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NRL: Talking points from week three

The Brisbane Broncos and Dolphins continued their strong start to the new NRL campaign while the Wests Tigers remain bottom of the ladder along with the Parramatta Eels.

It was another exciting week of NRL action that produced a number of talking points. The action got underway on Thursday night with Manly Sea Eagles holding off a late fightback from Parramatta to win 34-30. 

Then, on Friday night, the Dolphins passed another big test when they won on the road for the first time, beating Newcastle Knights 36-20, while the Sydney Roosters edged out South Sydney Rabbitohs 20-18. 

On Saturday, there were three games with the Gold Coast Titans beating Melbourne Storm 38-34, the Warriors won 26-12 away at the Cowboys and the Broncos beat the Dragons 40-18. 

To wrap up week three, the Bulldogs piled more misery on the Tigers with a 26-22 win while the Raiders edged out the Sharks 24-20.

Let's take a look at the main talking points to come out of week three.

Dolphins will miss Kaufusi

The Dolphins continue to march on in their debut NRL campaign following the win at Newcastle but they may now face another huge test.

Felise Kaufusi, who has been a revelation in the opening three games, could be looking at a spell on the sidelines through suspension.

Kaufusi has been handed a three-match ban after being sent-off for a late shot on Knights star Jackson Hastings. The forward was handed a Grade 2 charge for 'dangerous contact' but the Dolphins have confirmed they will take it to the judiciary on Tuesday.

If their appeal to have the charge is downgraded to just a fine, then Kaufusi will be free to play in the huge clash against the Broncos this weekend.

If unsuccessful, then he could be looking at a four-game ban. However, Kaufusi is that important to them, the Dolphins are willing to take a gamble on the extra game if there is a chance he can face Brisbane.

Kaufusi is key to how the Dolphins play and coach Wayne Bennett will be praying the charge is downgraded so he can face the Broncos.

The Dolphins are priced at 3.35 to win the blockbuster, while the Broncos can be backed at 1.33.

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Arthur feeling the pressure

The Eels have got their campaign off to a disastrous start after losing their opening three games, but it would appear that coach Brad Arthur is safe for now.

Arthur has had a hugely successful spell at the club despite not winning silverware and that is likely to keep him in a job for a while yet. He did guide them to the Grand Final last season and you could argue with a bit of luck they may have won the opening three game this season, not lost them.

Parramatta lost a number of key players in the off-season and now it looks as though a rebuild of some sort could be needed. And Arthur, who has a reputation for developing players, should be the man to lead it. However, if the bad results continue then the powers that be could have a decision to make.

Already names such as former Manly coach Des Hasler have been mentioned should Arthur leave. The Eels have a tough game against the Panthers at CommBank on Thursday night and are priced at 3.25 to get the win with Penrith 1.35.

Tigers need time

Wests Tigers slipped to a third straight defeat when losing to the Bulldogs at the weekend, leading to more doubts over the new coaching set-up.

Tim Sheens is at the helm with Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah working alongside him before the former eventually takes the reins. Things are not going to plan so far but there have been calls for calm. Any new coaching set-up with a number of new players, needs time to gel, and it is still early days.

The Tigers board are likely to give them time and if anything faces change it looks like it could be the playing roster, with some of the current crop being shipped out and replacements being brought in.

Wests Tigers are away at Melbourne Storm on Friday night and are priced at 3.60 to get the win, with the Storm available at 1.30.

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