Mon, Sep 3, 10:50am by Staff Writer
The Sydney Roosters have claimed their fourth minor premiership in six seasons after a 44-10 win against Parramatta on Saturday night.
The Chooks are $3.30 to win the Premiership this season and take on Cronulla in a qualifying final this weekend.
Latrell Mitchell scored three tries for the Roosters as they ran riot in the second half against the Eels, scoring six tries to one.
The Melbourne Storm relinquished top spot on the ladder after a 22-16 loss to Penrith on Friday night.
It was the Panthers’ first win at AAMI Park in eight attempts, as they held on for the six-point win. They are $21 at Sportsbet to win the Grand Final.
The Storm were without a number of their starting side, including Billy Slater, Cameron Munster, Suliasi Vunivalu and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Melbourne avoids a finals match up against their bogey side Cronulla and will instead host South Sydney in Melbourne on Friday night.
The Storm is $4.50 to win the Grand Final.
It was a much needed with for Penrith on Friday night, who welcomed James Maloney back into their side. Despite conceding 11 first half penalties and having to play with 12 men for 20 minutes, the Panthers were only down by four points at half-time.
Their second half was much improved and they sealed the result with 10 minutes to play. They host the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night in an elimination final. The Panthers are $21 to win the Premiership.
South Sydney ended its three match losing streak with a 51-10 win against the Wests Tigers.
Souths controlled the game from late in the first half and took a 22-10 lead into the break. A rampaging second half meant that Wests had only 35 per cent possession for the match, as Souths were ruthless in attack.
The Bunnies are $4.75 to win the Grand Final at Sportsbet.
The New Zealand Warriors enter the finals with back-to-back wins after a 20-16 win against Canberra.
The Warriors are $19 to win the Premiership and travel to Sydney to play Penrith on Saturday night.
St George Illawarra had just their third win in nine rounds after defeating Newcastle 24-14 on Saturday.
The Knights led 10-2 at half-time, but a determined performance from the Dragons put Newcastle away.
The Dragons don’t look the same side they were earlier in the season, in both attack and defences, but the win is sure to be an encouraging one for their players and fans.
They are the longest priced team remaining to win the Premiership at $41 at Sportsbet.
The Dragons’ opponent in their elimination final is the Brisbane Broncos, who notched a 48-16 win against Manly on Sunday afternoon.
Brisbane ran in eight tries, including three to winger Corey Oates against a hapless Sea Eagles side.
The Broncos are in good form ahead of the finals and have had recent wins against the Roosters and Rabbitohs.
They are $10 to win the Grand Final.
Cronulla cemented their top four spot with a 30-18 win against Canterbury on Sunday afternoon.
The Sharks scored six tries and never looked like losing. They play the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, with the winner progressing to the preliminary final.
The Sharks are $7.50 to win the Premiership.
On Saturday night, the great Johnathan Thurston was farewelled by the Cowboys with a 30-26 win against Gold Coast at Cbus Super Stadium.
The Cows trailed 18-6 at half-time, but put together a dominant second half to record the narrow win.
NRL Premiership Odds – Sportsbet
Sydney Roosters $3.30
Melbourne Storm $4.50
South Sydney Rabbitohs $4.75
Cronulla Sharks $7.50
Brisbane Broncos $10
New Zealand Warriors $19
Penrith Panthers $21
St George Illawarra Dragons $41
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