The Storm return to the top of the NRL ladder as the Dragons suffer a potential catastrophe.
Melbourne were tested to the limit by a highly enthusiastic Warriors outfit in their ANZAC Day battle on Tuesday night, doing all the right things in securing a six-point win. The difference between the two sides was discipline with the Kiwis conceding several costly penalties.
As a result of their win and the Dragons costly defeat just a few hours earlier to the Roosters, the Purple Pride are back on top of the competition.
The Dragons are the big losers out of Round 8 as they not only lost in Golden Point to the Roosters but have lost inspirational captain Gareth Widdop for several weeks due to injury.
GOLD COAST – the Titans broke through for a well deserved win against Cronulla.
They haven’t been playing badly and the return of Jarryd Hayne and Kevin Proctor helped spur them to an upset result at Shark Park. Of course, let’s not forget the effort of Leivaha Pulu off the bench who became the two-try hero!
The $4 @ Sportsbet for them to make the Top 8 isn’t the worst bet you’ll have this year.
GARETH WIDDOP – the extent of his injury is unknown, however, it has the potential to derail the Red v’s outstanding start to the season.
Limping off at half-time when the Dragons were leading 6-nil over the Roosters, Stgeorge Illawarra looked lost in the second half without his guidance and leadership.
One of the standout players in the opening two months, Widdop’s absence couldn’t have come at a worse time as the Dragons are $2.74 outsiders with Palmerbet this Sunday in their top-of-the-table clash with Melbourne.
CANBERRA – dropped a heartbreaker to Manly to kick things off in Round 8.
That is their third loss by four points or less this season and it seems as though if the Raiders can’t blow an opponent away then they don’t have the ability to grind out wins.
And that is exactly what they will need to do this weekend when they face Canterbury at ANZ Stadium. The dogs are renowned for turning matches into arm wrestles so beware of taking the short price, roughly $1.50, on a Green Machine win.