Mon, Apr 3, 1:10pm by Head Editor
Round Five of the NRL season was expected to be clear-cut, with each of the eight games having a clear favourite, but the Bulldogs and the Sea-Eagles had other ideas.
First up, the Bulldogs came from 7-0 down at half-time to beat the Broncos 10-7 in atrocious conditions in Sydney on Thursday night. The much-maligned Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds scored a brilliant solo try in the 55th minute before Brad Abbey crossed just four-minutes later to give the blue and whites the lead.
A lead they hung onto for a result that was the biggest upset of the round, priced at $3.25.
The upsets continued in the early game on Friday, when the Sea Eagles – who were a $2.95 chance before the game – shocked the previously unbeaten Roosters.
The 18-12 win was secured just two minutes before full-time when Dylan Walker scored his second try.
The result means that the Storm are now the only club to remain unbeaten after five rounds. They did so comfortably with a 28-6 win over the Panthers in Melbourne on Saturday night.
The big-win was setup by the Melbourne defence, who refused to concede, despite plenty of the play being inside their own 20 metre zone. The club are now a $5 favourite to go one better than last season.
Elsewhere, the Cowboys were too good for Souths, despite not producing their best form while the Premiers scrapped over the line against a committed Newcastle outfit.
A 78th minute field-goal from Sharks five-eighth James Maloney got the Sharks over the line for their third win from five starts.
Raiders winger Nick Cotric produced a brilliant individual effort in the 69th minute to secure a much-needed win for the Raiders over the Eels in the nation’s capital on Saturday.
On Sunday, Keiran Foran donned a Warriors jersey for the first time on Sunday, scoring a crucial try in the club’s 28-22 win over the Titans in Auckland. The visitors dominated the first half, to lead 22-12 at the break, but couldn’t hang on.
In the final match of the round, the Dragons moved up to second spot on the table with a 28-6 win over the struggling Tigers. The only sour point for St George was the injury to fullback Josh Dugan.
Onto our best bets and we hope you followed our advice as we are eating steak out every night this week.
We took Manly by 1-12 points ($4) over the Roosters, the Cowboys ($2.10) to beat the Rabbitohs by over 13 points and the Raiders by 1-12 points ($3) over the Eels, who all saluted.
On Sunday, we took the Warriors ($3) by a margin of 1-12 points over the Titans which was another winner, unfortunately we couldn’t make it five from five as we took the Dragons by 1-12 over Wests.
Round 6 (Sportsbet)
Brisbane Broncos ($1.84) v Sydney Roosters ($1.97)
Newcastle Knights ($2.66) v Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.48)
Penrith Panthers ($1.29) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($3.66)
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.57) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.41)
Gold Coast Titans ($2.84) v Canberra Raiders ($1.43)
Nth Queensland Cowboys ($1.14) v Wests Tigers ($5.75)
New Zealand Warriors ($1.64) v Parramatta Eels ($2.26)
Melbourne Storm ($1.43) v Cronulla Sharks ($2.86)
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