NRL favourites deliver punters juicy returns

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The NRL regular season came to an end over the weekend as Melbourne thundered home to lift the Minor Premiership while the Roosters survived an almighty scare from the lowly Titans to wrap up second spot.

Read on for a review of the weekend's best punting stories, as provided by tab.com.au

Winners Are Grinners

$60,000 at $1.60 on Melbourne/Melbourne (HT/FT Double) vs Canberra (NRL Round 26 - Melbourne led 20-0 at half-time and won 32-6).

$20,000 at $1.15 on Parramatta to defeat Souths (NRL Round 26 - Parramatta won 22-16).

$20,000 at $1.05 on Sydney Roosters to beat Gold Coast (NRL Round 26 - Sydney Roosters won 20-16).

$13,000 at $1.25 on Melbourne to defeat Canberra (NRL Round 26 - Melbourne won 32-6).

$12,400 at $1.05 on Sydney Roosters to beat Gold Coast (NRL Round 26 - Sydney Roosters won 20-16).

Better Luck Next Time

$30,000 at $1.90 on Canberra +10.5 vs Melbourne (NRL Round 26 - Melbourne won 32-6).

$15,000 at $4.20 on Parramatta -16.5 and Under 44.5 Points to be scored vs Souths (NRL Round 26 - Parramatta won 22-16 and 38 points were scored).

$12,500 at $1.75 on Over 45.5 Points in Wests Tigers vs Warriors (NRL Round 26 - Wests Tigers won 28-16 and 44 points were scored).

$11,000 at $2.85 on St George Illawarra to win by 1-12 Points (in Normal Time) vs Canterbury (NRL Round 26 - Canterbury won 26-20).

$10,000 at $4.25 on Canberra to defeat Melbourne (NRL Round 26 - Melbourne won 32-6).

Here are TAB's notes of interest from the weekend's sports betting:

Punters Pounced

Parramatta were heavily supported from an opening price of $1.20 into $1.15 before kick-off vs Souths (NRL Round 26).

Even though the Sydney Roosters opened $1.07, they were backed into $1.05 before the start of their clash against Gold Coast (NRL Round 26).

A combination of money, and injuries to Warriors players, resulted in Wests Tigers shortening from $1.60 last Monday into a starting price of $1.27 (NRL Round 26).

Left Lamenting

After Round 8, St George Illawarra were $1.18 to make the finals and after drifting to $1.45 at the end of Round 11, they firmed into $1.20 chances after Round 14.

One punter believed that St George Illawarra would start on fire against Canterbury with first tryscorer bets of $5,000 at $9 on Jason Nightingale and $4,500 at $11 on Josh Dugan; but the Bulldogs' Josh Reynolds crossed first (NRL Round 26).