Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons

Thursday March 15, 8:05pm – Southern Cross Group Stadium

Cronulla should be well and truly up for this Round 2 clash after a first-up loss while St George Illawarra project to be in a letdown spot after a massive opener against the Broncos. The Dragons have won just 4 of their last 23 night games away from Kogarah/Wollongong. Expecting Josh Dugan to switch back to fullback, which will significantly improve Cronulla’s chances.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Cronulla -2.5

Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys

Friday March 16, 8:05pm – Suncorp Stadium

The model has the Broncos rated favourites in this and they should be after a horrid season opener. Wayne Bennett will have flogged them at training this week so expecting to see a much sharper outfit. Home underdogs of 4 or more in the opening four rounds of the year cover at 75% while Brisbane have covered 8 of their last 12 getting a start of 4 or more. Brisbane have covered 24 of 42 at Suncorp.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Brisbane +3.5

NZ Warriors v Gold Coast Titans

Saturday March 17, 3:05pm – Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors’ short price is a total overreaction to their Round 1 win in Perth so the Titans are major overs this week. Stephen Kearney’s team face a tough travel schedule back and have a horrific recent record at Mt Smart where they have covered the start in just 13 of their last 33 while they have covered just five of their last 15 at the ground when a favourite of 6.5 or more points. The Titans are the best travelling betting proposition in the NRL, covering 34 of their last 52 interstate.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Gold Coast +8.5

Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights

Sunday March 18, 6:30pm – GIO Stadium

Canberra have dominated Newcastle in the capital throughout their entire history, losing just five of the 25 meetings all-time in Canberra. The Raiders have only dropped two of the last nine clashes between the sides as well, scoring 24 or more points in seven of those clashes. The Knights have won just one of their last 18 road games and have covered just 14 of their last 36.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Canberra -3.5

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