Mon, Jul 9, 10:18am by Staff Writer
A shortened round of fixtures due to Origin Game 3 this week, has seen the Melbourne Storm move into the pole position for another Premiership. Whilst the Broncos made a statement in their win over the Titans, the Panthers hammered the Warriors and the Raiders produced a miracle comeback to beat the Bulldogs.
In a high scoring affair, the Storm came out on top over the Dragons as they scored 14 tries between them. A clinical final 20 minutes from Melbourne, however, proved the difference as they ran in four unanswered tries in what was a blockbuster of a game. Both sides traded blows throughout a very open contest as neither side looked to missing their Origin stars. The win moved the Storm to $4.75 to win the Grand Final as he installed themselves as favourites.
For the Dragons, it was a missed opportunity to consolidate their place at the top of the NRL. Despite some fine playmaking from Gareth Widdop and even better finishing from Nene Macdonald, they stand at $6.
Penrith snapped a two-game losing streak as they ran riot against the Warriors at Panthers Stadium. The six tries to one victory came on the back of an impressive performance from Jarome Luai who was standing in at halfback with Nathan Cleary and James Maloney on NSW duty. He dictated play as the Panthers sprang what will be viewed as an upset, with Penrith undermanned due to Origin and the Warriors at full strength. The Panthers stand at $6 to win the Premiership alongside St George.
Title hopes appear to be over for the Warriors as they moved to $34. Back to back losses has seen the New Zealand side slip to 8th on the ladder after such a promising start to this seasons campaign. Although they should make Finals priced at $1.08, it appears a long shot for them to win the title.
The Raiders kept alive their faint hopes of making the top eight as they produced a stunning comeback win over the Bulldogs. Three tries in the last ten minutes of the match swung it in Canberra’s favour to keep them six points off the playoff spots. A loss would have seen them eight points adrift, although they are still priced at $3.50 to make finals.
Whilst the loss saw the Bulldogs fall to 15th on the ladder and to $2.50 for the wooden spoon.
Brisbane boosted their hopes of a potential top four finish as they eased past the Gold Coast 34-0 on Sunday afternoon. With both sides missing several key players to Maroons duty, it was poised to be an interesting clash. That was until Anthony Milford took the game into his own hands, controlling throughout and easily dispatching the Titans. The Broncos stand at $15 to win the NRL and $4 to reach the top four.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Storm $4.75 $1.01 $1.33
Rabbitohs $5 $1.01 $1.15
Roosters $5.50 $1.02 $1.90
Dragons $6 $1.01 $1.15
Panthers $6 $1.01 $1.90
Sharks $10 $1.04 $3
Broncos $15 $1.08 $4
Warriors $34 $1.08 $4
Raiders $67 $3.50 $81
Tigers $151 $3.75 $101
Titans $301 $26 $151
Knights $301 $34 $501
Manly $301 $51 $1001
Cowboys $501 $151 $1001
Bulldogs $1001 $251 $501
Eels $1001 $501 $1001
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