Thursday Night football again proved a happy hunting ground for punters after the well-backed Wests Tigers romped in against a disappointing Cowboys.
Melbourne’s decade of dominance against Brisbane gave punters a strong steer in line betting, which saw the mark shift from -4.5 to -6.5 and the Storm cover with ease.
The Raiders and Sea Eagles then capped off another strong weekend for punters.
Only two results went the way of the bookies in round 20 with the Bulldogs and Sharks delivering much needed results across a very tough weekend.
FIRST TRY FILL-UP
Eight games and four wins apiece for the punters and bookies in first try betting. For those having a wager on the opener Esan Marsters (Tigers, $16), Curtis Sironen (Sea Eagles, $21), James Tedesco (Roosters, $8.50) and Maika Sivo (Eels, $7.50) provided some nice collects.
It takes a rare type of punter to place $1000 on a same game multi at $72.28 but, this weekend, one punter pulled off a legendary land of that level.
Josh Papalii (anytime try scorer) / Over 28.5 match points/ Canberra Raiders to win both halves / Raiders to scoer over 9.5 points in the first half / Raiders top score over 3.5 / Canberra Raiders to lead by more than 3.5 points at half time / Josh Hodgson (anytime try scorer)
Without doubt, some of the best same game multi punting Ladbrokes has seen this season, rewarded with a profit of $71,270.
BACKING THE FUTURE
The Roosters demolition job on the Gold Coast saw the premiers’ price trimmed into an equal season low of $2.75, while the bookies kept the Storm steady at $3.50 despite their 40-6 romp over Brisbane.
The Bunnies loss saw them ease back from $6 to $8, where they joined Canberra on the equal third line of betting, after the Raiders firmed from $9.
Manly remains solid at $10, but punters are definitely buying into the potential for what seem an unlikely Sea Eagles premiership only a couple of months ago.
Roosters – $3.00 > $2.75
Storm – $3.50 (steady)
Rabbitohs – $6.00 > $ 8.00
Raiders – $9.00 > $8.00
Sea Eagles – $10.00 (steady)
Sharks – $23.00 (steady)
Panthers – $21.00 > $41.00
Broncos – $23.00 > $51.00
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Titans – $1.40 > $1.05
Bulldogs – $3.00 > $10.00