CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – MARCH 19 – 8:05 PM (AEDST)
NRL Round 2 will kick off on Thursday night when the stuttering Bulldogs take on a revamped Cowboys attacking outfit.
The Bulldogs attacking woes from last year have carried over into 2020 as they struggle to get themselves across the stripe. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as their defence is stoic as ever, making them a frustrating side to come up against.
The Cowboys attack is looking much more potent now with a revamped spine that includes Valentine Holmes, fresh from his return from the USA where he attempted to play in the NFL. They still need a few more weeks to really click, but the signs are good already.
The Cowboys won the last clash between these two sides.
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Will Hopoate 5. Christian Crichton 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Joe Stimson 13. Adam Elliott 14. Dean Britt 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Jake Averillo 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Morgan Harper 21. Sione Katoa 22. Jack Cogger.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Ben Hampton 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Michael Morgan 8. Josh Mcguire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Reece Robson 15. John Asiata 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Francis Molo 18. Corey Jensen 19. Shane Wright 20. Tom Opacic 21. Jake Clifford.
Milestones: This will be the 40th clash between these two sides.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V PENRITH PANTHERS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – MARCH 20 – 6:00 PM (AEDST)
NRL Round 2 tips for this game will be strongly favouring the Panthers after these sides showed vastly different form last weekend.
The Dragons opened their 2020 campaign with a clunky performance against the Wests Tigers. The Dragons lead 12-8 at halftime, but capitulated in the second half, conceding 16 points to 2 to lose comfortably.
Penrith had the onerous task of opening their season with a first up game against the defending Premiers and World Champion club side, Sydney Roosters. The Panthers trailed 12-6 at the break but a brilliant second stanza, saw them outscore the Roosters 14-2 to win the game 20-14 in an impressive display.
Penrith have won their last two games against the Dragons, both by margins of more than 20 points.
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Tim Lafai 5. Zac Lomax 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Issac Luke 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Blake Lawrie 14. Trent Merrin 15. Josh Kerr 16. Billy Brittain 17. Jacob Host 18. Jackson Ford 19. Adam Clune 20. Euan Aitken 21. Tristan Sailor.
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Zane Tetevano 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Stephen Crichton 15. Billy Burns 16. Moses Leota 17. Liam Martin 18. Matt Burton 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Kaide Ellis 21. Mitch Kenny.
Milestones: Zac Lomax needs to score 8 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
BRISBANE BRONCOS V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – MARCH 20 – 8:05 PM
NRL Round 2 odds for this match are very tight, with the home ground advantage tipping very slightly in the favour of the Broncos.
Brisbane had a tough yet entertaining opening match with fellow Queensland based side North Queensland. Only 3 points separated the sides at halftime and the Broncos defended their lead well to seal a narrow 28-21 victory.
South Sydney had a solid win in Round 1 against the Sharks, but there was plenty to be concerned about, given they very nearly threw away a 14 point lead. A late rally by the Sharks saw them get within 4 points of the Bunnies and very nearly snatched victory.
Souths have won their last 2 clashes against the Broncos.
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Darius Boyd 5. Jesse Arthars 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Jamil Hopoate 13. Patty Carrigan 14. Herbie Farnworth 15. Andrew McCullough 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Ethan Bullemor 18. Xavier Coates 19. Tesi Niu 20. Tom Dearden 21. Pride Petterson-Robati.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Cameron Murray 13. Liam Knight 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Ethan Lowe 16. Hame Sele 17. Alex Johnston 18. Bryson Goodwin 19. Bayley Sironen 20. Troy Dargan 21. Keaon Koloamatangi.
Milestones: Jamayne Isaako will play his 50th club and career game.
Campbell Graham will play his 50th club and career game.
James Roberts needs to score 6 points to reach 300 for his career.
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – MARCH 21 – 3:00 PM (AEDST)
The NRL Teams Round 2 for these sides are largely unchanged from last weekend.
The Warriors have had a trying week as the Coronavirus pandemic has stranded the side in Australia and has also seen this home game relocated to the Gold Coast. Last weekend the Warriors were poor, failing to score a point against the Knights.
The Raiders had a solid first-up hit-out against the lowly Titans, putting them away 24-6 in a steady performance. They have room for improvement which will be of great concern for a Warriors side who are still distracted about their season and whether they will return home after this weekend.
The Warriors won the last clash between these sides.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Adam Pompey 3. David Fusitua 4. Adam Keighran 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Wayde Egan 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Isaiah Papalii 17. King Vuniyayawa 18. Karl Lawton 20. Hayze Perham 21. Leivaha Pulu 22. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Michael Oldfield 18. Sam Williams 19. Ryan Sutton 20. Harley Smith-Shields 21. Tom Starling.
Milestones: Blake Green will play his 250th career game across the NRL and Super League.
Isaiah Papalii will play his 50th club and career game.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck needs to score 4 points to reach 200 for his career.
Michael Oldfield will play his 50th career game.
Curtis Scott will play his 50th career game.
Jack Wighton needs to score 2 tries to reach 50 for his club and career.
Jack Wighton needs to score 8 points to reach 200 for his club and career.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS V MANLY SEA-EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – MARCH 21 – 5:30 PM (AEDST)
NRL Round 2 betting for this match is indicating the Roosters to bounce back after last weeks loss.
The Roosters have moved this game from the Central Coast to Leichhardt Oval due to the Coronavirus pandemic which will see all Round 2 NRL fixtures to be played in empty venues. The Roosters threw away a halftime lead against the Panthers in Round 1 to go down 20-14.
Manly came up against the always tough Melbourne Storm in Round 1 and were outclassed, going down 18-4, failing to score a try in the game. Manly lead 4-2 at the end of the first half, but the Storm ran away with the game.
The Roosters have won the last 3 games between these two sides.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Brett Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins 18. Daniel Fifita 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Asu Kepaoa.
Sea-Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Sean Keppie 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Haumole Olakauatu 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Tevita Funa 21. Zac Saddler.
Milestones: Reuben Garrick needs to score 2 points to reach 200 for his club and career.
CRONULLA SHARKS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
SATURDAY – MARCH 21 – 7:35 PM (AEDST)
NRL Round 2 odds are naturally backing the Storm, however in recent times the Sharks have had the wood on Melbourne.
The Sharks staged a second half rally last weekend against the Rabbitohs to get within 4 points of them. They looked to have scored a try with 2 minutes left in the match to level the scores, however the final pass was ruled forward.
Melbourne similarly to the Sharks, were much improved in their second half last weekend. After a less than impressive first half against Manly, the Storm scored 16 unanswered points to cruise to a comfortable win.
Melbourne won the last match between these two sides.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Morris 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Jack Williams 14. Connor Tracey 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Toby Rudolf 17. Scott Sorensen 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Royce Hunt 21. Josh Dugan.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Tino Faasuamaleaui 15. Max King 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Tom Eisenhuth 18. Harry Grant 19. Brenko Lee 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Darryn Schonig.
Milestones: Suliasi Vunivalu needs to score 4 points to reach 300 for his club and career.
WESTS TIGERS V NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – MARCH 22 – 4:05 PM (AEDST)
This will be one of the toughest NRL results Round 2 to predict, with both sides coming off impressive performances last weekend.
The Knights played against an out-of-sorts Warriors outfit and recorded a steady 20-0 win. Their defence was rock solid, while their attack looks to have room for improvement. They were never threatened by the Warriors which is a real testament to their defence.
Despite being without halfback Luke Brooks, who was a late omission, the Tigers were impressive, thanks to a glorious performance from club legend Benji Marshall. The Dragons lead by 4 points at halftime, but the Marshall-inspired Tigers scored 16 points to 2 after the break to run away with a tidy 24-14 victory.
The Tigers have won their last 3 straight games against the Knights.
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Robert Jennings 6. Benji Marshall 7. Josh Reynolds 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Billy Walters 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Thomas Mikaele 15. Paul Momirovski 16. Zane Musgrove 17. Chris Lawrence 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Oliver Clark 20. Matt Eisenhuth 21. Tommy Talau.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Herman Ese’ese 14. Connor Watson 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Tim Glasby 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Pasami Saulo 19. Starford To’a 20. Mason Lino 21. Sione Mata’utia.
Milestones: Benji Marshall needs to score 5 points to reach 1200 for his career.
Mitchell Pearce needs to score 3 points to reach 300 for his career.
GOLD COAST TITANS V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – MARCH 22 – 6:15 PM (AEDST)
The NRL Round 19 team lists for these sides shows the Eels are unchanged, while the Titans have made a few reshuffles.
The Titans were expected to be disposed of comfortably by the Raiders last weekend and after the first half, things were looking bad for the 2019 wooden spooners. But they knuckled down to stifle the Raiders attack in the second half.
The Eels opened the 2020 NRL season against the Bulldogs last week, with many pundits expecting them to run up a score. However the Bulldogs defence frustrated the Eels attack, who only managed to record an 8-2 victory.
Parramatta won their last 3 games against the Gold Coast Titans.
Titans: 1. Phillip Sami 2. Anthony Don 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Sam Lisone 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow 14. Nathan Peats 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Tyrone Peachey 17. Moeaki Fotuaika 18. Jaimin Jolliffe 19. Sam Stone 20. Shannon Boyd 21. Alexander Brimson.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Shaun Lane 13. Nathan Brown 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo 18. David Gower 19. Ray Stone 20. Oregon Kaufusi 21. George Jennings.
Milestones: Brian Kelly needs to score 8 points to reach 100 for his career.
Blake Ferguson needs to score 8 points to reach 500 for his career.
Mitchell Moses needs to score 11 points to reach 600 for his career.