Tue, May 29, 8:07am by Staff Writer
Penrith and South Sydney were the biggest movers in Round 12 of the NRL, as they tore the competition wide open. The Panthers moved to the top of the ladder, although it is shared with the Dragons with both clubs having identical points tallies as well as points difference. While the Rabbitohs shifted into 3rd spot to keep alive their promising start to the season.
A four try to none hammering of St George saw Penrith shorten vastly with Sportsbet to $5.50. The Panthers put in a complete performance to blow away the Premiership favourites in the 28-2 rout. Nathan Cleary and James Maloney produced the goods in the halves to set Penrith on their way to a convincing win.
Despite the heavy loss, the Dragons remain well in contention to be Premiers. This was only their 3rd loss for the season and they stand at $5.50 alongside the Panthers and fellow risers from Round 12, South Sydney.
The Rabbitohs convincing victory over the New Zealand Warriors has seen them move to $5.50. an early sin bin for South Sydney’s Thomas Burgess could not derail the Bunnies, as the Warriors failed to capitalise on the man advantage. Greg Inglis put in a fantastic performance, as he prepares for Origin 1, to lead his side to a 30-10 win.
Early season form keeps the Warriors still in contention on the ladder sitting in 5th position, but they have dropped to $15 to be Premiers.
Cameron Munster scored the vital field goal that gave Melbourne a 7-6 win over North Queensland. Both of last season’s Grand Finalists have struggled for form in 2018 and neither produced much in this match to suggest the tide is turning. The Storm, however, remain at $7 to win the Premiership and are likely to be dangerous when Finals come around. Whilst with only three wins this year, the Cowboys are priced at $81.
After 12 games, the Roosters would not have wanted to only be sitting 7th on the ladder with a 7-5 record for the season. The signings of Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco were supposed to be the final pieces of a Premiership winning side. They may well still turn out to be, but inconsistency has dogged their year. Although there was little of that to see as they swept aside the Gold Coast Titans. They stand at $7.
2016 Premiers, Cronulla, continue to be in the battle to win only their second Premiership. They flown under the radar somewhat this year but are 4th on the ladder and priced at $10 to their success from two seasons ago. They ran in nine tries against the Knights as Matt Moylan made a late push for his inclusion in Origin this season.
With Origin 1 on the horizon, the title credentials of all the early season leaders will be put to the test as they have to produce without a number of their star players.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Panthers $5.50 $1.08 $1.50
Dragons $5.50 $1.05 $1.50
Rabbitohs $6.50 $1.18 $1.90
Storm $7 $1.12 $1.65
Roosters $7 $1.25 $2.05
Sharks $10 $1.30 $2.40
Broncos $13 $1.50 $4
Warriors $15 $1.25 $2.20
Tigers $26 $2 $5
Raiders $34 $3 $11
Manly $51 $3 $13
Cowboys $81 $7 $26
Knights $151 $5 $23
Titans $251 $15 $67
Bulldogs $251 $11 $51
Eels $251 $26 $101
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