Mar 272015

Watch NRL Live Streaming 2015 Sharks vs Titans Live Streaming Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Remondis Stadium, NSW, Australia, Saturday 28 March 2015 Time 17:00 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL Sharks vs Titans live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

Winless teams Cronulla Sharks and the Gold Coast Titans will look to break their duck when tackling each other on Saturday evening. Both have been playing decent football and can sense a breakthrough victory is just around the corner.

Shane Flanagan has made a number of changes to his team, most notably Wade Graham shifting to five-eighth for the suspended Ben Barba. Anthony Tupou starts in the backrow while Chris Heighington starts at prop for Sam Tagataese. Jack Bird has been named on an extended bench to make his debut. Neil Henry has made just one change with boom rookie half Kane Elgey getting the start in the No.7 for the injured Daniel Mortimer.

Cronulla hold a slim 6-5 all-time edge over the Gold Coast, including a 5-2 record at Shark Park. The teams played just once last year with the Titans winning the opening round clash 18-12. The two teams play very low scoring games with the last four tallying below 36 points. The Titans have never scored more than 20 points against the Sharks. The Titans have a host of former Sharks players including Greg Bird and Luke Douglas.

Neither the Sharks or the Titans have won a game. Cronulla have scored just 40 points all season in home losses to Canberra and Brisbane and an away thrashing against Melbourne. Cronulla opponents have conceded the most penalties yet the Sharks have scored the equal fewest tries. That record is shared with the Titans, who were stiff not to beat the Wests Tigers in Round 1 or Newcastle last week but were hammered by Penrith in between. The Titans have had major issues with their go forward while their kicking game has been the worst in the NRL with the lowest kick metres and the fourth fewest dropouts.

It is hard to look beyond the battle of maligned and grizzled veterans – and former Bash Brothers combo – Paul Gallen and Greg Bird. Gallen has been his typical busy self this year, leading the NRL in metres made and offloads while getting through plenty of defensive stuff. He can overplay his hand but the Sharks have needed every bit of his contribution. Bird returned last week after being caught in a drugs drama and was good, particularly defensively. He will be better for the run and always lifts against his former team.

Cronulla have lost a remarkable nine straight at home and have not covered once in that run. The Sharks are 9-14 ATS as a home favourite since 2011. When favoured at home by more than four points they are 5-8 ATS. The Titans are the pre-eminent interstate team in the NRL with a 17-22 straight-up record with a return of over 67% and a 25-14 ATS number since 2012. They have failed to cover their last three though after covering 11 straight. When getting 4 or more points they are 18-10 ATS. The Titans have covered 8 of their last 12 on the road off a close loss. The Titans have gone under in their last nine after scoring 18 points while the Sharks have covered just two of their last 10. The Sharks are 0-7 ATS since 2009 as a favourite off three straight losses.

Only a very desperate punter could come into the Sharks at such a short quote in this one. They have had too many chances at home in recent years. The Titans have been arguably a better team this year and have performed interstate consistently for many years. The new halfback should add some life to them while the veterans back from their drug suspension will be better for the run last week. In what will be a low scoring affair the upset is well and truly on.

Mar 272015

Watch NRL Live Streaming 2015 Knights vs Panthers Live Streaming Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Hunter Stadium, New South Wales, Australia, Saturday 28 March 2015 Time 15:00 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL Knights vs Panthers live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

The Newcastle Knights have shot to the top of the ladder with an unbeaten start through three weeks and will be hoping to go 4-0 for the first time since 2002 when they meet a Penrith team playing super football.

David Fa’aologo comes into the starting team for the suspended Korbin Sims with Paterika Vaivai added to the bench. Sione Mata’utia has been named 18th man again but will likely play instead of Tyler Randell. The Panthers are unchanged from the team that lost to the Roosters on Monday night.

Newcastle and Penrith have played 40 times with the Knights prevailing on 22 occasions to the Panthers’ 17. After dominating for two decades though – Newcastle lost just seven of 31 games between 1992 and 2013 – the Knights were blown out twice by Penrith last season, losing 30-8 in the opening round before a 32-10 defeat at home in Round 9. The Knights have won five of the last eight against Penrith at Hunter Stadium.

Newcastle enter this clash as one of just two undefeated teams. They downed the Warriors at home before back-to-back interstate wins against North Queensland and Gold Coast. The Knights have not posted a big score but rank third in line breaks. Their game has been based on toughness though and they have been a highly penalised team. Penrith have been very good as well with wins over Canterbury and Gold Coast before a tough loss to the Sydney Roosters. All 14 of Penrith’s tries have come from an assists – one of just two teams with a 100% assist ratio per Champion Data – while they lead the NRL in second phase play with 52 offloads. Penrith are the worst tackling team in the NRL though with an NRL-worst 123 missed tackles.

The five-eighth battle is an intriguing one here. Jarrod Mullen has just one assist across three games and has not been one of the Knights’ key playmakers. He needs to lift his efforts. Opposite Isaac John has come into the team for the injured Jamie Soward and was a real weakness for the Panthers on Monday. He is better than that performance and needs to show it this week.

The Knights are 15-10 with a 14-11 cover record and 15-10 over record at home over the last three seasons. In day matches the over is an excellent 10-4. When shorter than $2.00 the Knights are just 9-8 at home. Penrith have won six of their last seven on the road when shorter than $2.00. Penrith have covered 14 of their last 25 day matches. Penrith are a poor 1-3 straight and ATS off a five-day break. Newcastle are 18-11 ATS after conceding 18 points or more while Penrith are 18-13 ATS. Teams off three consecutive wins are 53-58 with a 48-63 ATS cover record while home teams are 21-33 ATS in the same situation. Home teams are a terrible 7-14 straight and ATS over the last three seasons with Jared Maxwell refereeing in day matches. Penrith have covered 8 of their last 11 on the road.

The Knights have won three straight but remain unconvincing. They’ve twice had to come from behind at the break to win, a nod to their resilience but something that does raise question marks over their true level. The best comparison with Penrith is probably the Gold Coast – where Penrith won by 40 playing not particularly well while Newcastle snuck home. The Panthers are a better team and if they can get a roll on the Knights’ defence can be busted. A small edge Penrith in this one.

Mar 222015

Watch NRL Live Streaming Roosters vs Panthers Live Streaming 2015 Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Allianz Stadium, Sydney,NSW, Australia , Monday 23 March 2015 Time 19:00 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL Roosters vs Panthers live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

The Sydney Roosters host the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on Monday, March 23 in Round 3 of the NRL. The match kicks off at 7.00pm (AEDT)/9.00pm (NZT).

What: NRL Round 3
Who: Roosters v Panthers
When: Monday, March 23 – 7.00pm (AEDT)
Where: Allianz Stadium
I Can Watch It On: Fox Sports

Roosters prop Martin Kennedy was named 19th man but won’t feature in this one after he was handed an infraction notice for the alleged possession and attempted use of a banned substance on Wednesday. Trent Robinson has also added Willie Manu to the same 17 that went down 34-26 to the Rabbitohs on Sunday.

The Panthers have suffered a massive blow with five-eighth Jamie Soward ruled out following back surgery. He’s replaced by Issac John. Winger Josh Mansour returns from injury, replacing George Jennings.

The Roosters are hurting after their loss to the Bunnies on Sunday and will also be keen to avenge last year’s qualifying final defeat at the hands of the Panthers. If Ivan Cleary’s men aren’t switched on the Chooks could run up a score.

The Panthers shocked the Roosters 19-18 in last year’s qualifying final. That result came out of nowhere after the Chooks won the previous three meetings by an average of 26 points. Penrith will put up a fight this time but the Roosters will have too much class late in the game. Roosters by 12.


Roosters: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Blake Ferguson 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Matt McIlwrick 10 Sam Moa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Aidan Guerra 13 Isaac Liu.

Interchange : Mitchell Aubusson 15 Dylan Napa 16 Kane Evans 17 Sio Siua Taukeiaho 18 Willie Manu 19 Martin Kennedy.

Panthers: 1 Matt Moylan 2 Josh Mansour 3 Dean Whare 4 Jamal Idris 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6 Isaac John 7 Peter Wallace 8 Sam McKendry 9 James Segeyaro 10 Brent Kite 11 Sika Manu 12 Lewis Brown 13 Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: 14 Tyrone Peachey 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 17 Bryce Cartwright.

Mar 202015

Watch NRL Live Streaming NZ Warriors vs Parramatta Eels Live Streaming 2015 Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday 21 March 2015 Time 15:00 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL NZ Warriors vs Parramatta Eels live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

New Zealand Warriors get their first home match of the season and will be looking for a convincing win against a Parramatta team they have had some early season troubles with in recent years. Injuries have hurt both teams though making this clash all the more important.

Andrew McFadden has named an unchanged lineup for the Warriors but star halfback Shaun Johnson is in major doubt. If he does go down Tuimoala Lolohea will likely shift to halfback with Matt Allwood starting in the centres. The Eels have lost outside backs Semi Radradra and Beau Champion with Vai Toutai and Ryan Morgan coming into the team. Halfback Chris Sandow and star lock Anthony Watmough are also in doubt. Luke Kelly and Cody Nelson would come in if they didn’t get through training.

Parramatta hold a 19-14 all-time advantage over New Zealand but the last four have been evenly split. The teams met twice last year with the Eels winning 36-16 at Parramatta Stadium before getting thumped 48-0 at Mt Smart. New Zealand have won four straight against the Eels at Mt Smart with three victories by 13-plus. The last four between these sides have all topped 40. Warriors winger Jono Wright is a former Parramatta player.

Both New Zealand and Parramatta have opened up the season with a win and a loss. The Warriors were disappointing against the Knights in Newcastle before grinding out a tough road win in Canberra. No team has run for more metres this year than the Warriors but they have scored just five tries. They also lead the NRL in errors but have been the best kick-chase team in the premiership. There is a basis there for the Warriors but as has always been the case they have struggled for consistency. The Eels are a schizophrenic team and have showed that in a big win over Manly before being thumped by Canterbury, though the final scoreline was unfair to Parramatta. The Eels’ attack has looked good but the loss of weapon Semi Radradra will hurt. Parramatta had just 44% of the ball last week and busted just 13 tackles.

Look for Sam Tomkins and Will Hopoate to have a major impact on this one. Tomkins was outstanding against Canberra with a try assist and two line breaks and is looking incredibly comfortable in the NRL this season. Hopoate is coming along just as well in his development as a fullback and was excellent for the Eels last Friday with 162 metres. Both have so much potential and will look to take full advantage of it in what both sides will consider a very winnable affair.

Away from Parramatta Stadium the Eels are a horrific 8-47 straight and 12-35 ATS over the last four seasons with the over 29-18, losing by an average of 17 points. The Eels have not covered their last five away from the ground and have conceded 32-plus in their last three and in seven of their last 12. The Warriors are 18-12 (15-15 ATS) at Mt Smart over the same time and are 13-6 (9-10 ATS) when favoured with an 11-8 over record. The Eels are 1-9 (4-6 ATS) away from home after conceding 30 points while the Warriors are 2-1 straight and ATS at home off keeping an opponent to 10 points or under. The Warriors are 10-15 straight and ATS in day matches while the Eels are 4-8 (5-7 ATS) with an 8-4 over record. The over is 15-7 in day matches officiated by Ashley Klein.

This game is going one way and one way only and it will be a convincing New Zealand win. Most of the numbers stack up for the Warriors though their lack of scoring this year has been a worry. Back on home turf though some of those issues should be alleviated, particularly if Shaun Johnson is cleared to play. Parramatta have just taken too big a hit with injuries and are a very different team on the road. The Warriors by plenty.

NZ Warriors vs Parramatta Eels Live
Players List:

New Zealand Warriors: Sam Tomkins, Jonathan Wright, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Thomas Leuluai, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman, Simon Mannering (capt).

Interchange: Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Matthew Allwood (one to be omitted).

Parramatta Eels: Will Hopoate, Vai Toutai, Ryan Morgan, Brad Takairangi, Reece Robinson, Corey Norman, Chris Sandow, Darcy Lussick, Nathan Peats, Tim Mannah (capt), Manu Ma’u, Tepai Moeroa, Anthony Watmough.

Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Joseph Paulo, Danny Wicks, David Gower.

Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Gee.

Mar 192015

Watch NRL Live Streaming Broncos vs Cowboys Live Streaming 2015 Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, Australia, Friday 20 March 2015 Time 20:35 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL Broncos vs Cowboys live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

The Brisbane Broncos host the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, March 20 in Round 3 of the NRL. The match kicks off at 8.35pm (AEDT).

Lachlan Coote gets his first start for the Cowboys after arriving at the club amid much fanfare before last season.

Coote ruptured his ACL in the inaugural NRL Nines competition last year and will be hoping to put a year of rebuilding behind him with a big performance on Friday night.

He takes over at fullback with Michael Morgan moving into the halves. Coach Paul Green has dropped Robert Lui for this one, the first casualty of the Cowboys disappointing first two outings.

The Broncos will be looking to ramp up their performance after a fairly dour victory over the Sharks last Friday.

Wayne Bennett sticks with the same team, allowing Anthony Milford more time to get comfortable in the six jersey.

The Cowboys will be crossing their fingers that he doesn’t find his feet in this derby.

These two teams have played 38 times before. Broncos have taken the points on 27 of those occasions while the boys from North Queensland have won just nine.

However out of their three meetings last year the Cowboys won twice.

Michael Morgan in the halves. After Lachlan Coote’s horror injury in in last year’s pre-season, many thought all hope was lost in North Queensland.

However, Morgan stepped into the void and had a breakout season at the back. He has an amazing footy brain and is super quick over ten metres.

Look for him to be a standout alongside Johnathan Thurston and show up his opposite number Milford.

Also there could be some fireworks if the Broncos forwards decide to rough up Thurston after Beau Scott’s performance in Round 2.

Don’t expect the Cowboys big boppers to turn a blind eye on Friday.

This is an extremely difficult one to pick. Both teams have had a slow start to the season with the Broncos win over the Sharks last week barely a confidence booster considering the standard of the match. There is so much on the line for both teams and there is no reason why either wouldn’t be preparing for a huge performance. The way we see it, the Broncos will just edge the Cowboys considering they are at home and their playmaking combinations have had more time to gel. Broncos by two.

Broncos vs Cowboys
Players list:

Brisbane Broncos: Jordan Kahu, Corey Oates, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges (capt), Lachlan Maranta, Anthony Milford, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Adam Blair, Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker.

Interchange: Jarrod Wallace, Jo Ofahengaue, Sam Thaiday, Kodi Nikorima.

North Queensland Cowboys: Lachlan Coote, Justin O’Neill, Matthew Wright, Kane Linnett, Kyle Feldt, Michael Morgan, Johnathan Thurston (capt), Matthew Scott (capt), Rory Kostjasyn, Ben Hannant, Gavin Cooper, Ethan Lowe, Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: Jake Granville, Kelepi Tanginoa, Scott Bolton, James Tamou, Josh Asiata (one to be omitted).

Referees: Gerard Sutton, Grant Atkins.

Mar 192015

Watch NRL Live Streaming Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs Live Streaming 2015 Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Brookvale Oval, Sydney, Australia, Australia, Friday 20 March 2015 Time 19:35 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval on Friday, March 20 in Round 3 of the NRL. The match kicks off at 7.35pm (AEDT).

The Sea Eagles are still missing Kieran Foran with a hamstring injury.

The Parramatta-bound five-eighth is expected to miss at least two more weeks.

Coach Geoff Toovey has named the same 17 that beat Melbourne 24-22 last Friday, including forward Blake Leary who suffered a back injury when Willie Mason accidentally kneed him in the post-match team huddle.

The Bulldogs have named an unchanged 17, including former Sea Eagle Trent Hodkinson who will play his 100th NRL game.

Josh Reynolds remains sidelined with a broken arm suffered in Round 1.

Daly Cherry-Evans’ individual performance in the 24-22 win over the Storm will be hard to top all season.

Whatever you think of the way he handled his signing with the Titans, the bloke can play.

There isn’t one. Des Hasler will try and play it down but there is always an extra edge to these clashes after his controversial departure from Brookvale at the end of 2011, so it’ll be a cracker.

The Bulldogs have won four of the last six meetings between these two including an 18-17 golden-point victory to end Manly’s 2014 season. Both teams are missing their five-eighths through injury but the Dogs’ superiority up front makes it tough to tip against them – even at Fortress Brookvale. Bulldogs by eight.

Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs Live Stream
Players list:

Manly Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Cheyse Blair, Jamie Lyon (capt), Steve Matai, Peta Hiku, Feleti Mateo, Daly Cherry-Evans, Luke Burgess, Matt Ballin, Willie Mason, Jamie Buhrer, Tom Symonds, Dunamis Lui.

Interchange: Jesse Sene-Lefao, Blake Leary, Jake Trbojevic, Ligi Sao, Justin Horo (one to be omitted).

Canterbury Bulldogs: Brett Morris, Curtis Rona, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Sam Perrett, Moses Mbye, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Lichaa, James Graham (capt), Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood.

Interchange: Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer, Frank Pritchard, Tim Browne, Lloyd Perrett (one to be omitted).

Referees: Matt Cecchin, Henry Perenara.

Mar 152015

Watch NRL Live Streaming Wests Tigers vs St George Dragons Live Streaming 2015 Online Australian National Rugby League (NRL) at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Monday 16 March 2015 Time 19:00 AEDT. Welcome to watch NRL Wests Tigers vs St George Dragons live stream online on your pc/laptop, mac, ipad. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the NRL Game is mostly over and you will get live stream,scores,results and highlights.

NRL Round 2 concludes with an interesting affair from Campbelltown Stadium. The Tigers were one of the pre-season favourites for the wooden spoon but go into their second straight match as a short favourite while the Dragons look to dig deep after some key injuries last week.

Chris Lawrence returns for the Tigers in the centres with Kyle Lovett pushed out of the squad. Lock Martin Taupau is in some doubt with a foot injury. The Dragons have named injured duo Josh Dugan and Ben Creagh but neither will play with Peter Mata’utia and Jake Marketo the likely inclusions. Heath L’Estrange may also come into the side on the bench in place of Jack de Belin.

The Dragons hold a 16-13 all-time advantage over the Tigers with the Saints winning 8 of the last 12. The teams met twice last year with the Dragons winning 44-24 and 28-12, both at ANZ. The Dragons have won both matches at Campbelltown but the clubs have not played there since 2002. The last three matches between the sides has topped 40 points. Saints halfback Benji Marshall is Tigers royalty.

The Tigers won their opening round match against the Titans 19-18 but were a little disappointing, relying on a late Pat Richards field goal. They trailed at halftime but won on the back of the forward arm wrestle, averaging 8.52 metres per hitup. The Dragons were defeated 12-4 by the Storm in a game that got away from them. They had 55% of the ball and made just five handling errors but could crack the Storm defence just once.

Luke Brooks and Benji Marshall, the apprentice and the master. Marshall is regarded as one of the Tigers’ greatest ever players and the club is hoping rising talent Brooks will surpass his reputation. They clash on Monday and it will be a compelling affair. Marshall has struggled for a few seasons but he played reasonably in the Dragons’ season opener. Brooks has shown patches of brilliance but needs to bring some consistency to his game. The halfback that steps up will have a huge influence on this game.

The Wests Tigers are 4-4 (3-5 ATS) at Campbelltown over the last three seasons while they are 8-9 ATS at their suburban home grounds. The Dragons are 11-18 (14-15 ATS) with a 16-13 over record away from their suburban home venues. The Tigers are 6-3 (4-5 ATS) as a favourite since 2013. The Tigers are 1-6 (2-5 ATS) on Monday nights over the last three seasons while the Saints are 4-5 straight and ATS. The Saints are 4-9 ATS when keeping opponents to under 12 points the previous week. The Saints have covered 5 of their last 6 under Ashley Klein while the road team is 36-27 ATS and 33-30 outright with him over the last three years.

The Saints are certainly the value in this as the outsider typically is when two bad teams are playing. There is no question the loss of Creagh and Dugan hurts the Dragons but the Tigers have a very thin lineup and look vulnerable in most areas across the park. The experienced halves pairing of Marshall and Widdop just need to steer the ship, play it smart and the Dragons will be away for season 2015.

Wests Tigers vs St George Dragons Live Streaming
Players List:

Wests Tigers: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Kevin Naiqama, 3. Tim Simona, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Mitchell Moses, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Keith Galloway, 11. Curtis Sironen, 12. Sauaso Sue, 13. Martin Taupau. Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau, 15. Ava Seumanufagai, 16. Matthew Lodge, 17. Brenden Santi, 18. Kyle Lovett.

St George Illawarra Dragons: 1 Josh Dugan, 2 Eto Nabuli, 3 Dane Nielsen, 4 Dylan Farrell, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop, 7 Benji Marshall, 8 Leeson Ah Mau, 9 Mitch Rein, 10 George Rose, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Joel Thompson, 13 Ben Creagh. Interchange: 14 Rory O’Brien, 15 Trent Merrin, 16 Mike Cooper, 17 Jack de Belin, 19 Jake Marketo, 21 Heath L’Estrange.

Mar 132015

National Rugby League 2015 Live North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights Stream NRL match will be kick off at 1300 Smiles Stadium,Townsville, Queensland, Saturday 14 March 2015 online, 21.00 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.

North Queensland were terribly disappointing in their season opener against the Sydney Roosters but get an opportunity to atone against a Newcastle team who came away with an opening round win. The Cows can’t afford to drop a second home game if they are to find a Top 4 berth.

Paul Green has dropped reserve Glenn Hall, bringing in the highly promising Kelepi Tanginoa. Lachlan Coote has been named as 18th man and could play. Skipper Kurt Gidley has been named to return for the Knights at fullback, replacing Sione Mata’utia, but must pass a late fitness test.

Newcastle hold an 18-14 all-time edge over North Queensland though the Cowboys have won nine of the 15 clashes in Townsville. The Cowboys have won five of the last seven though including three straight in Townsville by an average of 18 points. The teams split the series one apiece last year.

North Queensland were terribly wasteful in Round 1 against the Roosters, managing just a single consolation try despite having 55% of the ball and winning the penalty count 10-2. The Cowboys won every conceivable metric but inefficiency in the 20-metre zone cost them dearly in an error-riddled game. Newcastle pulled off an impressive win over New Zealand on the back of some tremendous forward play that netted 9.06 metres a hitup.

Johnathan Thurston and Jarrod Mullen are the two key playmakers in this one and hold all the aces. Thurston struggled in the season opener, playing two side-to-side. He needs to play more direct but he rarely puts together two below par games. Jarrod Mullen started the season well and needs to show some consistency, an issue throughout his career. He needs to take advantage of any roll the Knights pack gets.

North Queensland are 12-2 and 10-4 ATS at home over the last two seasons with an average win of 14.7 points. The Cowboys are near unstoppable when favoured by more than a converted try, going 18-4 with a 16-6 ATS record. The Cowboys are 9-3 under off a loss of 13-plus since 2011. The Knights are 15-12 ATS on the road over the last three years but are 2-11 (6-7 ATS) when getting a converted try. The Knights have covered just six of their last 14 interstate. Interstate teams getting 8 or more points are 82-67 ATS since 2009. The Cowboys are 6-2 ATS under Gavin Badger while the Knights are 5-7 ATS while the over is 19-13 when there is a home fave of bigger than a converted try.

North Queensland were good up the first 80 metres of the park last week but just could not crack the Roosters. The score was not reflective of how strong the Cowboys were in areas of the game. They will be far more efficient against a much weaker defensive side in the Knights. The Cowboys’ record as a big favourite at home is just too good to ignore.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights
Players List:

Cowboys: 1. Michael Morgan, 2. Justin O’Neill, 3. Matthew Wright, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Robert Lui, 7. Johnathan Thurston, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Rory Kostjasyn, 10. Ben Hannant, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Jake Granville, 15. Kelepi Tanginoa, 16. Scott Bolton, 17. James Tamou, 18. Lachlan Coote.

Knights: 1 Kurt Gidley, 2 James McManus, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Joey Leilua, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Jarrod Mullen, 7 Tyrone Roberts, 8 Kade Snowden, 9 Adam Clydsdale, 10 Korbin Sims, 11 Beau Scott, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Jeremy Smith.

Interchange: 14 Tyler Randell, 15 Chris Houston, 16 David Fa’alogo, 17 Jack Stockwell, 18 Sione Mata’utia.

Mar 132015

NRL Live Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm Stream National Rugby League Round 02 match will be kick off at Brookvale Oval Sports ground in New South Wales, Australia, Saturday 14 March 2015 online, 19.00 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.

The two premier teams of the last decade, Manly and Melbourne are fighting desperately to hang onto their title as premiership heavyweights. The Sea Eagles are a club in crisis after Daly Cherry-Evans announced he was moving to the Titans while the Storm showed their class with a Round 1 win over the Dragons but need to go on with it.

Manly have lost Kieran Foran and Clint Gutherson to injury. Steve Matai returns to the centres while Jack Littlejohn gets the start at five-eighth. Melbourne are unchanged though Tom Learoyd-Lahrs could come in for Felise Kaufusi.

Melbourne have won 15 of the 27 matches played against Manly in a rivalry that is rich with history. The teams have played in two deciders against each other, winning one apiece, while the Storm hold a 3-1 edge in all finals games. The Sea Eagles have won just one of their last six against the Storm and lost both matches last season – 23-22 and 22-19. The last three matches between the two sides have topped 36 points. Melbourne have won two of the last three at Brookvale. Manly have topped 22 points in just two of their last 13 against the Storm.

Manly were humiliated in Round 1 by a good Parramatta side, flogged 42-12. The Sea Eagles remarkably had more possession than the Eels but a humiliating 6.4 metres per hitup and 7.7 metres per kick return (against 7.6 and 11.7 respectively) left Manly on the back foot all night. Melbourne didn’t show much efficiency in attack but were typically gritty in a 12-4 win over the Dragons at Kogarah. The Storm had just 45% of the ball and dropped twice as much ball as the Saints but showed tremendous stoutness on their line in a win that will impress coach Craig Bellamy.

It is impossible to look past Daly Cherry-Evans and Cooper Cronk, two of the three best halves in the game. Cherry-Evans has been the source of much controversy already this year but will want to show his total professionalism by having a big game against Queensland rival Cronk. The Storm half is one of the most reliable players in the NRL but was a little quiet in the season opener. Against a quality No.7, Cronk will want to prove he still reigns supreme.

Manly are 15-5 (10-10 ATS) at Brookvale over the last three seasons with a 12-8 over record. As an underdog at the venue dating back to 2009, the Sea Eagles are 4-1 straight and ATS, their last win coming against the Storm in 2013. The Storm are 12-13 straight and ATS on the road over the last three years while they are 4-9 ATS as a road favourite. Road teams who kept a home team to 6 points or fewer the previous week are a poor 4-7 ATS. Manly have covered just one of their last six night games. Melbourne are 3-6 ATS on a short backup over the last three years while the under is 12-5 for road teams on a short backup who played away the week prior.

Manly love to dig their heels in and at home against rivals Melbourne a surprise could be on the cards. The Storm were stout defensively but offered little in attack. Manly are much more threatening with the ball and can pressure the Storm fringes, particularly with Steve Matai returning. The Eagles need to put the off-field dramas to one side and their pack needs to be a lot more aggressive this week but this is an extremely winnable game for the home side.

Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm
Players List:

Manly Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart, 2 Cheyse Blair, 3 Jamie Lyon, 4 Steve Matai, 5 Peta Hiku, 6 Jack Littlejohn, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Willie Mason, 9 Matt Ballin, 10 Brenton Lawrence, 11 Feleti Mateo, 12 Tom Symonds, 13 Dunamis Lui.

Interchange: 14 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 15 Blake Leary, 16 Luke Burgess, 17 Ligi Sao, 18 Justin Horo.

Melbourne Storm: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Young Tonumaipea, 3. William Chambers, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Marika Koroibete, 6. Blake Green, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Dayne Weston, 17. Felise Kaufusi.

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National Rugby League 2015 Live Penrith Panthers vs Gold Coast Titans Stream NRL match will be kick off at Carrington Park,Howick Street, Bathurst, NSW , Saturday 14 March 2015 online, 16.30 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.

Penrith opened the season with a red-hot win against the Bulldogs and hope to stamp their premiership credentials with a big win over the visiting Gold Coast. The Titans have been embroiled in offseason drama throughout much of the offseason and will be desperate for some good news after a heartbreaking first round loss.

Penrith go in unchanged after their impressive first round win against Canterbury. Neil Henry has made just one change to the Titans team, starting Lachlan Burr and relegating Matt Robinson to the bench.

The Panthers and Titans have played 11 games with Penrith victorious in seven of those, averaging a win of 4.5 points. Penrith have won the last three clashes including 14-12 and 36-14 wins last year. The Panthers have just a 3-2 edge at home against the Titans all-time. Five of the last six matches have tallied 38 points or more. Penrith centre Jamal Idris is a former Titan while Gold Coast players James Roberts, Kierran Moseley, Matt Robinson and Ryan Simpkins are former Panthers.

The Panthers were excellent for the first 65 minutes of the Bulldogs game, jumping to a 24-0 lead before hanging on to win 24-18. Penrith missed 41 tackles and conceded six line breaks but averaged an excellent 8.2 metres a hitup and 8.5 metres a dummy-half run. The Panthers were also extremely efficient in attack and had a superior kick-chase. The Titans nearly surprised the Tigers at home but lost to a Pat Richards field goal. The Gold Coast matched the Tigers in most metrics but were let down by a sub-standard kicking game.

James Segeyaro was the best hooker in the opening round of the premiership after winning the Dally M Hooker of the Year last season and is making a push to be recognised as the best rake after Cameron Smith. He ripped the Bulldogs to shreds last week and will be looking to do the same to former understudy Kierran Moseley, who was forced to the Titans by Segeyaro’s brilliance. Moseley was quiet first-up but needs a big game against the Panthers to give the Gold Coast a hope.

The Titans are the best interstate team in the NRL and it is not even close. The Gold Coast are a remarkable 25-13 ATS (17-21 straight) since 2011 interstate with a profit in turnover of 64.7%. When getting 12 or more points the Titans are 7-4 ATS interstate and have covered five of their last seven. Over the last three seasons the Titans are 15-12 ATS at night (and 18-9 under at night) while the Panthers are 17-10 with a 14-13 ATS number and 16-11 under record. Penrith have not covered in five attempts as a double digit favourite back to 2009 and are 2-5 ATS back to 2011 when spotting more than a converted try.

The Gold Coast with the huge start shape as one of the bets of the round. While they have been decimated by drug-related suspensions, they match up pretty well with the Panthers. The Titans backline is impressive and if the halves can provide some quality ball then they can make an impact out wide. Penrith were excellent in Round 1 but historically they have not towelled up teams – even last year when they reached the Top 4. The Titans are a great interstate team because they are perennially underrated and they show up to play. An upset can happen, particularly if the Titans pack can at least hold square in the arm wrestle. The huge start is way too big.

Penrith Panthers vs Gold Coast Titans
Players List:

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan, 2. George Jennings, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Jamal Idris, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Jamie Soward, 7. Peter Wallace, 8. Sam Mckendry, 9. James Segeyaro, 10. Brent Kite, 11. Sika Manu, 12. Lewis Brown, 13. Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey, 15. Jeremy Latimore, 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 17. Bryce Cartwright, 18. Isaah Yeo.

Titans: 1. William Zillman, 2. Kevin Gordon 3. James Roberts 4. Josh Hoffman 5. David Mead 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Daniel Mortimer 8. Luke Douglas 9. Kierran Moseley 10. Eddy Pettybourne 11. Ryan James 12. Lachlan Burr 13. Nate Myles.

Interchange: 14. Agnatius Paasi 15. Mark Ioane 16. Matt Robinson 17. Matt Srama 18. Ryan Simpkins