The NRL Grand Final champions will be determined at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday night and it’s a straight shootout between the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles.
The Roosters beat Manly three weeks ago 4-0 at Allianz Stadium and the scoreboard says it all – it was an extremely tight, tense affair and the Roosters’ famed defence held their opponents scoreless.
As a result, the Roosters are the clear bookmakers favourites for the crown – they are currently a best-priced 1.68 with bookmaker. The Manly Sea Eagles can be backed at 2.3 with Luxbet.
Since the last time the two sides met, the Roosters have had a weekend off and then lapped Newcastle. Manly fought out another physical encounter with Cronulla and then bounced back from a 14-0 deficit against Souths.
And with the momentum this year appearing to be with Manly – after all, that’s why they top the final power rankings of the season – they look an excellent bet for punters exploring the market.
Meanwhile, Richie Fa’aoso’s worst fears have been confirmed, with scans revealing the Manly prop has a fractured vertebra, ruling him out of Sunday’s NRL final.
Speaking from behind the large, plastic neck brace that will be his for the next six weeks, Fa’aoso has vowed to soak up every second of Grand Final week.
Joining the Sea Eagles team photo on Monday, the 29-year-old also recalled the tackle that not only saw him fracture his C7 vertebrae, but momentarily play on against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium last Friday night.
“Yeah, I remember it good,” Fa’aoso said on the Herald Sun website. “I took a short ball, went to burrow down and ran straight into Jeff Lima and Roy Asotasi – the Samoan brick wall. They’re tough old boys and I got dealt with.”
Asked if he knew immediately that something was wrong, Fa’aoso continued: “As I tried to get up a sharp pain went down my arm but, you know, I thought maybe I was just carrying on a bit.
“Plus I could feel my hands and feet. I was able to run around so I thought ‘You’re okay. Just suck it up and get on with it’.
“But then I got involved in another tackle and started getting shooting pains down my arm and they were stronger than a stinger – a lot stronger. It got to the point where I couldn’t get involved in anything and, because I didn’t want to let the boys down, I thought I’d better get off.”
Back to the betting market and there are some other interesting wagers to be had, particularly the 7.75 on a Roosters / Sea Eagles half-time / full-time result. Considering it could be another low-scoring affair, this represents excellent value.
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