
Wests Tigers $2.93 v Manly Sea Eagles $1.41 Line: 6.5
Melbourne Storm $2.25
Sydney Roosters $5.50
Cronulla Sharks $9
Brisbane Broncos $8
Nth Queensland Cowboys $21
Manly Sea Eagles $15
Parramatta Eels $12
Penrith Panthers $17
Canberra Raiders $21
St George Illawarra Dragons $101
New Zealand Warriors $5001
Gold Coast Titans $5001
Canterbury Bulldogs $2501
South Sydney Rabbitohs $5001
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