Mon, Jul 16, 10:22am by Staff Writer
A 71st minute penalty from Cameron Smith got Melbourne across the line against Manly as they edged the latest close contest between the two. There has been no love lost between the Storm and Sea Eagles in recent meetings, but with Craig Bellamy choosing to rest a majority of his Origin stars the game lacked the electric atmosphere. Despite running out to an early lead the Sea Eagles faltered to let the Storm clinch victory and set themselves up for a post-Origin run at another Premiership priced at $4.50.
Robert Jennings ran in a hattrick as his South Sydney side claimed their 9th consecutive win against Canterbury. The victory kept them atop the NRL ladder as well as keeping alive their impressive run of form. The Bulldogs had little answers for the relentless Rabbitohs attack with Damien Cook at the forefront of everything that was good for the Bunnies. They sit as joint favourites alongside the Storm priced at $4.50.
The Roosters had to work hard to grind out a win on the Gold Coast. They were made to battle all the way as they bounced back from a loss to the Storm, two rounds ago with a bye in between. Sydney rested a number of their Origin stars and those debutants took time to adjust to the pace of the NRL, but eventually they got the best of the Titans. They stand at $5.
Penrith slumped to a 3rd loss in four games as they went down at home to Cronulla. Although it is the Panthers who remain in much stronger position to win the Premiership priced at $7 compared to the Sharks at $10. The two are locked on 24 competition points after Cronulla eased past a Penrith side that looked out of sorts on Friday night. The 12-point win was especially sweet for the returning Matt Moylan who orchestrated his new clubs victory over his old one.
Back to back losses will have the warning sirens blaring in the Dragons camp. They have now slipped to 3rd on the ladder after those games. For so long St George had looked untouchable at the top of the NRL. Their latest defeat came at the hands of Wests Tigers who were more than ably guided around the park by Robbie Farah. He was at his best in the four point win that leaves the Dragons priced at $8 to win the Premiership.
Whilst for the Tigers it may be too little too late even for them to make the Finals priced at $3.75. They are placed 10th four points outside the top 8.
The Warriors ended a two-game losing streak in Brisbane as they got the better of the Broncos. At one stage the New Zealand side were 26-0 leaders, humbling the Broncos at Suncorp to keep their hopes of the top four alive. They stand at $13 to win the NRL Grand Final.
A late consolation try for Brisbane did little to spare their blushes as they fell to $21 to win the Premiership and of the clubs in the top 8 they hold the longest price to stay there at $1.18.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Rabbitohs $4.50 $1.12 N/A
Storm $4.50 $1.20 N/A
Roosters $5 $1.01 $1.67
Panthers $7 $1.01 $2.20
Dragons $8 $1.25 N/A
Sharks $10 $1.02 $2.25
Warriors $15 $1.05 $3.50
Broncos $21 $1.18 $7
Raiders $67 $3.50 $101
Tigers $67 $3.75 $251
Knights $501 $26 $501
Cowboys $1001 N/A N/A
Titans $1001 $101 $501
Manly $1001 $101 N/A
Bulldogs $1501 N/A N/A
Eels $1501 N/A N/A
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