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NRL Magic Round 2021

Sixteen clubs. Eight Blockbuster match-ups. Three big days of Rugby League. All in one place.

What more could you ask for?

With Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium at full capacity, the stage is set for one of Australia’s biggest weekends in sport this year.

After the success of its first installment back in 2019, the NRL Magic round is back again to set the Australian sporting landscape alight!

The NRL Magic round will kick off on Friday the 14th May with two matches on the Friday night. Then we’ve got three matches on Saturday (15th) and it all finishes on Sunday (16th) with another three matches.

Make sure you get in quick because tickets are sure to sell out fast.


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All the best players in the league, playing at the one ground, game after game.

As far as concepts go, this is one of the best and one that has to be experienced firsthand at some point.

Not only are you able to watch your team and whoever they’re playing against. You’re able to stay in your seat and watch all the superstars of the competition back to back to back.

All the guns will be there and the festival like atmosphere will bring out the best in them. From football masterminds like Nathan Cleary and Cameron Munster, to the game’s big hitters like Josh Papalii and x-factors like Ryan Papenhuyzen, you will be spoiled for choice.

Imagine the atmosphere of being at one of the most iconic stadiums in the country, with 52,000 people yelling, cheering, and getting amongst the mayhem and passion that this sport has to offer.

Based on the 2019 installment, the crowd numbers will be the biggest of the regular season making for a tremendous weekend.

It will be round 10 of the NRL season and every team will be hitting their stride. The players will also be looking to prove themselves with State of Origin just around the corner.

The overall ‘rugby league product’ is as good as its ever been with new rules continuing to speed up the game, making for a great spectacle.


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Here are the 2021 match-ups:

Friday, May 14th:

West Tigers vs Newcastle Knights – 6:00 pm

With both teams hovering around the middle of the table, they will be looking to climb up the ladder and make their way into the top 8. This game will be a battle of the fullbacks with the Newcastle Knights and QLD fullback Kalyn Ponga coming up against Tigers recruit Daine Laurie who has impressed in his debut year.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos – 8:05 pm

Despite this being labelled a Manly home game, the Broncos crowd will be sure to let everyone know what city they are in. A struggling Broncos will be looking to finally find some form with a win over a Manly team boasting the likes of the Trbojevic brothers and Australian and QLD captain Daly Cherry-Evans. The Broncos should be able to draw the biggest crowd of the weekend.


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Saturday, May 15th:

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders – 3:00 pm

It’s been a rough year for the Bulldogs who are yet to register a win. Fair to say it won’t get much easier with the ever present Canberra Raiders standing in their way. Canberra’s coach Ricky Stuart has a connection to both clubs and Nik Cotric will come up against his former Raiders team mates for the first time. Last year’s Dally M player of the year Jack Wighton will be looking to rediscover his form that helped take the Raiders to last year’s preliminary final.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – 5:30 pm

Two proud clubs going head to head on a Saturday evening.

The Sharks form has been admirable through the first part of the season and the Bunnies have been in full flight since their loss in the opening round. Look for the likes of Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Damien Cook to light up Suncorp Stadium and further entrench the Rabbitohs in the top 4.


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Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys – 7:45 pm

Local Queenslander Sam Walker will looking to cement his spot as the Rooster’s half-back for the rest of the season. It will be a dream come true for the Rooster’s prodigy playing in front of a packed out Suncorp Stadium.

The Cowboys will be looking to get on the back of their dominant forward Jason Taumalolo and upset a Rooster’s team currently decimated with injuries.

Sunday, May 16th:

New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels – 1:50 pm

Warriors are proving to be one of the hardest teams to tip in this competition. With a very mixed opening few rounds, it’s hard to say what the Warriors will produce to start things off on Sunday.

The Eels have strike all over the field and will be hard to beat. With a halves pairing of Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown, Parramatta could tear the Warriors to shreds. For the Warriors, their departing captain and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will need to be at his scintillating best if the Warriors are any chance.


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Melbourne Storm vs St George-Illawarra Dragons – 4:05 pm

Rugby league on a Sunday afternoon is as romantic as the game will ever get. This looks like match of the round and could be the best part of the weekend.

The Storm have been the bench mark club for the last 2 decades and last year’s season was a prime example of their brilliance. This season hasn’t been any different, Melbourne find themselves in the top 4 again.

The Dragons have been potentially the hardest team to watch prior to this year. So much potential on paper with little to show for it. But this year, they have shocked us all. Already stunning title contenders the Eels this season. Are they finally showing what they’re about?

This will be the Dragon’s ultimate test. Can Dufty, Lomax and Norman unsettle Papenhuyzen, Olam and Munster?

This should be a cracker.

Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers – 6:25 pm

Currently the best team in Queensland up against the best team in the competition. Both teams are full of youth and flare. What better way to end the weekend in the Queensland capital.

A Panthers squad with so much fire in their belly after losing last year’s grand final. The Panthers are 6 from 6 to start the season and it’s hard to see any team beating them. A win for the Titans would be a massive boilover.

The likes of Brimson, Fifita and Fa’asuamalaeaui will need to be at their very best.

Penrith’s lethal left edge of Luai, Critchon and To’o will be hard to stop. Throw in the conductor Nathan Cleary and it’s hard to see the Panthers losing this one.


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If you’ve had enough of the footy or just want to duck away for a while, Brisbane has a lot to offer.

The great thing about The Magic Round is that its up to you how much footy you want to watch.

You could watch one match, a day’s worth of games or keep turning up to Suncorp everyday and watch them all!

This is completely up to you.

It’s the weekend that will keep on giving. Get in there, and grab your ticket to the NRL’s Magic Round.

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