Round 14 of the 2019 NRL season is complete and the premiership odds have shifted as a result. The Roosters remain favourites, but the Storm are closing in.
Premiership Odds Adjusts To Round 14 Results
There weren’t too many questioning the Roosters and their premiership credentials despite losing three games in a row. Nevertheless, they went out and thrashed the Bulldogs anyway to reassert themselves as head-and-shoulders favourites at $3.40.
Meanwhile, the weekend’s results have seen the Rabbitohs and Storm switch lines in the NRL Premiership market.
The Rabbits lost their third on the trot to jump from $4.60 to $4.80 while the Storm handled the Knights with relative ease to drop from $4.75 to $4.50.
Despite the return of Shaun Johnson, the Sharks weren’t convincing in their 22-20 loss to the Raiders. It could have ended a lot worse for the Sharks after going 20-0 behind early. However, they recovered to push the Raiders close only to fall just short. The dodgy performance has seen them shift out from $8 to $10 to win the premiership.
Dragons Getting Desperate
The Dragons have lost six of their last seven games and are starting to get desperate. Their only win has come against the Bulldogs and hardly acts as a boost to the form guide. The Red V’s poor showing in their 34-14 loss to the Sea Eagles only proved that.
Team selections have been an issue all season. Paul McGregor has had just as much of an impact on game day as those players dropping balls and missing tackles.
Dragons coach Paul McGregor addresses the media following a tough loss to the Manly Sea Eagles yesterday 🐉
— The Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) June 16, 2019
Origin his played struggling players back into form before and McGregor will be hoping that is the case on Sunday. With Tariq Sims, Tyson Frizell, Paul Vaughan, Ben Hunt and Corey Norman all involved, the Dragons need all five to return back to clubland motivated and ready to kick on over the backend of the NRL season.
If they can’t arrest this slide soon, finals football will soon be out of the question. With or without Jack de Belin, this side has been expected to feature in September.
NRL Against The Spread Ladder
The Raiders stay at the top of the ladder for punters after doing it tough against the Sharks. It looked comfortable after 20 minutes, but Raiders backers were forced to sweat towards the end.
Meanwhile, the Dragons remain at the bottom. They’ve covered just once in their last seven games to tumble down the NRL and ATS ladder over the last two months.
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State of Origin Shake-Up
Boy, has Brad Fittler thrown a spanner into the works for Game 2 of the 2019 State of Origin series.
Daniel Saifiti has somehow been selected to make his first appearance for the Blues. Meanwhile, Latrell Mitchell has missed out on selection to be replaced by Jack Wighton in the centres.
I’d love to know the thought process around dropping Latrell Mitchell.
It seems a total misread of him as a player. More baffling when you consider they dropped Walker for Maloney who we know will give him early ball and work hard to create opportunities for Latrell.
— Jason Oliver (@JasonNRL) June 16, 2019
Somewhat surprising given the Maroons Game 1 win and the cohesion and consistency of their side, Game 2 is a pick ’em.
Both at $1.90 in the head-to-head, there is nothing splitting the two sides in the markets. The series will be better for a New South Wales win. They’ve got a lot of work to do in a short period of time if they’re to ensure Game 3 is meaningful, though.