The NRL continued through Round 2 over the weekend and after
a number of arm wrestles last week, we got to see some teams flexing their
attacking muscle with some more points coming in this weekend.
While there is still doubt about whether or not Round 3 will
even take place at the time of writing we are able to put together our top five
takeaways from the past few days of rugby league.
Read on to see our 5 Lessons Learned.
1 – Favourites Improve on Last Week
It was a better week for favourites backers than Round 1 with
the more fancied teams registering a 6-2 record head to head and 4-4 against
The Panthers and Storm both recorded wins but failed to
cover what are (by their standards at least) relatively small lines.
Remarkably though, the Raiders had the biggest line of the
week favoured by 12.5 over the Warriors and with the Kiwi side playing their home
game on the Gold Coast, they managed to cover.
The Knights on the other hand continued their very strong
start to the season with another big win, backing up their shutout win of the
Warriors with a win away to Wests on Sunday afternoon.
2 – Points Up for Some
Last weekend the highest score was 28 points and just two of
the eight matches went over the total points number.
Thankfully this week there were plenty of points across the
weekend as some sides really began to find their stride (avoiding the obvious
observation about “great timing”) with the ball in their hands.
The Dragons put up 28 points in a losing effort while the
Panthers, Knights and Eels all topped that number with the latter two teams topping
40 points, both of which covered the points total in their matches on their own.
While the jury might still be out on the Cowboys as a head
to head betting proposition, there have been plenty of points in their matches
so far and the over has hit in both games this season.
It sets up what should be a fun clash next weekend when they
are supposed to host the Eels in a game that could be “first to 50 wins”.
3 – Broncos Build on Last Week
It’s fair to say the Broncos have been a pleasant surprise,
winning their first two matches against fairly tough opponents.
Having backed up their Round 1 win in Townsville with a
tight victory over the Rabbitohs on Friday night, the Broncos are one of the
few teams to go back to back with wins and covers, even more impressive
considering they were underdogs in both games.
There’ll be a good test of punters faith when they visit the
Gold Coast Titans in Round 3 but with an early line still in the single digits,
there’s a great chance to jump on the Broncos.
4 – Storm Go Back to Back on
can all accept the Storm are good no matter where they play but a 2-0 start
from back to back away games shows they will continue to be a force in 2020.
are still a way off top gear grinding out early season wins is a good reminder
of how valuable a team like the Storm can be when putting together multis.
also useful about the Storm is their ability to serve as a measuring stick for
other sides like their next opponent Penrith.
Panthers defeating the Roosters and Dragons thus far, we can see just how
strong they are against the NRL’s powerhouse club.
5 – Dragons Fail to Take
Advantage of Home Start
Storm had their first two games on the road, the Dragons were at home in the
first two rounds, albeit under unusual circumstances in the second one but an
0-2 start is not a good sign.
posted a 4-8 record at home last season, that is one area the Dragons will have
been very eager to improve on and with the way they started this season, it’s
not looking good.
Up next it doesn’t
get any easier with a trip to Canberra scheduled.