As is the case at the beginning of each season, the return
from another lengthy break represented a difficult prospect for punters, but they
hit the ground running on Thursday night.
Parramatta received plenty of support in the 24 hours
leading up to kick off and started $1.77 favourites, attracting some big bets
across the board, and ultimately winning with complete ease.
The round was in fact bookended by big performances from the
punters, with Sunday’s game between Manly and Canterbury also well and truly
skewed in their favour.
Saturday night proved to be a good time for the bookies.
First, it was the Tigers upsetting the Sharks. Young hooker
Harry Grant scoring the first try at odds laid a base for several other positive
results in the ring, including a $18K live bet on the Sharks at $1.36.
That was followed by the Raiders’ big win over the Storm. We
saw plenty of action for the Storm in Match Betting and at the line and they
started the $1.53 favourites. We took a bet of $32K at that price and ultimately,
both games well and truly finished in our favour.
FIRST TRY FILL UP
As is so often the case when Turbo is stepping out, he was
absolutely truck-loaded all week and took just three minutes to break the
Canterbury defence for the game’s first four-pointer.
There was daylight between Turbo and any other player in First
Try Scorer betting and it was a horror result for the bookies.
Two to note at opposite ends of the scale.
Firstly, one punter had $2K on Ben Hampton and Daniel Tupou
to score the first try in their respective games at odds of $90.
The second well and truly added to the carnage of Sunday’s
Manly vs Canterbury game. $55K on Manly (-8.5), Manly 9+ (1st Half),
Manly to win Both Halves at odds of $4.29.
BACKING THE FUTURE
No big changes to note, but the Raiders have moved into
joint $5 favouritism with the Roosters following their win.
The Broncos ($ 11 out to $15) and Rabbitohs ($13 out to $17)
have both drifted following their hefty defeats.
Raiders – $6 > $5
Sea Eagles – $11 > $9
Broncos – $11 < $15
Rabbitohs – $13 < $17