Mon, Mar 19, 9:52am by Staff Writer
The story of Round 2 continues to be the resurgence of Ivan Cleary’s Wests Tigers. In the opening Rounds they have produced performances worthy of any side in the competition as they beat the Roosters last week and followed that up with a win over the Storm in Melbourne on Saturday night.
The Tigers edged out the reigning Premiers in a tight contest with Luke Brooks’ try in the final stages of the game giving them the victory. Esan Marsters’ kicking from the tee had kept his side in command for much for the game before Melbourne sprung to life in the second half. Brooks crossed with only 3 minutes remaining to secure the 10-8 win.
Wests shortened to $51 from $67 to win the Premiership whilst the Storm remain in the hunt at $6.
Sydney Roosters fell to the Tigers in Round 1 but bounced back this weekend with a comprehensive victory over Canterbury. The Bulldogs were unable to match the home side’s power and precision in attack as the Roosters ran out 30-12 victors. At $5.50, the Roosters stay as favourites to be Premiers.
A loss to in Brisbane for the North Queensland Cowboys will have only highlighted just how tough it will be for them to match their tag as joint favourites this year. Last season they flew under the radar to the Grand Final with attentions off them due to injuries to several key players. The pressure is certainly on them this year and the Broncos lifted their game to squeeze home with a 24-20 win.
Premierships are not won in Round 2, however, and the Cowboys remain favourites at $5.50 whilst the Broncos stand at $17.
St George Illawarra made it two wins from two as they fought back from behind to beat the Sharks. Cronulla were unable to capitalise on the second half sin binning of Jason Nightingale as the Dragons controlled the entirety of the period. St George sit top of the ladder priced at $13 with the Sharks at $17.
Rugby league fans in New Zealand will be waking up to an almost unseen sight on Monday morning with the Warriors sitting 2nd on the ladder. Two wins from two has ensured the Warriors got off to perfect start. Questions still remain but they were solid in their win over the Titans, backing up their impressive start with victory over Souths in Round 1. At $26, Warriors fans will have to enjoy it whilst it lasts.
Penrith once again came back from 14 points behind to secure a victory as they overcame Souths. Just as in Round 1 the Panthers were poor in the first half but fired into action in the second to come away with the points. They need to improve their starts and stand at $15.
The Knights also made it two out of two as they beat Canberra with Sione Mata’utia try in the 73rd minute getting them home. The 30-28 victory keeps Newcastle hopes of a turnaround from recent years performances alive as the new look side aims to revitalise the club. At $34 though they are well off the pace to be Premiers.
Manly ran riot over Parramatta, as the Sea Eagles scored nine unanswered tries. The 54-0 victory their biggest ever over the Eels. Despite the huge win they stand at $31.
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