Mon, Mar 26, 11:16am by Staff Writer
St George Illawarra Dragons sit top of the NRL ladder as they crushed the Gold Coast Titans. Nine tries including three from Matt Dufty gave them a huge win to remain unbeaten at the start of the 2018 NRL season.
The Dragons started the year aiming for the top eight but on current form certainly look capable of securing a berth in the top four. They stand at $11 to win the Premiership shortened from $15 when the season kicked off.
A true test of the only other unbeaten side in the NRL will come in Round 4 when the New Zealand Warriors face the Roosters. Regardless of that result, the Warriors have had an emphatic start to the season. They edged past Canberra this weekend with two field goals in the dying stages of the game. Shaun Johnson’s boot was their saviour on Saturday, but they still need a miracle to win a Premiership at $23.
The Roosters still stand as favourites for the 2018 NRL season and appear to be hitting form after a disappointing Round 1 loss. The return of Mitchell Pearce with his new club, the Newcastle Knights, was the story of Round 3, but the Roosters but them to the sword. Outscoring them seven tries to one in a clinical performance. They are priced at $5.
Despite being 12th on the ladder, the North Queensland Cowboys remain in contention for the Premiership priced at $5.50. A second loss of the year leaves them with only a solitary win to their name as they were out classed in Melbourne.
A late rally from the Storm saw them post a 30-14 victory over their rivals from last season’s Grand Final. Tries from Will Chambers and Nelson Asofa-Solomona in the last ten minutes of the match sealed the win for the home side. They stand at $6.
Controversy surrounded the Broncos golden point win over Wests Tigers with the winning penalty deemed to be an incorrect decision by the NRL. Although this was post-game giving Tigers fans little satisfaction. A close contest saw only Wests cross the line to score a try with kicking from the tee the focus of the game.
That victory leaves the Broncos priced at $15 to win the Premiership. Whilst despite an impressive start to the year with wins over the Storm and Roosters, Wests stand at $34.
Penrith were unable to stage a third comeback victory of the season as they once again let themselves fall behind early. Three tries in the opening 20 minutes gave Canterbury the cushion they needed to record their first win of 2018. The 20-18 loss will hurt for the Panthers as they remain an outside shot at a Premiership priced at $17.
Premiership Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Roosters $5 $1.15 $1.75
Cowboys $5.50 $1.22 $1.90
Storm $6 $1.15 $1.75
Dragons $11 $1.33 $2.25
Broncos $15 $1.57 $3
Panthers $17 $1.75 $3.75
Sharks $21 $1.85 $4
Warriors $23 $1.75 $3.75
Knights $26 $2.25 $5.50
Manly $26 $1.85 $4
Bulldogs $26 $3.50 $7.50
Eels $29 $2.50 $6
Rabbitohs $31 $3 $7.50
Raiders $34 $3.50 $11
Tigers $34 $3.50 $7
Titans $101 $5.50 $21
* Odds Provided by Sportsbet
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