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NRL: A look at the week ahead

Penrith Panthers versus South Sydney Rabbitohs has to be the highlight of week two in the NRL, while there is also A-League, Super Rugby and Test Match cricket to look forward to in another busy week of action.

The new NRL campaign started with a bang as the Brisbane Broncos beat the Panthers on golden point, while the Cowboys also edged out the Raiders by a point.

There were also wins for Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs and week two looks set to be equally exciting. The same can be said for the A-League and Super Rugby, while Australia will be looking to draw the series against India.

Who would have thought we would have been saying that a week ago. So there is a lot to look forward to in the week ahead, let’s take a closer look at what is on the agenda.

NRL – Panthers need a response

Reigning premiers Penrith slipped to a week one loss to the Broncos to add to the World Club Championship defeat against St Helens. While no-one at the Panthers will be reaching for the panic button just yet, there will be some concern within the ranks.

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Nothing a victory over South Sydney would not solve on Thursday night. Penrith are priced at 1.50 to do just that but Souths will be buzzing following an emphatic win over the Sharks and can be backed at 2.60. There are two massive games on the Friday with four premiership contenders in action.

Parramatta Eels take on the Cronulla Sharks, while Brisbane Broncos play North Queensland Cowboys. On Saturday it is the Sydney Roosters versus New Zealand Warriors, Dolphins take on the Raiders and Melbourne Storm entertain the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Week two is wrapped up on Sunday with Wests Tigers v Newcastle and the Dragons against the Gold Coast Titans.

A-League – City also need to bounce back

In the A-League Melbourne City suffered a rare defeat against Adelaide and although they still have a healthy six-point lead at the top of the ladder they will want to bounce back at home to Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

They are priced at 2.10 to go on and win the Grand Final. Matchday 20 of 26 will get underway on Friday night when struggling Perth Glory take on second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers who are 9.00 to win the Grand Final.

There are just the two games on Saturday when Central Coast Mariners entertain Macarthur and Newcastle Jets take on Adelaide United. As well as City v Roar, Wellington Phoenix also entertain Sydney FC in a massive game on the Sunday. The round stretches into the Monday with Melbourne Victory taking on Western United on 13th March.

Victory currently sit bottom of the ladder and are priced at 5.50 to stay there.

Super Rugby – Chiefs look to keep good times rolling

It has been a strong start to the Super Rugby campaign for the Chiefs who have won their opening two games. They will be out to make it three on the spin when they get week three underway with a home clash against the Highlanders, who have started with two heavy defeats, on Friday.

In the other game on Friday night the Rebels will take on the Waratahs. Saturday looks like being a super one with four games to look forward to on a jam-packed day of action. In the opening game of the day Fijian Drua will take on the Crusaders, before the unbeaten Hurricanes face the Blues.

The Brumbies will then take on the Reds before the round is wrapped up when the Western Force take on Moana Pasifika.

Australian Cricket – Australia out to draw the series

Somehow Australia are in with a shout of drawing the Test series with India and they are priced at 3.60 to win the fourth match. India can be backed at 1.50 while a drawn match is available at 9.00.

The way Australia fought back to win the third Test was impressive to say the least. Nobody gave them a chance following the heavy defeats in the opening two Tests. Now they have a chance to complete a remarkable comeback.

The fourth Test will get underway on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and going off the last three meetings, it could go either way. Once the Test series is done, India and Australia will then contest a three-match One Day International series which starts on Friday 17th March.

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