In the lead up to the weekend, there was one market outsider getting a whole lot of love and the money for Manly proved to be on point. Newcastle has burnt the punters on numerous occasions this season and when the Knights went up $1.55 favourite, there was a rush of bets on the Sea Eagles to salute at the bigger price.
As per usual, the Storm and Roosters also proved a profitable play for punters.
While five of the eight favourites won at the weekend, overall it was the bookies who got the better of things and a large part of that was once again courtesy of a Broncos defeat.
Brisbane is so often one of the best-backed teams of the round when playing at home but, on current form, one wonders if things are about to change.
The punters didn’t see the Titans first victory of the season coming either with that result also a win for the bookmakers.
The Broncos might have cost the majority of punters by losing the match, but first try bettors got the better of the bookies. Matt Gillett – at a very nice price of $23 – was well found and proved a very bad result for the Ladbrokes book.
Euan Aitken, who started the rot for the Dragons against the Bulldogs, was also heavily backed at $11.
Such was the nature of the results this round, for the first time this season no multis of note saluted.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Roosters – $3.75 > $3.50
Raiders – $17 > $11
Broncos – $13 > 17
Manly – $81 > $34
Knights – $21 > $34
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Bulldogs – $2.25 (steady)
Titans – $4 > $5
Manly – $11 > $12 (opened $5)