Round 21 of the 2019 NRL season was a beauty putting the best against the best while the rest battled it out for a spot in the finals.

Broncos Battle On

We might be looking back in a month from now and circling Jake Turpin’s last-gasp try as why the Broncos are playing finals football. They certainly don’t look like a finals side at the moment. Inconsistent, seemingly leaderless, and unable to find points behind their strong pack, this isn’t the sort of Broncos wide we’re accustomed to seeing in August.

However, they continue to do just enough to remain relevant.

With three games on the trot at Suncorp Stadium against the Panthers, Rabbitohs and Eels, a spot in September footy is there for the Broncos if they’re good enough. The expectation is that the end up playing at least one more game after Round 25 ($1.75).

Tigers, Oh The Tigers

Unless the Tigers can find a way to win three of their last four games, they’ll go through a third-consecutive season without a three-game winning streak.

They’ll get few better opportunities to complete one than they did on Saturday night. With a place in the Top 8 on the line, the Tigers fell to an expectedly valiant Bulldogs side. West fought back late and had a shot to level the scoreboard that went wide. However, the damage was done long before Paul Momirovski’s shank as the siren sounded.

Such a poor showing with so much on the line doesn’t give Tigers backers much hope of making the Top 8 ($3.50). Playing the Sea Eagles at Brookvale next week doesn’t help, either.

Super Sunday Shapes Premiership Market

It happened by accident, but the NRL schedule served up a what might be a finals preview on Sunday.

The top four teams on the ladder heading into Round 21 ran up against each other and produced two beauties.

While the Raiders couldn’t get past the defending premiers in the first of the afternoon, they certainly didn’t embarrass themselves. This group is ready to compete for the premiership. Canberra’s $9 to win it all shouldn’t be scoffed at. Especially considering the short odds of the Roosters at just $2.88.

Likewise, the Storm’s $3 doesn’t jump off the page. They took the chocolates but were made to work hard by a Sam Burgess-less Rabbitohs outfit. Wayne Bennett has every confidence in his side being where they need to be in September. Like the Raiders, their $9 is worth a look given the short price of the favourites.

NRL Against The Spread Ladder

Keep an eye on the Bulldogs. They’ve covered three of their last four and are taking a massive +10.5 headstart into Round 22 against the Rabbitohs. The Warriors might be worth a look, too. They’ve performed relatively well against the spread throughout the 2019 NRL season and are already +12.5 points in front of the Roosters on Sunday.

Sea Eagles14-6Bulldogs10-10