It felt like a pretty big weekend in the Super League that has just passed. There were upsets, statements of intent and probably signs of sides finding their true level in round 12.
The two television games stood out for their results for different reasons but it’s hard not to start with Castleford bouncing back from back-to-back defeats with a 54-4 win over Wigan.
As a result of Leeds losing at Huddersfield, it meant Castleford went a point clear at the top of the Super League table, and as a result they are now the favourites with many to win the Grand Final in October.
The Tigers are best priced 2/1 with Wigan at 9/4. Some have them as joint favourites but the Warriors aren’t shorter than Castleford with anyone (if they are I can’t find it).
Hull FC went second with a comprehensive victory over Warrington on Friday night. As we pointed out, bizarrely Lee Radford’s side were a longer price to win the Grand Final than Warrington going into that game with SkyBet. It’s safe to say that has been corrected following their 34-10 win.
Hull are now 5/1 with SkyBet, Warrington are 10’s. Wire’s price still seems a little short given they are still outside the top eight and you can get as long as 16’s on them elsewhere. Hull’s best price is now 13/2.
Leeds had the chance to keep up the pace with Castleford on Thursday night but were stunned by a 31-12 defeat to Huddersfield at Headingley – ending the Rhinos 100% home record in the process.
They were 6/1 with many sites before their defeat and have drifted a little with some bookmakers to as much as 8/1.
Other notable results in terms of Grand Final betting was St Helens getting a win against Leigh. The Saints can be found at 12/1 with suggestions that a new coach could be in place in the next couple of weeks but one other side’s price really does catch the eye.
Salford recorded their biggest home win of the season with a 30-10 win over bottom side Widnes and are now two points off the pace. It would be some story for a side to go from nearly dropping out of the division to be in the mix for the title – but should any side be 33/1 to win the Grand Final when they’re two points off the top after 12 games? It seems a little long, and is available with SkyBet – while the Red Devils are as short as 18’s elsewhere.
There are more likely winners, but it does seem a value bet, especially if they keep picking up wins going into the Super 8 stage of the competition.