As always, a lot has been happening in the NRL, both on and off the field. Here are some of the main talking points across the game:
The NRL are set to announce a new CEO by the end of the week. A long time coming given Dave Smith announced his resignation back in October. Todd Greenberg remains favourite for the job so we’ll see what eventuates in this space. James Warburton is a dark horse for the role but I expect the NRL to promote from within.
The Eels front office problems continue to overshadow the clubs efforts on the field, which is a shame. The Eels beat the premiers and are looking to head north on the table with a massive rivalry game against the Bulldogs on Friday night. Hopefully a big crowd is in attendance.
Five teams remain unbeaten after two rounds, with the Tigers and Manly still to play and if the Tigers win, they too will remain unbeaten. A big Leichhardt crowd will go a long way to getting the Tigers across the line. The tight feeling around the collar will be a familiar feeling for Trent Barrett should Manly lose tonight. Dylan Walker is not a five eighth.
The Roosters are winless after a heartbreaking one point loss to the Raiders on Saturday afternoon. Tough times at Bondi with Cordner, JWH and Pearce all still on the sidelines.
Crowds are still down after two games with some disappointing figures, including the Broncos who drew well below 40,000 fans for their opening home game against the Warriors. With Easter on the horizon, the NRL certainly has some work to do to get the crowds through the gates. The NRL’s best rivalry game (Eels v Dogs) should get the crowds flocking through the gates. If they don’t get 30,000+ for this game, then there is something seriously wrong with the game.