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, it’s expected, but against the Warriors, they’ll need to score points.

New Zealand on the other half are quite a different issue. Despite only the six points last week, the Warriors are a team that won’t seem to have problems scoring this year. We all know they can score points, defending maybe not so much, but just like every year gone, consistency will be the problem. A great round one, a horrid round two. What will round three produce? We don’t know, that’s why the Warriors are so hard to predict. Consistency boys, come on!

The way we see it: The Warriors will win this one. They have more points in them, it’s that simple. Both teams have equally as many defensive issues, but the Warriors have more points in them. And at Christchurch in such an emotional game, the Warriors won’t lose. Warriors by 20.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks.
1300SMILES Stadium, 5:30pm AEST.

What a cracker we have on our hands here. This is a very hard one to predict, but here we go, let’s see how close we can get!

Straight up, the Cowboys will be missing Jason Taumalolo severely. Against a big Sharks pack, I think they’ll struggle unless the forward pack can all step up and bring it to the Sharks. Matt Scott is showing some serious age, but tonight they need him. It’s going to be a hard time to predict the Cowboys. Can the pack survive without Taumalolo? Maybe. It’s also way to early to tell wether or not they are capable of surviving without Thurston. This one is simple, they have the home crowd behind them, but they need their A-game tonight.

The Cronulla Sharks haven’t been severely tested yet in 2019. The Titans are looking like a possible wooden spoon favourite, so it’s hard to judge the Sharks based on their win last week. And sure, they grinder out a tight win against the Knights, but the Knights are also yet to be figured out for this year. The Sharks get the Cowboys at a good time. Taumalolo gone for a couple months, still figuring out life after Thurston, and the consistency is still being built by the Sharks. If they play strong and dominate through the pack, they shouldn’t have an issue.

The way we see it: A home crowd boost with help the Cowboys, but not enough. They need a serious performance to win this, and I just don’t see it happening. The Sharks will be to much in the engine room. Cronulla will get home by 8 points tonight.

Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm.
Carrington Park, 7:35pm AEST.

The Panthers went into the season believed to be a dark horse to win the competition however they are yet to show their full potential. 

The storm have surprised many this season as many believed they would fall into the bottom half of the top 8 after losing Slater to retirement, however the Storm young kids are proving everyone wrong. 

The Storm still have one of the biggest and best forward packs in the comp and still having Cameron Smith greatly improves the storm's chances of winning. 

The way we see it: 
The Storm are too good to look past as Smith will lead the forwards paving the way for the Storm to run home with this game comfortably. Storm by 14.


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