Mon, Aug 13, 7:26pm by Staff Writer
The Sydney Roosters are now clear flag favourites at $3.40 after defeating South Sydney 18-14 on Friday night.
The Chooks took an 8-0 lead before the Bunnies crossed fortunately through Adam Reynolds.
A long-range try early in the second half by Joseph Manu restored the Roosters’ lead, as the Bunnies had a couple of late chances to steal the match.
Souths are $4 to win the flag, their first since 2013.
The Melbourne Storm has lost consecutive matches after a 17-14 loss to Cronulla on Sunday.
The Storm are $4.25 to win back-to-back Premierships, but the Sharks have proven to be somewhat of a bogey team for them in recent times.
Cronulla has beaten Melbourne three times in a row at AAMI Park, with Sunday’s result avenging their golden point loss from round 20.
The Sharks are $11 to win the Premiership, which would be their second in the space of three years after experiencing a 50-year premiership drought.
Penrith put a week of off-field drama behind them with a miraculous 17-16 comeback victory against the Titans.
The Panthers were down by four points with a minute to play, until a Viliame Kikau linebreak set up Nathan Cleary for a try.
The youngster inexplicably missed an easy conversion by his standards to win the game, with the match going into golden point.
The New South Wales number seven atoned for his mistake with an 84th minute field goal to given the Panthers their third comeback win in as many weeks.
They are in fourth spot on the ladder and $10 to win the flag.
St George’s horrible post-Origin form continued on Saturday night as they were trounced 40-4 by Parramatta.
The Eels were in control from the outset, running in seven tries to one. The Dragons have dropped to $34 to win the Premiership, while the Eels have gotten off the foot of the table on points differential.
New Zealand has all but assured their finals berth after a 20-4 win against Newcastle on Friday night.
The Warriors are $15 to win the Premiership, sitting in seventh spot on the ladder.
Wests Tigers have kept their slim finals hopes alive with a 22-20 win against Canberra on Sunday.
The Tigers came out of the blocks to lead 16-0 after a Joseph Leilua sin bin early in the first half.
Canberra came home the stronger side, but ill discipline and a lack of polish cruelled their comeback attempt.
Wests are one game outside the top eight and $81 to win the Premiership.
The team they are chasing is the Brisbane Broncos, who lost on Thursday night 34-30 to North Queensland.
It was an epic comeback by the Cowboys, who trailed by 12 points with less than 20 minutes to play.
With Wayne Bennett’s contract scenario a source of distraction, the Broncos face a tough two weeks against the Bunnies and Roosters. They are $31 to win the Grand Final.
Manly used a dominant second half to defeat the Dogs 18-6 at Brookvale on Saturday afternoon.
The Sea Eagles were the more creative side on the night and deserving of their victory, as the Dogs struggled without Lachlan Lewis.
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