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NRL: Five things we learned from Vegas double-header

The NRL is definitely back with a bang following an historic and enthralling double-header in Las Vegas.

The dust will have to settle before a judgement can be made on whether the weekend was a success, but there can be no complaints about the entertainment served up on the pitch.

In the opening game 11 tries were scored as the Manly Sea Eagles defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 36-24.

Then in the second clash, Sydney Roosters put on a masterclass to defeat Brisbane Broncos 20-10.

The Roosters can be backed at 7.50 to win the grand final and, if their opening game is anything to go by, they will be right in the mix.

Here are five other things we learnt from the double header.

Tedesco answers his critics

James Tedesco came in for some heavy criticism following a disappointing 2023 season by his own exceptionally high standards.

However, he came out firing against the Broncos and was clearly out to prove a point.

The spine of the Roosters team all performed well, but Tedesco was the stand-out player with 190 metres and a try assist among some impressive numbers.

It is a big season for Tedesco as he also aims to keep his place in the New South Wales Origin side, and things could not have started much better.

Manu steps up to the plate

Along with Tedesco, Joey Manu was the other stand-out player for the Roosters in the impressive win.

Manu managed to bag himself a try and set up another with an outrageous flick pass during a fine display that also included 16 tackles and 153 metres.

The centre will be a huge player for the Roosters this season and the whole of the NRL will be hoping he stays in the competition.

There is talk of him being lured to French Rugby Union, however.

Walsh stands out

Reece Walsh may have been on the losing side, but the Broncos fullback showed his star quality in Las Vegas.

Walsh did his very best to keep his side in the game with a superb try and another try assist.

It wasn’t enough on this occasion, but Walsh looks sure to improve even more on last season and will be key to Brisbane’s chances of winning the premiership.

They are priced at 4.75 to win the grand final.

Fresh start for Brooks

Following a tough time with Wests Tigers, playmaker Luke Brooks looked like a new man on his NRL debut for Manly Sea Eagles.

Brooks stood out alongside Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves and looks set to grab his fresh start with both hands.

He was a constant threat throughout the game and came close to getting a try in the first half.

Brooks got his reward when crossing over late in the game to seal an impressive win. Brooks could turn out to be one of the deals of 2024.

Mitchell shines for Souths

It turned out to be a disappointing night for the Rabbitohs in Vegas, but at least Latrell Mitchell looks fit and ready to fire.

Mitchell scored a stunning try and also chipped in with two try assists during an all-round impressive display.

If the bunnies are to win the Premiership this season, they will need Mitchell at his best and he looks up for the fight already.

Souths are 13.00 to win the grand final.

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