Super League Round 3 Preview


The Eagles have started the season with a bang netting eight times across their two games to date without conceding one and they are certainly the team to watch at this early stage.
Parramatta have not found goals a problem to come by, which wasn?t necessarily the case last year, with six individual players already having managed to get their names on the scoresheet. The defence has also played their part, remaining intact and solid.
The Rams will be doing very well if they can manage to upset the visitors, but to do so, they will need to keep on eye on the pacy Eagles attack.
Granville Rage, sitting third, travel across town to Arlington Oval to face Dulwich Hill. The Rage had a comfortable victory last weekend while Dully had no excuses in their loss to Sydney University.
The Rage?s attack was fast against the Coast with Nenos Bobo and Kris Holbrook causing havoc so these are two men Dulwich Hill will need to keep a keen eye on.   
But likewise, the experienced Rage defence will have their hands full in keeping Jay Lucas, for one, under control. Lucas hit the target twice on debut for Dully in round one and while he may have been kept quiet last week, he has the ability and nous to strike at any time.
Central Coast Lightning this week welcome Spirit FC at Pluim Park. Peter Preston suggested there would be changes for this match, not happy with the two losses to date, so Spirit can expect a fired up Coast.
The visitors, somewhat uncharacteristically, lost at home last weekend and sit on just the one point. No doubt, that won?t sit easy with the champions. One senses that this could be a battle royale.
The fourth game on Saturday sees St George host Northern Tigers. Both have a win and a loss so far but would be expected to be there or thereabouts throughout the season. Neither will want to suffer a second defeat so early in the competition so expect this one to be very close.
On Sunday, high flying FC Bossy Liverpool entertain Fraser Park. The team from Moorebank gained three very valuable points up at Christie Park last weekend, and will be enjoying their period in the sun after a very disappointing year last season. They have recruited well too gaining keeper Angelo Kosmatos from Rockdale just prior to the season?s start. He will add strength to the Bossy defence while, at the other end, Alex Asanovic will continue his search for more goals, having two already this year.
Fraser Park will need to get their season off and running very soon although they have just gone down in both their games by the barest of margins. That will surely give them confidence as they seek their first point.
Lastly, on Sunday, Mount Druitt Town Rangers, with their third home game in a row, face Sydney University. Despite the home advantage, the Rangers have failed to get off the mark so far, conceding eight in the process. It has been a tough start but Uni will still need to remain aware. Last season, the match finished 1-1 so the Rangers may gain some solace from that.
Round three promises some great entertainment and attractive football. A competition well worth watching.
-By Peter Rowney