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 performance so Eels won’t be expectations an easy game. My tip for this game is to look at the Eels to get home in a tightly fought match. The Eels have the advantage in the spine I feel with Reed Mahoney to lead the way with his aggressive style of play. Eels by 8.

Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors.

Campbelltown stadium, 6:10pm AEST.

We finish round 2 of the NRL with the Wests Tigers playing in their second straight home game against the New Zealand Warriors. Both teams will be hoping to stay in the top four.

The Tigers had to battle the elements last week, and the first half didn't look good. They were quick to turn it around but and ran away for the comprehensive first round win. The big boys really set the pathway for the Tigers, and it's something that'll need to happen again today. When the forwards are playing strong, the Tigers backs are very hard to stop.

The Warriors come into this game off of a massive flogging of the Bulldogs. All over the park they were dominant, and young half Adam Keighran looked the goods in that #6 jersey. The forwards and backs all ran with aggression and energy and will cause the Tigers problems with a repeat performance. Consistency and ball control is the Warriors weakness every year but, they'll need to not let that affect them today.

The way we see it: The Warriors do not play well in Sydney, and to top it off, the Tigers have won nine of their last ten at home against the visitors. The Warriors may of won big last week, but they meet one of the best defensive teams in the game today. put that with their Sydney record, and well, the Tigers will win this one. The Tigers want a top 8 spot this year, and they need to start good. I have the Tigers winning bt 8 today.


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