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The NRL continues this week for Round 2 action, kicking off with the Broncos vs Rabbitohs on Thursday.

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NRL Round 2 Tips

Thursday 14/3/24

8:00pm Brisbane Broncos vs South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Suncorp Stadium

The Broncos and Rabbitohs lost in Las Vegas, so this is an important game for their early-season momentum.

Brisbane looked the best of the teams, having their chances to beat the Roosters, who were just too good defensively.

The Rabbitohs showed glimpses of excellence against Manly, but we didn’t see enough to back them this week. They need to improve more than Brisbane does, so take the home side.

Betting tip: Brisbane Broncos –7.5 @ $1.90

Broncos by 10

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Friday 15/3/24

6:00pm Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs @ PointsBet Stadium

The Sharks did well to come from 12-0 down to beat the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland last week.

It was an inspired effort, and although the Warriors showed nothing in the second half, that was mostly because of the Sharks pressure.

It’s going to be another long year for the Bulldogs, who were poor in losing 26-8 to the Eels. It doesn’t matter which players you add to the roster, a losing club often remains a losing club.

The Sharks should be too good and remain unbeaten.

Betting tip: Cronulla Sharks –8.5 @ $1.90

Sharks by 10

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8:00pm Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels @ BlueBet Stadium

Pressure goes on the defending champions Penrith Panthers, who were kept scoreless in the opening round by the Storm.

We thought they would lose that game, especially following a World Club Challenge loss to St Helens. However, we didn’t think they would put up a bagel.

Parramatta was far more impressive, and it’s getting +7.5 points. The Eels are the Panthers’ bogey team, and it’s likely to continue.

Betting tip: Parramatta Eels +7.5 @ $1.90

Eels by 2

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Saturday 16/3/24

3:00pm Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers @ GIO Stadium

The Raiders were one of the more impressive teams in the opening week, thrashing Newcastle on the road.

It was good to see Ricky Stuart’s men get some confidence, and they should welcome the Wests Tigers, who are our pick to finish at the bottom of the NRL ladder.

The Tigers had the bye in the opening week, and we can’t see them coming out with much on Saturday.

Betting tip: Canberra Raiders –7.5 @ $1.90

Raiders by 12

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5:30pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights @ Country Bank Stadium

Leading the competition after one week are the Cowboys, who turned on the jets against the Dolphins on Sunday.

The 43-18 victory was the biggest margin of victory, so the Cowboys will lead from the front against the Knights.

We think the Knights were the most disappointing team in Round 1. Losing to Canberra at home isn’t good enough, and now they have a harder task ahead.

Betting tip: North Queensland Cowboys –7.5 @ $1.90

Cowboys by 8

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7:35pm Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors @ AAMI Park

We love the Storm/Warriors rivalry, and it continues this Saturday night at AAMI Park.

The Storm held the Panthers to no points when winning 8-0, which continued the Storm’s 22-year Round 1-winning record.

New Zealand was poor when losing to the Sharks, so the Kiwi-based team needs to turn that performance around. It has the potential and getting 7.5 points could be enough to cover the spread.

Betting tip: New Zealand Warriors +7.5 @ $1.90

Storm by 6

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Sunday 17/4/24

4:05pm Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters @ 4 Pines Park

The winners from the Las Vegas games meet on Sunday, and there isn’t much between them with bookmakers.

The Roosters are the $1.87 favourites, and although they have the more high-profile players, we’re backing Manly to get the win.

We were impressed with its resilience in beating the Rabbitohs, and confidence has always been king for the Sea Eagles.

Betting tip: Manly Sea Eagles @ $1.97

Sea Eagles by 4

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6:15pm Dolphins vs St George Dragons @ Kayo Stadium

It was a tough start for the Dolphins, who were all out at sea against the Cowboys.

However, despite that loss and the Dragons coming off an impressive win over the Gold Coast Titans, bookmakers have the Dolphins at $1.85.

We can’t quite believe the price for the Dragons, who could do better than most expect in 2024.

Take the value available before it disappears.

Betting tip: St George Dragons @ $2

Dragons by 6

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About Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA - English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism. Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 - with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl's tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he's not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.