Though the NRL season is rapidly approaching Finals time, the teams are still locked in battle as they vie for their final position on the all-important NRL ladder. Round 22 saw another weekend of intense competition.
The Queensland rivals started things off at the north end of the state as the Cowboys hosted the Broncos at Dairy Farms Stadium. NRL punters who are backing Brisbane to go all the way this year will be very pleased as the Broncos proved that they’re not to be counted out for this year’s Finals. They took a dominating 34-26 win.
It was a brawl to say the least as four players were sin-binned and a fifth was put on report in the first half alone. The Cowboys were down two players after the first half antics and trailing 14-8 when the Broncos took full advantage of their opponents’ weakened line. Israel Folau scored his second try of the night to put the score at 24-8. And though the Northern Queensland team put together an honest effort to get themselves back in the game, the Broncos were just too much to handle. The win may have secured Brisbane’s number seven position, but it didn’t come without a price. Both Darren Lockyer and Johnathan Thurston left the field with injuries. This could prove costly in upcoming rounds.
Plenty of fans were anticipating the Round 22 match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters as it was to be a showdown between number one and two. Plus, the Roosters were seeking retribution for their massive 28-6 loss to the Dragons on Anzac Day earlier in the season. Even though the game proved to be a knock-down-drag-out battle for the ages, St George emerged the victors with a close19-12 win on the road. This is very good news for bettors that backed the Dragons with a Minor Premiership bet at Ladbrokes.com.au as the win has secured them the title – the first in the team’s history.
Fans were on the edges of their seats throughout as the two teams went back and forth. Though the Dragons pulled ahead at the 68th minute with a field goal from Jamie Soward. Two minutes later, Todd Carney scored a try to put the score at 13-12. Dean Young sewed up the win with a try at the 76-minute mark from dummy-half.
It was a thrilling round to say the least, and here’s a look at how all the rest of the Round 22 matches finished off:
|06/08/10||North Queensland Cowboys – 26||Brisbane Broncos – 34|
|06/08/10||Gold Coast Titans – 34||Parramatta Eels – 12|
|07/08/10||Manly Sea Eagles – 26||Melbourne Storm – 6|
|07/08/10||South Sydney Rabbitohs – 34||Wests Tigers – 30|
|07/08/10||Cronulla Sharks – 10||New Zealand Warriors – 37|
|08/08/10||New Castle Knights – 30||Canterbury Bulldogs – 6|
|08/08/10||Sydney Roosters – 12||St George Dragons – 19|
|09/08/10||Canberra Raiders – 30||Penrith Panthers – 26|
Round 23 is right around the corner, and Ladbrokes.com.au is offering some pretty tasty odds. Back the Broncos at 1.80 in their upcoming match against the Eels, or the bet on the Rabbitdohs at 2.75 against the Storm. With match odds and specials on offer, Ladbrokes.com.au is the place to go for NRL betting.