What a weekend of footy! In the second last round of the standard season, the teams fighting for a spot in the September semis put on sensational displays of determination in Round 25 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership with plenty of upset results paying out well for punters backing the underdogs in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets.
While the Dragons have now secured the Minor Premiership after beating the Knights on Saturday night, where the other headline clubs will finish on the ladder is still not 100% clear with footy fans having to wait till the very end to find out the configuration of the top eight this year.
There is a new number two team, however, after the Wests Tigers flew to a smart 26 – 14 victory over the Storm at Leichardt Oval on Sunday arvo.
Meanwhile, Broncos fans face a nervous week after their team look in real trouble of missing the finals following their 36 – 4 smashing by the Warriors on Friday night dropping to 10th on the ladder.
The club Brisbane need to beat to make the top eight, the rising Raiders, are now in eighth spot after the big Green Machine thrashed the Cowboys 48 – 4.
The other highlight game of Round 25 was the Sunday SFS showdown between the Roosters and the Sea Eagles where the two swapped spots on the ladder, Sydney now in sixth after a come-from-behind 30 – 14 victory.
But the shock result of the week occurred on Saturday night down in Toyota Stadium when the Sharks scored a devastating 30 – 16 win over the Titans, pushing the Gold Coast into fourth spot on the ladder and in doubt of hosting a home game final.
Read full match results and see how your footy bets went this week by clicking on the links below.
NRL Round 25 – Match 1 Results: South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 v 16 Parramatta Eels
NRL Round 25 – Match 2 Results: New Zealand Warriors 36 v 4 Brisbane Broncos
NRL Round 25 – Match 3 Results: Cronulla Sharks 30 v 16 Gold Coast Titans
NRL Round 25 – Match 4 Results: Newcastle Knights 18 v 26 St George Illawarra Dragons
NRL Round 25 – Match 5 Results: Canberra Raiders 48 v 4 North Queensland Cowboys
NRL Round 25 – Match 6 Results: Wests Tigers 26 v 14 Melbourne Storm
NRL Round 25 – Match 7 Results: Sydney Roosters 30 v 14 Manly Sea Eagles
NRL Round 25 – Match 8 Results: Canterbury Bulldogs 18 v 24 Penrith Panthers