NRL Season 2013 – Round 1

March 6th, 2013

Footy is back! NRL 2013 kicks off this weekend and rugby league fans are rejoicing that the “greatest game of all” returns to add the usual mix of toughness, skill and excitement to the weekend.

A massive round 1 has been scheduled by the NRL with some key clashes taking place which should ensure the season kicks off with a bang!

Thursday 7/3/13

Sydney Roosters $2.23 V South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.69

Two old Sydney rivals step out on Thursday to kick off the season which is typically a tough clash. The Rabbitohs were mighty impressive in the trials and are deserving favourites. Plenty will be interested to see how Sonny Bill Williams fares in his return to Rugby League when he starts on the bench for the Roosters.

Friday 8/3/13

Brisbane Broncos $1.61 V Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles $2.38

The 2011 premiers Manly travel to Queensland to take on the Broncos who will be boosted by the experience of new signing Scott Prince.

Saturday 9/3/13

Parramatta Eels $1.78 V New Zealand Warriors $2.09

Parramatta were the whipping boys last year and will be out to prove they can be contenders this year while the super talented Warriors showed strong trial form.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $1.95 V North Queensland Cowboys $1.89

Last year’s runners-up the Bulldogs would almost certainly start as favourites if it wasn’t for the absence of superstar fullback Ben Barba. Regardless, both these teams are being touted as top four chances. Probably the match of the round.

Sunday 10/3/13

Penrith Panthers $1.91 V Canberra Raiders $1.93

Penrith have plenty to prove after finising second from the bottom last year. Canberra are often underrated and will be looking to show their sixth-place finish in 2012 was no fluke.

Melbourne Storm $1.26 V St George Illawarra Dragons $4.05

The Dragons face a tough ask to topple the defending premiers first-up who appear set to again be an awesome force in 2013.

Monday 11/3/13

Newcastle Knights $1.52 V Wests Tigers $2.60

Even teams who both missed the eight last year and will be looking to step up to bigger things this year.

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