We were content with going 7/8 in Round 1 with only the Panthers being upset by the Eels to ruin the clean sweep.
We’re back for Round 2 action which kicks off with the Dragons vs. Rabbitohs on Thursday and it promises to be another exciting edition of NRL.
Free tips, form and odds are available for all eight NRL Round 2 games.
7:50pm St George Dragons vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Nestrada Jubilee Stadium
We expected big things from the Rabbitohs this season and we got a glimpse of how good they can be last week. The win over the Roosters was high quality and it came with plenty of drama.
Facing the Dragons won’t be overly difficult for the Rabbitohs, seeing as they won the Charity Shield against the Dragons only a few weeks ago.
The Dragons are also coming off a poor loss to the Cowboys, where they were overpowered for most of the game.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $1.65 Bet Now
Rabbitohs by 8
6:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. Melbourne Storm @ GIO Stadium
Many people were writing off the Melbourne Storm this season but they don’t let down punters very often and they’re once again premiership contenders.
Coming off a tough win over the Broncos to open the 2019 NRL season, the Storm will look to go 2-0 when they face the Raiders, which scored a nice 21-0 win over the Titans in Round 1.
They face a much stiffer test here and we’re expecting the Storm to give them too much to handle.
Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.55 Bet Now
Storm by 10
7:55pm Brisbane Broncos vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ Suncorp Stadium
Broncos almost made a winning comeback against the Storm on Thursday night but they were left with too much to do. There were some bad signs, including the injury to James Roberts, but also some good signs.
They clearly have the players needed to win a premiership and the halves just need some confidence. We weren’t impressed with Anthony Milford last week so he will need to play much better.
Cowboys scored an impressive win over the Dragons but they might be up against this week. It should be a close game, however, but stick with the home side.
Betting tip: Broncos to win @ $1.57 Bet Now
Broncos by 6
3:00pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Gold Coast Titans @ Shark Park
The Sharks were scoreless at halftime against the Knights last week and although they didn’t let in a point either, that must be some concern for the squad.
New recruit Shaun Johnson looked only average in the 14-8 defeat and we’re expecting a much better showing against the Titans, which are looming as a top wooden spoon contender.
Titans failed to score a point at home last week and it’s likely to be the start of another long season.
Betting tip: Sharks –8.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Sharks by 14
5:30pm Newcastle Knights vs. Penrith Panthers @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Getting the season off to a good start is exactly what the Knights needed this season. A team that thrives on confidence, the Knights were good in their home win over the Sharks on Friday night.
They took control late in the game with an Edrick Lee intercept and although the win was a tough “fluky” they were the better team on the night.
Expect that to continue in Round 2 as they face the Panthers, which typically start the season poorly and that was evident last week.
Betting tip: Knights to win @ $1.70 Bet Now
Knights by 10
7:35pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Sydney Roosters @ Lottoland
Manly is expected to struggle this season and considering their off-field distractions, we’re not surprised they didn’t come out firing in Round 1.
The 20-6 loss to the Tigers won’t give this team any confidence going forward and we can’t see the Sydney Rooster starting 0-2 after winning the title last season.
That spells bad news for the home side and it will take a mammoth effort to hold the Roosters at bay this Saturday.
Betting tip: Roosters -8 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Roosters by 14
4:05pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Parramatta Eels @ ANZ Stadium
That was about as bad as the Bulldogs could have played against the Warriors last week and if that’s to continue this season, the coach isn’t going to last long.
It was a dismal display of league and they’re going to need to produce something good in the next few weeks, otherwise their fan base might decrease significantly.
The Eels, on the other hand, were impressive winners over the Panthers and they lived up to their talent on paper. The Eels are a good side on paper but that rarely produces anything.
If the Eels can keep their confidence, they could score back-to-back wins.
Betting tip: Eels to win @ $1.71 Bet Now
Eels by 4
6:10pm Wests Tigers vs. New Zealand Warriors @ Campbelltown Stadium
This is shaping up as the game of the round as the Tigers are slight favourites over the current premier leaders. The Warriors couldn’t have been more impressive when routing the Bulldogs in Round 1 but will face harder opposition in the Tigers here.
The Tigers did what they needed to against the Sea Eagles, but the Warriors come at you with more attacking threats than Manly do.
Warriors are again not getting respect in the betting and we’ll take the value on offer.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $1.95 Bet Now
Warriors by 8