Round 12 of the 2020 NRL season was one for premiership statements as the Panthers further firmed as contenders while the Roosters again struggled.

Are The Roosters Cracking?

The Sydney Roosters have suffered a couple of injuries and struggled through the last three weeks.

Following a 24-20 loss to the Canberra Raiders in Round 10, the Roosters have scraped past the New Zealand Warriors and Gold Coast Titans over the last fortnight. When looking across all 12 rounds, the Roosters haven’t had a lot of success against the better teams in the NRL.

Wins: Rabbitohs (8th), Broncos (15th), Bulldogs (16th), Eels (3rd), Dragons (11th), Cowboys (13th), Warriors (12th), Titans (14th)
Loses: Panthers (1st), Sea Eagles (9th), Storm (2nd), Raiders (5th)

While the Sea Eagles currently sit at 9th on the ladder, they’re a top team when Tom Trbojevic is healthy.

Now, this is the back-to-back premiers. There is every chance they snap out of this and catch fire just before the finals kick off. However, there is no questioning their struggles against the top teams so far this season. The Roosters remain as $3.75 favourites in the Premiership Winner market.

Warriors Work Away From Wooden Spoon

The Warriors went into their Round 12 clash against the Wests Tigers as heavy underdogs but shocked the finals hopefuls to win 26-20. It’s the Kiwi clubs fourth win of the season and comes a week after Ken Maumalo, David Fusitu’a and Agnatius Paasi returned to New Zealand. Now up to 12th on the NRL ladder, the Kiwi club is out to $9 in the Wooden Spoon market.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, however, are reeling after copping their 10th loss of the season. With the Melbourne Storm coming up in Round 13, their $2.10 to finish 2020 with the least wins may soon shorten further.

Panthers Premiership Push

The Penrith Panthers made another statement in their premiership campaign in thrashing the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 42-12 on Saturday night. Sure, the Sea Eagles are understrength, but teams don’t typically turn up to Brookvale Oval and make it look so easy.

From minute one to 80, the Panthers dominated. They shifted early and worked up the field. Close to the line, the scored down both edges and had success in the middle, too. Nathan Cleary dominated once again while his forward pack layed an excellent platform to allow him to do so. The Panthers looked like a team that can lift the Provan-Summons Trophy in 2020.

They’re on the fourth line of betting at $5 to win the premiership.

Game Saver Moment Of The Round

We saw a little smile start to appear on Anthony Seibold’s face at the 55th-minute mark of his Brisbane Broncos clash against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Kotoni Staggs had just crossed the line to put the Broncos 26-18 in front and within touching distance of just their second win in ten matches.

Then disaster struck…

The Sharks ran in 18 points in nine minutes to stun the home side and turn Seibold’s smile upside down. Sione Katoa, Connor Tracey and Braden Hamlin-Uele all crossed the line before Broncos punters could even think about how they would distribute their earnings on head-to-head bets. It’s not all bad for those who used their Game Saver token on this one, though.

NRL Against The Spread Standings

The Storm remains at the top of the NRL ATS ladder despite failing to cover in Round 12. Meanwhile, the Broncos are stuck to the bottom and now on their own after the Warriors, Cowboys and Titans all came through as underdogs.

After Round 12

Top 8Bottom 8
Storm (8-4)Tigers (5-6-1)
Sharks (8-4)Rabbitohs (5-6-1)
Knights (7-4-1)Rooster (5-7)
Panthers (7-5)Warriors (5-7)
Eels (7-5)Sea Eagles (5-7)
Raiders (6-5-1)Cowboys (5-7)
Dragons (6-6)Titans (5-7)
Bulldogs (6-6)Broncos (4-8)