Saints back on the march; Nobby under pressure
William Hill, official bookmakers to Super League, have promoted St Helens to joint favourites to win the Grand Final after their late six try salvo put Warrington to the sword on Friday night.
Saints had to put up with the tag of second favourites in pre-season but their characteristic fightback against the Wolves, combined with the news that Greg Eastwood won’t be coming to Leeds, has already put a different perspective on the season.
Hull FC were cut to 14/1 to win the title after their win over a Wigan side highly touted pre-season, but now pointless after two matches. After their latest defeat Wigan coach Brian Noble was installed 7/2 favourite by Hills to be the first coach to leave his post in 2009.
Nobby has a great pedigree and Super League chief execs might have more patience than their Premier League counterparts, but pressure is inevitable when a glamour side like Wigan fail to live up to expectation.
Leeds and St Helens are both quoted at 50/1 to win all their regular season matches.
Hills offer 8/1 that both the Challenge Cup Final and the Super League Grand Final will be contested between Leeds and St Helens.
Super League XIV Grand Final winner: 7/4 Leeds, St.Helens; 11/1 Warrington, Bradford; 12/1 Wigan; 14/1 Hull FC. others on request.
First Super League coach to leave in 2009: 7/2 Noble; 5/1 Lowes; 6/1 Kear; 7/1 Matteson; 10/1 McRae; 12/1 Morgan; 14/1 McDermott; 16/1 Agar, Walters, McNamara; 25/1 Dixon, Brown; 40/1 McLennan; 66/1 Potter. 7/1 No coach to leave. (regular season only).