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 be too hot to handle here, with Cronulla going for a 13+ win. 


Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers.

McDonald Jones Stadium, 5:30pm AEST.


Newcastle back up their round one win with a home game against the Penrith Panthers in round two.

Newcastle started their season defeating a strong Cronulla Sharks forward pack and will be looking to continue that trend against a strong Penrith Panthers pack. David Klemmer will look to continue his strong start to the 2019 season and lead his Knights pack to lay a platform for Ponga and Pearce to capitalise on. 

Penrith will hopefully put their round 1 performance in the past after a disappointing loss to the Parramatta Eels which saw the top four expected side lose out to the reigning wooden spooners. They will be hoping to turn this around when the head to McDonand Jones Stadium to take on the Knights.

The way we see it: Newcastle will continue their good start to 2019 with a close victory over Penrith. 
Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga I feel will be the difference between the two sides as the Knights bring home the win. Knights by 4.


Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters.

Lottoland, 7:35pm AEST.


Two round one losers take eachother on for their first win of the season when the Sydney Roosteers pay visit to Lottoland to take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

The Sea Eagles will be hoping to bounce back after their visit to Leichhardt where they let a 2-0 half time lead develop into a 20-4 loss to the Tigers. They will be looking to up thei game on both sides of the ball as all round they showed severe weaknesses.

The Sydney Roosters started their title defence in a dismal fashion when they were blown away by their rivals in the Rabbitohs.The Roosters lacked both the spped and aggression to meet it with their rivals and will be hoping to turn it around against Manly.

The way we see it: The Roosters don't lose two in a row, and especially not against the likes of the under powered Sea Eagles. Manly are in a re-building process and will leave it all out there, but the Roosters will be to strong. Roosters by 24.

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