There are only two unbeaten teams left in the competition and few would have predicted the Dragons and Warriors to be in that category.
The NRL had been a rollercoaster in the first three weeks but normalcy returned last week which saw the likes of the Storm, Roosters and Sharks all secure wins.
Still, upsets still reign supreme as the Rabbitohs piled on the points against the Sea Eagles and the Warriors stayed perfect when beating the Raiders.
Round 4 is set up to be another great round of NRL action.
8:05pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Penrith Panthers @ 1300Smiles Stadium
Both the Cowboys and the Panthers suffered disappointing losses last week but the Cowboys played the better league.
Despite losing to the Storm, the Cowboys looked dangerous throughout the game and only gave it up in the last 20 minutes.
Coen Hess was a rampaging machine in the 14-30 loss and if the Cowboys’ big man continues to play like that the Panthers are in a world of hurt.
The Panthers problem has been starting slow and that’s not going to cut it against one of the premier clubs this week.
Losing Nathan Cleary is a massive loss and the Cowboys should expose their weaknesses on Thursday night.
Betting tip: Cowboys –10.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 20
4:10pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ ANZ Stadium
We’re not sure what got into both the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs last week but both teams needed the victory.
The Rabbitohs were convincing winners over the Sea Eagles in a one-sided game. The 34-6 win wasn’t expected after consecutive losses, but it was an encouraging performance going forward.
The Bulldogs scored their first win of the season against the Panthers. Scorching to a big lead in the first half, the Dogs looked a touch frail late but held on gamely to score.
Rabbitohs’ fans should be excited going forward and we think they take the win here.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 10
8:05pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Melbourne Storm @ Southern Cross Stadium
The Sharks got their season back on track with a win over the Eels last week, but we’re questioning whether a win over the Eels is good form.
Facing the Storm this week will give us a good indication on how good the Sharks are and we’re not predicting positive things for the Sydney club.
Melbourne is coming off a solid 30-14 win over the Cowboys and they weren’t fully clicking on all cylinders.
That doesn’t bode well for most teams this season and the odds on offer for the Storm are rather generous and they should shorten throughout the week.
Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.61 (BET NOW)
Storm by 10
5:30pm Sydney Roosters vs. New Zealand Warriors @ Allianz Stadium
Shaping up as the game of the round, the Roosters take on the Warriors in a top-five clash.
The Roosters got back to their winning ways with a 38-8 win over the previously unbeaten Newcastle Knights, but they come up against a confident and surprising Warriors side.
The Warriors were down by seven points with only three minutes remaining against the Raiders last week but somehow managed to score a one-point win before time expired.
Two Shaun Johnson field goals and a try from hooker Isaac Luke was enough to seal the come-from-behind win.
Bookmakers have the Roosters as the $1.34 favourites and 9.5-point favourites, but this game should be close.
Betting tip: Warriors +9.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Warriors by 4
7:35pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Canberra Raiders @ Lottoland
The mood in respective camps would be quite similar this week as both teams look to rebound from embarrassing losses.
Manly were manhandled by the Rabbitohs in a shocking loss which can only be described as weak. Leader Daly Cherry-Evans continues to disappoint at a high level and he’s going to have to improve if the Sea Eagles are to succeed this season.
Canberra suffered a loss which wasn’t as humiliating but disheartening all the same. Having been up by seven points with three minutes to go, the Raiders let in a soft try on their line before giving up field goals in consecutive sets.
It was a shocking loss to the Warriors and despite looking good throughout the game, knowing they can’t close out a game is not good.
Manly should bounce back the better side this week.
Betting tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.50 (BET NOW)
Sea Eagles by 6
4:10pm St George Dragons vs. Newcastle Knights @ WIN Stadium
It seemed only a matter of time before the Knights fell on their sword this season and it happened last week against the Roosters.
Completely outplayed from the outset, the Knights will be needing to show more against the Dragons, which sit on three wins and no losses.
Having convincingly defeated the Titans 54-8 last week, the Dragons have now set expectations for themselves and they look capable of hitting the heights this season.
This is the perfect time to play the Knights as they doubt themselves and the Dragons should take advantage.
Betting tip: Dragons 1-12 @ $3.10 (BET NOW)
Dragons by 10
6:30pm Brisbane Broncos vs. Gold Coast Titans @ Suncorp Stadium
The Broncos should consider themselves lucky to have won last week in what was a highly-controversial victory.
The referee blew a penalty the Broncos’ way in golden point extra time and we’re still not sure what he was looking at. Either way, the Broncos won the game 9-7 without scoring a try and it should get easier this week against the Titans.
The Titans, for a lack of a better word, were pathetic last week against the Dragons. In fact, they’ve been pathetic every week to date and the struggle is going to continue all season.
Having Jarryd Hayne at this stage of his career is only a deterrent and the Broncos, being the older brothers in this game, should put up an easy win.
Betting tip: Broncos -12 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Broncos by 16
4:00pm Wests Tigers vs. Parramatta Eels @ ANZ Stadium
We feel for the Tigers after suffering an overtime loss last week, but the best way to get over it is with a win this week.
Bookmakers have the Eels as the favourites despite losing to the Sharks and scoring only four points in the process.
That loss isn’t enough to instill confidence with us and we think the Tigers are clearly the better defensive side at this stage of the competition.
We’ll happily take the odds on offer.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.95 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 7