The opening round of the NRL is always one to saviour as all of the built up excitement of month after month of no action builds to a crescendo of match after match where the fans are at their loudest, the players are at their freshest and more often than not, the results are amongst their most unpredictable.
NRL Round 1 2021
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Kick Off: 10:50
Venue: BlueBet Stadium (Penrith)
Preview:Both teams go into the match in good form, on the back of big wins and with lots of quality in their side so it is no surprise that this one is the match to watch from this round of matches. The Panthers head into the round undefeated and top of the table and it looks difficult to see anybody changing that but if one club could do it is the Knights although they will need Ponga to control the game and the Panthers look unlikely to let that happen, so we are going to back Penrith to win once more.
Prediction: Penrith Panthers by 10
Kick Off: 09:00
Venue: CBUSSuper Stadium (Robina)
Preview:Souths come into the game on the back of a fantastic win that will be a big confidence boost for them whilst the season somewhat unravelled for the Titans last time out so it is difficult to see anything other than a Souths win.
Prediction: South Sydney Rabbitohs by 10
Kick Off: 10:55
Venue: TIO Stadium (Darwin)
Preview:Parramatta come into the game on the back of a huge win at Canberra last time out and they will take that confidence boost into this one, especially with the Broncos out of form and out of ideas.
Prediction: Parramatta Eels by 10
Kick Off: 08:30
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (Sydney)
Preview:The Sharks are up and down at best this season but the Bulldogs are just down, so whilst this could be a scrappy game it should be one that the Sharkies come out on top in a relatively comfortable win.
Prediction: Cronulla Sharks by 8
Kick Off: 10:30
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium (Queensland)
Preview:The Raiders just haven’t managed to find their grove this year and they would have been expecting this to be a comfortable win just a couple of weeks ago but with the Cowboys getting a big confidence boost last time out and with the Raiders struggling, we are going to back a home win in this one but if it clicks for the Raiders, they could easily win.
Prediction: North Queensland Cowboys by 8
Kick Off: 04:45
Venue: Bankwest Stadium (Sydney)
Preview:Wests come into this one on the back of a last second loss to the Rabbitohs whilst Manly come into it on the back of a huge win against the Titans, which sets this up to be a fascinating match up. The outcome will come down to how the Tigers react to last week and with the Sea Eagles up and down, we are going to back Wests to answer things in the best way.
Prediction: Wests Tigers by 8
Kick Off: 07:00
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney)
Preview:Both clubs come into the game on the back of losses and with lots of questions over them, but it is the hosts who have the most to prove and after a week of soul searching, week expect them to answer as only a champion side can and that is by picking up a win no matter what.
Prediction: Sydney Roosters by 8
Kick Off: 09:15
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne)
Preview:Both teams are in great form and come into on the back of big wins and so whilst we would not say the Warriors do not have a chance of winning, it is always a near impossible task to take on and defeat the Storm at home when the hosts are in form. This should be a great game however and one that both will need to be at their best to have any chance of the point sand that is exactly what we expect, so the better defence of Melbourne should come out on top.
Prediction: Melbourne Storm by 10
Round 1 of the NRL
The memories of all of the excitement of the last season is starting to wane before the start of the new season and whilst the top teams from the year before will still go into this round amongst the favourites, one of the special aspects of the opening round of any season is that even the team that picked up the wooden spoon the year before goes into the new season with new hope and new belief.
That is especially true for competition such as the NRL where there is no relegation and a salary cap so the team that struggled the season before has had time to rebuild and restart a fresh.
The build up to the new season over in Australia (and New Zealand) features a number of trial matches and a special events, so fans have often already had the chance to see new signings in their new colours but there is nothing quite like seeing your teams big new signing running out on game day 1 to really excite you and make everything seem real again.
From a predicting the outcome of matches point of view, the second round is always a tough one as you have no true insight into the form of a team, what little form they have built up and you have little to go on in terms of how new players have integrated themselves sin their new team/club and how well any changes have worked or not worked.
From a fan point of view, this is always a highlight of the season and with the biggest match of the round often the first match of the season, this is often a round to simply sit back, relax, and watch the excitement of the NRL is all of its glory once more.