We are another step closer to the finals following the completion of Round 19.
There were a few upsets that featured in the six-game round including the Panthers and Titans keeping their seasons alive with vital wins while the Dragons continued on their slippery slope.
On to matters directly related to the teams and the Roosters proved they could win without their Origin stars while the poor old Newcastle Knights found another way to lose a match they had won.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS – are playing like a team possessed.
When it was revealed that Johnathan Thurston would miss the rest of the 2017 season with his reoccurring shoulder injury, many put the pen through the Cowboys as legitimate premiership contenders.
Paul Green’s men have barely missed a beat since then and easily handled the Rabbitohs 23-10 n Cairns over the weekend.
The Cowboys are on 26 points and one of the bets we like is the $3 with Luxbet, Will Hill and Topbetta for them to finish top four.
CRONULLA– the defending premiers put in an absolute stinker on the weekend.
What is it about the Gold Coast that seems to rattle the Sharkies these days? They have now gone three straight matches without beating the Titans and have lost both contests to them this season.
Punters who jumped on Cronulla earlier in the week would’ve been disappointed to see James Maloney not play a part. It clearly showed how much the Sutherland Shire outfit relies on him to dictate play from the halves.
Still, we won’t mind the betting drift for them to win the NRL premiership with $7.50 @ bet365.
CANBERRA – they finally won a close contest!
The Raiders have lost several close ones this season but found enough to score a try in Golden Point to knock off Stgeorge Illawarra last Friday night and keep their season alive.
It wasn’t a convincing performance and they were the beneficiaries of several calls including one on Josh Papalii who hit Josh Dugan high, however, Ricky Stuart’s men will take the two points.
The win keeps them in the finals hunt, but only just, as they sit on 18 points and two wins outside the top eight with the final spot currently occupied by the Dragons.
Consistency is something the Raiders have lacked this season but if you fancy them clicking into gear at the right time, then we suggest you take the $2.90 @ Sportsbet for them to finish in the Top 8.