Mon, Apr 23, 10:55am by Staff Writer
Round 7 produced several incredible matches, as the 2018 season continues to be wide open. With St George Illawarra being the last side to lose their 100% winning start to the season as they went down to the New Zealand Warriors.
Despite the loss the Dragons remain in contention to be Premiers priced at $6. St George struggled early on in the game to match the Warriors intensity as they home side ran away to a quick-fire lead. A spirited second half display was not enough to keep their perfect record alive, but they do remain top of the ladder.
The victory moved the Warriors to sit joint top of the ladder with the Dragons, but they fell from $11 to $12 to win the Grand Final. They show no signs of faltering the high level of performances they are putting in and could well cause a surprise at the end of the season.
A solitary 4th minute try from Latrell Mitchell gave the Sydney Roosters a vital win over Canterbury. In a match that epitomised the defensive improvements that are on show in the NRL this season, neither side were able to break through past that opening score. The win put the Roosters at 4-3 for the season, yet they remain favourites to be Premiers at $5.
Melbourne continued their resurgent form after suffering a few below par performances in the opening Rounds. An impressive away win at Suncorp over the Broncos showed again how much of threat the Storm are to the Premiership. They ran in six tries to dominate Brisbane on Friday night and are $6.50 to retain their title.
Whilst the wait for the Broncos to bring home a Premiership appears as if it will have to wait another year as they stand at $21.
A clear divide is appearing between the Roosters, Dragons, Storm and the chasing pack for the Premiership winner.
Penrith’s loss to Cronulla meant that they fell to $10 from $9 as they go in search of an elusive Grand Final win. The Panthers suffered only their second loss of the season as their poor form against the Sharks continued. Two late tries meant that they threatened a comeback, but it was in vain as they went down 26-22.
The win will have boosted hopes for Cronulla fans as they moved up to 9th on the ladder. It wasn’t enough to affect their chances of the Premiership though as they remain on $23.
North Queensland returned to winning ways in Round 7 as they cruised past the Gold Coast Titans. In a much-needed victory the Cowboys showed why they still stand at $13 to win the Grand Final, despite sitting 15th on the ladder at this stage of the competition.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Roosters $5 $1.18 $1.90
Dragons $6 $1.15 $1.75
Storm $6.50 $1.20 $1.80
Panthers $10 $1.25 $2.10
Warriors $12 $1.18 $1.90
Cowboys $13 $1.67 $3.50
Rabbitohs $17 $1.70 $4
Tigers $17 $1.80 $3.50
Broncos $21 $2 $5
Sharks $23 $1.90 $4
Bulldogs $41 $5.50 $17
Manly $41 $3 $8
Knights $41 $2.50 $5
Raiders $51 $3.75 $6
Eels $51 $5.50 $17
Titans $101 $7 $23
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