Mon, Mar 27, 12:57pm by Head Editor
Just how tight this NRL season is proving to be was highlighted by the bookmaker’s inability to split two of the eight games in round four.
The first of those was Parramatta ($1.90) hosting Cronulla ($1.90) on Saturday night. The Sharks have been a little bit scratchy so far in their Premiership defence, but ran in three tries to one to ensure they evened their season ledger at two wins and two losses.
The second of the even betting games was St George Illawarra hosting the Warriors. On the field though, it looked anything but a tight affair as Dragons’ pair Josh Dugan and Paul Vaughan guided the club to its third win from four starts this season.
There was only one underdog who saluted this weekend, and they did it in style. The Sea Eagles steamrolled the Bulldogs 36-0 thanks to a masterclass from skipper Daly Cherry-Evans.
The Sea Eagles, who were a $2 underdog, snapped a 237-day drought at home, running in seven tries without reply.
Round Four kicked off on Thursday night at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, when the Roosters kept their perfect start to the season alive with a comfortable 20-6 victory over Souths.
Joining them at the top of the ladder with a 4-0 start to the season, was the Storm, who came from 14 points down to beat the Tigers 22-14 at Leichardt Oval on Sunday.
It was a better performance by Wests, who sacked coach Jason Taylor last week, but the class of Cameron Smith, who nailed a crucial 40/20 nine minutes after half time to set up a Young Tonumaipea try.
That four-pointer gave Melbourne all the momentum and from then on there was only going to be one winner.
On Friday night, the Broncos grinded their way to a tight win over the Raiders. A late Jordan Kahu field goal was all that separated the sides in what was a tough game, played in wet conditions.
Elsewhere, the Panthers smashed the Knights 40-0 and the Cowboys won an entertaining contest in Townsville over fellow Queensland club, the Titans.
Back-rower Coen Hess sealed the 32-26 win for North Queensland with a rampaging try 10 minutes from the end.
Onto our best bets and the Roosters ($2.40) beat the Rabbitohs by over 13 points and the Broncos squeezed past the Raiders to give us a handy return of $3. We backed the Eels on Saturday, who let us down.
On Sunday, we took the Storm ($3), saluted by a margin of 1-12 points but we did take the Warriors, who couldn’t get it done.
Round 5 (Sportsbet)
Canterbury Bulldogs ($3.03) v Brisbane Broncos ($1.39)
Sydney Roosters ($1.40) v Manly Sea Eagles ($2.97)
Nth Queensland Cowboys ($1.28) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($3.70)
Cronulla Sharks ($1.15) v Newcastle Knights ($5.50)
Canberra Raiders ($1.47) v Parramatta Eels ($2.68)
Melbourne Storm ($1.56) v Penrith Panthers ($2.46)
New Zealand Warriors ($1.47) v Gold Coast Titans ($2.70)
Wests Tigers ($1.91) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.89)
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