Canterbury's season couldn't have started any worse after they were hammered by New Zealand Warriors last week. Parramatta on the other hand got their year off to a great start with a shock win at Penrith and they can make it back-to-back victories with the Bulldogs unable to improve enough.
New Zealand Warriors will be looking to back up their superb Round 1 performance as they take on Wests Tigers. The Tigers were also winners in their season opener and that sets this up to be an intriguing contest. The Warriors don't always travel well but this is a good chance following last week’s performance.
South Africa were fairly comfortable winners in the second T20 match as they claimed the series and will now look to end with a 3-0 win here. The Sri Lankans were poor with both bat and ball and if it wasn’t for Isuru Udana’s spectacular knock, they would have lost by a lot more.
London shocked Leeds last week as they scored two tries in the final five minutes to claim their first away win of the season. They now return to home soil to host a Hull FC side that were comfortably beaten last week. This could be a game that goes end-to-end with either side able to claim the spoils.
Salford put in a competitive albeit error-strewn display against Castleford last week but fell just short and will now be looking to bounce back against Wigan. The Warriors still have just one win to their name and although they were better against Warrington, they could be set to taste defeat again here.
This match between the Knight Riders and Sunrisers promises to be a blockbuster even at this early stage of the tournament. Both teams are expected to compete for a top four place and there is plenty of star quality in both teams.
There will be plenty of pressure on both teams in this opening match and the greater experience within the Mumbai Indians’ ranks could be the decisive factor. They started the campaign last year relatively slowly and they will be motivated to do better this year and start well.
Manly struggled to keep hold of the ball in their opening game of the season and now face a Sydney Roosters side that will be keen to put last week's poor effort against South Sydney behind them. The Premiers were second best against the Rabbitohs but will be looking to bounce straight back here.
Newcastle got their season off to a great start as they won a close match with Cronulla and will now look to make it back-to-back home victories. They host a Penrith side that were shocked by Parramatta last week and displayed some worrying signs in their opening game.
Cronulla were narrowly beaten by Newcastle last week but will head home to Shark Park as they seek their first win of the season. They host a Gold Coast side that failed to post a single point last week and will travel without their first-choice halfback pairing.
Catalans secured a much-needed win over Hull KR with the Dragons showing plenty of resilience to earn their first away win of the season. Leeds on the other hand have hit rock bottom and last week's late defeat to London will be tough to overcome with the Dragons able to go back-to-back.
The majority of darts fans were delighted to see James Wade reinstated to this year's Premier League, and his inclusion has been justified with a couple of stunning performances, which have enabled him to collect five points from his opening four matches.
There are plenty of factors in favour of the defending champions Chennai Super Kings coming into this opening match against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Champions Dundalk were stunned last week as Sligo held them to an unlikely draw, so they will be fired up to bounce back here. They are somewhat understrength, but they still have enough quality to beat a relatively poor Finn Harps' side.