NRL Round 2 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
After a thrilling opening round of the 2021 NRL season, the action continues this weekend, with Melbourne and Parramatta colliding in a blockbuster Thursday night showdown, while Queensland rivals Titans and Broncos lock horns in a battle for early supremacy after both teams went down in Round 1 – read on below as we preview every NRL Round 2 games, along with providing our best bets and tips.
NRL Round 2 Tips
NOTE: We will link all NRL Round 2 tips and previews to this article once published throughout the week.
Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm NRL Round 2 Tips
- Thursday March 18 | Bankwest Stadium | 8.05pm AEDT
Reigning premiers Melbourne produced the best half of football in the opening round as they blitzed the Rabbitohs, while the Eels were forced to come back from 16-0 down to edge the Broncos – they absolutely cannot afford to hand the Storm a similar start in this one.
New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights NRL Round 2 Tips
- Friday March 19 | Central Coast Stadium | 6.00pm
Both teams are coming off solid opening round victories, with the Knights taking down the Bulldogs and the Warriors toppling the Titans – these two teams have split their last six meetings at three wins apiece and another tight clash appears on the cards.
Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos NRL Round 2 Tips
- Friday March 19 | Cbus Super Stadium | 8.05pm AEDT
Gold Coast and Brisbane will be determined to claim the two points after both teams lost their Round 1 matches. The Titans did the double over the Broncos last season, but Brisbane showed plenty of promise in their tight defeat to the Eels…
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Penrith Panthers
- Saturday March 20 | Bankwest Stadium | 3.00pm AEDT
Canterbury were decent in their first game under Trent Barrett but were on the wrong end of a horror penalty count in their loss to Newcastle – they will be up against it once more when they come up against a Panthers side who produced a 24-0 shutout win over the Cowboys
Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
- Saturday March 20 | Lottoland | 5.30pm AEDT
Manly were embarrassed by 42 points against the Roosters in their season opener and are tasked with another huge challenge against a Rabbitohs side who almost staged a big comeback against the Storm last weekend
North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons
- Saturday March 20 | Queensland County Bank Stadium | 7.35pm AEDT
Both teams coming off losses in Round 1. The Cowboys couldn’t get on the scoreboard in falling to the Panthers, while the Dragons were close to producing a second-half comeback against the Sharks before succumbing in the last 15 minutes
Wests Tigers vs Sydney Roosters
- Sunday March 21 | Campbelltown Stadium | 4.05pm AEDT
The Roosters were sensational in crushing Manly by 42 points in Round 1 and will be targeting another big score against the Tigers, who went down to the Raiders in their opener
Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders
- Sunday March 21 | Jubilee Stadium | 6.15pm AEDT
Both teams will be hoping to make it two wins from two to start the season – Canberra have held bragging rights in recent seasons, winning the last four meetings between the teams by 1-12 margins…