Round 13 of Super League saw several sides disrupted by one international fixture – England’s victory over Samoa – meaning they had to make do without one or two of their more recognisable names.
The Grand Final betting market hasn’t changed too much following the weekend’s results. Of the favourites in the market, Castleford narrowly overcame Huddersfield, injury-hit Wigan were beaten at home to Salford who continue to impress (and had one or two players of their own missing), Hull mounted a comeback to beat Widnes and Leeds dug in to get a win against Catalans in France.
In terms of the sides lower down the table, but a factor towards the top end of this particular betting market, Warrington hammered St Helens.
After being best priced 2/1 last week, Castleford are slightly shorter at a best price of 15/8 – that can be found at Sporting Bet, Coral and Ladbrokes. Many were wondering whether Castleford were simply going to blow away sides for the rest of the season, but the nature of their win at Huddersfield shows they can do it in more than one way.
The performance may not have been great, but it may have convinced a few others that they mean business this season if they weren’t already, by winning in a different way against a difficult side.
Wigan are best priced 5/2 (SkyBet and Paddy Power) to defend their crown, but they do have some work to do to position themselves as they sit three points outside the top four. People will look to last season and saw they managed to become champions despite having injury problems and will be reluctant to bet against them as a result. It’s probably why one or two bookies still have them as short as 15/8 though they’ll not want to let that three-point deficit with the top four grow.
Hull’s price has been relatively unmoved – they are best priced 6/1 – while Leeds can still be found at 8/1.
Salford were as long as 33/1 prior to their win at Wigan and they are still longer than Warrington and St Helens (can both be found at 16’s).
However, the Red Devils have come into 20/1. Some may think that’s still long given they are seven points of both Saints and Warrington and are showing no signs of fading just yet as they sit third in the table.
But a cut in their price does suggest that some are sitting up and taking notice of Ian Watson’s side.