The footy is well and truly back with Round 2 of the 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership to play out this week starting with the second Thursday night match of the season this evening.
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Round 1 was a cracker and got things cooking in the kitchen at a high heat with upsets a plenty and value to be had at with your footy bets.
Major NRL Results from the opening round included Manly’s upset 22 – 14 thrashing of a fast-fading Brisbane Broncos on Friday night, last year’s Wooden Spooners Parramatta coming out with a bang to defeat the Warriors 40 – 10 and the Storm showing why they are the ones to beat yet again with an easy 30 – 10 victory over the Dragons.
There’s plenty on the cards again this week so check out the NRL Round 2 draw and odds below before heading to our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au to place your bets on the greatest game on earth.
2013 NRL Round 2 Draw
Thursday March 14, 2013
ANZ Stadium – 8:05pm (local)
From the basement to the penthouse? Not quite, but the Eels showed they weren’t going to land back-to-back wooden spoons with a big 40 – 10 win over the Warriors in round one. The Bulldogs meanwhile could only post half as many points as the exciting Cowboys outfit going down 12 – 24. So who wins this? Bulldogs are the better team and the Eels don’t usually back up well.
Friday March 14, 2013
WIN Stadium – 8:05pm (local)
Dragons faced the best in the comp last week and were thrashed 30 – 10 by Melbourne but this will be easier. They get the home ground advantage over a Brisbane Broncos outfit that started really strong against Manly in their Friday night opener but who lost the plot in the second half giving away the game. Dragons on the short back-up while Brisbane have had a full week to work out what went wrong. Could be the Queenslanders chance to atone and win back some fans here.
Saturday March 16, 2013
1300SMILES Stadium – 6:30pm (local)
Cowboys look a real shot at the Premiership in these early stages having shown their professionalism and team work to beat the Bulldogs last week. They play in front of a big (happy) home crowd this week to celebrate the resigning of JT who will see out his career at the club. All that’s great but they do play the Storm. Melbourne are clinical but exciting – two opposites that just work for this club. Can the Cowboys manage a big upset here? Why not!
Eden Park – 7:30pm (local)
Well after showing such promise in their trial matches the always frustrating New Zealanders just didn’t show up last week and their complacency cost them big time with a massive 40 – 10 loss to the Eels. The Roosters were also well beaten when 28 – 10 in the season’s first game a week ago. Sydney have a full week between matches so get that freshness edge but they need to work better if they are going to be in it for more than the five minutes they were last round. Still couldn’t back the Warriors based on what they showed last week.
Sunday March 17, 2013
Skilled Park – 1:00pm (local)
Gold Coast look in trouble again this season, no surprises there. They only just went down to the controversy-ridden Cronulla at Shark Park and get the home ground advantage here. Will anyone show up to watch but? Probably not. The Raiders meanwhile lost 32 – 10 to the Panthers in the first and there’s also problems going on here following the sacking of fullback Josh Dugan today. On that going to have to say the Gold Coast but this definitely isn’t the match of the round by any means.
Campbelltown Stadium – 3:00pm (local)
Battle of the big cats. Panthers surprised quite a few critics with their big win over the Green Machine last Sunday and will be out to keep their good start to the season going riding on the momentum here. Tigers played last Monday night so are disadvantaged here straight away. They also lost, by a lot, with Newcastle handing it to them 42 – 10. Tigers can be entertaining and post the points when they want to and have a feeling they will be out for revenge this week. Going to stick with the stripes.
Brookvale Oval – 6:30pm (local)
Sea Eagles didn’t start great last Friday night at Lang Park but quickly gained the upper hand over Brisbane and ran away with a 22 – 14 win. They are back at their beloved Brookie this week and have a big break between games so will be fresh and ready to rip it up. Yes Newcastle won by over 30 points last week but it’s not that they played great, it’s that Wests Tigers put up little to no defense. Don’t be fooled by that victory, Sea Eagles are the ones to beat here.
Monday March 18, 2013
ANZ Stadium – 7:00pm (local)
Rabbitohs will be loving this Thursday – Monday turnaround giving them a huge recovery period. Not that they really looked like needing it having easily destroyed the Chooks 28 – 10 in the year’s first match. They have the skills on that roster and it showed on the field. Sharks are battling many demons both on and off the field and even though they narrowly held off the Titans last week, don’t fancy them to do anything like that against the Bunnies.
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