Sydney Roosters will look to preserve their unbeaten start to the 2017 NRL season when they take on arch rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the opening game for Round 4 on Thursday night.
One of just two teams to register three wins from three this season, the Roosters have posted tight victories over the Bulldogs and Panthers in their last two games, while the Rabbitohs are currently sitting in fifth spot following back-to-back triumphs over the Sea Eagles and Knights.
After suffering a controversial loss to the Roosters on Saturday night, the Panthers target an immediate response in the first game on Friday night against the Newcastle Knights. Penrith were hard done by after the winning Roosters try appeared to been preceded by a forward pass, while the Knights were again gallant in falling to a six-point defeat to Souths.
Still reeling from a two-point loss to the Storm last week, the Brisbane Broncos aim to return to the winners circle on Friday when they face the Canberra Raiders at home. Canberra, after a somewhat shaky start to the season, produced some sparkling rugby league to demolish the Tigers by 40 points on Sunday.
Super Saturday begins at Lottoland as the Manly Sea Eagles play host to the Canterbury Bulldogs. Both sides are coming off their first victories of the season last week, with Manly upsetting the Cowboys in Townsville and Canterbury downing the Warriors in Dunedin.
Parramatta Eels then look to bounce back from a disappointing display against the Titans when they take on the Cronulla Sharks, who themselves were lacklustre in a narrow derby loss to the Dragons. Super Saturday concludes on the Gold Coast as the Titans look for back-to-back wins against a Cowboys side who were underwhelming in a home loss to Manly on Saturday.
With the sacking of Jason Taylor set to dominate headlines all week, the Wests Tigers hope to recover from a dismal last couple of weeks at home against the unbeaten Melbourne Storm. The Tigers have only scored one try in two games - and that was intercept - while they’ve conceded a whopping 82 points. Melbourne meanwhile have been their usual solid selves, winning all three of their games this season against the Bulldogs, Warriors and Broncos.
Round 4 action concludes on Sunday night as the St George Illawarra Dragons face the New Zealand Warriors. The Dragons have been surprise packets so far in 2017 and are sitting pretty in third spot after three rounds, while the Warriors have been disappointing, with just one win (over the Knights) from their three games.
NRL Round 4 Fixtures
Thursday March 23
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Sydney Roosters
Friday March 24
Penrith Panthers vs Newcastle Knights
Brisbane Broncos vs Canberra Raiders
Saturday March 25
Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks
Gold Coast Titans vs North Queensland Cowboys
Sunday March 26
Wests Tigers vs Melbourne Storm
St George Illawarra Dragons vs New Zealand Warriors