Tuesday's Expert Wrap - NRL Round 2

We've arrived at the end of the second round of the 2014 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership! Check out all the results, reports and player of the year points right here.

The Dragons continued their strong start to the season, backing up a Round 1 win with a dominant victory over the Warriors in Auckland, while many teams had contrasting fortunes to their prior efforts. Canterbury, the Roosters, Sea Eagles and Tigers all bounced back from disappointing Round 1 losses to record wins this week, while the Eels came crashing back down to earth along with disappointing showings from the Rabbitohs, Titans and Cowboys. The Broncos and Storm joined the Dragons as the only undefeated sides so far, while Cronulla, Newcastle and the Warriors sit winless at the foot of the table after a fortnight of NRL action.


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Date: Friday 14 March 2014 at 7:40pm
Crowd: 15120
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6 South Sydney Rabbitohs 4

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jamie Buhrer
2 points - Cheyse Blair
1 point - Matt Ballin

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (14)
Tries: Cheyse Blair, Daly Cherry-Evans
Field Goals: Jamie Lyon (0/1)
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Lyon (2/2)

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (12)
Tries: Sam Burgess, Beau Champion
Field Goals: Adam Reynolds (0/1)
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)

Match Report: Manly Clean Up Scrappy Affair - Josh Robertson


Brisbane Broncos 16 North Queensland Cowboys 12
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Friday 14 March 2014 at 8:40pm
Crowd: 42303
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 10 North Queensland Cowboys 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sam Thaiday
2 points - Corey Parker
1 point - Gavin Cooper

BRISBANE BRONCOS (16)
Tries: Matt Gillett, Daniel Vidot, Andrew McCullough
Field Goals: Ben Hunt (0/1)
Conversions: Corey Parker (2/3)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (12)
Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Gavin Cooper
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)

Match Report: Broncos notch victory over fellow Queenslanders - Aaron Thomas


New Zealand Warriors 12 St. George Illawarra Dragons 31
Venue: Eden Park
Date: Saturday 15 March 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 14392
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 12 St. George Illawarra Dragons 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Gareth Widdop
2 points - Adam Quinlan
1 point - Brett Morris

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (12)
Tries: Sam Tomkins, Jerome Ropati
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Shaun Johnson (1/1)

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (31)
Tries: Mitch Rein, Adam Quinlan, Gerard Beale, Brett Morris, Ben Creagh
Field Goals: Gareth Widdop (1/1)
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (5/5)

Match Report: Dragons record back-to-back wins - Tim Costello


Melbourne Storm 18 Penrith Panthers 17
Venue: AAMI Park
Date: Saturday 15 March 2014 at 5:30pm
Crowd: 13952
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 14 Penrith Panthers 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Cooper Cronk
2 points - Jesse Bromwich
1 point - Peter Wallace

MELBOURNE STORM (18)
Tries: Kevin Proctor, Mahe Fonua, Sisa Waqa
Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (2/2)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (0/3)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (2/2)

PENRITH PANTHERS (17)
Tries: Kevin Naiqama (2), Josh Mansour
Field Goals: Peter Wallace (1/2)
Conversions: Peter Wallace (1/3)
Penalty Goals: Peter Wallace (1/2)

Match Report: Storm edge out Panthers in Saturday night thriller - Kevin Bertao


Sydney Roosters 56 Parramatta Eels 4
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Date: Saturday 15 March 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 13269
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 16 Parramatta Eels 4

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Mitchell Pearce
2 points - Anthony Minichiello
1 point - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (56)
Tries: Anthony Minichiello (3), Sam Moa, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (2), Mitchell Aubusson (2), Daniel Tupou, Boyd Cordner
Conversions: James Maloney (8/10)

PARRAMATTA EELS (4)
Tries: Semi Radradra
Conversions: Corey Norman (0/1)

Match Report: Roosters knock Eels back to Earth - Aaron Thomas


Gold Coast Titans 12 Wests Tigers 42
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Date: Sunday 16 March 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 12038
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 6 Wests Tigers 22

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Robbie Farah
2 points - Aaron Woods
1 point - James Tedesco

GOLD COAST TITANS (12)
Tries: Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly
Conversions: Aidan Sezer (2/2)

WESTS TIGERS (42)
Tries: Pat Richards (2), James Tedesco, Bodene Thompson, David Nofoaluma, Martin Taupau, Luke Brooks
Conversions: Pat Richards (6/7)
Penalty Goals: Pat Richards (1/1)

Match Report: Tigers too hot for Titans - Luke Wenitong


Newcastle Knights 20 Canberra Raiders 26
Venue: Hunter Stadium
Date: Sunday 16 March 2014 at 6:30pm
Crowd: 14674
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 10 Canberra Raiders 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Anthony Milford
2 points - Jarrod Croker
1 point - Tyrone Roberts

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (20)
Tries: Akuila Uate, Beau Scott, James McManus, Tyrone Roberts
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (2/4)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (26)
Tries: Jarrod Croker (2), Josh McCrone, Paul Vaughan, Edrick Lee
Conversions: Anthony Milford (2/3), Reece Robinson (1/2)

Match Report: Raiders surge Knights at the post - Justin Davies


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 42 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Monday 17 March 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowd: 12057
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Reynolds
2 points - Trent Hodkinson
1 point - Chase Stanley

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (42)
Tries: Frank Pritchard, Trent Hodkinson, Michael Ennis, Chase Stanley (2), Corey Thompson, Josh Morris
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (7/7)

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (4)
Tries: Jonathan Wright
Conversions: Michael Gordon (0/1)

Match Report: Bulldogs rout toothless Sharks - Justin Davies


Stay tuned on Wednesday for "The Armchair Expert", running the rule over our full player of the year leaderboard, injury report, suspensions, controversies and much more!

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