Melbourne Storm remains the only unbeaten team after five rounds.
Craig Bellamy’s men continue to be the punters pals after going 5-0 so far this season but they face a huge test this weekend in a Grand Final rematch.
Stgeorge Illawarra continue to roll on and along with Sydney Roosters, both sides are the big improvers in 2017 after starting 4-1. Meanwhile, Des Hasler appears safe after the Dogs dug deep to beat the Broncos and Kieran Foran’s debut for the Warriors ended in success.
MANLY – these guys are premiership contenders!
Stringing three straight wins together, you may not have been totally convinced until last week but their victory over the previously unbeaten Sydney Roosters proves they are the real deal. Shop around and you can still find $23 @ Sportsbet about their chances of winning the Grand Final.
Trent Barrett has done a fabulous job with the Sea Eagles to overcome a 0-2 start.
Their premiership odds could shorten even further after this weekend where they host the Dragons in a mouthwatering contest.
GOLD COAST TITANS – they had the Warriors on the ropes and let them off.
Neil Henry’s side is rooted to the bottom of the NRL table along with the Tigers and Knights but the biggest concern for them is injuries.
With a number of first graders already on the sidelines including Jarryd Hayne, Gold Coast lost three more players yesterday which is going to test their squad depth in Round 6 when they face Canberra.
BET365 has them at $2.90 to score the upset this weekend.
PENRITH – they were never in the hunt against Melbourne.
Many tipped them to be a big threat this season but from what we have seen through five rounds we aren’t totally convinced.
The Panthers are 2-3 but bookies are keeping them safe in premiership betting ($9 @ Will Hill) but losses to early season frontrunners Melbourne, Sydney Roosters and Stgeorge Illawarra suggest they need to put a bit more polish on their performances to gain respect.