Mon, Jul 23, 10:06am by Staff Writer
A three-way tie at the top of the ladder sees the Storm, Dragons and Rabbitohs all in pole position for the Minor Premiership. In another round of incredible NRL action, the 2018 season continues to throw up major shocks and hard-fought victories.
It took two second half penalty goals from Cameron Smith to separate the Storm from the Warriors in Auckland. A blistering start saw both sides cross the try line early on as they traded blows in the first ten minutes. Suliasi Vunivalu crossed just before half time, prior to Smith’s penalties, but a nervy last 20 minutes with a six-point lead ensued for the Storm. The win has seen them shorten to $4 to win this year’s Grand Final.
The Warriors slipped to 8th and to $26 to win the Premiership after such a promising start has faded away.
In a high scoring affair at Brookvale, the Roosters came out on top of the Sea Eagles. The away side ran in ten tries to four in the 56-24 victory. Ten different players crossed the whitewash for the Roosters highlighting their attacking intent throughout the squad. Latrell Mitchell masterminded the win as they moved to $4.75 to win the Premiership, despite sitting 4th on the ladder.
The Rabbitohs nine game winning streak came to a grinding halt against the Tigers this weekend. Wests defence was at the heart of the win as they stifled the Bunnies attacking threat for the entire 80 minutes. South Sydney remain well in contention for the Premiership, but the blueprint on how to beat them may well have been leaked. They slipped to $5.50 to be Premiers.
With that impressive win, Wests kept alive their hopes of finishing inside the top eight. They moved to $3 to make the Finals.
St George rediscovered their form away from home against North Queensland. Coming into this game they had lost their last two and were in desperate need of a win. The Dragons were in the scoreboard inside the first two minutes as Jason Nightingale scored the first try of the night. His side would run in another four to record a 24-10 win. They stand at $6.50 to win the Grand Final.
A win marred in controversy virtually ended the Raiders hopes of the top eight, whilst the Sharks solidified their playoff position. All the attention following the match was on Canberra coach Ricky Stuart, but for Cronulla all that mattered was the two competition points that moved them to 5th position on the ladder. A 2nd Premiership in three years appears a distant hope as they stand at $8.
Hopes are fading for both Brisbane and Penrith to win the Premiership as they met at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. The home side blew away the Panthers notching up a 50-18 win. Although they impressed in the victory the Broncos are priced at $14 to win the Grand Final compared to the Panthers at $10. Penrith have lost four of the last five games and need to rediscover their form quickly.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Storm $4 N/A $1.15
Roosters $4.75 $1.01 $1.50
Rabbitohs $5.50 N/A $1.15
Dragons $6.50 N/A $1.33
Sharks $8 $1.01 $2.10
Panthers $10 $1.01 $3.25
Broncos $14 $1.07 $4
Warriors $26 $1.12 $5
Tigers $67 $3 $51
Raiders $151 $5 $301
Knights $301 $15 $251
Titans $1001 $251 $501
Cowboys $1501 N/A N/A
Manly $1501 $151 N/A
Eels $1501 N/A N/A
Bulldogs $1501 N/A N/A
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