In what was a good round for punters, with five of the eight favourites saluting, the tone was set from the opening match. The Roosters, back in form and at home against a battling Broncos, were well found to do some damage. Not only did they make a mess of Brisbane, but they also made a mess of the bookies as well.
Parramatta also proved a fill up for punters. Having opened the week a 2.5 point outsider, injuries to key Cronulla players, and a subsequent push toward the Eels, saw them start a 2.5 point favourite and cover with ease in a 24-12 win.
Manly broke the hearts of the Bunnies but won the hearts of the bookies with its golden point victory over Souths. Outside of the Roosters, the Rabbitohs were the best-backed team of round four but failed to deliver the dividend for the faithful.
While the always well-backed Storm got out of jail against the Bulldogs, the closeness of the win meant a majority of money stayed with the bookies. Such was the confidence in Melbourne, Craig Bellamy’s men had been backed for plenty at the 13+ margin and to cover the 14.5-point line and got nowhere near either.
TRY-UMPHANT ROUND FOUR
Punters had a fill-up of a weekend in the first try-scorer markets with the best-backed player in four of the eight games saluting.
Warriors’ David Fusitiu’a ($8), Tigers’ Corey Thompson ($11), Tom Trbojevic ($9) of the Sea Eagles and Nic Cotric ($9) of the Raiders had first try bettors celebrating.
It wasn’t a huge round for big collects but kudos to the Ladbrokes’ punter who nailed the winning combination of Penrith/Manly/Canberra/Parramatta/Melbourne/St George Illawarra for $50 @ $37.68 to collect $1884
BACKING THE FUTURE
Roosters – $4.50 > $3.75
Broncos – $10 > $12 (opened $7)
Cowboys – $23 > $34 (opened $13)
Raiders- $19 > $15
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Bulldogs – $2.50 > $2.25
Titans – $3.75 > $4
Sea Eagles – $7.50 > $11