14 Apr 2009

Dragons new favourites for NRL title

3:46 pm on 14 April 2009

Australian bookmakers have installed St George Illawarra the new favourites to win the National Rugby League after the club's best start since they became a joint venture.

The Dragons are already hailing their new coach Wayne Bennett as the messiah after four wins from the opening five rounds, and the Canterbury Bulldogs' 14-12 win over South Sydney has left the Dragons on top of the table for the first time.

Manly have slipped to fourth favourites after opening the season with four straight losses.

The Warriors are 9th, four points behind the leaders going into this weekend's home game against the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.