The 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership is now three weeks in and footy fans have another eight cracking matches to look forward to and win big off this weekend.
After the opening two rounds of what is shaping up as a very intriguing season the now Des Hasler-coached Canterbury Bulldogs sit top of the NRL Ladder on four competition points followed by the Melbourne Storm and the reigning premiership winners Manly Sea Eagles.
So what can punters look forward to in NRL Round 3?
Below the team at NRLLeague.com.au have a full run down of the matches, times, venues and of course those all-important NRL odds for all eight games running across the weekend.
2012 NRL Telstra Premiership Round 3
Friday March 16, 2012 (7:30pm) – WIN Jubilee Oval
- St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.88) v Wests Tigers ($1.96) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
Can St George bounce back after their huge 30 – 4 loss to the Bulldogs from last weekend? Tigers went down by just four to Manly and looked as entertaining as ever but the big cats aren’t known for their great back-ups so Dragons could get this.
Friday March 16, 2012 (8.30pm) – Hunter Stadium
- Newcastle Knights ($1.92) v Brisbane Broncos ($1.92) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
If you tune into just one game this round make it the now Wayne Bennett-led Knights hosting the Broncos. Brisbane went down to the Cowboys at home last week, and they have lost Park to a broken thumb, it doesn’t look good but no one wants to write them off hence the equal odds.
Saturday March 17, 2012 (4:30pm) – Skilled Park
- Gold Coast Titans ($2.85) v Melbourne Storm ($1.44) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
The Titans didn’t succeed at home against the Raiders last week so their big odds make sense. Home ground advantage counts for little it seems for the Gold Coast who continue to lose their glitter appeal each week.
Saturday March 17, 2012 (6:30pm) – Dairy Farmer Stadium
- North Queensland Cowboys ($1.37) v Parramatta Eels ($3.15) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
Cowboys held on against the Broncos to win in the dying minutes and deservingly so. They go back home this week and the fans will love it, the Eels won’t. Parramatta got 20 points on the board against the Warriors last week but their defense was bad, bad enough for NZ to score 36 of their own.
Sunday March 18, 2012 (2:00pm) – Allianz Stadium
- Sydney Roosters ($1.82) v Canberra Raiders ($2.02) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
What’s happening with the Roosters this year? Nothing good if last week is anything to go by. The conditions were in their favour but they couldn’t score once. The Raiders come off a confidence-booster at the Gold Coast and should win.
Sunday March 18, 2012 (2:00pm) – Mt Smart Stadium
- New Zealand Warriors ($1.53) v Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.58) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
Bulldogs were on fire and beating the Dragons, even this early in the season, will do wonders for them as a team. New Zealand didn’t face much in the Eels last week and will have to step it up, but they play at home so hold the advantage odds-wise. Bulldogs definitely overpriced.
Sunday March 18, 2012 (3:00pm) – Centerbet Stadium
- Penrith Panthers ($1.82) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($2.02) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
Panthers had an easy go against the Roosters, can they roast the Rabbitohs too? South Sydney weren’t terrible when going down to Melbourne at AAMI Park, but they weren’t great either. Should be close.
Monday March 19, 2012 (7:00pm) – Toyota Stadium
- Cronulla Sharks ($2.64) v Manly Sea Eagles ($1.50) – Bet now at bookmaker.com.au
Sharks didn’t scare Tinkler’s Knights last week and they won’t scare the flying Sea Eagles. Manly really dug deep last week and flew off with the win and if they can do half as much again they’ll be safe this week.
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