A snapshot of the NRL's second round

All the talking points from round two of the NRL, including the continual impact coronavirus and the Sydney Roosters losing their first two games.

WADE GRAHAM
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WHAT HAPPENED IN ROUND 2 OF THE NRL:

* QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "They are leaving their families behind to keep this great game of ours running so we have nothing but respect for those boys ... I am sure the whole country appreciates what they are doing." Canberra captain Jarrod Croker after the Raiders paid a special tribute to the Warriors for staying and playing in Australia.

* STAT THAT MATTERS: The Sydney Roosters are the first defending premiers to lose their opening two games in 11 years, while last year's runners-up Canberra have won their first two for just the second time since 2006.

* MAGIC MOMENT: Daly Cherry-Evans made it a happy 21st field goal as he booted Manly to a 9-8 victory over the Roosters at Leichhardt Oval. He has the most one-pointers of any current player.

* TALKING POINT: Can the NRL continue on into round three? While the league managed to get through round two without crowds, government crackdowns are making the task harder and harder.

* MAN OF THE ROUND: Kotoni Staggs. The Brisbane juggernaut's hat-trick of tries proved the difference in a 22-18 win over South Sydney, impressing in the centres before helping to fill in at halfback after Brodie Croft's early departure with a shoulder injury.

* JUDICIARY WATCH: Raiders - Sia Soilola (high tackle); Tigers - Luciano Leilua (dangerous contact).

* CASUALTY WARD: Broncos - Brodie Croft (shoulder), Corey Oates (ribs); Warriors - Lachlan Burr (concussion); Sharks - Wade Graham (foot), Briton Nikora (knee); Knights - Mitchell Barnett (shoulder); Tigers - Thomas Mikaele (knee); Titans - Kevin Proctor (hamstring), Dale Copley (ribs).

* UNDER PRESSURE: With the heat on Paul McGregor before the start of the season, he needs a win at St George Illawarra. They've lost their opening two games for the second-straight year.


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