It was a tough round for punters who made confident moves in backing both Penrith and Brisbane into favouritism on Friday only to see both fail. Thankfully, Saturday was more forgiving with the Sharks and Roosters winning big and covering their respective lines, both of which had been well backed.
Manly was the third punter’s pal for the round with the Sea Eagles, although an outsider with the bookmaker, very well backed to beat the Raiders on the road.
Only three favourites were victorious in round 23 and only the Sharks and Roosters covered their lines, with Melbourne falling well short of its -23.5 point handicap against the Titans.
In a Thursday night stunner, Parramatta likely cost itself a top-four finish and, while the Bulldogs win left the Eels in despair, it had the bookies celebrating.
In a result which set the tone for the weekend, the Dogs were a massive result for Ladbrokes, while the Cowboys upset of Penrith also proved a good result.
Whilst a late push for the Tigers against the Knights saw that match start as a pick ‘em affair, the weight of early money for Newcastle meant the Wests win was also a victory for bookmakers.
FIRST TRY FILL UP
Match betting might not have gone the way of punters but they read the tealeaves well in terms of first try betting.
After four games of round 23, bookies were haemorrhaging on first try bets as Waqa Blake (Eels, $12), Kyle Feldt (Cowboys, $8.50) Dane Gagai (Souths, $11) and Broncos Xerri (Sharks, $10) all crossed first with plenty of money behind them.
Our punter of the week essentially created his own anytime try scorer bingo card for the weekend and ultimately ticked off six selections to turn his $20 into more than $6000.
He had James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters), Michael Chee-Kam (Wests Tigers), Bronson Xerri (Cronulla Sharks), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Melbourne Storm), Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs) and Reuben Garrick (Manly Sea Eagles) all to score in their respective games and they did him proud and got him paid.
His $20 at $301.01 paying a very nice $6020.34.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Manly took another step to securing a double chance and trimmed up slightly for the premiership but the Roosters continued to shorten after round 23.
The Storm remained steady whilst the Raiders eased slightly but remain on the third line of betting.
The Eels price doubled after their laid an egg at home against the Bulldogs as the Broncos also drifted following their loss to Souths, who firmed back in, to sit on the fifth line of betting.
Roosters – $2.75 > $2.50
Storm – $3.50 (STEADY)
Raiders – $7.00 > $7.50
Sea Eagles – $10.00 > $9.00
Rabbitohs – $15.00 > $11.00
Eels – $13.00 > $26.00
Sharks – $29.00 > $26.00
Broncos – $34.00 > $41.00
Panthers – $81.00 > $151