NRL Round 8 odds, title update and schedule 2022; Souths v Manly blockbuster

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NRL Round 8, 2022, kicks off on Thursday, April 28, with the Broncos-Sharks match, but the clear match of the round comes on Friday night. We offer some early insight into a big week ahead in the NRL.

The second match on Friday night matches up South Sydney and Manly, both teams who were considered contenders coming into the season but are languishing in eighth and seventh positions respectively.

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The Rabbitohs and the Sea Eagles will be desperate for the points, and you can expect a titanic tussle even though Souths have won the past five matches between these teams.

Both teams are without their superstar fullbacks Latrell Mitchell (Souths) and Tom Trbojevic (Manly), though the Sea Eagles also have plenty of other stars in the casualty ward.

Bookies have made Souths the favourites at $1.60 with Manly at $2.40 but we like the look of the under 39.5 points bet at $1.90, as part of a wide multi on the round.

Elsewhere, the big guns Penrith and Melbourne are incredibly short prices against the Titans and Knights respectively, and we are tempted to add the Titans with a 20-point start $1.90 to the Manly-Souths unders.

The round features several matches at country venues, with Souths-Manly at Gosford and NZ Warriors v Canberra at Redcliffe, while the Parramatta-North Queensland match on Saturday night is at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

NRL Premiership odds before Round 8, 2022

The defending premiers Penrith are unbeaten and just keep on shortening in the market to win the 2022 NRL title, in this week from $3.30 to $2.80 with TopSport.

Not to be outdone are the Melbourne Storm, with fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, his glorious mullet flowing in the breeze, in sublime form. The Storm were $3.7 to $3.6 after clocking up an incredible 70-10 win against the Warriors on Anzac Day.

Elsewhere, the Sharks continued their rise, up to third in betting in from $9 to $7. The Roosters, about whom we have been dubious as to whether they can contend, are out from $6 to $8 following their loss to the Dragons, successfully forecast in our Dragons-Roosters match preview.

Manly and Souths are on the nose with bookies, both out from $15 to $21 and in desperate need of a win when they clash on Friday night.

Of the rest, the Cowboys shortened from $101 to $81 after they comfortable took care of Queensland rivals the Gold Coast.

NRL title odds 2022

$2.90 Penrith Panthers
$3.60 Melbourne Storm
$7 Cronulla Sharks
$8 Sydney Roosters
$10 Parramatta Eels
$21 Manly Sea Eagles, South Sydney Rabbitohs
$81 North Queensland Cowboys
$151  Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Canberra Raiders
$201 New Zealand Warriors
$251 Wests Tigers, Gold Coast Titans, Newcastle Knights
$501  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Check out all the latest odds at TopSport!

NRL Round 8 fixture, odds and times

Thursday, April 28 

  • 7.50pm:  Brisbane Broncos  $4 v Cronulla Sharks  $1.26

Friday, April 29 

  • 6pm: Gold Coast Titans $8.25 v Penrith Panthers  $1.08
  • 7.55pm: South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.60 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles  $2.40

Saturday, April 30

  • 3pm:  New Zealand Warriors $2.05 v  Canberra Raiders $1.77
  • 5.30pm:  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $4.40 v Sydney Roosters $1.22
  • 7.05pm:  Parramatta Eels $1.29 v North Queensland Cowboys $3.65

Sunday, May 1

  • 2pm: Newcastle Knights $8.50 v Melbourne Storm $1.07
  • 4.05pm:  St George Illawarra Dragons $1.57 v  Wests Tigers $2.45

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