With the NRL season opener only days away, we thought it would be perfect timing to have some fun and take a look at the NRL futures markets on CrownBet for the 2017 season.
Can the Sharks be the First team to go back to back since the Broncos in 1992 – 93? Or will the ever consistent Melbourne Storm take the Trophy with the return of super start fullback billy slater? Can the Broncos deliver the consistency missing in previous years to take then back to a genuine finals contender?
Take a look at the 2017 NRL futures markets below – all odds are with CrownBet and are accurate at the time of publication:
BEST BET – Melbourne Storm $7.50
After claiming the minor premiership in 2016 the Storm looked to be back at their damaging best, winning 19 of their 24 season fixture games. The Melbourne Storm are respected as one of the best defensive teams in the game and proved that in 2016 by only conceding an average of 12.5 points per game. With the return of Billy Slater in 2017 “the big 3” are back together which will be a worry for any opposition coach and a celebration for the fans. With the Melbourne young taking the heart ache and experience from the Grand Final Loss to the Sharks. 2017 could just be their season!
NEXT BEST – North Queensland Cowboys $8.50
Any team boasting the likes of Jonathon Thurston, Matt Scott, Jason Taumalolo is enough to worry any opposition defence. Ad in the abilities of Michael Morgan, Jake Granville, Lachlan Coote and Justin O’neil. The cowboys sure to look like a strong contender in 2017. Hopefully learning from the 2016 Origin hangover and a few injuries and depth issues. The Cowboys will be stong contenders for the premiership in 2017.
BEST VALUE – New Zealand Warriors $12.00
With the arrival of Kieran Foran and new coach, highly respected Kiwi legend Stephen Kearny. The Warriors look set to turn their inconsistencies of 2016 around. Having Foran to control the match and implement strategy in the no. 6 means Shaun Johnson will have more time to work his magic and ignite the outside backs. Ad in the return of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the much anticipated return to form of Issac Luke the Warriors look set the have the spine and to trouble any opposition.
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Leading Points Scorer
BEST BET – Jordan Kahu, Brisbane Broncos $3.50
With the retirement of Corey Parker, it is understood Kahu will take on the fulltime kicking duties in 2017. Whilst sharing the duties last year and missing a few games Kahu still managed 15 tries and 42 goals and finished with an impressive 144 points and 6th place on the leading point scorer list.
BEST VALUE – Nathan Cleary, Penrith Panthers $8.50
After an impressive debut season in the top grade Nathan Cleary finished 9th on the 2016 leading point scorer list. The impressive young half made 15 appearances in 2016 and managed 53 conversions and 3 tries for a total of 118 points. If he can stay healthy and keep the good form running into 2017, he is a good chance of finishing top of the leading point scorer list this season.
Top Try Scorer
BEST BET – Suliasi Vunivalu, Melbourne Storm $9.00
Who would have thought a winger who started the season in Intrust Super QLD CUP with East Tigers and not entering the NRL until round 7 would have finished as the equal leader of the NRL top try scorer table in 2016 with 23 tries from 21 appearances. The big man is definitely a handful for any opposition has blistering speed and is unstoppable under the high ball. With the opportunity of more games in the top grade this year “Vunis” chances of going back to back are looking good.
BEST VALUE – Bevan French, Parramatta Eels $15.00
With only 13 appearances in 2016 Bevan French’s lighting speed and special awareness earnt him 19 tries and finished a solid 4th place on the NRL top try scorer table. It is rumoured Eels Coach Brad Arthur will move the youngster into fullback for 2017 replacing Michael Gordon who has moved on to the Roosters. With some big signings in the forwards, an offload into space French’s speed makes him practically impossible to catch, with more time and space and fullback, that should give him a great opportunity to display his impressive footwork and cross the line a lot more in 2017.
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