We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 2, which kicks off on Thursday night with the Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs.
There were plenty of surprises in the opening round, so punters get another excellent chance to cash in.
NRL Round 2 Tips
8:05pm Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs @ AAMI Park
The Melbourne Storm always start their season strongly and that was exactly the case when beating the Wests Tigers last week.
It wasn’t the most comprehensive performance, but they did enough to win and it was much better than what the Rabbitohs produced.
They were shocking against the Broncos, so the –7.5 line for the Storm is too good to pass up.
Betting tip: Melbourne Storm –7.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Storm by 12
6:00pm St George Dragons vs Penrith Panthers @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
The Penrith Panthers top the table following an easy win over the Manly Sea Eagles, so they have picked up where they left off.
However, the Dragons also played well when beating the New Zealand Warriors, and they’re getting +11.5 points from bookmakers.
Penrith is the better team, but we’re taking the Dragons to keep it close with the aid of home ground.
Betting tip: St George Dragons +11.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Panthers by 4
8:05pm Sydney Roosters vs Manly Sea Eagles @ SCG
It’s a close race to which team played worse in Round 1. The Roosters were mightily disappointing against the Knights and the Sea Eagles didn’t fire a shot against Penrith.
We thought Manly were slightly better, but we expect the Roosters to be right around the top of the NRL ladder, so we’re picking them to win.
It’s only early days, but they’ll be desperate to get on the board.
Betting tip: Sydney Roosters @ $1.80 Bet @ Sportsbet
Roosters by 6
3:00pm Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors @ Cbus Super Stadium
The Gold Coast Titans did well to make a comeback in the second half against the Eels, but they still lost.
It was all in vain, but it should give them confidence against teams like the New Zealand Warriors, who lost their opener to the Dragons.
The Kiwi side also lost players to injury, so they could be doing it tough. The Titans should capitalise and win by at least a converted try.
Betting tip: Gold Coast Titans –5.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Titans by 8
5:30pm Cronulla Sharks vs Parramatta Eels @ PointsBet Stadium
The Cronulla Sharks were disappointing against the Canberra Raiders last week. They were confidently backed during the week, but they should have done better.
Parramatta escaped with a win over the Titans. The Eels led easily in the first half, but were pegged back and overtaken. However, they did well to win after a series of penalty goals.
We’re going to stick with the Sharks and believe they’re a team capable of putting it all together at a better price.
Betting tip: Cronulla Sharks @ $2.25 Bet @ Sportsbet
Sharks by 6
7:35pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders @ QCB Stadium
It looked like the North Queensland Cowboys would get the win over the Bulldogs, but they could muster only one try.
That plays into the hands of the Canberra Raiders, who played well to beat the Cronulla Sharks and that should be a good form guide.
Bookmakers are siding with the Raiders and it looks like smart money. The Raiders have much more upside.
Betting tip: Canberra Raiders –4.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Raiders by 10
4:05pm Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Not much was expected of the Newcastle Knights in Round 1, but they performed well when beating the Roosters.
It was a great performance and it will give them confidence to beat the Tigers, who were game in losing to the Storm.
The best time to bet the Tigers are in the early stages of the season, so we’re taking them to cover the 7.5-point spread.
Betting tip: Wests Tigers +7.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Knights by 6
6:15pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos @ Accor Stadium
We landed the prize with the Brisbane Broncos in the opening round, who weren’t favoured to be competitive against the Rabbitohs, let alone win.
It was a confidence-building effort, but beating the Canterbury, who beat the Cowboys, won’t be easy.
Even though they won, the Bulldogs weren’t overly impressive in the 6-4 win. It was a sloppy performance, so take the Broncos at value odds.
Betting tip: Brisbane Broncos @ $1.80 Bet @ Sportsbet
Broncos by 2
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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.