Well, we’re still here. The NRL one of the last competitions in the world to continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for now, Round 3 is on.
But first, here’s how things looked for punters in Round 2 of the 2020 NRL season.
Bad, Bad Beats
If you managed to get through Round 1 unscathed, Round 2 was a ‘welcome back to punting season’ sort of round.
Twice, punters had started to get comfortable before a play in the last minute of the game changed everything.
The points had dried up after 45 minutes of the North Queensland Cowboys win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. If there was ever a game that looked sure to finish Under the 37.5 Points Total, it was this one. However, a Valentine Holmes howler with 10 seconds left on the clock allowed Christian Crichton to score late for the Bulldogs to add another four points. Final score: 24-16 (40 points).
That wasn’t the only bad beat for NRL punters in Round 2. The New Zealand Warriors appeared to have done enough to cover their +12.5 line until Curtis Scott scored in the 79th minute. For those also on the Raiders to score 21 to 30 points, the shanked conversion added to the heartbreak. Final score: 20-6.
— NRL (@NRL) March 21, 2020
Top 3 Premiership Odds
We’ve had some movement in the 2020 Premiership Winner market after two rounds.
The Sydney Roosters remain on the first line of betting, but their post-Grand Final price of $4 drifted to $4.20 before the season started, and is now out to $5 following back-to-back losses.
If there is one thing we know in rugby league, it’s the Melbourne Storm win games early. They’ve started the season 2-0 to come in from $6 to $5.50 to end the NRL season as premiers.
No longer the people’s team (that honour belongs to the Warriors now), the Canberra Raiders are still contenders. Opening the season at $7, two wins from two has them at $6 heading into Round 3.
Broncos Bounce Up Market
While the order of the top three in the premiership market remains the same, the Brisbane Broncos made big moves up the list.
They went into Round 1 at $19 to lift the Provan-Summons Trophy. But back-to-back wins while missing a few key forwards has catapulted the Queensland club up the market and into $13.
To beat the Cowboys in North Queensland and the South Sydney Rabbitohs fairly convincingly at home, there is a lot to be excited about in Brisbane. They’ve managed to earn the wins with Joe Ofahengaue, Alex Glenn, Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai Jr all missing time too.
Up against the Gold Coast Titans as $1.41 and -6.5 favourites, the Broncos look good to go 3-0 and for their $13 to come in even further.
Highlight Play of the Round
Is the real Anthony Milford…back?
Oh my, Milford!
— League Live (@RLeagueLive) March 20, 2020
NRL Against The Spead Standings
Somewhat surprisingly, the Cronulla Sharks are 2-0 against the spread despite being 0-2 straight up to start the season.
Less surprising, the Warriors are at the bottom of the NRL’s ATS ladder.
|After Round 2|
|TOP 8||BOTTOM 8|
|Broncos (2-0)||Sea Eagles (1-1)|
|Knights (2-0)||Storm (1-1)|
|Raiders (2-0)||Tigers (1-1)|
|Sharks (2-0)||Cowboys (1-1)|
|Eels (1-1)||Roosters (0-2)|
|Dragons (1-1)||Titans (0-2)|
|Panthers (1-1)||Rabbitohs (0-2)|
|Bulldogs (1-1)||Warriors (0-2)|