Tue, Jun 12, 1:47pm by Staff Writer
A post-Origin Game 1 Round is always a huge test for sides with players involved on the Wednesday night. There is the dilemma of whether to risk playing their stars or battle on without them in search of valuable competition points. No club truly showed any Origin hangover although there were several close encounters.
Penrith utilised their Origin stars, despite the 48-hour turnaround, for their game against Canberra on Friday night. The Panthers edged the match by a field goal courtesy of Nathan Cleary, a result that has seen them installed as favourites to win the Premiership. They have broken away from the chasing pack to now stand alone on $5. Canberra dominated much of the match, but Cleary’s drop kick proved the deciding factor.
South Sydney battled to their own tight victory as they overcame the Gold Coast Titans by two points following the Panthers clash. Whilst Penrith had reinstalled their Origin players, the Rabbitohs chose to do it the hard way without any of those involved on Wednesday. It was a tough battle of game, that saw a resolute Titans side push the Bunnies all the way. In a performance made even more impressive with the two sin binnings they had to endure. Souths victory keeps them in the chase to be Premiers at $5.
St George returned to the top of the NRL with victory over Canterbury, but it wasn’t enough to change their price of 5.50. The last game of the Queen’s Birthday weekend followed a similar pattern with the Dragons battling to a 18-16 win. Two late penalties from Gareth Widdop gave them the crucial victory.
In another close contest, the Roosters managed to get the better of the Knights as they ground out an 18-16 victory. Man of the match for the Blues in Origin 1, James Tedesco, returned to club footy in exactly the same vein of form. As he impressed alongside his other returning Blues to guide the Roosters to a win that keeps them in the fight for the top four. They stand at $6 to win the Premiership.
A spirited second half comeback ensure that reigning Premiers, Melbourne kept themselves in contention for back to back Premierships. They trailed to the Broncos, 12-8 at half time, before a masterclass from Cameron Smith fired them to an improbable 32-16 victory. The resilience of this Storm side mean that they are never down and out in any match. Although only priced at $7, their rivals will be wary of the damage that they can do when Finals roll around.
A Paul Gallen inspired Cronulla Sharks battled their way past Wests Tigers on Sunday to keep up the pace with the Storm and Roosters. All three clubs sit on 18 competition points on the ladder and this was a big win for the Sharks. It kept them priced at $11 to win the Premiership.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish Miss the top 8
Panthers $5 $1.02 $1.40 $15
Rabbitohs $5 $1.03 $1.50 $13
Dragons $5.50 $1.05 $1.50 $10
Roosters $6 $1.06 $1.75 $9
Storm $7 $1.07 $1.65 $8.50
Sharks $11 $1.14 $2.40 $5.50
Warriors $13 $1.18 $2.50 $4.75
Broncos $26 $1.65 $7 $2.30
Tigers $51 $2.65 $12 $1.48
Raiders $67 $3.50 $17 $1.30
Cowboys $101 $8 $67 $1.08
Knights $151 $5 $34 $1.18
Bulldogs $251 $13 $151 $1.03
Eels $251 $34 $151 $1.01
Manly $251 $10 $67 $1.05
Titans $501 $26 $151 $1.01
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