There were quite a few turnarounds in Round 2 of the NRL this weekend.
Premiership favourites Melbourne Storm (6.5) and North Queensland Cowboys (9.0) rumbled along again this week while Parramatta (12.0) and Sydney Roosters (8.0) joined them as the only teams to remain unbeaten.
Canterbury (34.0), Canberra (10.0), Manly (67.0) and Gold Coast (51.0) are the only teams yet to open their account and already the season is looking ominous for a few of those sides.
Let’s take a look, from a punting perspective, of the good, bad and undecided after two rounds of the NRL.
MELBOURNE – it’s almost like money in the bank from these guys, week in and week out.
Hovering around the $1.75 mark for most of the week, Melbourne Storm went to New Zealand and got the job done without a minimum of fuss.
Definitely stick with them in the weeks ahead and if planning to have one big crack on the weekend, consider having it on them. Safe, reliable and classy – that’s what punters want!
MANLY – we gave them a chance this weekend and got burnt! Souths were off the map in betting, Manly opened the week around $1.65, drifted to $1.90 by kick off. Talk about drifting like a barge.
After starting brilliantly against the Bunnies, who threw in Adam Reynolds as a late inclusion (and sparked a betting plunge), they raced out to a 12-nil lead and then compounded badly. The fact Dylan Walker missed all three conversions early on cruelled their chances too because it could have been 18-nil before Souths got going.
In the end they were terrible and lost 38-18 at home and have dropped their opening two matches at Lottoland.
Could it be too early to back them to finish last? Sportsbet have them at $4.50 to claim the dubious honour after being $13.0 before the weekend. The Knights are $1.60 out to $2.00 for the Spoon now after toppling the Titans.
CANTERBURY ($34) – have dropped their opening two games but there were definitely some positive signs against Sydney Roosters on Thursday.
Their two defeats have been by a converted try or less and both against premiership heavyweights with Melbourne their nemesis in round 1.
The Bulldogs tackle the Warriors this weekend and they are taking this one over to New Zealand as part of their traditional ‘home away from home’ fixture.
We aren’t convinced they have seen better days but nor are we jumping at the chance to back them to win the NRL premiership. They are definitely a watch and see proposition at this point.