TIGERS ARE THE REAL DEAL
WESTS TIGERS ARE VALUE TO MAKE TOP 8
Ivan Cleary’s Wests Tigers certainly command attention when it comes to Top 8 betting.
In the first two rounds of the competition, Wests Tigers have beaten premiership fancies Sydney Roosters and defending champions Melbourne Storm and have the best defence in the competition. What’s even more impressive is that they have achieved this without the services of big offseason signing, Josh Reynolds!
The Tigers have kept the Roosters and Storm scoreless in both first halves of their contests and won both matches 10-8 courtesy of late tries. If that form continues then they would be a shoe-in for the Top 8. Centrebet have them at $3.50 to do so.
Up next: Wests Tigers ($2.25) host Brisbane in Friday night footy. Can they knock off another of last year’s final four?
The Eels were considered one of the big premiership threats of 2018, however, after their thrashing on the weekend punters who secured odds about them to do so may be wanting to cash out their tickets.
Parramatta were humbled 54-nil by Manly and their scoreless streak is now 133 minutes after racking up 15 points in the first 27 minutes against the Panthers in rd1.
Up next: Parramatta ($1.80) have remarkably been installed slight favourites against Cronulla. Both teams head into the contest 0-2.
THE REAL DEAL
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS and NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
It may be too early to say but are the Warriors and Knights legitimate contenders this season?
The Kiwis are 2-0 for just the third time in club history (since 1995) and have won their opening two matches for the first time since 2009. The signing of Blake Green and others, such as Tohu Harris, have given them a steely look they haven’t had for quite some time. Bet365 have them at $21 to win the premiership while you can still get $2.15 about them to finish Top 8.
Newcastle toughed it out for the second straight week and are also 2-0 for the first time since 2015, however, you have to go back to 2011 to find the last time they won back-to-back opening games and made the finals. They are $2.15 to finish Top 8.
Up next: Warriors ($2.10) are outsiders as they head to the nation’s capital to take on Canberra while Newcastle ($3.30) face a tough test at Allianz as Mitchell Pearce and Aidan Guerra prepare to face their old club (Syd Roosters) for the first time.