Mon, Jun 18, 5:31pm by Staff Writer
South Sydney moved into pole position to be crowned 2018 Premiers as they continued their impressive form. They now sit 2nd on the ladder courtesy of a superior points difference over Penrith and New Zealand. Despite being two points behind leaders St George, the Rabbitohs have now been installed as favourites at $4.75.
Robert Jennings was the star of the show on Thursday for South Sydney as he ran in four tries in their demolition of a luckless Parramatta side. The 42-24 victory could have been even greater had it not been Adam Reynolds disappointing night kicking from the tee. That didn’t matter on the night, but greater tests await this resurgent Bunnies team if they are to match the favourites tag.
St George ensured that they held of the chasing pack for at least another week at the top of the ladder with a comfortable win over Manly. The Dragons controlled the game throughout, although they left it until the second half to truly take control of the clash. Attentions will now turn to Rep footy for many of the Dragons players with many involved in Origin and the upcoming International clashes. They will be hoping to come through unscathed as they search for a Premiership priced at $5.
A well-timed run of form has seen the Roosters burst their way into title contention as they dismantled the high-flying Panthers. This top 4 clash certainly lived up to it’s billing as potential thriller, as Sydney did the almost unthinkable and hammered Penrith 32-6. The Roosters ran in fives tries to one to give themselves a commanding boost on the NRL ladder. They now stand at $6 to be Premiers.
Whilst Penrith are now priced at $6.50 and will need to regroup after this poor performance.
The Storm were just too strong for the Knights as they ran out 28-10 victors. Josh Addo-Carr solidified his right to be in the NSW Blues squad with another fine display on the wing. Melbourne announced the re-signing of coach Craig Bellamy prior to the game and it never looked in doubt that he would celebrate with a win. Despite several surprise losses this season, the Storm are still in the hunt for back to back Premierships at $6.
There is now a clear divide between these five clubs and the rest with the New Zealand Warriors the next best priced team at $12.
An impressive away win in North Queensland ensured that the Warriors remained in the top 4. The 23-16 win was New Zealand’s 10th win of the year as they continue to defy the odds and stay in the fight. If they can keep key players injury free then the Warriors have already proven they are capable of beating the top sides on their day.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Rabbitohs $4.75 $1.01 $1.25
Dragons $5 $1.01 $1.25
Roosters $6 $1.01 $1.45
Storm $6 $1.03 $1.65
Panthers $6.50 $1.03 $1.55
Warriors $12 $1.12 $3
Sharks $13 $1.20 $3.40
Broncos $17 $1.50 $5
Raiders $41 $2.65 $17
Tigers $81 $3.40 $21
Cowboys $251 $15 $101
Manly $301 $15 $101
Knights $301 $8 $67
Titans $301 $13 $81
Eels $501 $101 $501
Bulldogs $501 $34 $201
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