2021 NRL Round 3 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 3, which starts with the Panthers vs Storm on Thursday night.

A blockbuster kicks off Round 3 with a repeat of last season’s Grand Final. It should set punters up for a huge week of NRL action.

We analyse every Round 3 game and provide our best NRL tips.


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NRL Round 3 Betting Tips

Thursday 25/03/21

8:05pm Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm @ Panthers Stadium

The Panthers and Storm do battle for the first time since the Storm won the 2020 NRL Grand Final. However, it could be the Panthers getting redemption.

Penrith has been the best team in the competition so far, winning 24-0 in Round 1 and winning 28-0 in Round 2. Not giving up a single point is impressive play from the premiership favourites.

Melbourne comes of a loss to Parramatta, but this team should never be underrated. They have talent, which is reflected in the betting.

Stick with Penrith as they are on fire at the moment.

Betting tip: Penrith Panthers to win @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet

Panthers by 6

Friday 26/03/21

6:00pm St George Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles @ WIN Stadium

The Dragons got their first win of the season against the Cowboys last week and it was a solid effort.

There were some hairy moments, but beating the Cowboys in North Queensland shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s better form than what Manly has delivered.

The Sea Eagles come off a 26-12 loss to South Sydney and they have yet to win this season. This is their best chance, but it won’t be easy.

We’re going with St George to score a rare two-game winning streak.

Betting tip: St George Dragons to win @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet

Dragons by 4

8:05pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Sydney Roosters @ Stadium Australia

The Roosters looked electric when beating the Tigers 40-6 on Sunday, but it’s going to be much tougher on Friday night.

Sydney was untested against a poor Tigers team and they made them look silly in the wet conditions. South Sydney provides a much stiffer test and it comes off a solid 26-12 win over Manly.

Both teams will grow in confidence as the season progresses, but the Roosters have already found top gear and that’s dangerous.

We like the chances of the Roosters in this spot, but it should be a close game.

Betting tip: Sydney Roosters to win @ $1.65 Bet @ Sportsbet

Roosters by 4

Saturday 27/03/21

3:00pm Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors @ GIO Stadium

Canberra got lucky to beat the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday and we don’t think they deserve to be short favourites here.

The Raiders scored a 12-10 win thanks to two missed kicks from Chad Townsend. They were lucky to win and the Warriors were unlucky to lose.

New Zealand has a solid team this season and we just need to see more expansive play. If the Warriors can find some rhythm, they can cause an upset.

Betting tip: New Zealand Warriors +10.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet

Warriors by 4

5:30pm Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs @ Suncorp Stadium

Two teams that will likely be at the bottom of the ladder do battle on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos and Bulldogs will struggle, but one team will come out ahead.

Brisbane has looked good at times, especially when leading 14-0 at halftime against the Eels in Round 1. However, they were soundly beaten and again last week against the Titans.

Canterbury didn’t score a point last week, which is concerning. This team struggles to score tries and the Broncos have more offensive weapons at their disposal.

Betting tip: Brisbane Broncos to win @ $1.70 Bet @ Sportsbet

Broncos by 10

7:35pm Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks @ Bankwest Stadium

Parramatta comes off a strong win over the Melbourne Storm and that will do its confidence plenty of good.

It was one of the highlights of Round 2 and Maiko Sivo was incredible in scoring two tries. He could be the difference again on Saturday when playing the Sharks.

Cronulla shot itself in the foot against the Raiders with two missed kicks late in the game. They battled back nicely in the second half, but Parramatta is a step up in competition.

Take the Eels to score a comfortable victory.

Betting tip: Parramatta Eels -8 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet

Eels by 10

Sunday 28/03/21

4:05pm Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers @ McDonald Jones Stadium

There won’t be many punters that can back the Tigers with confidence after their dismal effort against the Roosters.

Newcastle comes into this game with a win over the Warriors, and although it was unconvincing, it should give them confidence going forward.

This is a Knights team that could make the playoffs this season if everything goes well. A win over the Tigers is needed for that to happen.

Betting tip: Newcastle Knights to win @ $1.34 Bet @ Sportsbet

Knights by 8

6:15pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans @ Country Bank Stadium

The Cowboys had a good chance to beat the Dragons in Round 2, but their playmakers failed to create chances in the second half.

It was another dismal loss for the club, which is desperately searching for answers. They have had no success since Jonathan Thurston left the club, and Taumalolo off the field doesn’t help.

Gold Coast got its first victory of the season last week and they are a team that could string together some wins.

Punters should expect a Titans victory on Sunday.

Betting tip: Titans -6 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet

Titans by 12


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Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

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.

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