NRL Rd 1 Special: Saints $1.68 to beat Tigers, but Cowboys shock $2.05 outsider to Titans! http://goodevans.centrebet.com/ Despite being the best-backed side to challenge MelbourneÃ¢Â€Â™s NRL supremacy, the Nth Qld Cowboys have opened a sensational $2.05 outsider with leading bookmaker Centrebet away to the Titans in the opening round! Centrebet has taken the unique and bold stance of opening round one head-to-head prices more than a week out from the whistle, and believe the Cowboys Ã¢Â€Â“ despite being a well-supported $8.50 hope to land the title Ã¢Â€Â“ are facing an uphill battle at the Gold CoastÃ¢Â€Â™s new Skilled Park without playmaker Jonathan Thurston! Ã¢Â€ÂœWe believe Thurston is next to no chance of playing, and while the Titans are now a $41.00 chance to win the title, and even well-backed to land the Spoon, their quicksilver backs are ready to do some first-up damage,Ã¢Â€Â media chief Neil Evans said. Ã¢Â€ÂœThurstonÃ¢Â€Â™s loss is immeasurable Ã¢Â€Â“ and the market reflects that! I donÃ¢Â€Â™t think thereÃ¢Â€Â™s ever been a $41.00 shot start favourite against an $8.50 second-elect in round one!Ã¢Â€Â In other first round news, the Dragons have rebounded to be $1.68 favourite against an injury-riddled Wests Tigers, and could shorten up even more with the game headed for the SCG! Ã¢Â€ÂœThe Tigers have key players missing Ã¢Â€Â“ and this is a set-up for the Saints,Ã¢Â€Â Evans said. After all the drama surrounding international Jarryd Hayne and the Kings Cross shooting, Parramatta has emerged a $1.41 favourite on Centrebet to pump the Bulldogs, while in the season opener for the purists on March 14, the Roosters are a narrow $1.81 fancy against a fired-up Souths quoted at even money ($2.00). Ã¢Â€ÂœThis one could be the biggest betting match of the round. ThereÃ¢Â€Â™ll be money both ways, and it could end up being the survival of the fittest and the toughest,Ã¢Â€Â Evans said. The Sharks, likely to be without the influential Greg Bird, are big $2.85 outsiders against Manly at Brookvale, while CanberraÃ¢Â€Â™s away form is up for immediate scrutiny opening a $2.55 outsider away to the Knights! The Storm is predictably the shortest-priced commodity of the round - $1.26 at home against the Warriors, while there should be no happy home-coming for former Bronco Petero Civinociva, with Penrith a battling $2.95 outsider to cause the upset at Suncorp! And in a Centrebet season special, punters can now bet on how many points their team will cover in the 26 rounds of home-and-away action! In premiership betting, the Roosters ($13.50) and the Cowboys ($8.50) continue to be the best-backed teams to upset the reign of Melbourne! Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™ve taken plenty on the Roosters in the last week, while North Qld has been solidly backed ever since the market was opened,Ã¢Â€Â Evans said. Ã¢Â€ÂœBut the Storm certainly made a statement in the recent World Club Challenge loss to Leeds. Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™ve taken more on the $3.40 outright favourites since that match than in the previous three weeks!Ã¢Â€Â Evans said NRL Ã¢Â€Â“ ROUND 1 $1.52 NEWCASTLE $2.55 CANBERRA $1.78 GOLD COAST $2.05 NTH QLD COWBOYS $1.43 MANLY $2.85 CRONULLA $1.41 PARRAMATTA $2.90 BULLDOGS $2.20 WESTS TIGERS $1.68 DRAGONS $2.00 SOUTHS $1.81 ROOSTERS $1.40 BRONCOS $2.95 PENRITH $1.26 MELBOURNE $3.85 NZ WARRIORS NRL Ã¢Â€Â“ SEASON SPECIALS (RDS 1-26) $2.85 MELBOURNE 34 PTS OR LESS $2.60 35-39 POINTS $2.75 40 PTS OR MORE NRL PREMIERSHIP Ã¢Â€Â“ 2008 $3.40 MELBOURNE $8.50 COWBOYS $8.50 PARRAMATTA $10.50 MANLY $13.00 BRONCOS $13.50 ROOSTERS $17.00 NZ WARRIORS $20.00 SHARKS $20.00 DRAGONS $21.00 SOUTHS $26.00 BULLDOGS $26.00 PENRITH $36.00 WESTS TIGERS $41.00 GOLD COAST $41.00 KNIGHTS $81.00 RAIDERS Log on to http://www.centrebet.com NRL to view its latest odds.