Mon, Apr 16, 10:15am by Staff Writer
Another round of action and St George Illawarra Dragons remain unbeaten this season. They cruised home against the Sharks, whilst the Warriors tasted defeat for the first time to allow the Dragons to sit top of the ladder.
Injuries played a huge part in Cronulla’s downfall on Friday night, but the Dragons were still at their best as they ran in six tries boosted by the boot of Gareth Widdop. Full back Matt Dufty was the scourge of the Sharks as he ran in two tries to help extend his sides unbeaten run. They stand at $6 to win the Grand Final.
The depleted Sharks side who saw stalwarts Paul Gallen, Andrew Fififta and Wade Graham all go off injured fell to $23.
Despite a third loss of the season, the Roosters continue to stand as favourites to claim the NRL Premiership this season. It will be little consolation to their fans that they sit at $5.50 after losing to bitter rivals South Sydney. James Tedesco was the centre of attention as he had a nightmare period conceding two quick fire tries to give the Rabbitohs an unassailable lead.
Melbourne bounced back from consecutive losses by running riot over the Newcastle Knights. They ran in seven tries to three at AAMI Park to signal there was life left in the squad. The Storm had the perfect start as Josh Addo Carr scored in the first two minutes to set them on their way to victory. A win that leaves them priced at $7 to win the Grand Final.
As for the Knights, despite early promise at the start of the season they have fallen to $34. They hold the exact same winning record (3-3) as five other clubs but Mitchell Pearce’s men appear to be falling off the pace at this early stage.
Penrith romped home to an emphatic win over the Titans to boost their hopes this season. A James Maloney inspired performance has seen them move to second place on the ladder. Injuries threatened to derail Penrith’s season, but they have been able to adapt and overcome. They are priced at $9.
The Warriors suffered their first defeat of the season this weekend, after an incredible start to 2018. It remains to be seen how they bounce back from tasting defeat with their credentials truly being tested. Jamayne Isaako proved the be the difference with the Broncos winger scoring the winner in the 62nd minute as well as keeping the scoreboard ticking with his boot.
New Zealand stand at $11 to win the Premiership with Brisbane now at $21.
Things continue to get worse for the North Queensland Cowboys as they were humiliated in front of their own fans by the Bulldogs. Last year’s beaten Grand Finalists have now won only one game this season and sit in 15th place in the ladder. They, however, remain at $15 to win the Premiership.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Roosters $5.50 $1.22 $1.75
Dragons $6 $1.16 $1.66
Storm $7 $1.25 $2.10
Panthers $9 $1.22 $2.10
Warriors $11 $1.22 $2.25
Cowboys $15 $1.70 $3.75
Broncos $21 $1.90 $4.25
Sharks $23 $2.25 $4.25
Tigers $23 $1.50 $3
Manly $23 $2.50 $6.50
Rabbitohs $23 $1.90 $5.50
Knights $34 $3 $6
Bulldogs $41 $4 $10
Raiders $41 $3 $8
Eels $51 $6.50 $23
Titans $81 $5.50 $21
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