After four losses in five weeks and coming up against a team capable of taking a big scalp, punters could have been forgiven for deserting the Roosters, but it was the punters who proved the forgiving bunch and their faith paid off.
The call-up of Mitchell Pearce to the NSW squad saw a huge shift in the market for the Knight versus Warriors match, with the visitors backed from a $2.20 outsider into a $1.70 favourite. They, like the tri-colours, also delivered a very healthy return to those who invested, especially the ones who jumped on early at the bigger price.
In a shortened round due to the impending Origin decider, things were looking grim for the bookies until the Broncos, long the bane of their existence, delivered an upset result and a much-needed victory for “Team Red.”
FIRST TRY FRUSTRATION
Consecutive weekends where punters have been left frustrated by first try betting. Of the four to salute in round 16 only Broncos youngster Xavier Coates has been well found by punters.
He paid $13 with the Sione Mata’utia (Knights, $16), Jeremy Latimore (Dragons, $67) and Nat Butcher (Roosters, $23) all largely untouched in the betting.
One Queensland sports fan put his wallet where his heart is and came out with it well fattened after backing Bronco Xavier Coates to score the first try against the Sharks into Charlie Cameron to kick the opener for the Lions against the Giants.
His $10 wager at $160.96 returning a healthy $1609.60.
BACKING THE FUTURE
In a shortened round where the two premiership favourites won, both firmed slightly in the betting while the Sharks, after back to back losses, eased to their biggest price since after round 10 when they hit $21.
Roosters – $3.25 > $3.00
Storm – $4.00 > $3.75
Rabbitohs – $6.00 > $6.50
Sharks – $13.00 > $17.00
Raiders – $15.00 (steady)
Broncos – $51.00 > $34.00
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Bulldogs – $1.90 > $1.75
Titans – $2.25 > $2.50