With mere seconds remaining and the well-backed Broncos trailing the Cowboys, it looked as if the Thursday night Queensland derby was destined to be the bookmakers best result for the weekend. Alas, that last-gasp try by Brisbane meant it was the punters who were celebrating a great start to the weekend.
Punters also finished the weekend on a high with the well-backed Storm getting the points against the Rabbitohs, who continue to drift in premiership betting.
It was a Friday fill-up for the bookmakers with the Warriors and Panthers winning as outsiders and both relatively friendless in betting.
Such was the confidence of punters in Manly, the Sea Eagles price trimmed up significantly prior to kick-off, but the money was ultimately misplaced.
FIRST TRY FILL UP
Jesse Bromwich was the longest priced first try-scorer of round 21 and his feat in crossing first for the Storm against Souths delivered one punter a monster payday.
Bromwich was $51, his success resulting in a big loss for Ladbrokes and aiding a big win for the said punter, who had $200 on the Storm prop. That bet returned a neat $10,000 return.
Three legs, all margin bets, no big upsets but a big return for our punter of the week who turned $500 into more than $16,500.
He combined the Broncos to win by 1-12 points with the Roosters and the Storm to do the same in their respective matches at $33.28.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Premiership betting continues to look a race in two after the Roosters and Storm beat fellow top four teams in a super Sunday of NRL action.
The Roosters firmed slightly, the Storm slightly more, whilst the Raiders and Rabbitohs eased off the back of those losses.
Manly also drifted following its shock defeat at the hands of the Warriors but a top-four finish remains a possibility for the team which started a $41 premiership outsider.
Roosters – $2.75 > $2.65
Storm – $3.50 > $3.00
Rabbitohs – $8.00 > $ 10.00
Raiders – $8.00 > $10.00
Sea Eagles – $10.00 > $12.00
Sharks – $23.00 > $29.00
Panthers – $41.00 > $29.00
Broncos – $51.00 (steady)