Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has installed North Queensland as the $1.65 favourites to knock out the Brisbane Broncos ($2.25) in next week’s blockbuster semi-final in Townsville.
The Cowboys are a $5.50 chance to defend their NRL title, drifting from $4.00 following their loss to Melbourne.
The Storm have firmed as title favourites from $3.50 into $2.60 after booking a home preliminary final in a fortnight’s time.
Canberra were the big losers in the premiership market, blowing out from $5.00 to $9.00 thanks to their loss to the Sharks, who come in from $7.00 into $4.25.
“The Cowboys should find it much easier back at home next week so we’re not writing them off after one loss. The Storm on the other hand are understandably the shortest price we’ve seen any side so far this season,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
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Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Finals – Week 2
$2.60 Storm (in from $3.50)
$4.25 Sharks (in from $7.00)
$5.50 Cowboys (out from $4.00)
$7.50 Broncos (in from $9.00)
$9.00 Raiders (out from $5.00)