2016 NRL Preview & Tips: Round 3

We move into Round 3 of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership this week and already it’s nearly a mount into the toughest Rugby League competition in the world!

NRL Round 3 Upset Tip: Titans to defeat the Wests Tigers on the Gold Coast at $2.10 through Ladbrokes.com.au on Saturday night

There were a couple of notable upset NRL results from round two including the error-ridden Cowboys’ shock 20 – 16 loss to the Eels in Parramatta on Saturday night, the reigning Premiers out to atone in Thursday night footy.

They play the Roosters tonight up in Townsville and with home game advantage and Sydney yet to post a win, embarrassed last week going down by a point to the Raiders, the NRL odds firmly favour North Queensland in the round’s opener.

Friday night footy has the third-ranked Bulldogs hosting the Cowboys’ last week conquerors Parramatta, who play with Nathan Peats (fractured arm), the Doggies favourite in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au after posting their second win of the season last week in a final second win over the Panthers.

Saturday night the Premiership favourites Brisbane, who made it two-from-two last Friday night killing the Warriors 25 – 10, are short in betting to defeat the Panthers at Pepper Stadium before the Titans take on the Tigers on the Gold Coast.

Sunday has New Zealand playing at home looking to move out of 12th spot on the NRL Ladder when taking on the fifth-ranked Melbourne Storm, missing Maroons’ superstar Billy Slater (shoulder), who had an easy win over the Titans at AAMI Park a week earlier.

The big game of Sunday afternoon though is the ladder-leading Rabbitohs playing the Dragons, who welcome Josh Dugan back into fullback, at the SCG, South Sydney topping the table following a runaway 48 – 6 annihilation of the Knights in round two.

Round 3 concludes with the out-of-form Sea Eagles hosting the Sharks at Brookvale, Manly coming off their second loss of the year behind West Tigers (36 – 2–) last Monday night.

See below for the full NRL Round 3 Draw and tips before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au and taking advantage of all their top head-to-head markets and promos including Footy Freaks!

*All times quoted are local to home venue

NRL Round 3 Draw

North Queensland Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters

Thursday 17 March, 8:05pm, 1300 Smiles Stadium

Tip: Cowboys by 12

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs Parramatta Eels

Friday 18 March, 7:05pm, ANZ Stadium

Tip: Bulldogs by 6

Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders

Saturday 19 March, 4:00pm, Hunter Stadium

Tip: Raiders by 14

Penrith Panthers vs Brisbane Broncos

Saturday 19 March, 6:30pm, Pepper Stadium

Tip: Broncos by 12

Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers

Saturday 19 March, 7:30pm, Cbus Super Stadium

Tip: Titans by 2

New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm

Sunday 20 March, 3:00pm (NZ), Mt Smart Stadium

Tip: Warriors by 4

St George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sunday 20 March, 3:00pm, Sydney Cricket Ground

Tip: Rabbitohs by 16

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks

Monday 21 March, 6:00pm, Brookvale Oval

Tip: Sharks by 4