Performance of the Week:
There were a few impressive displays in the opening round of the NRL. South Sydney kicked the season off in grand style at Suncorp, Parramatta put Manly to the sword at Pirtek and Penrith survived late on against a spirited Canterbury.
My performance of the week would have to go to the Roosters though. Going up to Townsville in front of a packed house and completely shutting down the Cowboys is pretty impressive. All this without Mini and SBW. The Roosters fell through the cracks in a few pre-season predictions but reminded everybody that they are firm premiership material.
Knights 24-14 Warriors:
Go back and read over my preview for this game. I said that the hometown spirit would get the Knights over the line and it certainly did help on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in the Hunter. Coming from behind against the Warriors is no easy task but the team in red and blue did it well and got their new era under Rick Stone off to a great start.
Dragons 4-12 Storm:
Melbourne know how to win ugly and they did just that on Monday night at Kogarah. No high-scoring match like these two sides normally produce but Melbourne got over the line at the end of the day. I'm still not sure how the Storm will stack up against some of the bigger teams though.
Broncos 6-36 Rabbitohs:
How about those Bunnies? Premierships, Nines' trophies, World Club Series trophies, it's raining success at Redfern at the moment. Their long suffering fans deserve a bit of time in the sun and it seems like that time will go on for a bit longer. A lot was said about Wayne Bennett's return home to Brisbane but the Rabbitohs crashed the party in grand style. A slick performance to kick off the new season.
Titans 18-19 Tigers:
A quick mention has to go out to the Gold Coast Titans. After weeks of misery for the club they put on a brave showing against the Wests Tigers and came so close to snatching the win. I expected the Titans to struggle but it was good to see them put on a show for a reasonable-sized crowd.