As you can imagine, the impact on the Super League Grand final odds have been pretty similar to those for the regular season betting.
Wigan are slight favourites in most places – though you can still get odds of 2/1 on the Warriors – at Sky Bet, while Castleford are 2/1 at almost every bookmaker.
Leeds come next at 6/1 with most bookmakers but can be found at 13/2 with Betway. What is striking (at the time of writing) is that Hull are 10/1 to lift the big prize in October with Sky Bet. Other outlets have them between 7 and 8/1 so that seems pretty big.
To put that into context, Sky Bet have priced Hull longer than Warrington and at the same price as St Helens – two sides who are ninth and eighth respectively in the Super League table.
It’s not as if Hull lack pedigree either. They have managed to get over the line in big games by beating Warrington in the Challenge Cup final last season, and have come through a recent blip by recording back-to-back wins – the latest the scalp of league leaders Castleford on Sunday having played much of the game with 12 men. Last season also saw them put in a strong showing in Super League by finishing third and were denied a place in the Grand Final by eventual winners Wigan.
As for Warrington and Saints, they are available at 12’s and 14’s respectively with Betway while fifth placed Salford come behind them at 20/1. They’re probably a little on the high side given two of the teams priced ahead of them while the other side expected to finish in the top eight – Catalans, are as long as 50/1.
Hull at 10/1 is one of the strangest prices yet, and one doubts that will be around for long – especially if they beat Warrington in front of the TV cameras on Friday night.