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NRL 2018 Season Preview & Predictions

nrl 2018 season

by Ken Edwards, 25 February 2018

Examine all NRL odds for the coming season.

All odds from the NRL’s official sports betting provider, SportsBet

The Bankers Bet

Melbourne storm

At $1.18 to make the finals, there is no more reliable team in Australian sport than the Melbourne Storm. Since 2006, the Storm have finished in the Top 4 in 10 of the last 12 seasons and have played in seven of the last 12 Grand Finals. 

The Big Slide Backwards at Brookvale

The Manly Sea Eagles were a big surprise in 2017, finishing sixth with a 14-10 record after being predicted by many to struggle. They overperformed last year, they have an ongoing salary cap, they lack a five-eighth and lack power and experience all over the park. The price of $1.75 for Manly to make the Top 8 is too short. Expect that price to seriously blow out in the first month of the season.

The Big Improvers

knights newcastle


There were positive signs in coach Nathan Brown’s 2017 rebuilding process. The club welcomes experienced players in Guerra, Pearce, Lillyman, and Heighington. Fullback Kalyn Ponga is an exciting prospect that the Cowboys couldn’t squeeze under their salary cap. Great Top 8 value at $2.75, or if you’re feeling lucky, $31 to take out the GF.

The Champs

Scott and Thurston are fit again. Dally M medallist Jason Taumololo is a menacing human wrecking ball. The Cowboys’ ‘culture’ is the envy of every other team in the NRL and they have picked up the buy of the off-season in Jordan Mclean. “Do it for JT” on Grand Final Day at $5.50.

About the Author

is a passionate Betting Top 10 International Sports & Betting News Columnist. Australian by birth, and international by nature, he brings a wealth of many years of discerning international sports and betting industry analysis. As a true fan and Sports Statistic Nerd, Ken devotedly supports his beloved Queensland Maroons, West Ham United, New York Yankees, Miami Dolphins and Richmond Tigers when he's not busy writing about them.

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