Mon, Apr 9, 8:46am by Staff Writer
The fairy tale start continues for both the New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons whose supporters can potentially start to believe. They kept their 100% winning records in tact with the Warriors especially impressing this weekend.
They may sit 2nd on the ladder with an inferior points difference but the Warriors were in fine form as they downed the North Queensland Cowboys. It was the boot of Shaun Johnson that proved to be the separating factor as they registered a gritty 22-12 win in the second match of the Auckland double header. The Warriors shortened again to $12 to win the Grand Final.
Whilst pre-season front runners, the Cowboys fell to $9 having only secured a solitary win this season. That came way back in Round 1 and they certainly struggling to produce the form that saw them reach last season’s Grand Final.
St George have been clinical throughout the opening Rounds and secured a club record fifth straight win to begin 2018. Prior to the season they were as long as $19 but are now at $6.50, only edged out as favourites by the Roosters. Gareth Widdop was again at the forefront of everything good for the Dragons as they beat South Sydney.
The Roosters lived up to their billing as favourites with an emphatic victory over Cronulla. Having lost last week to the Warriors, Sydney needed a performance and result to boost morale. They managed to achieve this at the expense of the Sharks who had no answer to the Roosters attack. They stand at $5.50.
2016 Premiers, Cronulla, remain on $13 to reach those heights again this season.
Despite still being well in the running, the Storm suffered again at the hands of Wests Tigers. A Benji Marshall field goal seven minutes from full time broke Storm’s hearts for a second time this season. Priced at $7, Melbourne will expect to be involved in Finals footy but appear to have a lost a touch of their invincibility from last season.
Wests continue to keep winning games and are certainly not the wooden spoon contenders many would have expected them to be this season. They sit 4th on the ladder priced at $34, however to win the Grand Final.
Penrith round out the top six favourite sides to win the Premiership and they battled past a still winless Parramatta side. It was a combination of resolute defence and James Maloney’s kicking from the tee that got the Panthers the win. Penalty goals are increasingly becoming the norm in the NRL this year. Penrith stand at $11.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Roosters $5.50 $1.20 $1.72
Dragons $6.50 $1.18 $1.70
Storm $7 $1.33 $2.25
Cowboys $9 $1.57 $3.25
Panthers $11 $1.30 $2.25
Warriors $12 $1.25 $2.15
Sharks $13 $1.57 $3.25
Broncos $21 $2 $4.50
Rabbitohs $23 $2.25 $5.50
Eels $26 $5 $17
Tigers $34 $1.90 $4
Bulldogs $41 $4.50 $11
Manly $51 $2.25 $4.50
Knights $51 $2.50 $6.50
Raiders $67 $3.50 $9
Titans $101 $4.50 $15
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