Mon, Aug 6, 9:44am by Staff Writer
The Sydney Roosters are once again Premiership favourites after a hard-fought 26-20 win against the Cowboys on Saturday night.
The Roosters were pre-season favourites to win the 2018 NRL Grand Final and are aiming to become the first side in 20 seasons to win the Grand Final after being pre-season favourites.
The Chooks burst out to a 26-8 lead, but it was the Cowboys who finished the stronger, scoring two tries and pressuring the Roosters line late in the game to almost force golden point.
The Roosters will hope to climb atop the NRL ladder after round 22, when they face arch-rivals and competition leaders South Sydney.
The Bunnies are $4 to win the Premiership after their 30-20 win against the Melbourne Storm on Friday night.
Despite Melbourne running out to a 16-6 lead, the Bunnies controlled the final 45 minutes of the game, with Dally M hopeful Damien Cook superb in the second half.
The Rabbitohs starved the Storm of possession and field position, with the 2017 Premiers looking rattled at times in the second half.
The Storm are $4 to win the Grand Final and are in second position on the ladder.
The race for the final position in the top four is intensifying, with St George once again struggling, this time losing 18-12 to the New Zealand Warriors.
The Dragons $12 to win the Premiership, but have lost three of their past four games and trailed New Zealand 18-0 at half-time on Saturday afternoon.
It was a crucial win for the Warriors who now have restored their four-point buffer in eighth position, ahead of the Wests Tigers in ninth.
The Warriors are now $1.01 to play finals and $26 to win the Grand Final, with four rounds to play.
It was only the second time in 12 attempts that the Warriors had won in Wollongong, with the result sure to place pressure on the under-fire Dragons in the final four rounds of the season.
The Wests Tigers kept their feint finals hopes alive with a 25-16 win against Newcastle on Friday night.
Luke Brooks and Robbie Farah were superb for the visitors as they built a 22-4 lead, before the Knights through the wizardry of Kalyn Ponga managed to claw back to within six points only to fall by nine.
Parramatta produced a dominant display against the Gold Coat on Saturday afternoon, but remain on the bottom of the table on points difference.
It was Parra’s fifth win of the season and the 28-12 victory was set up by a trio of tries late in the first half which turned the match in their favour.
The Titans sit in 12th position on the ladder, four points clear of the Eels.
Canterbury sprung a major upset on Thursday night when they toppled the Broncos 36-22 at ANZ Stadium.
The loss keeps the Broncos in seventh spot on the ladder as they struggle to find consistency this season.
The Dogs attack has been criticised for a number of seasons for lacking creativity, but a Kerrod Holland kick and to set up a try for Will Hopoate was exquisite and electrified the sparse crowd in attendance.
Brisbane is $26 to win the Grand Final and $17 for an unlikely finish within the top four.
Sunday football produced two scorelines never seen in NRL history.
Manly produced a miraculous 33-32 win at Cronulla in golden point after Valentine Holmes missed a penalty goal in the 68th minute that would have extended Cronulla’s advantage to eight points.
Joel Thompson scored with five minutes to go for the Sea Eagles, with captain Daly Cherry-Evans producing the match-winning field goal.
Penrith dug themselves a 26-12 half-time hole and managed to salvage a 40-31 win at Penrith Stadium to boost their chances of a top four berth.
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