Points started to flow for the first time since the 2020 NRL season resumed with Overs backers cashing in regularly throughout a high-scoring round of footy.
Here’s how Round 7 looked for punters:
Panthers Make A Statement
Still flirting with the idea that the Penrith Panthers might be premiership contenders heading into Round 7, we’re inching closer to putting them in the conversation. While the 20-12 scoreline over the South Sydney Rabbitohs doesn’t scream ‘statement’, they made it look easy. Nathan Cleary – boil and all – commanded the match in the halves. A dominant forward pack made Cleary’s job that much easier.
The Panthers look like the real deal. They’ve jumped up to the third line of betting to win the 2020 NRL Premiership at $7.50.
Saturday was made for underdog punters.
The North Queensland Cowboys got off to a flier as +8.5 underdogs to the Newcastle Knights. Cowboys backers were sitting on a winner by halftime with the Cowboys up 26-0.
We expected a little more out of the Brisbane Broncos this week. They didn’t come close to delivering as -7.5 favourites. Just as the Cowboys had done hours earlier, the Gold Coast Titans flew out to a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
A Super Saturday wrapped up with somewhat of a bad beat. The Parramatta Eels appeared to have the game in the bag when going into the final six minutes with a 24-12 lead. However, two tries in as many minutes forced the game into Golden Point. A bounce of the ball and a call or two the other way, and the Raiders would complete a miraculous comeback. Instead, a Clint Gutherson field goal sealed it for the Eels.
Not everybody wearing blue and gold is a winner, though. Once sitting pretty and holding a winner, Parra backers failed to see a return on their -1.5 line.
Knights: What Happened?
At 2nd on the NRL ladder heading into Round 7, the Newcastle Knights hype train started to leave the building.
But, a poor performance against the Cowboys justified the top four caution from earlier in the week. Out hustled and outplayed, the Knights were out of their depth in North Queensland. Brought back down to earth with a 32-20 drubbing, the Knights’ $2.80 odds to crack the top four have drifted out to $3.
Going Over – Finally
For the first time since the NRL season resumed under the new six-again rule, Overs has come out on top. Six of the Round 7 games finished over the points total. Two by a combined one point.
Game Saver Moment Of The Round
While Eels backers drowned in the sweat of a late-game Raiders fightback, Game Saver users sat relatively comfortable given the 18-12 lead they carried into the final 20 minutes.
— NRL (@NRL) June 27, 2020
NRL Against The Spread Standings
The horror show continues for Brisbane Broncos fans and punters. They’ve now lost five straight while only covering the spread once (Round 5 vs Sea Eagles) since the NRL season restarted. We can’t trust them; even as $1.59 favourites against the New Zealand Warriors in Round 8.
After Round 7
|Top 8||Bottom 8|
|Knights (5-2)||Eels (3-3-1)|
|Raiders (5-2)||Panthers (3-3-1)|
|Tigers (4-2-1)||Bulldogs (3-4)|
|Roosters (4-3)||Broncos (3-4)|
|Dragons (4-3)||Cowboys (3-4)|
|Sharks (4-3)||Warriors (2-5)|
|Storm (4-3)||Rabbitohs (2-5)|
|Sea Eagles (3-3-1)||Titans (2-5)|