We Are Now Contenders (As of Round 11)

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  1. Fangs

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    Yes.

    Part of me still doubted whether we could take it out in 2018 (One-eyed fans take a hike - Yes you). Now everyone will cross the floor.

    Not the biggest test we will face, but we easily accounted for the Tigers. And they aren't dogshit like they were last year.

    Tooting my horn before the Dragons game next week and I will toot it louder tomorrow. We have arrived.
     
  2. mxlegend99

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    Lowest standard of NRL in some time for mine. No team looks a class above. We sit equal first having not come close to reaching our potential and having a huge injury toll
     
  3. Fangs

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    Yes it is. It has been getting lower every year for a while.

    However we can only play whats in front of us. And this year we are ready to take it.

    Toot thou horn.
     
  4. The Teach

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    Interesting fact after tonight's game, according to the Fox team...this is only the 3rd time in our history that we've been 8 and 3. The other 2 seasons? 1991 and 2003!
     
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    How the f**k did we go 8 and 3 in 2003, weren't we 1 and 3 at the beginning of the season?
     
  6. The Teach

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    You are correct Munky, but we won our next 8 games after losing to Canberra in round 4 of 2003.
     
  7. tripster

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    I’d love it to be the case but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I think we will have a better idea once we play the Dragons next week.

    However, if we are to win the GF, we need to be able to beat the Storm. Not because the Storm will necessarily be in the GF itself but because there is a really good chance that they are one of the teams we have to beat in the finals to make it there.

    There is a real risk that both the Storm and us finish in the top 4 and we have to play them in the first game. In typical bullshit NRL fashion we will also lose any home ground advantage for that final - if we finish 2nd and Storm 3rd for example, we won’t be playing them at Penrith but at ANZ.

    Storm seem to be our kryptonite. They still get away with murder in the ruck and slow things down in a way that has a habit of completely stifling our attack. It is also always hard to score points against them, and all it will take is half a break from Josh Addo Car and they score. I seriously hope, because I loathe them so much, that they get a few season ending injuries, but they always seem blessed in the injury department as well.
     
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    Speaking of facing the Storm. If we both make the top 4 as it looks like now. There's a 33% chance we face them 2 weeks in a row.

    That would suck.
     
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    Exactly. What a great way to finish a (hopefully great year) by losing in the final round of the regular season, then losing the first final, to then have to play 2 sudden death games to make the grand final, and possibly meet the Storm again in the GF.

    Hopefully they get busted for some absolutely massive cheating this year that is such a blight on the game that they are booted out of the comp completely mid season.
     
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    I just hope if it happens we can manage atleast one win. Week 1 of finals.

    Bit like last year against Manly
     
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  11. franklin2323

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    For me we still have the same same problem can't keep the same squad on the field for long period. I said all along if we had Blake the last 2 semis we make PF.

    This year we can go further assuming we stay fit
     
  12. age.s

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    I've been as scarred as anyone by our repeated folding against the Storm over the last decade. But there's every chance that they'll be dreading facing us two weeks in a row at the end of the year far more than the reverse.
     
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    I’m not convinced yet but we’re definitely making the right noises.

    Next week will be the real test. If we can beat the Dragons then we will be the benchmark.
     
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    Wasn't there a stat earlier in the year that teams (except [email protected]) predominantly lost the week after playing us? That'd be a nice stat to throw up at the end of the year if qe were facing Storm back-to-back.
     
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    Need to see more games with the halves together before we will see where we sit though a win next week will put us into favourism I say
     
  16. Exsilium

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    I think it will be a bruising battle.

    Merrin against his old team.

    Origin hopefuls in Vaughan, Frizz, RCG etc.

    I think JFH and Tariq Sims will go hammer and tongs at one another.
     
  17. umina panther

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    Even with all the injuries our outside backs are still better than St Merge's. No reason we don't beat them
     
  18. snickers007

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    Yep 7 from 9 teams have lost the week after they played us. Souths and Sharks are the only ones to win on the rebound.

    Not sure how much I believe that it's a hangover from playing us - probably more an indictment on the quality and form of the teams we've played thus far. Sharks and Rabbits are probably the only teams that will be playing in September (we'll see how the Knights go this week against Gold Coast).

    Across the 25 rounds, the big winners are Manly, Cronulla, Tigers and Raiders who follow us 3 times each.
     
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    Being at home gives us a lift worth probably 10 points. halves get another few sessions together too should be a great game
     
  20. OldPanther

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    It's a Saturday game right? Long turnaround will be good for Cleary/Maloney.

    Are we allowed to think we are contenders now? I'm so cautious of being optimistic as a Panthers fan haha. I'll wait till next week but it's looking good.
     

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