I can see the Storm beating Penrith in the GF again this year. Penrith have been touted as virtually unbeatable at full-strength but they only got the Storm by 2 points earlier this year and Melbourne have gotten much better since then. I suppose we'll find out in July where both are sitting.Honestly Storm have gone to another level that even Penrith would struggle with and they're comfortably better than most teams.
Souths in 3rd conceded 50 points to both those teams. Eels managed to beat Storm so maybe they have something come finals time. But it's Storms premiership to lose and Panthers the only team with a decent chance at stopping them. Not even injuries have slowed them down.
Well Panthers have gotten better since then too. That game is no indication of how either team has played really. It was only round 3 and a bunch of players from both sides were missing. Although it just might be the last time Villiame Kikau did anything worthwhile.I can see the Storm beating Penrith in the GF again this year. Penrith have been touted as virtually unbeatable at full-strength but they only got the Storm by 2 points earlier this year and Melbourne have gotten much better since then. I suppose we'll find out in July where both are sitting.
This.Manly are next faves behind those 5 mentioned...and daylight is 7th to win the comp. If Manly stay injury free, I give them a huge change of getting within a week of the GF.
As far as the Storm V Panthers situation is concerned, the for and against has taken a beating for Penrith in their past three games. But if you account for allowances in how well Penrith were defending before the SOO player losses, and factor in those defensive averages, the Panthers are way ahead of the Storm, and it's defese that wins titles.
It's all fine and dandy in putting on cricket scores on teams that are cannon fodder before the kick-off like the Storm did to the Tigers, but I bet Bellamy was seething privately when WT scored 18 against them.
The Knights shut him down too, lol. I can still see it as a very, very remote outside chance purely on the back of Turbo, but it would be a miracle.People are way too high on Manly. Tommy was on fire before and after the Penrith game but we shut him down easily
If I'm not mistaken, pretty sure way the playoff draw works is that the qualifying finals in week 1 (1 v 4 and 2 v 3) determine what "side" of the playoff bracket those top 4 teams are in.I know the Panthers and Storm are the clear two deserved favourites and why everyone thinks they'l be the two GF teams but for some reason I feel something is going to happen and it won't be those 2 teams. Perhaps they face each other before the GF for example.