Sun, Oct 2, 11:57am by Jake Equid
NRL Grand Final –Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks
Date and Time: Sunday, October 2, 7:15 pm AEST
Venue: ANZ Stadium
TV: Fox Sports, Channel 9
It’s Grand Final day in Sydney but Melbourne has also been gripped by anticipation. The beachside town of Cronulla which is 26 kilometres south of Sydney’s CBD has been in a state of excitement for the entire week as they hope to cheer on their side, the Sharks to their first ever NRL Premiership.
There is always a hard luck story and this time it looks set to be Kurt Capewell who falls into that category. He appears to be the unlucky casualty with Cronulla prop Sam Tagatese cleared to play having recovered from a back injury.
Capewell looks set to be left out despite having a superb finals series, particularly in the Sharks’ come-from-behind win over Canberra. Joseph Paulo has also been ruled out from being a late inclusion in the 17 because of a knee problem.
Meanwhile, over in the Storm camp, utility Ben Hampton looks set to retain his place on the Storm bench despite not playing a minute during last week’s preliminary-final victory over Canberra.
We can only hope that this year’s contest can get anywhere near the heights that were achieved last year which has been widely regarded as the best ever. The Cowboys holding off the Broncos 17-16 in golden point extra time.
Here’s a look at the latest odds for the grand final:
The Storm have been favourites all week in the head to head market but only just. They opened up and remained at $1.82 with aa steady stream of money coming all week. There has also been money for the NSW club, the Sharks opened at $2.02 and have drifted ever so slightly out to $2.05. The line has not moved from 1.5 points all week.
As you quite often see, there has been quite a bit of sentimental money come in for the big players in the first tryscorer market. The biggest movers throughout the week in this market have been Paul Gallen from $41 to $34 and Dally M winner Cooper Cronk from $18 to $15.
There’s also been money for Preliminary Final hero Cheyse Blair, he’s come into $15 from $17. The rest of the market has been fairly consistent throughout the week. Suliasi Vunivalu is still favourite has slid slightly from $7.50 to $8 but is still the favourite. Favourite for the Sharks is still Valentine Holmes, who’s remained at $10.
Once again Cooper Cronk features heavily in the Clive Churchill medal market, he has moved into outright favouritsm at $5. Storm skipper Cam Smith is next up at $5.50 followed by NSW five-eighth James Maloney who’s been backed in third favourite at $7.
There’s also been a lot of sentimental money for one of the league’s most polarizing figures, Michael Ennis, who’s an absolute gentleman off the field but a serial pest on it. He’s moved into $13 for the Clive Churchill medal. He will lace up his boots for the final time in a bid to win his first premiership at his fourth attempt.
The ultimate prize in the world of Rugby League, the Provan-Summons trophy is up for grabs. Who will be celebrating at just after nine o’clock tonight?
WATCH: Our Preview of the 2016 NRL Grand Final
Sportsbet Full Market:
Head to Head
Big Win Little Win
1st Try Scorer
Clive Churchill Medal
Total Match Points – Over/Under
Odds supplied by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing*
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