The Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers lead the competition after two rounds and not many punters saw that coming.
It has been a surprising start to the season and Round 3 promises to provide plenty of excitement.
Free tips, form and odds is available for all eight NRL Round 3 games.
7:50pm Brisbane Broncos vs. St George Dragons @ Suncorp Stadium
Broncos got their first season win on the board when thrashing the North Queensland Cowboys in the local derby. The 29-10 victory puts the Broncos right back into premiership contender.
For the Dragons, they will need to start showing form quickly after consecutive losses. It follows a tough off-season for the club and it has seemingly had a negative effect on the field.
The Broncos look too physical here and they should come out on top.
Betting tip: Broncos –8.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Broncos by 12
6:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. Newcastle Knights @ GIO Stadium
There was good late money for the Raiders to beat the Storm last week but that was gone within 10 minutes of the game starting as it was clear the Storm were the better side.
Punters will be more conservative when backing the enigmatic Raiders, which looked good in Round 1 but dead-set awful against much harder opposition.
The Knights were also impressive to open their account but crashed back to earth when losing to the Panthers by two points.
Both teams need the win but we’re giving a slight nod to the home side.
Betting tip: Raiders to win @ $1.80 Bet Now
Raiders by 2
8:05pm Parramatta Eels vs. Sydney Roosters @ ANZ Stadium
The Eels have been the surprise package so far this season, recording two wins from two games but most know it’s only a matter of time before they regress.
Confidence will be in the camp and it’s not like the Roosters are firing on all cylinders, but we’re expecting the Roosters to be slightly too good for the Eels here.
Both teams are quite similar in their style of play but experience goes with Roosters and playing at ANZ Stadium isn’t an away game.
Betting tip: Roosters –7.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Roosters by 8
3:00pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. New Zealand Warriors @ Christchurch Stadium
Manly are playing their home game in New Zealand and it’s going to be a massive occasion for Christchurch, given what’s happened over the last few weeks.
Christchurch isn’t a league-mad city like Auckland, but the Warriors can expect a huge crowd and that could be enough to see them bounce back after losing to the Tigers in tough conditions on Sunday night.
Sea Eagles have been beaten twice but not disgraced. They could show improvement but this won’t be easy.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $1.58 Bet Now
Warriors by 6
5:30pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Cronulla Sharks @ 1300SMILES Stadium
The Cowboys looked rather average in their loss to the Broncos last week. It was a game which featured plenty of errors and they were completely outplayed.
For the Sharks, getting a win over the Titans will give them confidence going forward after losing in the opening round.
Punters don’t entirely know what to expect from either team this season and the Cowboys playing at home could give them the edge, but we’re smelling an upset here.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $2 Bet Now
Sharks by 10
7:35pm Penrith Panthers vs. Melbourne Storm @ Carrington Park
Write Melbourne off at your peril this season as they will again be in the title hunt. We couldn’t quite believe the odds for them to win their first two games and bookmakers have wised up here.
$1.60 to beat Penrith is more realistic this week and based on what we have seen so far, the Storm are going to take a power of beating here.
Cameron Smith is an ageless wonder and with the star-studded backline at his disposal, we can see them clicking again to score an emphatic victory on Saturday night.
Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.60 Bet Now
Storm by 10
4:05pm Wests Tigers vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Campbelltown Stadium
Tigers have looked good after two rounds this season, winning both games and they diffused the Warriors last Sunday night.
Robbie Farah was in top form for the Tigers and with the hooker playing well, they’re going to be tough to beat this season.
Standing in their way this week are the Bulldogs, which have started the season dreadfully by giving up 40 points in Round 1 and 36 points in Round 2. They couldn’t have asked for a worse start and there’s nothing going right for that squad at the moment.
We can’t see that changing any time soon.
Betting tip: Tigers -6 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Tigers by 12
6:10pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Gold Coast Titans @ ANZ Stadium
It could be a long season for the Titans if they continue to play like they are, but it could be an even longer season for the Rabbitohs, which we’re tipping to progress to the Grand Final.
They have certainly started in good fashion with wins over the Dragons and Roosters. Both of those games presented challenges but the Titans don’t seemingly provide any threats.
This could be the most one-sided game of the week.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs -12 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Rabbitohs by 22