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NRL Round One Preview

The Rabbitoh’s got their 2013 campaign off to a solid start last night with a win over the Roosters. What can NRL fans expect from the rest of the round? TSJ’s Nick Page takes a look.

Broncos vs Sea Eagles: The first Friday Night game of the season will be an even match that could go either way. It will be a battle of the halves – Scott Prince and Peter Wallace against Kieren Forn and Daly Cherry-Evans.

Tip: Sea Eagles

Eels vs Warriors-:Two of the disappointments in 2012 face off at the start of 2013. This will be a vital match for both clubs. Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt will be sorely missed by the Eels; the loss of James Maloney will be equally mourned by the Warriors. Chris Sandow and Jarryd Hayne will have a big season and should kick of the season with big games.

Tip: Eels

Bulldogs vs Cowboys: The Cowboys start as favourites for this clash, but the Bulldogs, 2012 runners up, will be looking to bite back. Ben Barba will be missed.

Tip: Bulldogs

Panthers vs Raiders: The Panthers will have a rebuilding year in 2013, however the high-flying Raiders will look to continue their great form of 2012. Panthers have also lost their three best players in Luke Lewis, Michael Gordon and Michael Jennings.

Tip: Raiders

Storm vs Dragons: Reigning premiers Melbourne Storm will be looking to start their 2013 campaign in similar fashion to 2012, when they won their first nine matches. Should be an easy win for Melbourne.

Tip: Storm   

Sharks vs Titans: Sharks recruits Luke Lewis, Michael Gordon, Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan will be vital for their new club. Dave Taylor joins the Titans but the home side will sorely miss their former skipper Scott Prince.

Tip: Sharks

Knights vs Wests Tigers: Two teams that failed to impress in 2012. Wayne Bennett will be looking to turn the Knight’s fortunes around, but can new Tigers new coach Mick Potter bring his English Super League success to the NRL?

Tip: Knights

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