South Sydney was a raging favourite against the Bulldogs on Good Friday and, despite the vast discrepancy in talent, still went out a $1.33 chance. It was a gift from the bookies and for the vast majority who took it up, the Easter Bunnies made it a great Friday.
Melbourne, thanks largely to the $2.50 Bet Blast offered by Ladbrokes, went into the grand final re-match very well backed. Official odds were $1.90 each of two and, after the opening half dominance of the Roosters, the Storm was just about write your own ticket. The comeback almost came off but the golden point result meant a big win for the Roosters and bookies alike.
It was a very nice weekend for first try bettors with a host of well-backed players crossing first.
The best result for punters was Latrell Mitchell at $10, who of course then scored the final point of the game as well to get the win for his team.
Matthew Dufty ($10), Nick Cotric ($9), Ken Maumalo ($8), Campbell Graham ($7) were the others who rewarded punters with a fill-up.
With results largely going to script this weekend, there were no multis of note which saluted. Unlike in the AFL.
BACKING THE FUTURE
The Roosters shortened again of the back of their golden point win over their biggest premiership threat, Melbourne, whose price remained steady.
Roosters – $3.50 > $3.00
Storm – $5.00 (steady)
Rabbitohs – $6.00 > $7.00
Raiders – $11 (steady)
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Bulldogs – $2.25 (steady)
Titans – $4 > $5.50
Knights – $19 > $5.50 (opened $26)