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NRL: Sharks, Tigers, Dragons & Rabbitohs all salute as underdogs

Mon, Apr 10, 10:55am by Head Editor

Round Six of the NRL season saw four underdogs win, including a $5.85 chance – the Wests Tigers – who were too good for the Cowboys on their home deck, and the Sharks roll the Storm in the Grand Final rematch.

The round started on Thursday in Brisbane when the Broncos put the Roosters to the sword with an impressive attacking display. The win means that the Sydneysiders have dropped their last two games, after winning their first four.

The only downside for the winners was Ben Hunt and Korbin Sims, who both suffered injuries in the 32-8 win.

The following night, the Bulldogs surged home in the second half to beat the Knights 22-12 in an entertaining contest in Newcastle. Canterbury trailed 6-0 at the break and had to play the last 40 minutes without fullback Brad Abbey (concussion) and lock David Klemmer (ankle).

The next game on Friday saw the Rabbitohs get home in a thriller over the Panthers thanks to the boot of Adam Reynolds who knocked over a field goal with just 39 seconds remaining.

The win was setup by Souths skipper Sam Burgess who played his best game for the season. One of the pre-season Premiership favourites, the Panthers have now dropped to 2-4.

The first of Saturday’s triple header saw the Dragons cause yet another upset over the Sea-Eagles in Manly. The red-hot St George moved to the top of the table with the 35-10 win, and sent an ominous warning to the rest of the competition.

Next up, the Raiders ran in eight tries to three against a hapless Titans side on the Gold Coast. In fairness to the hosts, they were without Kevin Proctor (hamstring) and Chris McQueen (back) but they didn’t show much resilience.

Making the result even harder to take was ex-Titan Jordan Rapana, who came back to haunt his former club with a hat-trick.

The next upset of the round took place later on Saturday when the Cowboys were stunned by the Tigers in Townsville. The winners started the game as a huge underdog, but Ivan Cleary’s side scored three tries in the opening 16 minutes before hanging on to win 26-16.

Rubbing salt into the wound was the leg injury to Australian and Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston late in the game.

On Sunday, Keiran Foran led his new side – the Warriors – to a win over his old side – the Eels – with a brilliant performance. The halfback setup the winning try, breaking tackles and putting Ken Maumolo over in the 62nd minute.

The Grand Final rematch was played in atrocious conditions at Melbourne’s AAMI Park, the only thing worse than the weather was Storm’s handling of the football, which saw their error count reach 15.

The 11-2 loss was their first of the campaign, and sees them drop to second on the ladder, hardly a time for panic stations just yet.

Onto our best bets and after starting the season strongly, we hit a snag. We took the Roosters, Sea-Eagles and Panthers to win. Our luck didn’t get any better on Sunday, selecting Parramatta and Melbourne, who came up short.

Round Seven kicks off on Good Friday when the Bulldogs ($1.83) host the Rabbitohs ($1.98) at ANZ Stadium.

Round 7 (Sportsbet)

Canterbury Bulldogs $1.83 v South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.98

Newcastle Knights $3.82 v Sydney Roosters $1.27

Brisbane Broncos $1.27 v Gold Coast Titans $3.78

Manly Sea Eagles $2.34 v Melbourne Storm $1.61

Canberra Raiders $1.39 v New Zealand Warriors $3.02

St George Illawarra Dragons $2.35 v North Queensland Cowboys $1.60

Penrith Panthers $1.71 v Cronulla Sharks $2.15

Parramatta Eels $1.64 v Wests Tigers $2.26

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