Mon, Mar 7, 4:54pm by Kevin Pitstock
The appointment of rookie coach Anthony Griffin hasn’t deterred punters from launching an early premiership plunge on Brisbane over the weekend which included one bet to win $100,000.
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said the Broncos had been unusually easy in pre-season markets but punters stepped in after they’d reached attractive odds.
“After money for a number of other sides, the Broncos got out to $26 but punters clearly thought that was too big and have backed them back into $17,“ Sullivan said.
“It is the biggest price I can remember the Broncos being pre-season after they missed the eight last year but punters clearly think they’ll improve in 2011.
“We have actually seen more money for them since Griffin replaced Ivan Henjak as coach.
“The Broncos quote will trim up very quickly if they start the season well too as they are always a popular side with punters who are quick to follow them when they get on a winning run.”
The Broncos drifted slightly from $1.45 to $1.48 for their opening round NRL clash with the Cowboys on Friday night following reports star centre Justin Hodges will miss the game with a minor leg injury.
“The Broncos will still be short priced favourites and I think they will be heavily backed despite the fact Hodges is a major loss for them,” Sullivan said.
2011 NRL Premiership – Sportingbet Australia market
St George Dragons 5.50
Wests Tigers 7.00
South Sydney Rabbitohs 9.00
Canterbury Bulldogs 11.00
Sydney Roosters 11.00
Melbourne Storm 13.00
New Zealand Warriors 13.00
Canberra Raiders 15.00
Brisbane Broncos 17.00
Parramatta Eels 17.00
Gold Coast Titans 19.00
Manly Sea Eagles 19.00
Penrith Panthers 19.00
Newcastle Knights 26.00
North Qld Cowboys 34.00
Cronulla Sharks 67.00
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