Mon, Mar 13, 10:01am by Head Editor
Round Two of the NRL season kicked off on Thursday night, when the Roosters’ red-hot start to the season continued after they held off the Bulldogs with a thrilling 28-24 win at Allianz Stadium.
The Tricolours were solid favourites ($1.45) but were made to work by Canterbury turned in a much better 80 minutes than last week.
It was the halves pairing of Luke Keary and Mitchell Pearce who picked up where they left off on the Gold Coast in round one, to ensure that the Roosters made it a 2-0 start.
There were only four favourites who won this weekend but the second of them came in New Zealand on Friday night, when the Storm ran out 26-10 winners over the Warriors.
Cameron Smith became the first forward in NRL history to score 2000 career points.
His good mate, Queensland and Australian teammate Johnathan Thurston then joined him in the 2000 points club just an hour later as he again proved the difference as the Cowboys squeezed past the Broncos in another sensational golden point encounter.
The biggest upset of the round was the Newcastle Knights, who finally ended a 19-game drought, overcoming an injury-hit Gold Coast side 34-26 at home.
Knights skipper Trent Hodkinson delivered a clutch pass on the inside for Peter Mata’utia to crash his way over for the match-winner that sent the home crowd into raptures.
The reigning Premiers are on the board with a stunning 42-16 win over Canberra in the nation’s capital. They were a $2.40 outsider but a Wade Graham hat-trick kick-started their Premiership defence.
The Rabbitohs also got their first win and it was a one (38-18) over Manly. This was despite the Sea Eagles flying out of the blocks with three tries inside the opening 13 minutes, they fatigued badly in the second half though as Souths ran in three tries to one.
The Dragons came crashing back down to earth in the last game of the round on Sunday night, with the Eels handing them a 34-16 loss at home.
Onto our best bets and once again we were two wins from three, both the Roosters ($3) and Cowboys ($3.60), saluted by a margin of 1-12 points. We did take Canberra though, who couldn’t get it done.
Round Three kicks off on Thursday night with a blockbuster from Melbourne’s AAMI Park when the Storm ($1.57) host the Broncos ($2.42). Star fullback Billy Slater is set to return to the Melbourne line-up after missing the opening two games with a shoulder injury.
Round 3 (Sportsbet)
Melbourne Storm ($1.57) v Brisbane Broncos ($2.42)
Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.90) v New Zealand Warriors ($1.42)
Gold Coast Titans ($3.05) v Parramatta Eels ($1.38)
Newcastle Knights ($2.32) v South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.61)
Penrith Panthers ($1.90) v Sydney Roosters ($1.90)
Nth Queensland Cowboys ($1.26) v Manly Sea Eagles ($3.90)
Canberra Raiders ($1.45) v Wests Tigers ($2.76)
Cronulla Sharks ($1.37) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($3.12)
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