Your 2016 NRL Season Half-Time Ladder

Is it really a game of two halves? Have a look at the virtual NRL ladder if it was a game of 1!

Mon, 5 Sep, 5:14 PM
Whether they're playing finals footy or not, your team's first half performance reveals plenty about their fitness and mental toughness this year.

Keep in mind, if scores were tied at half-time, a golden point period of 10 minutes into the second half was used. If no team had scored during this time, the game was considered a draw.

Fast starters

Out of all teams, the Roosters got out of the blocks the quickest but struggled to hold onto a lead after the halfway mark. The chooks went on to lose six matches despite going into the sheds with an advantage and would have been right in contention for the top eight.

The Tigers would also be playing final footy bar a couple of disappointing second half fade-outs, while both the Broncos and Bulldogs would also have snuck into the top four, with an extra win apiece.

Strong finishers

The Raiders have been one of the most hot and cold sides this year and the half-time ladder shows it. Based on their first half performances, they would be sitting in sixth spot having lost an extra four matches. Coach, Ricky Stuart sure has a dressing room spray in him.

The Titans also got of jail on three occasions and would have struggled to make the eight. The Panthers are another team that started matches slowly in 2016, but managed to clinch a number of close games.

Consistent performers

The Storm and the Sharks were two of the standout teams this year and would have ended up no differently on the ladder. Although both teams would have lost an extra two matches, it goes to show that the best sides find a way to win even when they are behind.

When leading, the Cowboys also managed to stay in front and you can point to captain, Jonathan Thurston's experience in bringing them home. Finally, the Knights seemed destined for the wooden spoon this year. Winning an extra three matches wouldn't have made any difference whatsoever.

Half-time bets

While playing in September is different than the regular season, you can look at a few half-time punts for certain games.

Broncos are heavy favourites to sweep aside the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night and at 1.70 odds with Bet365 I really like them to win both halves.

For those looking for a bit of a value, the Bulldogs could well shrug off their current slump in form and come out firing in the first half against the Panthers. Unibet is offering 2.67 odds for the doggies to win the first half.

Tim Alexander

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