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Stat Attack: Why venues could have big impact round 2 match-ups

Every one of the eight Telstra Premiership matches in round two features one team heading in with an imposing or daunting record at that venue.

It kicks off on Thursday night at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, where the Rabbitohs have just one win since 1994. They haven't played there a lot in that time, to be fair, and have very few appearances at the Kogarah venue since they evolved from 1990s cellar dwellers to 2010s powerhouse.

Still, one win (in 2012) and seven losses from their past eight starts is a one-sided record.

The early Friday game in Canberra will hold no fear for the Storm, who have won 13 of their last 16 matches at GIO Stadium. They have also won their past four straight against the Raiders at all venues.

Broncos v Cowboys clashes are always entertaining and almost inevitably go down to the wire, but the end result tends to be much worse for North Queensland when it is played at Brisbane, with Paul Green's men unsuccessful in seven of their past eight trips to Suncorp Stadium.

You'd think the Sharks would have had the better of the Titans in the last few years but, in one of the less overwhelming runs on this list, it is the Titans who hold the recent advantage with three wins from their past four trips to Shark Park.

Penrith have won four of their past five games at McDonald Jones Stadium, including the past three straight, and have seven wins from their past nine meetings with the Knights overall.

Things have been extremely even between Manly and the Roosters in recent seasons, including at Lottoland, but unfortunately for Des Hasler's men their very recent history at home is awful. The Sea Eagles have sung the team song just once in their past eight games overall in games played in Brookvale.

The Bulldogs may have been humbled in Auckland last week but they are a much stronger proposition at home, with the blue and whites winning nine of their past 11 games at ANZ Stadium. It's not all bad news for their opponents the Eels though, with Brad Arthur's troops winning five of their past six against Canterbury.

The round finishes up in Campbelltown between two sides both basking in a winning glow after round one but Sydney's south-west has not been a happy hunting ground for the Warriors, who have lost four of their past five at Campbelltown Stadium.

Hit or Miss - Round 1

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