Mon, Jul 17, 10:23am by Jake Equid
With the top two in Premiership betting – the Storm and the Roosters – having the bye, there was an opportunity for the Sharks, Broncos and Sea Eagles to make some ground in the betting market.
While the Premiers couldn’t get the points at a waterlogged Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast, the Broncos moved in from $10 to $9 with a win over the Knights, and the Sea Eagles moved in from $12 to $11 after getting the points over the Tigers.
Manly bounced straight back into the winner’s circle after last week’s loss to Penrith with a 28-16 win over Wests. It was the club’s sixth win from their last seven games, in which time they’ve moved in from $23 to their current quote of $11.
Brisbane didn’t have it all their own way against the cellar dwelling Newcastle Knights, but when prop Korbin Sims scored in the 70th minute against his former club, the Broncos went ahead by six points, and ended up winning 34-22.
Cronulla were thumped by the Titans by 30 points to 10 in some of the wettest conditions seen on an NRL field in recent memory. Ash Taylor was superb for the hosts, scoring two tries and setup a couple more against an undermanned Sharks line-up.
Following the win, the Gold Coast now need to win six of their last seven games to make the finals, and have moved in from $67 to $51 for the competition. The Sharks are out from $6 to $7 to defend their title.
Penrith moved in from $23 to $17 with an upset win over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday night. The Panthers headed into the game as a $2.55 outsider, following the news that their skipper Matt Moylan would not play.
The 34-22 win was setup by 19-year-old halfback Nathan Clearly and sees the club remain a good chance of playing in the finals, while the Kiwi side are now out from $41 to $51.
That upset was one of only two upsets for the round, while the favourite also covered the line in just two games.
The other Friday night game was a thriller, with the Raiders toppling the Dragons in golden point in the nation’s capital. Elliott Whitehead crossed the line in the 84th minute on the back of a sensational 40/20 from Aidan Sezer, which keeps the Raiders hopes of a finals spot alive.
The Cowboys won their third straight game on Sunday, by 23 points to 10 over Souths, which is an even better achievement considering that they’ve been without Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott in that time.
Round 20 kicks off when the Broncos ($1.35) host the Bulldogs ($3.25) on Thursday night. Friday sees the Roosters host the Knights in the most lopsided betting match of the round, before the Rabbitohs head to Shark Park.
The line is at a converted try or under in four of the eight games, including the top of the table Melbourne’s match with Canberra on Saturday afternoon.
NRL Round 20 Odds: (Sportsbet)
Brisbane Broncos $1.35 v Canterbury Bulldogs $3.25 Line: 8.5
Sydney Roosters $1.13 v Newcastle Knights $6.05 Line: 16
Cronulla Sharks $1.45 v South Sydney Rabbitohs $2.77 Line: 6
Penrith Panthers $1.50 v Gold Coast Titans $2.60 Line: 5.5
Canberra Raiders $2.67 v Melbourne Storm $1.48 Line: 5.5
Nth Queensland Cowboys $1.35 v New Zealand Warriors $3.20 Line: 8.5
St George Illawarra Dragons $2.30 v Manly Sea Eagles $1.62 Line: 3.5
Wests Tigers $3.43 v Parramatta Eels $1.32 Line: 9.5
Melbourne Storm $2.65
Sydney Roosters $6.50
Cronulla Sharks $7
Brisbane Broncos $9
Manly Sea Eagles $11
Nth Queensland Cowboys $15
Parramatta Eels $17
Penrith Panthers $17
Canberra Raiders $26
St George Illawarra Dragons $31
New Zealand Warriors $51
Gold Coast Titans $51
Canterbury Bulldogs $101
South Sydney Rabbitohs $201
Wests Tigers $501
Newcastle Knights $1001
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