The 13+ punter had a field day throughout Round 16 of the 2020 NRL season as blowout’s defined a one-sided weekend of footy.
Here’s how Round 16 looked for punters:
Big Win Punters Win Big
While we had a handful of surprising results, the surprises ended as blowouts in a round that saw an average margin of victory of 24.5 points. Big win 13+ punters had a field day in Round 16. Seven of the eight games produced a winner at 13+ with only the low-scoring Gold Coast Titans earning a 14-10 win over the St. George-Illawarra Dragons.
Eels Premiership Hopes Slipping
The Parramatta Eels aren’t rated quite so high now as they were a fortnight go. Who could have seen that coming? Well, some people could. Their blessed early-season draw has worked against them of late with a lacklustre 14-0 win over an injury-ravaged Melbourne Storm preceding a 38-0 thrashing at the hands of the South Sydney Rabbitohs. They’ve since drifted from $6.50 to win the premiership out to $9.
Injuries aren’t an excuse. Although, Dylan Brown going down on Thursday night will have an impact from here. But more than anything, the Eels haven’t fired in attack for weeks and have been somewhat found out over the last fortnight.
They remain at 3rd on the NRL ladder and will be relevant in October. There is little doubting that. But how relevant? We ask the same question from a week ago: “Will they go better than in 2019 when losing 32-0 to the Storm in Week 2 of the Finals?”
Cronulla Kill Warriors Fairytale
When the New Zealand Warriors embarrassed the Newcastle Knights to win 36-6 on Saturday afternoon, a North Queensland Cowboys win over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks would have put them just two competition points outside the Top 8. However, that dream was soon dashed as Michael Morgan left the field before the Cowboys fell 28-12.
Now four points outside of the Top 8 with only four rounds to play, the Warriors fairytale finish to the 2020 season is out to $17.
Broncos v Everybody
With 15 fan bases behind them, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs aren’t short of support at the moment. They need just one win to leap the Brisbane Broncos on the NRL ladder. With that, the rugby league public outside of Brisbane will revel in the misfortunes of the powerhouse club.
The champagne bottles were put on ice at halftime on Sunday evening. With a surprise 20-12 lead over the Canberra Raiders at the break, the Bulldogs just needed to hold on to win their third game of the season and hand the wooden spoon over to the Broncos, even if only for a week.
But the Bulldogs had no bite in the second half. They allowed Jack Wighton to tear their right-side defence to shreds for the Green Machine to power home and claim the two points. For a second week in a row, the Bulldogs had let an opportunity slip. Still, they’re equal favourites with the Broncos in the Least Wins market at $2.40.
NRL Against The Spread Ladder
Not even a +25.5 line was enough for the Brisbane Broncos to cover the spread in Round 16. They remain fastened to the bottom of the NRL ATS ladder. Meanwhile, the Melbourne Storm continues to defy the odds to sit at the top. Every year they outperform the spread and 2020 is no different despite the challenges facing the club.
After Round 16
|Top 8||Bottom 8|
|Storm (11-5)||Eels (8-8)|
|Sharks (11-5)||Bulldogs (8-8)|
|Panthers (10-6)||Dragons (7-9)|
|Knights (9-6-1)||Titans (7-9)|
|Warriors (9-7)||Cowboys (6-10)|
|Rabbitohs (8-7-1)||Sea Eagles (6-10)|
|Raiders (8-7-1)||Tigers (5-10-1)|
|Roosters (8-8)||Broncos (5-11)|