Five standout games in revised NRL draw

Ed Jackson

FIVE MATCHES NOT TO MISS IN THE NRL'S REVISED 2020 DRAW

BRISBANE v PARRAMATTA, Round 3, May 28 at Suncorp Stadium

The competition resumes from its COVID-19 enforced suspension with Brisbane aiming to avenge last year's humiliating 58-0 finals flogging. The Eels however will be eager to build on their perfect start to the season and inflict more pain on Anthony Seibold's team.

NORTH QUEENSLAND v CRONULLA, Round 4, June 6 at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

The Sharks head to Townsville to face the Cowboys and one of their 2016 premiership-winning heroes in Valentine Holmes. After a failed NFL experiment, the Queensland State of Origin flyer has returned to the NRL with the Cowboys. He'll be desperate to turn it on for his new club against his old one.

NEWCASTLE v MELBOURNE, Round 5, June 13 at Central Coast Stadium

The apprentice takes on the master when long-time Storm assistant Adam O'Brien leads the Knights into a clash with Craig Bellamy's Melbourne. A Storm life member, O'Brien spent 11 years as Bellamy's right-hand man. Having made a strong start to his Knights' reign, O'Brien will be eager to prove himself against his former mentor.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS v CANBERRA, Round 10, July 16 (Venue TBA)

The grand final rematch will be played on a Thursday night as the Raiders seek to avenge their six-point loss to the Roosters in last year's decider. Canberra fans will be desperate to at least ease some of the pain of the "six again" controversy with a win over Trent Robinson's back-to-back premiers.

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA v SYDNEY ROOSTERS, Round 13, August 6 (Venue TBA)

The traditional Anzac Day fixture gets a new date for 2020, with the match now to be played on the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Lone Pine. The Sydney rivals will face off in a match that will surely carry extra significance in such an unusual year.