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Week 2 in National Rugby League finishes tonight

Four teams are in action as the NRL comes to a close after their first week with no fans in the stands

Ryan Matterson of the Eels is tackled during the round 1 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Two final matches to finish Week 2 in the National Rugby League in Australia and New Zealand, with the first week of matches in front of empty stands due to coronavirus coming to a close. Both these teams didn’t score or allow a lot in Week 1, so is the under the play here?

Wests Tigers vs. Newcastle Knights

Spread: Wests -1.5 (+100) Newcastle +1.5 (-125)
Total: Over/under 41.5
Money Line: -109 for both sides

The Wests Tigers face the Newcastle Knights in the first matchup, with both teams picking up victories last week in the opening round. The Tigers were led by a try, three conversions, and a penalty goal from Benji Marshall in their 24-14 victory over the St. George Illawarra Dragons. Wests made a comeback in the final 40 minutes after trailing 12-8 at intermission.

On the other side Newcastle dominated New Zealand Warriors 20-0 in their opener, with Kalyn Ponga scoring 12 of the 20 points via a try and kicks. But that might be a false rating, as the Warriors are now foot of the table after their 20-6 loss to Canberra last night.

Parramatta Eels vs. Gold Coast Titans

Spread: Parramatta -7.5
Total: Over/under 42.5
Money Line: Parramatta -240, Gold Coast +195

The Eels didn’t concede a try in their 8-2 victory over the Bulldogs in opening action. Their tackle rate of 91.2% was helpful and only allowed one line break. Meanwhile the Titans were a sieve in their 24-6 loss to Canberra as well, allowing four tries with 45 missed tackles and a 69% completion rate.

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