3rd June 2020, 16:39 | nrl
The NRL made a triumphant return last weekend following a two-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and despite games being played behind closed doors there may now be more eyes than ever on Australia’s flagship competition entering Round Four.
Thousands of new supporters will be treated on Thursday morning as Brisbane Broncos host current NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters in one of a handful of eye-catching fixtures this weekend.
The Roosters earned a hard-fought victory over local rivals South Sydney last weekend while the Broncos are looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat against current leaders Parramatta Eels. English youngster Herbie Farnworth has moved into Brisbane’s starting line-up for this weekend’s opening game.
Both South Sydney Rabbitohs and Melbourne Storm are looking to get back to winning ways in Round Four as the two play-off hopefuls meet at AAMI Park on Friday. Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs will be hopeful of inflicting a second consecutive home defeat on the Storm, with England’s Tom Burgess – who was on the scoresheet last weekend – amongst the squad.
Despite the disappointing news that John Bateman will remain sidelined for longer than originally expected, Canberra Raiders will come into this weekend full of confidence having won three from three in 2020 including an impressive 6-22 win over Melbourne in their most recent outing.
England’s George Williams was the star of the show notching two try-assists as he continues to settle into life with the Green Machine Down Under. Williams, Elliott Whitehead, Josh Hodgson and co face a tough task this weekend however against fellow unbeaten side Newcastle Knights.
Parramatta Eels have been the early pacesetters in the NRL winning three from three whilst also scoring more points than any other side with 88 and boasting the best defence having conceded just 14. The Eels welcome Manly to Bankwest Stadium with the Sea Eagles potentially having the standout performer from Round Three in Tom Trbojevic.
Elsewhere, James Graham’s St George side face Canterbury Bulldogs on Monday with both teams in search of their first victory. Justin Holbrook’s Gold Coast Titans are also winless and looking to make amends on Sunday against Wests Tigers.
Unbeaten Penrith Panthers host a New Zealand Warriors side who broke an NRL record for completed sets in Round Three while North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks meet in Townsville.
Every game will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters (10:50am)
Penrith Panthers v New Zealand Warriors (9:00am)
Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs (10:55am)
Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles (8:30am)
North Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks (10:35am)
Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights (7:05am)
Gold Coast Titans v Wests Tigers (9:30am)
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v St George Illawarra Dragons (7:05am)