The Sydney Roosters coasted to an impressive 48 – 12 win on Saturday over the recently rising Eels at Parramatta Stadium, further improving their claims to take out this year’s NRL Premiership shield in front of 19,800 fans.
Now perched in the third spot on the ladder, the Chooks have shortened dramatically in the premiership betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au following their massive victory.
The Roosters odds to win the NRL Premiership have shortened dramatically at Ladbrokes.com.au
Enjoying a sensational late season run, Sydney have now won five on the trot and don’t look like slowing down with a top four finish now within reach.
The Eels, on the other hand, have dropped down into 10th spot on the ladder after their recent resurgence came to an embarrassing end thanks to Sydney.
Parramatta’s finals hopes were put on hold and last year’s runners-up have a lot of work to do if they are to get to September.
The Eels now look less likely of paying out in the ‘Make the Top 8’ markets at Ladbrokes.com.au
It was a blistering performance by the Roosters on Saturday with their eight-tries-to-two win highlighted by spectacular games from their magic halves combo of Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce.
First to score was Mitchell Aubusson in the 6th minute, followed by Shaun Kenny-Dowall six minutes later after a top grubber from Carney 40 metres out.
Before the Eels could even open their account, they let the Roosters fly away with a third try to Anthony Minichiello in the 21st minute after a sneaky offload from Minichiello, to give them a 18 – nil lead after the first quarter.
Todd Carney was in red-hot form once again and didn’t put a foot wrong all night converting eight from eight.
Jarryd Hayne, who had been responsible for the Eels recent string of success, managed to score one of the home side’s two tries in the 30th minute after barging through three defenders, Luke Burt’s conversion cutting the margin to 18 – 6.
But the Chooks were on fire and before the break they managed a fourth try thanks to winger Phil Graham.
Right on half-time Parramatta co-captain Nathan Hindmarsh scored their second and final four-pointer kicked by Burt so the score was 24 – 12 in favour of the visitors at the break.
In the second half the Eels failed to score any more points and were further embarrassed as Sydney ran in another four unanswered tries.
Roosters centre Kane Linnett scored two minutes back from the break out wide, followed by Minichiello’s second in the 63rd minute and then one each to Frank Paul Nuuausala and Phil Graham in the final 10 minutes so the Chooks flew away with a 48 – 12 win.
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