Mon, Sep 17, 11:20am by Staff Writer
There was two nail biting NRL finals on the weekend, both decided by one-point margins.
On Friday night, the Cronulla Sharks held on to defeat the Penrith Panthers 21-20 at Allianz Stadium.
The Sharks are $8 to win the Premiership, with a Chad Townsend field goal in the 74th minute enough to separate the two sides.
Cronulla jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first half and led 18-2 at the break.
Penrith scored a try through Nathan Cleary early in the second half to trim to deficit to just 10 points.
Isaah Yeo crossed in the 65th minute to make it a 20-14 scoreline and on the ensuing kick off, Penrith made a huge linebreak through Viliame Kikau.
Waqa Blake finished his good work to tie the scores at 20-all with ten minutes to play.
Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes executed one of the most courageous short kickoffs in recent memory when he dribble kicked the ball off the tee and it crawled over the 10 metre line and possession was retained by Cronulla.
In a game changing moment, the Sharks rolled up field and kicked a field goal.
Nathan Cleary’s attempt to tie the game late was shanked and the Sharks held on for a narrow win.
They travel to Melbourne to face a Storm side they have a good recent history against, beating them twice at AAMI Park in the last two seasons. Melbourne is $2.70 to win the Premiership this season.
South Sydney found themselves down and out when they were eight points behind nearing the hour mark at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
A try from Adam Reynolds and a penalty goal soon after tied the scores at 10-all and set up one of the most frantic final ten minutes of rugby league witnessed in some time.
Reynolds slotted a 70th minute field goal and the Bunnies had all the momentum, leading by a point.
Tyson Frizell produced an incredible one-on-one strip for the Dragons to give them field position and Cody Walker was penalised for holding Frizell down.
18-year-old Zac Lomax coolly slotted a penalty goal to give St. George a one-point lead.
Reynolds booted field goals in the 77th and 80th minutes and the Rabbitohs snuck over the line by just a point, with Reynolds scoring all of their points.
The veteran has not had a good year with the boot, possessing only a 75 per cent conversion rate, one of the lowest in the NRL.
His boot has steered his team into a preliminary final against arch rivals the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.
The Roosters are $3.10 win the flag, while Souths are $4.
NRL Premiership Odds
Melbourne Storm $2.70
Sydney Roosters $3.10
South Sydney Rabbitohs $4
Cronulla Sharks $8
NRL Grand Final quinella
Melbourne/South Sydney $2.85
Cronulla/South Sydney $6.25
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