NRL: Tips for Round 2

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Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Thursday 17th March at AAMI Park, 8:05pm

The Storm welcome back Cam Munster, Harry Grant and Jesse Bromwich while Latrell Mitchell returns for Souths. Both sides were well below their best in the opening round, however the lack of direction game management for Souths was particularly concerning. The Storm should win comfortably at home.

Storm by 14

St George Illawarra Dragons v Penrith Panthers

Friday 18th March at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 6pm

Both sides coming off a win to kickstart their season. The Dragons have plenty of potential and improvement in them to do well this season. But they will have their work cut out for them against the reigning premiers, who were absolutely relentless against Manly in the opening round. Penrith to show the Dragons why they are the benchmark of the competition.

Panthers by 18

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Sydney Roosters v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Friday 18th March at SCG, 8:05pm

Two premiership contenders who were soundly beaten in the opening round. The intriguing battle will be between the two fullbacks James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic as they both attempt to help their sides find some form. This game is a flip of the coin, but it is hard to look past the Roosters who have been a benchmark club for the past decade.

Roosters by 4

Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors

Saturday 19th March at Cbus Super Stadium, 3pm

Both sides were unlucky not to get the win in the opening round, especially the Titans who copped a few dubious refereeing and bunker decisions. Ash Taylor makes his Warriors debut against his old club and he will be looking to prove a point. But the Titans attacking flair may be to much for the Warriors to handle.

Titans by 10

Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Parramatta Eels

Saturday 19th March at PointsBet Stadium, 5:30pm

The Sharks will rue missed opportunities in their opening round loss while the Eels will be looking to improve in several areas on both sides of the ball. This game will likely be won in the middle-third to see which side can create time and space for their halves, and the Eels look to have the more dominant forward pack.

Eels by 6

North Queensland Cowboys v Canberra Raiders

Saturday 20th March at QCB Stadium, 7:35pm

The Cowboys delivered a bludger of a performance at home while Jack Wighton returned to his best as he helped his Raiders escape with a win in the opening round. Although the Cowboys will again have the home ground advantage, they have many issues to sort out, especially their attack and the coaches handling of Jason Taumalolo. If Wighton is allowed to run amok, the Raiders will win.

Raiders by 8

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Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers

Sunday 21st March at McDonald Jones Stadium, 4:05pm

The Knights were surprisingly impressive in the opening round as they dominated the Roosters, while the Tigers put in an admirable effort in their loss to the Storm. Ultimately the Tigers need to be better if they are to get anywhere near the finals while the challenge for the Knights is to deliver consistent good performances. Based on last weeks performances, the Knights should win.

Knights by 12

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Brisbane Broncos

Sunday 21st March at Accor Stadium, 6:15pm

Battle of the wooden spooners from the past two seasons, but both sides have kicked off their 2022 campaigns with a win. The Broncos were particularly impressive while the Bulldogs showed grit and determination which we have not seen in years. With Adam Reynolds returning to lead the Broncos, they should have the game management and kicking game to edge out the Bulldogs who are still lacking in those areas.

Broncos by 6