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 the Storm jumping out to a commanding lead and dominated the first half. 

A late come back from the Raiders just wasn't enough with two second half tries not enough to erase the deficit. 

Josh Papalii had an impressive game for the home side making 28 tackles from 28 attempts and also running for 138 meters. 

For the visitors, Dale Finucane was a workhorse making 32 tackles at a 100% rate and also 1 linebreak, 2 tackle breaks and running for 191 meters.

Brisbane Broncos 29 def North Queensland Cowboys 10.

The Cowboys never looked in it during this game. Last week's standouts just couldn't get in amongst it and losing Taumalolo 20 minutes into the game didn't help either. 

The Broncos were outstanding, Jack Bird probably played his best game for the club since joining and Dale Copley was a try scoring machine as always. 

Tevita Pangai Jr was on a mission as he shut down the Cowboys forward pack and put some impressive hits on Taumalolo and former teammate Josh McGuire. 

Josh McGuire was probably the standout for the Cowboys against his former club running for 142 meters, 2 offloads and 1 tackle break. He also made 37 out of 40 tackle attempts.

Cronulla Sharks 20 def Gold Coast Titans 6.

Tim Lafai grabbed a consolation try late, but it was too little too late as South Sydney ran away with a 34-18 win. 

A 20-0 first half was the nail in the coffin as Cronulla were able to open up their 2019 campaign in round 2 over a disappointing Gold Coast Titans. 

Sione Katoa was having a field day in the fist 20 minutes, grabbing himself the first 2 tries of the game. The first was after a set play, seeing Shaun Johnson send a beautiful lofted ball right to Katoa. The second try was a second-block play which saw some beautiful work from Johnson and Josh Dugan send Katoa across. 

The third try was incredibly sloppy, but effective none-the-less as Josh Dugan grabbed a loose kick from Andrew Fifita and scampered over. Briton Nikora would grab his first try of the year from a flat Matt Moylan to make it 20-0 at the half. 

Brenko Lee grabbed a consolation try for the uninspiring Gold Coast, but it was not to be for the winless Titans, with Cronulla sliding into 7th after the 20-6 win. 

Penrith Panthers 16 def Newcastle Knights 14.

The second Super Saturday game was a cracker with Newcastle at home against a Penrith outfit that we’re looking to atone for their first round defeat. 

Penrith struck first through James Fisher-Harris running a nice line off a Nathan Cleary pass that had Kalyn Ponga on the slide allowing Harris to crash over and score. 

It wasn’t long till Kalyn Ponga showed why he has been moved from the fullback role to five eighth with a precision pass out to Edrick Lee who didn’t break his stride down the touch line and scored a brilliant try for Newcastle. 

Another a great try was scored next, this time off a Nathan Cleary grubber that looked like going dead, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak raced through and tapped the ball back for Frank Winterstein to pounce on the ball and score his first try as a Panther. 

With the scores sitting at 10-8 in favour of Penrith they struck again through Isaah Yeo who muscled his way over the line carrying 5 Knights players in the process. Giving Penrith a handy 16-8 lead. 

After a few disallowed tries to both teams Newcastle scores the final try of the match through Mitchell Barnett. But it was too late and Penrith took home the 2 points with a 16-14 victory. 

Sydney Roosters 26 def Manly Sea Eagles 18.

Much like Cronulla, the Sydney Roosters would take a massive first half lead that would be too much for the Manly Sea Eagles to recover from at a very wet Brookvale Oval. 

4 tries in the first half from the Roosters saw them take a 22-0 lead, with tries to Brett Morris and Daniel Tupou in the first 10 minutes setting up the game at hand. Kicking was part and parcel of the wet weather game, with kicks setting up Tupou's second as well as Cordner's try after the break as the Roosters went up to 26-0. 

Manly tried to hit back, with tries to Manese Fainu and Jake Trbojevic in 2 minutes saw the game poised at 26-12 with 20 minutes left. A try to Moses Suli off some expansive Manly play had the Sea Eagles sniffing a chance, but Sydney did enough to hold on for a 26-18 win to open up their 2019 campaign.

Parramatta Eels 36 def Canterbury Bulldogs 16.

Canterbury came into this game wanting to forget their round 1 performance against the Warriors. Early on they had all the momentum forcing some errors from Parramatta. 

Kieran Foran chases down a perfectly placed Lachlan Lewis kick to open the scoring giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. 

Bulldogs struck again in the corner through Reimis Smith off a simple play that caught Eels winger Maika Sivo coming in off his wing. 

With the Bulldogs holding a 10-0 lead the Eels started to get more possession and the momentum of the match swung quickly after a couple of forced drop outs and Blake Ferguson scoring his first try in the Blue and Gold. 

The young Eels hooker Reed Mahoney split the Bulldogs defence and passed to a supporting Clinton Gutherson who raced under the posts to score and to put the Eels in front 12-10 before the halftime break. 

The Eels didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the second half with Blake Ferguson and Clinton Gutherson completing their doubles. 

Shaun Lane took an intercept and ran away 50m to score and to give the Eels a 30-10 lead. The Bulldogs Dylan Napa barged his way over to breath some life back into his side but the Eels sealed the win with a great try to youngster Dylan Brown. Stepping around a Bulldog defender, passing to Jaemon Salmon and coming back through in support to go under the posts. Giving the Eels a convincing 36-16 win and a 2-0 start to the season.

Wests Tigers 34 def New Zealand Warriors 6.

Round two ended in stellar fashion when the Tigers hammered the Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium.After a big round 1 win for both teams, this was a game that was hard to predict, and not many saw this result coming.

The game started with severe intensity, and it looked like it wasn't going to be long until the Warriors got the scoring off and running, but an immaculate try saving tackle by Esan Marsters was a massive game changer so early on. 

It wasn't until the half hour mark that the score actually got ticking over through an Esan Marsters penalty goal. It looked as though that was going to be the half time score, but the Warriors handling and discipline issues were causing an issue, and it allowed the Tigers to take a 12-0 lead into the break. 

A Robbie Farah beauty cut out pass just a metre from the line saw winger Corey Thompson go over for the first try of the game. And with half time just second away, the Warriors gave the Tigers another attacking set which got Robert Jennings his first try for the Tigers when he pounced on a Farah grubber in goal.

The second half started perfectly for the Warriors when they took advantage of the mismatch and sent Ken Maumalo over the line for a 12-6 scoreline. Only a couple minutes later though, Marsters extended the lead through a penalty goal. 

The Tigers were then able to stack on four more tries to run away big winners. Corey Thompson went over thanks to another Farah cut out pass. Mahe Fonua took a Benji Marshall corner chip kick and strolled over for the score. Robbie Farah finally got one for himself when he threw a dummy and dived over under the posts. And finally Luke Brooks topped it off when he delivered an amazing short ball to sent Michael Chee-Kam over.


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