Club footy returned to centre stage for Round 13 of the NRL season. Origin is still taking its toll, but some results came as a surprise this week.
Roosters Lose Again, Remain Favourites
The defending NRL premiers have lost three games in a row, but the odds-makers aren’t panicking.
That lack of panic is for good reason.
The Chooks have been playing without some of their best players for much of the season. State of Origin has taken its toll more recently. Still, the Bondi boys sit 3rd on the NRL ladder with eight wins and four losses. They’d lost five games by this point last season and still went on to win the big one.
Nobody likes losing three games in a row but the Roosters won’t remember this streak in September.
Sharks Are Circling
Boy did the Sharks look good on Saturday night.
In thumping the Eels 42-22 in Wade Graham’s return from injury, the Sharks announced themselves as a premiership threat. They’ve still got Shaun Johnson to come back too.
The pair add so much to the Cronulla attack and make those around them more of a threat. Matt Moylan is one that will thrive once Graham and Johnson hit their straps.
We’ve already seen what Graham can do for Bronson Xerri if John Morris keeps the youngster on the left side of the field:
Having not been totally on-board the Bronson Xerri hype train to start his career, Wade Graham’s return might change that.
He took the long way around on this run, but this is the first of many times Graham will set up his pace.
— Jason Oliver (@JasonNRL) June 8, 2019
Getting on the Sharks to win it all at $8 may be a little bit of a stretch. However, their $5.50 to make the Grand Final appeals. They’re a side made for finals football and will be tough to beat in September no matter where they finish on the ladder.
Currently sixth, their $3.50 to make the top four is worth a look too. Alongside the Knights and Raiders on 16 competition points, only points differential has the Sharks out of the top four right now.
Tiptoe Around The Titans
Don’t get too excited about the Titans’ healthy win over the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.
This side can’t be trusted.
They’ve been up and down all year, and now just one game after their highest-paid player decided to take time away from the team, rumours are circulating that Garth Brennan has lost the dressing room.
NEWS: Ash Taylor is taking time out from the game to deal with personal issues.
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) June 6, 2019
All signs point to unrest at the Titans. Requests for a mid-season review are being carried out, their latest star recruit is trying to leave six months into a three-year deal, and the results on the field are a lottery.
Be careful getting around the Titans when looking over the NRL lines for the week.
Highlight Play Of The Round
The Raiders didn’t have too many problems finding tries in their 28-0 win over the Tigers.
This one was their best:
— NRL (@NRL) June 7, 2019
NRL Against The Spread Ladder
The Raiders take over at the top of the pile following a strong six weeks against the spread. They did it easy as +1.5 Underdogs in Round 13 to beat the Tigers 28-0.
As if you need any convincing, the Warriors are a side to avoid at the moment. Their classic inconsistencies are as prevalent as ever with their heavy 32-10 loss to the Storm the third game in a row they’ve failed to cover.
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