NRL Preview: Super Saturday

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors. Christchurch Stadium, 3:00pm AEST.
First of all, before I start this review you, I would once again like to give my deepest condolences to those affected and those who lost their lives in the Christchurch terror attacks. This will be an incredibly emotional game, and I for one give my prayers and wishes to everyone in the city of Christchurch.
Onto the game at hand. What an interesting game this’ll be. Two victims to the Wests Tigers, and two teams with very different performances every week. The consistency of both teams has already shown to be an... issue. 
The Manly Sea Eagles looked better in round two than round one. I mean sure they copped a hard first two games, but against the defending premiers they got better as the game progressed, and I would be surprised to see them improve again this week. Defence seems to be a minor issue, but to me it looks like scoring points may be the major issue in 2019. With a young a rebuilding team…

NRL Preview: Friday night football

Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights.GIO Stadium, 6:00pm AEST.
Friday Night Football kicks off in the capital of Australia as the Canberra Raiders look to make amends from last weeks loss against a gutsy Newcastle Knights.

Canberra did not play badly last week against the Melbourne Storm, with just a small part of the first half costing them the match. Coach Ricky Stuart shouldn't be too unhappy with the Raiders performance last week, as most teams would have succumbed to the Raiders play.

As for Newcastle, the travel to Canberra with an open door into the top 8 should they get the 2 points. The Knights were always in with a shot at home against the Panthers, narrowly going down 16-14. Unfortunately for Nathan Brown, Penrith did expose a few edge flaws that you can expect the spine of Canberra to try and exploit later in the game.

How we see it: Canberra at home are always a tough task for any team. Newcastle's pack are in for a fight, while the battle of the 5/8's will b…

NRL Preview: Thursday night football

Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons. Suncorp Stadium, 8:05pm AEST.
Round 3 kicks off with Thursday night footy where the Brisbane Broncos host the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.
The Broncos will head into this game as clear favourites after getting their season up and running last week against the Cowboys. Round 1 showed a weakness for the Broncos, and that’s their halves pairing who still seem to be a bit to on/off at times. While it was a let down week one, it seemed to of been a no issue week two. 
The Broncos halves consistently will be a big factor going on throughout the season. However what seemed to be a good sign so far, was the forward pack. The forwards continue to go strong, and young gun Tevita Pangai Junior seems to be an early push for prop of the year. The Broncos will need this and some clear consistently out of their halves, because the Dragons won’t be a walk over team.
St George Illawarra head into this game with a disappointing 0-2 record. …

NRL Reviews: Round 2

South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 def Dragons 18.

Round 2 of the NRL Premiership kicked off on Thursday night, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs running rampant over the St George Illawarra Dragons down at Jubilee Stadium.

It was thirsty Thursday for both teams, looking to get a fast start and the Bunnies did just that as Cameron Murray went through to score after just 5 minutes of action. The Dragons would hit straight back though, with Gareth Widdop and Tim Lafai combining on the left edge to send Jordan Pereira over 8 minutes in. That would be the first of 2 tries for Pereira, with St George going into the break 10-6 up. 

The second half was all South Sydney, with 2 tries in the first 5 minutes to Sam Burgess and Cody Walker grabbing the lead back. Further tries to Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Burgess' second would see the Bunnies make it 2 wins in a row to start the season. 

Melbourne Storm 22 def Canberra Raiders 10.

In what was a game that looked to be a heavily one sided affair with…

NRL Preview: Sunday Afternoon Football

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs Parramatta Eels. ANZ Stadium, 4:05pm AEST.
The first Sunday game of the day has the Bulldogs and Eels going at. The Dogs will be aiming for their first win while the Eels are hoping to go back to back.

The Canterbury Bulldogs will look to bounce back after a heavy first round defeat in New Zealand. Their forwards will look to get on top of a Parramatta pack that lifted in round 1 against a more favoured Penrith pack. 

Blake Ferguson will look to get his team on the front foot to restart their sets and will allow their forwards to work hard and gain momentum. Without Nathan Brown, the Eels front line will need all the help they can get.

Dylan Brown and Lachlan Lewis will rely on their forwards to allow them to take advantage of this game. Both young halves have a lot to offer, but will need help from their forwards to help  get them to forward movement.

The way we see it: It’ll be close. The Bulldogs will want to atone from their deplorable round 1 performa…

NRL Preview: Super Saturday

Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans. Shark Park, 3:00pm AEST. Cronulla and the Gold Coast go head to head during the first game of Super Saturday after some disappointing performances last weekend. 
The Sharks could have been classed as unlucky not to walk away with a win, losing to Newcastle 14-8 after a 90 metre intercept try from Edrick Lee. Shaun Johnson is looking to stamp his authority on the teams attack after a lackluster performance in his Sharks debut. 
Gold Coast, on the other hand, were downright dreadful against Canberra on home soil. The new look Titans spine fell apart before the game, with Ash Taylor going down pre-game with quad issues. That was compounded when Tyrone Roberts went down in the first 15 minutes. Roberts went off and so did the Titans attack, with Canberra running riot for a 21-0 win. 
The way we see it: Gold Coast are re-shuffling their halves to try and cater to the issues, and Cronulla want to start their home games off on a high. Shaun Johnson will…

NRL Preview: Friday Night Football

Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm. GIO Stadium, 6:00pm AEST.
Both of these teams started 2019 with a solid start with the Raiders taking a commanding victory against the Titans 21-0, however the Storm in a new era without Billy Slater made short work of the Broncos.

The Storm still have an outstanding forward pack however Jerome Hughes last week was exceptional, Look for Hughes to be the key factor in the Nations Capital.

For the Raiders, Jack Wighton was very impressive at 5/8 last week and will look to improve on this form. The Raiders have the experience in the backs and will look to get Nic Cotric as involved as possible.

The way we see it: Melbourne are just too hard to go against. Even without Slater they have a quality fullback who will get the job done. The Storm's forward pack is to strong for the lacking experience Raiders. Storm to run away with this one 12+.

Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys. Suncorp Stadium, 8:05pm AEST.
The first queensland derby of the…