NRL Round 3

Both sides will be desperate for success at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Friday night after defeats in the second round. St George-Illawarra  were outclassed by the Bulldogs while the Tigers  might have still being showing the effects of a tough first round game when beaten by the Sea Eagles. The Dragons were at times undisciplined but it is doubtful that even at their best they can beat the black and golds. The West Tigers 1-12

The other Friday night game is the much anticipated clash at Newcastle between the Knights  and the Broncos . Brisbane would not have been happy about letting the game against the Cowboys slip in the last two minutes and could struggle without the experience and goal-kicking ability of Corey Parker. However the Knights face a huge task in overcoming the long-term loss of captain and playmaker Kurt Gidley. Bennett’s knowledge of the Broncos and a capacity crowd might make the difference. Newcastle 1-12  

Melbourne  should have little difficulty accounting for the Gold Coast  at Skilled Park on Saturday. The Titans were made to look good by the Cowboys in Round 1 and were very ordinary against the Raiders last weekend. The Storm are deservedly premiership favourites and have a lot of improvement left. The Titans have beaten Melbourne two out of three meetings at this ground but it is impossible to see that record being improved on in this match. Melbourne 13+

North Queensland  will be desperate to show their fans the form that beat Brisbane and put to rest the horrors of Round 1. However Neil Henry won’t be too carried away about the win at Suncorp as his side still made plenty of errors. Parramatta  has an awful record on the road losing 12 of the past 13 away games and although they have lost Jarryd Hayne, the Eels welcome back Nathan Hindmarsh. A relatively quick turnaround coupled with a long trip won’t help but Parramatta could just provide an upset. For value, Parramatta 1-12

There should be another big crowd in Auckland for a blockbuster between the Warriors  and the Canterbury Bulldogs . The Dogs will have hit man Frank Pritchard back from suspension and coach Des Hasler has a great record against the Warriors. The Warriors always seem to play well against the Dogs and will want to get their first home win of the season but look at taking FootyTab Pick the Winners value, where the Dogs are getting 5.5 points start. Canterbury 1-12

Forget the euphoria of the Roosters  miracle win against South Sydney in Round 1. All that it did was cover up some glaring cracks which the Panthers exploited. The Roosters will have Shaun Kenny-Dowell back from injury but that won’t be enough. Canberra  is improving and while they might not win the premiership, no side will find them easy. The Raiders lose big forward Dane Tilse to a long term rib cartilage injury but should still be too strong. Canberra 1-12

Were Penrith  good or the Roosters just very poor? That’s what has to be weighed up in assessing the Panthers’ chances against South Sydney  at home on Sunday. Penrith did a good job in a shut out at the SFS and are adapting to coach Ivan Cleary’s defensive methods. The Bunnies are winless after two rounds but weren’t disgraced against Melbourne and should not have surrendered their lead against the Roosters. Expect the likes of Inglis, Burgess and Luke to have big games for the Rabbitohs and look at taking the 2.5 points start for Souths on FootyTab. South Sydney 1-12  

Manly  will make it three from three in Monday night football at Toyota Stadium. The SeaEagles are looking good considering the amount of travelling they have had to do so far this year and are only going to get better. The Sharks  were rightly upset about their controversial loss to the Tigers but looked ordinary at Newcastle and maybe the Leichhardt Oval game took plenty out of both themselves and the Wests Tigers. Freshened up by the longer turnaround time, the Sharks should be better but don’t have the class to beat Manly, who should cover the line. Manly 13+  

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