Tue, Jul 3, 2:59pm by Staff Writer
A thrilling full Round of NRL action following the Representative weekend bye saw South Sydney further their push for a first Premiership since 2014. Whilst Melbourne, St George and Cronulla also kept alive their hopes with hard fought victories.
Souths needed an Adam Reynolds field goal with two minutes to go to secure victory over North Queensland. A spirited display in Cairns saw the Rabbitohs come away with points and a move to 2nd on the ladder. They fought their way back from four points down with only nine minutes remaining to register an improbable victory. They stand as favourites to be Premiers priced at $5.
The Bunnies are joined on $5 by the first placed St George Illawarra Dragons. They survived a major scare as they overcame the bottom placed Parramatta Eels by just two points on Thursday night. The strains of Origin and international footy appeared to have a taken a toll on the Dragons stars who have been so impressive this season. Yet, a late fightback was enough for them to get the win in testing circumstances.
Both the Storm and Roosters are priced at $5.50 after slow starts to a season in which both were expected to be favourites for the Premiership. They met in Adelaide on Friday night, as Cooper Cronk faced his old teammates for the first time after his move to the Roosters. It was the Storm, however, who had the last laugh on the night as Cameron Smith slotted a late field goal to break Roosters hearts. A missed penalty goal from in front of the posts by Latrell Mitchell will be rued by the Sydney side as they slipped of the pace in the top four.
Penrith endured a torrid evening on Saturday as they crashed to a surprise loss to Manly. The Panthers struggled to match the intensity of the Sea Eagles performance as they slipped to $7 for the Premiership after such a promising start to the year. An error strewn match saw Manly come out on top 18-10 to leave the home fans bewildered.
The Sharks and Warriors were involved in another closely fought contest with Cronulla coming out on top 18-15 in Auckland. A late try for winger Edrick Lee edged the game in the Sharks favour as they came form behind to record a last gasp victory. The win keeps them in contention for the Premiership inside the top eight, although they are priced at $12.
For the Warriors, it was a bitter blow as they go in search of glory despite being priced well off the pace at $15.
Anthony Milford inspired a sensational comeback for the Broncos against a lacklustre Canberra Raiders. The win effectively shut the door on the top eight barring huge collapse from Brisbane who occupy that 8th and final place in the playoffs. With the Raiders sitting six points behind them on the ladder at this stage of the season. The Broncos stand at $17 to win the Premiership.
Sportsbet Markets Grand Final Winner Top 8 Finish Top 4 Finish
Rabbitohs $5 $1.01 $1.25
Dragons $5 $1.01 $1.15
Storm $5.50 $1.01 $1.72
Roosters $5.50 $1.05 $1.80
Panthers $7 $1.05 $1.67
Sharks $12 $1.05 $2.50
Warriors $15 $1.05 $2.75
Broncos $17 $1.20 $4.50
Tigers $81 $4 $51
Raiders $81 $3 $67
Titans $151 $26 $67
Manly $251 $26 $101
Cowboys $251 $67 $81
Knights $251 $26 $126
Bulldogs $1001 $81 $251
Eels $1001 $251 $501
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