2020 NRL: Round 2 Saturday Preview & Betting Tips

March 20th 2020, 11:55am, By: matta91

Super Saturday in the NRL will see all 3 games played at neutral venues as the Warriors “host” the Raiders on the Gold Coast to kick things off. Then, we’ll have a few rivalry matchups between the Roosters and Sea Eagles at Leichhardt and the Storm/Sharks from Jubilee Stadium.  

2020 NRL Round 2 Saturday Preview

Warriors vs Raiders

Saturday, March 21 3:00pm

Super Saturday begins on the Gold Coast with a very interesting clash between the Warriors and Raiders. Not only are the Warriors reeling after a 20-0 loss in Round 1 but now, they can’t even travel back to New Zealand due to the virus. But on the flip-side, it could help them bond together and take down the Raiders. They do enjoy playing on the Gold Coast against the Titans as they’ve won 8 of their last 9 at the venue. While the Raiders are a much different outfit, there’s some hope of an upset on Saturday. They will miss Herbert and Hiku as they’ve returned to NZ for family reasons which will see them pretty inexperienced in the centres/wing position.

The Raiders kicked off their 2020 campaign with another impressive defensive outing as they beat the Titans 24-6. Jack Wighton took advantage of some soft defence with a first-half double and will be dangerous in this clash as the Warriors put out a reshuffled backline. They also didn’t concede a first-half point, continuing their great defensive record of last season. It’s a big game for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad as he takes on his former side and his battle with RTS will be an interesting storyline.

Considering the Raiders conceded just 6 points in Round 1 and the Warriors were shutout by the Knights, this has the feeling of a low scoring clash. The Raiders pride themselves on defence and NZ will likely struggle to put them under much pressure throughout the 80 minutes. Canberra also holds an 8-0 record against the Under.


Roosters vs Sea Eagles

Saturday, March 21 5:30pm

The Roosters and Sea Eagles meet at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday as they both look to rebound from first-round defeats. Sydney was rundown by the Panthers in Penrith after leading at half-time. So missing the on-field leadership of Cooper Cronk and Cordner looks like being a tough challenge for the defending champs. The good news though will see Angus Crichton back in the lineup and he’ll slot into the forward pack. Despite last week’s loss, they have won 3 on the trot against Manly so the Sydneysiders won’t be panicking just yet.

The Sea Eagles held with the Storm for around 60 minutes last week but ultimately, they just made too many errors in the 18-4 defeat. So after a try-less effort, Manly will be working hard at their attack on the training track this week. The positive for Des Hasler will be the fact they’ll be unchanged for this game and he’ll have them ready for the challenge. In an interesting fact, only 2 of Manly’s current 17 has won an NRL game at Leichhardt (Martin Taupau and Curtis Sironen)

The fact that the Roosters were run-down in the second half last week has us believing that the Sea Eagles forward pack can lead them to victory. They have two of the best props in the game at the moment and if they can control field position, DCE and Tom Trbojevic will be dangerous. The Sea Eagles also have a good Saturday ATS record as they’ve covered in 11 of the last 12. So we’re keen on the underdogs here.


Sharks vs Storm

Saturday, March 21 7:35pm

The Sharks begin life away from Shark Park in Round 2 as they take on the Storm at Jubilee Stadium. The venue hasn’t been kind to them either as they’ve lost 7 of their last 9. They’ll be coming off an inconsistent display against the Rabbitohs as well. They started slowly with just 2 points after 30 minutes. However, they did come alive in the second half to make things interesting in the 22-18 loss. The good sign was their forward pack dominated Souths but the team was let down by 14 errors. So they’ll need to clean that up if they’re after an upset over the Storm.

Melbourne continued their amazing Round 1 winning streak with an 18-4 victory over the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval. Bellamy will be happy with their defence after keeping the home side try-less. But similarly to last season, their attack is just struggling at the moment. After 60 minutes, they were down 4-2 before 3 late tries sealed the deal. The status of Dale Finucane will be one to watch in the lead-up after he suffered a few head knocks in the win.

Melbourne and Cronulla enjoy a fierce rivalry mainly since the 2016 Grand Final with a number of close finishes. So we like the chances of either team winning this by under 10.5 points. The Sharks showed good signs in the second half against the Rabbitohs which they can use as momentum against Melbourne. Meanwhile, you can always count the Storm’s defence to keep them in the contest but there are concerns about their points scoring ability at the moment.


 

TIPS

Horse Racing Tips: Sunday, April 5th

We've got a big day of feature racing in Hong Kong today but there's also a few feature races in country Australia, with the Gundagai Cup, Wellington Boot and Wellington Town Plate on the agenda. Luke Krahe has previewed those three feature races, along with his best bet of the day at Echuca here! read more

Esports Betting Tips: Saturday April 4th

Another big day in the esports world this Saturday, the 4th of April with some great matchups taking place across the CS:GO and DOTA 2 platforms! We take a look at some of the key games of the day and give our betting tips here read more

NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview & Betting Tips

16 NBA players will battle it out in a knockout tournament on the popular basketball video game, NBA 2K20 this Saturday morning. There are betting markets available for the tournament so here we are with a full preview and betting tips read more

Esports Betting Tips: LOL 2020 LEC & LCS Playoffs

Big weekend coming up in the world of League of Legends as the LEC and LCS Playoffs get underway. We will be bringing you extensive coverage throughout the event, kicking off this Friday, the 3rd of April as we take a look at some of the key matchups of Round 1. read more

ARTICLES

What is Over-Round and How do Sportsbooks Make Money?

Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more


Betfair Commissions and Charges

Ever wondered why you can get such great odds at Betfair in comparison to other online bookmakers? We break down why that is the case and why Betfair isn't just for professional punters here read more


What is Lay Betting?

Lay betting is when you’re betting against an event to occur. You’re betting that a horse won’t win a race, a team won’t win a match or your player will lose to their opponent. Find out more about lay betting at Betfair right here. read more


Understanding the Betfair Exchange

Learn the importance of the Betfair exchange for both recreational and professional punters. In this article we take a closer look at how Betfair works and why it often offers a superior product to the traditional online sports betting operators. read more


BLOGS

2020 Brownlow Medal Predictions & Leaderboard

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal predictions and vote tracker. Our AFL experts offer round-by-round Brownlow votes including a rolling Brownlow leaderboard and tracking for the 2020 AFL season. read more


2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 1

The 2020 AFL season kicked off over the weekend, and although there was a little controversy and no crowds, there were still premiership points to be won, and Brownlow votes to be earned! Here's our game-by-game analysis and Brownlow Medal vote predictions for Round 1 of the 2020 AFL season. read more


2020 NRL Premiership Odds

The 2020 NRL season is set to be a cracker with plenty of teams in the mix for the Premiership. As usual, we will be bringing you a weekly updated look at the NRL Premiership odds here read more


2020 AFL Premiership Odds

The AFL 2020 season is set to be a bit of a roller-coaster that will no doubt be put on hold at some point throughout the year. Regardless, there will be a premier, and we are here to provide all of the Premiership odds as they change from week to week read more


Picklebet

Palmerbet