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Match Day Instagram: South Sydney versus Canberra

My first regular-season NRL game since 2013. Canberra defeated South Sydney 32-18 at ANZ Stadium. A mostly one-sided game, a soul-less experience in front of barely nine thousand spectators. I was there gratis as part of my GWS Giants membership, and sadly it was worth every penny.

Grand final preview

The only game that matters today kicks off at 12.15pm. Newtown will face Wentworthville in the NSWRL Cup (Reserve Grade in a past life) Final. It's revenge time for the Jets, having lost a golden-point Grand Final to Parramatta in 2006. The Wenty Magpies are the Eels' proxy in this year's reserve grade comp.

My pick: Newtown by 14.

NRL Round 3 tips

Round 3 tips, 28-31 March:

Friday:
Parramatta to beat Newcastle
North Queensland to beat Brisbane

Saturday:
Roosters to beat Melbourne
St George to beat Canberra
Gold Coast to beat Cronulla

Sunday:
Penrith to beat South Sydney
Wests Tigers to beat Canterbury

Monday:
Manly to beat the Warriors.

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NRL Footy Tips Round 2

I submitted these tips before kickoff last night, and I am already 0 for 2 this weekend...

Friday:
Souths to beat Canterbury (they didn't)
Roosters to beat Broncos (they didn't)

Saturday:
Penrith to beat Canberra
Newcastle to beat Manly
Balmain to beat Townsville

Sunday:
Parramatta to beat Auckland
Melbourne to beat Cronulla

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NRL Footy Tips Round 1

It's the centenary year of competitive rugby league in Australia in 2008, although it could be argued that the game is in a sorrier state these days since its Faustian encounter with News Limited began thirteen years ago. It's no coincidence that News Ltd owns 50 per cent of the NRL while also owning 100 per cent of the current premiers Melbourne Storm, who are also 5/2 favourites to win the premiership this year.

Doggies!

I'm happy that Canterbury-Bankstown won the NRL grand final last night. Not so much for the club as for the fans. Most of the fans. The Doggies came from 13-6 down at half-time to lead 16-13 and hold off a late Roosters surge to win. Kicking a field goal in the first half and then losing by less than a try, yes wasn't that smart?