After an extensive wait for the NRL season to begin, Round 1 kicked off on Thursday night with a good first-up contest between defending premiers Cronulla and the Brisbane Broncos. The Broncos came away with a solid win before Friday saw a silly double-header that was barely attended or watched because most people would’ve been stuck in peak hour traffic or on slow moving trains.

Despite this, Melbourne showed that their defensive was a concrete as ever while the Bulldogs attack looked inept and lost. Melbourne won 12-6 in a match that wound the clock back: heavy rain, low scoring match with a bit of a flare-up to boot. This was followed up by a clueless Souths side who had no impact against the Wests Tigers, going down 34-18.
The surprise of the round came on Saturday when the Dragons piled on 42 points against a side many had tipped to be a premiership contender in 2017, the Panthers. Then came the match of the round when the Cowboys beat the Raiders in a magical golden point thriller with an amazing finish. The Roosters finished the day’s games with a casual and comfortable win over a Titans side that never looked in the game.
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