Mon, May 21, 9:31am by Staff Writer
Round 11 saw St George Illawarra Dragons retain their place at the top of the ladder. Whilst the fight to secure in the top eight intensified with four clubs from 6th place to 9th all locked on 12 points. For those sitting below that mark at this stage of the year, it is getting increasingly more difficult for them to achieve a spot in the finals.
Gareth Widdop’s goal kicking as well as late try from Matt Dufty proved to be the difference on Sunday as the Dragons battled past the Raiders. Despite making a calamitous error earlier in the game, Dufty rose to the occasion to ensure that his side continued to sit atop the NRL ladder. The performance wasn’t one to send worries down their rival’s spines, but St George are showing that they are capable of winning at all costs this season. They stand at $4.75 to win the Grand Final.
All the talk surrounding the Storm and Sea Eagles game has not focused on the outcome, a convincing Manly win, rather it is the controversy surrounding the sin bin time keeping. Two of Manly’s players were allowed to return to the field earlier than the allotted ten minutes following a brawl which also saw Melbourne’s Curtis Scott a red card. The drama over shadowed a poor performance from the Storm who remain at $5.50 to win back to back Premierships.
The Roosters fell to the Broncos on Friday night as they moved to a disappointing 6-5 record for the season. In a year that was supposed to hold plenty of promise for Sydney, inconsistency continues to damage their Premiership hopes. After last week’s 32-0 thrashing of the Warriors, the Roosters were on a high, but could not get across the line across Brisbane. A late try to Jamayne Isaako sealed the win for the Broncos and left the Roosters at $7.
Whilst the victorious Brisbane side are well off the pace at $15.
Penrith continued their return to form after a shock loss to the Cowboys in Round 9, as they eased their way to a win over Wests Tigers. The match offered little in the way of tries as the Panthers scored the only two of the game with Wests offering up only a solitary penalty goal in reply. Penrith are keeping the pressure on the Dragons at the top of the ladder and stand at $8.
The Rabbitohs followed up their incredible win over St George in Round 10 with a nail biting win over North Queensland Cowboys. An Adam Reynolds penalty goal in the last minute of play gifted South Sydney a one-point victory in Townsville. Their stock continues to grow as they produce consistent performances that sees them sitting in the top four. They are priced alongside the Panthers at $8.
Once again, the Warriors responding to a disheartening loss with a much improved performance and an invaluable two points on the ladder. Despite being on the receiving end of heavy losses to the Storm and Roosters this season, they remain 3rd on the ladder. An incredible achievement for a side so often written off before the season even starts. They stand at $11.
Sportsbet Market Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Dragons $4.75 $1.03 $1.30
Storm $5.50 $1.15 $1.60
Roosters $7 $1.25 $2.10
Panthers $8 $1.16 $2
Rabbitohs $8 $1.22 $2.10
Warriors $11 $1.18 $2
Sharks $11 $1.28 $2.10
Broncos $15 $1.67 $4.50
Tigers $34 $2.10 $5.50
Manly $34 $3 $13
Cowboys $34 $3 $13
Raiders $41 $3.25 $11
Knights $101 $3.75 $21
Eels $151 $13 $51
Titans $151 $11 $34
Bulldogs $151 $11 $34
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