After seven months and 201 games, the Sydney Roosters enter the history books as the 2018 NRL Premiers. They stopped the Melbourne Storm from going back-to-back, and are now the favourites to do it themselves in 2019.
It wasn’t a thigh-slapper of a Grand Final, but there’s little doubt that the best team of the season has ended up with the trophy.
The Roosters were clinical and relentless in their drive for success on Sunday night while the Storm failed to throw a punch in the biggest game of the year.
With standout performances is across the board, the Roosters looked comfortable throughout the full 80 minutes. Clive Churchill winner, Luke Keary, was especially good and more than made up for Cooper Cronk playing with only one arm as he played a leading role in the 21-6 win.
— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018
Under Cashes In Again
We mentioned last week that NRL Grand Finals trend towards the Under and the 2018 version was no different.
The two best defensive teams in the competition going head-to-head was always going to produce a low-scoring result, but the Roosters were unbelievable.
They’ve been outstanding throughout the finals series and only allowed an intercept try in this one.
The Roosters held Souths and Melbourne, two of the best offences in the league, to a combined 10 points across 160 minutes of preliminary and grand final football
— Clear the Obstruction (@CTObstruction) September 30, 2018
The old saying rings true again: defence wins premierships.
As a result, Sunday was the ninth Grand Final of the last 11 to finish Under the points total.
A Look Into The Future: 2019 NRL Premiership Odds
The Storm missed out on becoming the first back-to-back premiers in the NRL era, but the Roosters are at $6 to do it in 2019.
With Angus Crichton joining an already stacked squad and Cooper Cronk more than likely to play on, getting on the Roosters early is a strong option.
Souths at $8.50 is worth a look after their stellar season. They’ve got a ready-made replacement for Crichton in Cam Murray so won’t miss a beat on the edge. Provided they build on all their success in 2018, the Bunnies are a good looking smokey for 2019.
Super League Semi’s
With the NRL season done and dusted, we now look to other parts of the world to get our rugby league fix.
As depressing as it is to think the NRL season is over, we’ve got some 🔥 international footy coming up.
Kangaroos vs Tonga
Kangaroos vs Kiwis
Kiwis vs England x3
Still some good footy to come in 2018.
— Jason Oliver (@JasonNRL) September 30, 2018
The International calendar is bare but the Super League semi-finals are just around the corner.