JT’s Succinct NRL Tips: Round 3, 2023

A summary of the Dolphins vs the Raiders

Round 2 came and went fairly quickly, and I actually wound up getting the margin on Thursday night thanks to Souths scoring that late consolation try, but that was about it, because everything else went to crap and I wound up with 4/8.

– The Sharks won the shootout against the ocean dwelling Eels, sending last season’s beaten Grand Finalist to 0-2 despite 2 games at home

– As expected the Broncos were too good in the Queensland Derby against the Cowboys.

– Easts did what they had to go against the Warriors at Allianz and won 20-12, despite ‘The Cheese’ Brandon Smith lasting as long as a teabag in a cup

– In the driving rain at Redcliffe, the Dolphins wiped out the Raiders thanks to a late try by Hamiso ‘The Hammer’ Tabuai-Fidow, sending them to 2-0 and making the locals build yet another statue for the Master Coach.

– In the result of the round, the unfancied Canterbury abused Melbourne at AAMI Park, leading 26-0 at one stage before the Storm tacked on some points to win 26-12, a result that led to Craig Bellamy beheading 3 players at half-time.

– The Knights had 2 players concussed, one of them being Kalyn Ponga, Jacob Saifiti was sent off for a high tackle with 20 minutes to go… And they still managed to keep Wests Tigers to 12 points, which should tell you how rancid the Tigers are.

– And despite everyone laughing at them all off season, the Dragons managed to easily defeat the Titans, who seem to take 1 step forward and 2 steps back every couple of weeks.

So moving on from last weekend’s action, this weekend we’ve got a couple of good matchups, starting with Manly against Parramatta at Brooky, in what is the 40th anniversary year of Parra defeating the dominant Silvertails once again in the ’83 Grand Final, completing the last premiership hat-trick in First Grade history.

Friday night, the Redcliffe Dolphins have their first road trip in First Grade down to the Hunter to take on Newcastle, then the Roosters and Rabbits meet in the Foundation Rivalry, which will be guaranteed to see at least another 7 players sent to the sin bin like Week 1 of last year’s finals, and 8 spectators booted about for racially abusing Latrell Mitchell.

Fair dinkum, what a disgraceful moment that was last Thursday night – There’s so many things you could have a go about Latrell Mitchell about when it comes to things he’s done on field, but that dickhead who had a go couldn’t get beyond the colour of a man’s skin.

Disgraceful, no place in the game.

Other than that, Saturday looks a bit lopsided, especially the Broncos having a 30-year premiership reunion against the remannts of the club they defeated, while the Berries make their return to Belmore once more against Wests on Sunday, and it’d be very rare to see the Bulldogs get support from at least 70% of tipsters, let alone 90%, but Sunday will be one of those days.

And the Raiders take on Cronulla in Canberra, the Raiders’ first home game of 2023, and you just get the feeling the Raiders are going to pull off something funny against a team that hasn’t beaten them for 5 years.

Now, here are my Succinct Tips for Round 3:

Round 2 Score = 4/8, Progress Score = 9/16 (56.25%)

And now, the Round 3 LOCK OF THE WEEK, which wasn’t a lock of the week last week as the Sharks found a way to chomp through the lock and defeat the Eels…

SATURDAY NIGHT, PRIME TIME, LANG PARK, WITH ALFIE, STEVE RENOUF, KEVVY, TREVOR ‘THE AXE’ GILLMEISTER AND THE HEROES OF ’93 WATCHING ON, The Broncos are going to give their old coach Anthony Griffin a mean far right Hook, because you know why?


Ah, what a great band the Rolling Stones were…

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