Cronulla are beginning to look like they will be one of the last teams standing in 2017.
The Sharks kept a team tryless for the second consecutive week when they traveled to the foot of the Mountains, proving last week’s effort against the Melbourne Storm was no fluke.
Melbourne returned to their winning ways but almost blew an 18-nil lead at Lottoland against Manly while the Dragons were in the same boat, going into the break 28-4 leaders before holding on grimly at the death.
The Titans still have just the one win on the board but their effort on Friday against Brisbane showed that won’t be the case for too much longer.
CRONULLA – the premiers are starting to look the goods.
Being the champ comes with it’s own pressure of everyone wanting to knock you off and when they traveled to Penrith on Sunday, they were facing a team many predicted would be the one that would take their mantle.
Well, Cronulla proved that Penrith still has a long way to go if they want to be premiers by winning 28-2. It is the first time since 1994 that they have held teams tryless in consecutive weeks.
Back-to-back titles hasn’t happened since the Broncos team of 1993-94 (excluding the Super League era) but the $9 @ Palmerbet for the Sharks to do it looks awfully tempting at this stage of the season.
PENRITH PANTHERS – is their season already on the line?
Three straight losses has a side many were predicting to be premiers already in danger of missing out on a vital top four spot and even a top eight position. Under the current finals format, not team has come outside from the top four to win the title.
Penrith has been beaten by 22, one and 26 points in three straight games but this clunky start is what they did in 2016 before picking themselves up to make the semi-finals. Sportsbet has them @ $2.25 to make the top eight.
PARRAMATTA – staged a dramatic comeback in the second half on Easter Monday to come back from a 12-point deficit to beat the Tigers.
Although scoring first, Parramatta trailed 16-10 at the break and 22-10 shortly after half-time, however, they clicked into gear for a 20 minute period in which they registered three tries in 10 minutes to steal the game away from Wests Tigers.
That sort of form was exactly what the Eels had shown in the opening two weeks but was lacking over the past month. Coach Brad Arthur just needs them to play that way for 80 minutes and then we’ll have a real title contender on our hands. They have a big match against the struggling Panthers this week in which they are $2.35 @ Topbetta to get the points. If they do win, then we may be tempting to start talking finals again.