We have just two unbeaten teams left in the NRL after three weeks of competition.
Melbourne did what Melbourne do and found a way to win against the Broncos on Thursday night to go three-from-three while Sydney Roosters needed a touch of luck to get the job done against Penrith. The fact is, both sides have done what was needed to win and that is why they are clear of the rest of the field.
The Storm ($8) and Roosters ($12.50) are looking the goods to go deep into September.
Of the other results we think we may have found one Futures bet that could offer value. Stgeorge Illawarra ($2.80) to finish in the Top 8 might not be the silliest bet in the world after they won their second game of the season in beating Cronulla.
CANBERRA – the Green Machine finally clicked into gear and were rampant against a hapless Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Jordan Rapana continued his strong recent form against the Tigers by bagging a double, captain Jarrod Croker returned with 18 points and Canberra showed exactly why they went within a breath of making the 2016 Grand Final.
Congratulations to our regular followers of NRL previews who would’ve secured $7 about the Raiders to win by 30 or more! Follow the boys from the nation’s capital in the weeks to come because it looks as though they are now starting to gel.
NORTH QUEENSLAND and CRONULLA – between these two sides they probably destroyed around 80 percent of all Multis that were live on the weekend!
Manly went up to Townsville and touched up the Cowboys in one of the upsets of the season but could it be a sign of things to come for the home side? They’ve lost Matt Scott and have several other injuries so the days of their domination could be coming to a close. Anyone that took our ‘Other Tip’ when reading the preview for this match would have felt comfortable with Manly’s 22 point win as we suggested taking the Sea Eagles with the 10.5 start.
As for the champs well we said it before and we’ll say it again – when it comes to the Derby, just throw the formguide out the window.
After being a similar price to the Cowboys and hovering around the $1.30 mark for most of the week, Sharkies fans were in shock as the Dragons raced out to a 14-nil lead at Shark Park. Although narrowing the gap to six points at the finish, no one seriously considered the Dragons could beat Cronulla especially as the latter put 42 points on Canberra last week.
BRISBANE ($12) – the Broncos are 1-2 but their two defeats have been against two heavyweights of the competition and could have easily been wins.
Wayne Bennett’s men beat Cronulla in Round 1 but then have endured back-to-back losses against the Cowboys (in Golden Point) and Melbourne.
Their effort against the Storm was one of the best you will see from a team in defeat as they repelled wave after wave of Melbourne attack inside their own 20 metre line.
Everything in the game suggested they should have lost by far more but their grit, determination and outstanding defence kept them in the game.
Similar performances throughout the season will make them one of the team’s to beat for the competition but the big question remains: do you trust them to get the job done against the better teams?