In a weekend which saw six of eight favourites salute, and five of those six cover the line, the round was still a mixed bag for punters.
They kicked off in style, forgiving the Sea Eagles for a costly round 21 and doubling down on Daly and his boys against the Tigers on Thursday night.
The Sea Eagles now sit in the top four, with their biggest challenger for the double chance, Parramatta, the other punter’s pal from round 22.
The Eels beat down of the Gold Coast on Friday evening had punters flying after two games.
The two upsets of the round put a big dent in punter’s pockets and proved two of the bookie’s best results of the season.
Melbourne, despite taking on a fellow top four team, was backed as if near unbeatable against the Raiders and looked as such at half time, only to capitulate at the back end of the match.
The Raiders dominant display in the final 40 minutes made them the bookie’s best for round 22, followed closely by the Bulldogs in the match which followed.
Canterbury’s upset victory not only hurt South Sydney’s chances of a top four finish but also hurt punter’s wallets.
FIRST TRY FRUSTRATION
It was a bookmaker’s week in first try betting with five of the eight results falling in their favour.
Those to get the money for the punters were Jake Gosiewski at $21 for the Sea Eagles, Kotoni Staggs at $12 for the Broncos and the ever-popular Kalyn Ponga at $8.50 for the Knights against the Cowboys.
Proving you don’t need a stack of multi legs or a massive stake to have a monster pay day, our punter of the week for round 22 turned $500 into more the $15,000 with confidence in just one market.
Our punter put his $500 on the Bulldogs Corey Harawira-Neara to score two or more tries at $31.
He scored the only two tries of the match and landed the Ladbrokes punter $15,500.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Manly moved into fourth position on the table and onto the fourth line of betting after the weekend’s results, firming back in from $13 to $10, having eased after last week’s loss.
Parramatta also firmed and is on the fifth line at $13 with the Rabbitohs the big slider after their shock loss to the Bulldogs, out to a season high $15, having been as short as $4.50 after round 13.
The Storm eased slightly after their loss to the Raiders, who now sit outright third in Ladbrokes market, while the Roosters remain a strong premiership favourite.
Roosters – $2.65 > $2.75
Storm – $3.00 > $3.50
Raiders – $10.00 > $7.00
Sea Eagles – $12.00 > $10.00
Eels – $15.00 > $13.00
Rabbitohs – $10.00 > $15.00
Sharks – $29.00 (STEADY)
Broncos – $51.00 > $34.00
Panthers – $29.00 > $81.00