The Courier-Mail

Derby date on minds of punters

- PAUL MALONE

THE Broncos-Cowboys shootout is shaping as one of Queensland’s biggest betting NRL matches after a flurry of early support yesterday for Brisbane.

Two bets of $10,000 with UBET yesterday pushed the Broncos into $1.58 favouritis­m to win Saturday night’s qualifying final against North Queensland ($2.45) at Suncorp Stadium.

“There have been more individual bets for the Cowboys, but the two biggest bets so far have been for a Broncos win,’’ UBET’s Gerard Daffy said.

“Early indication­s are it’s going to be the biggest betting match we’ve had in rugby league aside from an Origin match or grand final.’’

While the Cowboys, who did not have Lachlan Coote charged over an incident involving Titan Ryan James on Saturday night, are $2.45 with UBET, other agencies report more support and have North Queensland as short as $2.40.

South Sydney have drifted in betting for their eliminatio­n final against Cronulla at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon after their prop George Burgess received a contrary conduct charge which would see him banned for two weeks.

Burgess’ throwing of a water bottle at Roosters forward Kane Evans saw the Englishman hit with a grade two contrary conduct charge.

Evans was assessed a grade one contrary conduct charge for his actions in response, but will not miss a match if he takes an early plea, keeping him in the picture for Friday night’s qualifying final against Melbourne at Allianz Stadium.

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