Welcoming a full round of NRL action, the games didn’t disappoint. The rematch of the 2018 Grand Final produced the goods, in particular.

Sea Eagles Setting Up Finals Run

Sure, it was only the Titans. The Sea Eagles still looked exceptional, though.

Now that Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic are finally healthy, we’re seeing what the Sea Eagles really look like.

The likes of Marty Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake lay the platform through the middle. Joel Thompson and Curtis Sironen pack some punch on the edges both in attack and defence. Their bench allows Manly to compete for the full 80 minutes.

Add the superstars in Cherry-Evans and Jake and Tom Trbojevic, and the Sea Eagles look like genuine contenders.

A Grand Final date with the Roosters at $29 isn’t an outrageous thought.

Panthers Push Woeful Warriors

It was an ugly game no matter which way you look at it. Nevertheless, the win is Penrith’s fifth in a row to sit 11th on the NRL ladder and just two points out of the Top 8. With James Maloney in this sort of form and with confidence back in the club, and unexpected return to the finals could be on the cards.

The Warriors, on the other hand, can book their flights to Bali in September. To lose from the spot they did at home is enough to put a fork in their chances for the Top 8. The talent is there, but they don’t have the leadership, game-management, or the bottle to win the sort of games finals-bound sides do throughout the year.

Grand Final Quinella

They played out the 2018 Grand Final and featured in another thriller on Friday night. Now, the Storm and Roosters are at $6 in the Grand Final Quinella market.

Six points ahead at the top of the NRL ladder, the Storm are once again extending the dynasty when so many tipped it to end in March. Their defence is the best in the competition and that so often ends with premiership glory.

Meanwhile, the Roosters have the most talent in the competition. If they’re healthy in September, the Chooks will remain as favourites no matter where they sit on the ladder.

Currently sandwiched between the two on the ladder, the Rabbitohs occupy the next two lines of betting. Should Souths make it to the big dance, they’re at $7 to play the Roosters and $9 to go up against the Storm.

Highlight Play Of The Round

With the week he’s had between State of Origin and the adversity his Panthers side faced on Sunday, James Maloney slotting the winner is the play of the round:

NRL Against The Spread Ladder

The Sea Eagles get another rap here as the best team against the spread in the NRL. They covered the -2.5 line against the Titans with ease. Given the Gold Coast have been the worst team for punters all year, the result won’t have come as much of a surprise.

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