NRL Round 12 odds and schedule; Indigenous Round highlights
NRL Round 12 starts on Thursday night, May 27, with the clash between Brisbane and Melbourne Storm from Suncorp Stadium. Our NRL betting expert examines the NRL action for the week ahead.
The clear match of Indigenous Round round comes on Saturday evening when Souths host Parramatta at Stadium Australia, with both these teams aiming to put their seasons back on track.
The Rabbitohs have been knocked around by injury and suspension but were nonetheless no match for the mighty Penrith Panthers in their clash on Sunday at Apex Park in Dubbo.
Meanwhile, the Eels suffered their second loss of the season as they were crushed by the Bob Fulton-inspired Manly later on Sunday.
Both these teams are serious top-four contenders and will want to prove they also are good enough to challenge the likes of Penrith and Melbourne Storm come finals time.
Another match of great interest comes later on Saturday night when the Roosters host the Raiders at Central Coast Stadium.
The Roosters, who were stunned by the Broncos at the weekend, have been decimated by injury and have judiciary question marks over another star pair in NSW hopefuls Victor Radley and Angus Crichton.
Radley has been hit with a grade-one dangerous contact charge and a grade-two careless high tackle charge and faces a four-week ban if unsuccessful at the judiciary, while Crichton faces two matches on the sidelines on a dangerous contact charge.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are travelling even worse and need to cause a boilover against the Roosters to even start to think about reviving their season.
In the earliest match on Saturday, Penrith are at the shortest price we have seen in years to make it 12 straight wins by beating the bottom team Canterbury. The Panthers are at $1.01 and the Dogs $18.
The round concludes with the Knights hosting the NRL’s new glamour team the Sea Eagles at Newcastle on Sunday evening.
NRL Premiership odds before Round 12
The big five is rapidly becoming the big two, as Penrith and Melbourne Storm continue to spell out their credentials as the two dominant sides in the NRL, while their nearest challengers all faltered at the weekend.
The Panthers firmed even further into $2.70 from $2.80 with TopSport after crushing the previously impressive Souths 56-12 in Dubbo in the match of the round on Sunday.
The Rabbitohs, Eels and Roosters all suffered costly reversals, while a genuine challenger to the top five in the betting has emerged in the form of Manly-Warringah, who are a different side with “Turbo” Tom Trbojevic back at No.1.
Souths and Parramatta both eased from $6.50 to $7.50, while the injury riddled Roosters are at an unthinkable $12 after being as short as $6 only a month ago.
The Sea Eagles moved in from $26 to $16 this week and they have a great chance of notching another win against struggling Newcastle next Sunday afternoon.
Canberra continued their disastrous season with another loss to the Storm and are out the gate from $31 to $41, while the Titans firmed from $51 to $41 but have yet to show they can match it with the top few teams.
The Broncos firmed from $201 to $151 after their shock win against the Roosters but that win probably says more about the Roosters’ injury woes than the Broncos’ chances of landing the 2021 title.
NRL title odds 2021
$2.70 Penrith Panthers
$3.70 Melbourne Storm
$7.50 South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels
$12 Sydney Roosters
$16 Manly Sea Eagles
$41 Gold Coast Titans, Canberra Raiders
$61 New Zealand Warriors
$67 St George Illawarra Dragons
$101 Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys
$126 Cronulla Sharks
$151 Brisbane Broncos
$201 Wests Tigers
$1001 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
NRL Round 12 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, May 27
- 7.50pm: Brisbane Broncos $6.75 v Melbourne Storm $1.10
Friday, May 28
- 6pm: North Queensland Cowboys $1.90 v New Zealand Warriors $1.90
- 7.55pm: Wests Tigers $1.50 v St George Illawarra Dragons $2.55
Saturday, May 29
- 3pm Penrith Panthers $1.01 v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $18
- 5.30pm South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.69 v Parramatta Eels $2.15
- 7.35pm: Sydney Roosters $1.27 v Canberra Raiders $3.75
Sunday, May 30
- 2pm: Cronulla Sharks $2.20 v Gold Coast Titans $1.67
- 4.05pm: Newcastle Knights $4 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $1.24
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