NRL Rd 2 - Titans v Eels
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Junior Paulo of the Eels takes on the defence during the round 2 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium on March 22, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Magic Round is one of the NRL's greatest promotions. With every team, every game all at one ground.

It doesn't get much better than that.

Here are a few little things to make your Magic Round a bit more exciting. Something for you to look for while you're watching the footy, or a reason to watch a game you wouldn't normally tune into.


5. Junior Paulo's Dominance in the Middle

Yes, it says Junior Paulo. No, it isn't a typo, he is someone you should have your eyes glued to.

There are levels to watching sport. Sure, you can lean back and enjoy the footy without really paying attention, or you can be really invested in your team's game... but still not remember anything the next day. One great way to watch the sport is to just focus on one player.

Usually, this is something to do with fullbacks or playmakers. Go back and watch Billy Slater for eighty minutes and you will notice the little nuances, the defensive orders and slight decisions that made him great. Junior Paulo is one of those players.

Anyone who has watched the Parramatta Eels play knows how good Paulo is. A truly giant body with great footwork and a strong passing game, he is a handful for defences to contain. While that is crucial to his success, it is the little things that you don't notice without looking for them that make him special. His support play, his motor in defence, and his work in the middle make it so much easier for his edges to succeed.

Next to Payne Haas and James Fisher-Harris, Paulo is one of the best front rowers in the NRL. Do yourself a favour and put him in your spotlight this Sunday against the Sydney Roosters.