Contentious calls or not, Round 19 produced the goods to be one of the best rounds of footy we’ve seen throughout the 2019 NRL season.

Knights On The Slide

So, maybe the six-game winning streak did paper over a few cracks at the Knights. They’ve lost five of their six games since the streak to fall out of the Top 8 and will struggle to get back in before the end of Round 25.

The Broncos leapt them this week and the Sharks are only behind the Knights at 10th on points differential. Should the Knights lose this week in Manly while other results go against them, this group once talked about as a top four home could go into Round 21 at 12th on the NRL ladder.

Mighty Manly

Manly’s +8.5 Line was always a solid option in Round 19 given they already sat at the top of the ATS ladder.

It was never in doubt in the end.

The Sea Eagles not only covered the line with ease, but pulled off one of the upsets of the season to beat the Storm 11-10 in golden point.

Injuries could yet derail their promising season, but they should be taken seriously until then.

Strong through the middle and with elite names in key playmaking positions, the Sea Eagles could pull off a few upsets in September. They first need to get through the Knights in Round 20, though. Can Des Hasler fire this team up again after such a significant win?

Top Tryscorer Update

The race to be the NRL’s top tryscorer is the closest it has been in recent years with nobody able to pull out in front.

A double to Ken Maumalo saw him draw level with Maika Sivo on 14 tries this week. However, Maumalo is still on the third line of betting at $6 behind Sivo at $4 and Corey Oates and Latrell Mitchell at $5.

It’s his club’s 12th spot on the ladder that hurts Maumalo’s chances. He’s unlikely to get the extra games in September the other candidates will. Therefore, Mitchell’s $5 looks the best bet from here. With the Roosters expected to get through to the Grand Final, Mitchell has plenty of chances to close the two-try gap between himself and the current leaders.

NRL Against The Spread Ladder

The Sea Eagles did more than enough to cover their +8.5 line to remain at the top of the NRL ATS Ladder.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs did a job for underdogs backers that love a big line, the Raiders did it easy over the Panthers as +1.5 underdogs, and the Warriors managed to keep their controversial loss to within +4.5 points.

TOP 8 ATSRecordBOTTOM 8 ATSRecord
Sea Eagles13-5Eels9-9
Raiders11-1-16Broncos8-1-9
Tigers11-7Bulldogs8-10
Warriors11-7Knights8-10
Roosters10-8Rabbitohs7-1-10
Storm10-8Dragons7-11
Cowboys9-9Sharks6-1-11
Panthers8-2-8Titans5-13

 

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