NRL 2009: A Punter's Worst Nightmare

Jardine PattenContributor IAugust 1, 2009

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01:  Darren Lockyer of the Broncos reacts after the Raiders score a try during the round 21 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos at Canberra Stadium on August 1, 2009 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Rugby League can always be a rather unpredictable sport. But when you see teams on the bottom of the ladder flogging teams much higher than them, you just have to feel sorry for the people putting on a regular bet.

If you had put money on the sane options this week, then you were in for a massive kick in the groin.

This year has been odd with the way things have gone in regards to key games, and it is likely to continue. But this week alone has already given some incredibly odd results, with the Canberra Raiders handing the Brisbane Broncos their biggest defeat ever with a 56-0 scoreline.

In the last few weeks, Canberra had been losing by rather large amounts, but to beat a side like Brisbane who had an almost full strength squad whilst shutting them out...well, that is just remarkable.

In fact, I don't think I can recall the Broncos ever being shut out in a game. Is this the first time?

Moving on, you have the Knights/Roosters encounter. If there is one thing I hate more than seeing my beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs lose, it is seeing the Roosters win. And win by a fair amount.

Seriously, what the hell happened to the Knights? Do they like to prove that their team is nothing without players like Andrew Johns or Danny Buderus?

Actually, let's leave that for another article.

Moving on again, we have another draw. That is the third draw this year, and unfortunately for the New Zealand Warriors, it's their second.

This would have to be the first time in a long time that three draws have happened in one year. What with the introduction of the golden point extra time rules, and the raw ability and talent that teams have when it comes to scoring points, it is really an amazing feat.

What about all the field goals this year? It seems that teams are realizing just how important the for and against is, and are using the field goal to their advantage.

Every week there seems to be at least one game where a team has decided to raise their score by way of a field goal.

My friend and I have a weekly thing where we go the local club to watch the Monday Night Football game, put a heap of mystery "pick the score" bets on, and sit back and watch.

In years past when we received odd numbered scores or draws in the bets we would usually throw them out, but this year it has been so annoyingly regular that we just have to hold onto them out of the fear that we might throw out a winning ticket.

Considering that for every dollar you bet you might win anywhere from $50 up to close to $20,000 or even more if the right circumstances are achieved, you'd be stupid to throw the tickets out before the final buzzer, or at least until the ticket is made obsolete by the score.

As I write this article, there are still three games to be played in round 21.

What will the results of these three games be?

Will any of them be blow-outs by the underdogs?

What about another draw?

It might happen.


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