Mon, Jun 4, 1:51pm by Staff Writer
Due to State of Origin game 1 this week, the NRL Round 13 was a reduced weekend of footy with only four games. Despite this there was still plenty of action and talking points in each game as the Roosters and Rabbitohs solidified their positions in the top eight.
South Sydney powered past Cronulla on Friday night as they took Origin call ups in their stride to keep their place in the top four. It was the power in attack of the Burgess brothers that inspired the win as they continue to look like genuine Premiership contenders. They remain at $5.50 to win the Grand Final and on this showing, they are certainly more than capable.
For the Sharks it was another disappointing result although they stayed in 7th on the ladder and are primed for an attack on the Finals. They struggled to match the Bunnies relentless forwards and took far too many backwards steps in defence. They stand at $11 to win the Premiership. Although a place in the top 8 is priced at $1.25.
A gritty two-point win over Wests, ensured that the Roosters kept up their hopes of finishing in the top four. It is vital at Origin time that clubs are able to continue winning form and whilst this wasn’t a classic, all that mattered was the win. Resolute defence from the Roosters kept the Tigers at bay as the edged the game 16-14. Dropped NSW Blue Blake Ferguson bounced back from that disappointment to put in a number of crucial tackles to help his side to the win. They are priced at $7 to win the Premiership.
That result meant the Tigers dropped out of the top eight down to 9th on the ladder. An extremely disappointing scenario for Wests who have been very impressive at time this season, including victories over the Storm. Inconsistency has hurt them though as they now stand at $51 to win the Premiership. A place in the playoffs is priced at $2.40.
North Queensland reignited their faint hopes of making Finals as they put together a fine win over Manly. The presence of Johnathan Thurston at Origin time would have been a strange, but welcome sight for Cowboys fans and players. He played a hand in the victory, although it was Jason Taumalolo who made the hard metres with ball in hand.
The Cowboys stand at $5 to make the top eight, despite sitting in 14th, one place behind the Sea Eagles who are priced at $6 to achieve the same finish.
Newcastle have faltered since the start of the season, when they strung together some impressive performances. They cruised past Parramatta to keep alive their hopes of making Finals, securing a 30-4 away win. Injuries hampered the Eels, but a clinical display from the Knights ensured they remained at $4.50 to make the top eight.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Dragons $5.50 $1.05 $1.50
Panthers $5.50 $1.05 $1.50
Rabbitohs $5.50 $1.08 $1.67
Storm $7 $1.15 $1.67
Roosters $7 $1.10 $1.80
Sharks $11 $1.25 $2.65
Warriors $15 $1.25 $2.50
Broncos $15 $1.50 $4.25
Cowboys $34 $5 $26
Raiders $34 $2.80 $11
Tigers $51 $2.40 $7
Manly $81 $6 $34
Knights $251 $4.50 $26
Bulldogs $251 $13 $67
Eels $251 $26 $101
Titans $251 $17 $67
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