Melbourne won the 2012 NRL Premiership. Picture: Michael Klein/heraldsun.com.au
Defending premiers Melbourne Storm have reaffirmed their status as the team to beat in the NRL this season have extended their unbeaten run in the competition to 14 matches. No club has won back to back grand finals in a unified national competition since the Broncos in 1992/93 but Melbourne looks to have a strong chance of breaking the drought in 2013 following a perfect start to the season. After opening as a $6 chance following their success in last year’s decider, the Storm has rocketed into $3.50 six weeks into the new season.
The Bulldogs , beaten grand finalists six months ago, have been without Sam Kasiano and James Graham in the first six rounds and results have shown how much of a loss they are, with the club at the foot of the table with just one win to their name from the opening six rounds. Des Hasler’s side were as short as $6 themselves to win the competition but have drifted to $15 following their 38-0 defeat to the Roosters . Big things were expected of the Roosters this year following the recruitment of several big names including Sonny Bill Williams and James Maloney and they have firmed from $19 to $7.
The Rabbitohs tasted their first defeat of the year when going to the Storm in round 6 but remain one of the leading premiership chances with TattsBet having firmed from $10 to $5.50, while Manly are the other side to have lost just once in 2013 to see them firm from $17 to $7.
The Titans are the best placed of the Queensland teams at the representative break with four wins, and they have firmed from $41 to $23, the Broncos have won three from six, but the Cowboys are out to $13 from a low of $7 having limped to just two wins in the opening six weeks.
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