NRL Round 2 Preview with The Big Marn

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Thursday 8:05pm (AEDT) Parramatta Eels $2.25 v Canterbury Bulldogs $1.66 – ANZ Stadium

The Eels surprised many punters with their first up performance against a disappointing Warriors side.

They will face a tougher test when they take on old rivals Canterbury that are still missing the services of Ben Barba.

The Dogs have a point to prove and will be desperate for a win. I think they’ll be getting the two points.

Tip – Bulldogs

Friday 8:05pm (AEDT) St George Illawarra Dragons $2.20 v Brisbane Broncos $1.70 – WIN Stadium

Plenty of teams played in extreme heat during Round 1 and I’m expecting that to have an impact in Round 2.

The Dragons played a tough game in Melbourne and I’m not sure they can back up after a quick turnaround.

I’ll be taking the Broncos in a close one.

Tip – Broncos

Saturday 5:30pm (AEDT) New Zealand Warriors $2.20 v Sydney Roosters $1.70 – Eden Park

It’s hard to pick the Warriors after what they dished out in Round 1 against the Eels.

They’ll be better at home but the Roosters will improve and will be too good for the Warriors.

James Maloney returns to face his former club and will be looking for a big performance.

Tip – Roosters

Saturday 7:30pm (AEDT) North Queensland Cowboys $1.95 v Melbourne Storm $1.87 – 1300 Smiles Stadium

The Cowboys were terrific last week and the Storm were at their clinical best.

Once again I think the heat will be a factor in this one with the Storm playing in extreme heat last week.

A quick turnaround and travel will work against the Storm and the Cowboys should win this one.

Tip – Cowboys

Sunday 2:00pm (AEDT) Gold Coast Titans $1.48 v Canberra Raiders $2.70 – Skilled Park

The Raiders were disappointing last week and the drama around Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson is not ideal preparation for this match.

The heat from last week is a factor once again for the Raiders and the Titans have won 5 out of 6 of their last home games v the Raiders.

Titans too good in this one.

Tip – Titans

Sunday 3:00pm (AEDT) Wests Tigers $1.65 v Penrith Panthers $2.27 – Campbelltown Stadium

The Tigers were very ordinary against the Knights but I’m expecting them to lift for this one.

The Panthers were impressive against the Raiders but I’m concerned the heat might have taken something out of them.

Tigers to bounce back and cover the -3.5 with William Hill Australia.

Tip – Tigers

Sunday 6:30pm (AEDT) Manly Sea Eagles $1.65 v Newcastle Knights $2.27 – Brookvale Oval

The Sea Eagles stepped up last week when it looked like the Broncos would run away with the match.

The Knights were very good and will take plenty of confidence into this clash.

At the price the Knights represent great value and I’ll be taking some of the $2.27 with William Hill Australia.

Tip – Knights

Monday 7:00pm (AEDT) South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.30 v Cronulla Sharks $3.55– ANZ Stadium

Souths were the most impressive of all the sides in Round 1 and I’m making them specials in this one.

GI is a superstar and will give the troubled Sharks plenty of problems.

Souths to win easily and will cover the start.

Tip – Rabbitohs

Best Bet – Rabbitohs to cover the line