Rugby League

2015 NRL Round 3 Preview


The 2015 NRL season has started in typically unpredictable fashion and last weekend we were treated to some classic games of rugby league as well as a few stinkers.

The Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights have all made a winning start to the season, while the Sharks, Cowboys, Dragons and Titans are yet to celebrate a win this season.

We have analysed every game this weekend to come up with our Round 3 tips and let you know where the betting value lies.

Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs

Friday, March 20 – 7:35pm AEDT – Brookvale Oval

Round 3 of the 2015 NRL season begins with a rematch from last year’s semifinal between Manly and Canterbury. Manly survived a week of turmoil off the field to record a gutsy victory over the Melbourne Storm last weekend and show that they are not yet spent forces in the competition. Daly Cherry-Evans was simply outstanding and he will be key to their winning chances again this weekend. Canterbury bounced back from their disappointing round one performance to beat Parramatta last weekend. The Bulldogs produced a professional performance that is typical of a Des Hasler-coached team. Only one point separated these teams in the finals last year and we are expected another close encounter, but the Brookvale Oval factor gives Manly the edge in what is set to be an intriguing contest.

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Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys

Friday, March 13 – 8:35pm AEDT – Suncorp Stadium

The Queensland Derby has developed into one of the most anticipated matches on the NRL calendar and both teams have plenty to play for on Friday night. The Broncos recorded their first win of the new Wayne Bennett era against Cronulla last weekend, but they were far from impressive. The new halves combination of Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford is yet to click and they need to find their groove if the Broncos are going to be a contender this season. The Cowboys were woeful in their opener against Roosters and they produced an improved performance against the Knights, but they were still unable to walk away with the two points after a poor second half effort. Coach Paul Green has finally axed Robert Lui and installed Lachlan Coote at fullback, which could be the change that helps the Cowboys get their season back on track. The Cowboys have three of their past four against the Broncos and should prove too good this weekend.

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New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels

Saturday, March 21 – 3:30pm AEDT – Mt Smart Stadium

The New Zealand Warriors and Parramatta Eels are two of the most inconsistent teams in the NRL and any result is possible in what should be an exciting match. The Warriors toughed out a victory against the Raiders last weekend and there standout performer was Ryan Hoffman – who already looks like being the recruit of the year. The Eels hung in with the Bulldogs in the first half of their clash last weekend, but the crippling injury toll was too much for them to overcome in the last 20 minutes and they leaked plenty of points late. The Eels have not won in New Zealand since 2011 and with the likes of Sami Radradra on the sidelines, as well as injury clouds over a number of key players, it is tough to see them beating the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

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Canberra Raiders vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Saturday, March 21 – 5:30pm AEDT – GIO Stadium

It is very early in the season to be talking about the wooden spoon, but these sides are both expected to be in that discussion throughout the season. The Raiders look an improved outfit from the one that was woeful throughout 2014 and they will be taking plenty of confidence into this game as they have a simply outstanding record against the Dragons in recent years. The Dragons have made the worst attacking start to an NRL season since the Canterbury Bulldogs side of 2000 and that never looked like scoring a try against the Tigers last weekend. Josh Dugan will miss this clash with his old side and the Dragons need their fullback to have any life whatsoever with the ball in their hands. It is difficult to place any trust in either of these teams and we expect this to be a fairly dour, low-scoring contest.

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Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Saturday, March 21 – 7:30pm AEDT – AAMI Stadium

The Melbourne Storm have made an inconsistent start to the 2015 NRL season, but are deservedly very short favourites for their round three clash with the Sharks. The Storm showed glimpses of their brilliance in their first two games, but they appear to switch off mentally at times and that cost them badly against Manly last weekend. The Sharks have made a most uninspiring start to the season and it is difficult to see how they turn it around this weekend. Ben Barba continues to struggle at five-eight and without Todd Carney they do not have threaten their opposition with the ball in hand. The Sharks are unlikely to be disgraced in this match, but the Storm look the most certain winners of the weekend.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers

Sunday, March 15 – 4:00pm AEDT – ANZ Stadium

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have forgotten how to lose and they have been absolutely superb in the opening two rounds of the 2015 NRL season. The loss of Sam Burgess to Rugby Union was expected to hurt the Rabbitohs badly, but they have arguably looked more impressive in 2015 to date than they did last year. The Tigers have made an encouraging start to the season and already have two wins on the board, but they are yet to face a serious football side after only beating a pair of wooden spoon contenders. They face a far sterner test against the Rabbitohs this weekend and we don’t think they are up for it and are expecting another big win for South Sydney.

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Gold Coast Titans vs Newcastle Knights

Sunday, March 15 – 6:30pm AEDT – Cbus Super Stadium

The Gold Coast Titans had the off-season from hell, but fans of the beleaguered club finally got some good news when the suspended trio Beau Falloon, Dave Taylor and Greg Bird were cleared to return to football for the first time since the cocaine saga hit the club. These three will be fired-up for their return and add some punch to a Titans side that was embarrassingly flat against Penrith last weekend. The Newcastle Knights have quickly moved on from the Wayne Bennett era and have started the season with two tough victories. The battle in the forwards will be key in this one and the Titans are a good chance of scoring an upset win in what should be a defense dominated contest.

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Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers

Monday, March 16 – 7:00pm AEDT – Allianz Stadium

It is rare that the match of the round is played on a Monday night, but that is the case in round three of the 2015 NRL season as the Roosters and Panthers have both started the season in good style. The Roosters dominated the Cowboys in round one and lost no admirers during their hard-fought loss against the Rabbitohs last weekend. The Panthers were tipped by many experts as the team in last year’s top eight most likely to slip out of finals contention, but after two rounds they sit on top of the table with a point differential of 46.  James Segeyaro has been absolutely inspirational for his side and he will need another big game if the Panthers are going to maintain their unbeaten record this season. Roosters are deserving favourites, but the Panthers offer some value at their current quote.

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Don’t forget to check out this weeks NRL Footy Freaks. We have nominated a ‘Footy Freak’ from each team playing in the NRL last weekend and if that players scores a try and his team wins then you will receive the promotional odds for that combination.

Tips, recommendations and commentary are for entertainment only. We provide no warranty about accuracy or completeness. You should make your own assessment before placing a bet.