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2022 NRL Round 2: Saturday Preview & Betting Tips

March 18th 2022, 6:12pm, By: Scooby

NRL Round 2 Saturday Betting Tips

NRL Super Saturday is here and there are 3 exciting games ahead to watch. More importantly, this betting preview of the NRL action will hopefully add some profit into your account. Action kicks off at 3pm with the Gold Coast Titans hosting the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium.

The second match heads south with the Cronulla Sharks hosting the Parramatta Eels. Finally, the game will return north to Townsville for the North Queensland Cowboys to host the Canberra Raiders. As it is still early in the season, the winning form is crucial for all teams and with some winless, they will want to have their 2022 campaigns back on track as soon as possible.

NRL Round 2 Saturday Betting Tips

Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors

Cbus Super Stadium, Saturday 19th March, 3pm (AEDT)

The Titans had a mixed performance against the Eels in Round 1, eventually defeated 32-28. The fact that they were able to keep the Eels tryless in the second half and mange 28 points with just 43% possession are two positives heading into this match. The Warriors were also unsuccessful in their match against the Dragons, surrendering the lead with 23 minutes remaining to be defeated 28-16.

Many had their reservations about the Warriors and a 43% possession stat and 69% completion rate are causes for concern. Making things more difficult, they will be without halfback Shaun Johnson for the next few weeks. Former Titan, Ash Taylor, will come into the team but Johnson is the superior attacking weapon. If they are relying solely on him to reverse the fortunes of this team, they will struggle.

The Titans are favourites for this game and appear to possess the stronger team. Their greatest challenge (as it is every season for this club) is playing consistently well for 80 minutes. Their new-look spine has plenty of attacking options which creates extra room for their outside backs; however, they cannot afford to be chasing high point-totals.

Same Game Multi
‘To score a try’ = Sami/Kelly/Campbell @ $8
The edge defence of the Warriors is very questionable. This works into the favour of Sami & Kelly. Throw in the (very) exciting Campbell to add value to your investment.

Titans -8.5

$1.95

 

Cronulla Sharks vs Parramatta Eels

PointsBet Stadium, Saturday 19th March, 5:30pm (AEDT)

The Sharks were presented an ideal opportunity to capture victory against the Raiders last week but were unable to capitalise, defeated 24-19. Their ‘new look’ attack appeared more capable than previous years, but a lot of work is still left in order to continue their improvement. The Eels were victorious over the Titans 32-28 but failed to excite fans in the second half as much as they did the first.

Their performance was remarkably different in each half. The Eels are favourites ($1.70) and usually start each season on a positive, but the Sharks defence will offer greater resistance than the Titans did last week. The small line (+2.5 – Sharks) on offer suggests that this game will be close.

It must be noted that this is the first Cronulla game back at their traditional home ground for over 2-years; this is important to note as they have won their past 3 against the Eels on this ground. Greater consistency is needed from both sides but there is a slight lean towards the Eels given the support of their combinations on both sides of the ball. 

Either Team by Under 6.5

$2.50

 

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders

Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Saturday 19th March, 7:30pm (AEDT)

The Cowboys started the season off poorly with a 6-4 loss to the Bulldogs. It raised further questions about the stability within this club, most notably, the potential and future employment of their coach, Todd Payten. The same could’ve been asked of the Raiders had they not taken the opportunities presented to them by the Sharks late in the match, prevailing 24-19.

There is no doubt that the Cowboys are a capable team on their day, but something doesn’t appear right currently at this club. This leads to indifferent performances on the field; it was evident on Sunday that playmakers wanted to achieve one thing but were not able to make it happen in the desired manner. The trip north of the boarder also appears to be an appealing one for the Raiders; they have won 3 out of the past 4 matches in Townsville.

The line offered is far too short, even if the Raiders are playing a 3-string halfback in Matt Frawley; for what it’s worth, Frawley is a very capable player with a strong kicking game. 

If you want some value take the Raiders 1-12 at $2.90
The visitors should be able to win but it may not be a complete blowout. The line is a far safer option but if you want to add more value, then consider this option.

Raiders -3.5

$1.90

 

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