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The Rock-itt : May 2011
With Brisbane Broncos sitting in first place with 12 points on the NRL Ladder Board as we go to print, and with the little general himself, Darren Lockyer, commanding his troops around the paddock in true military fashion, is it no wonder the people of the fair state of Queensland are rubbing their hands together with glee. Although with the season still young the maroon and gold order from the other side of the border are running like a team of Russian chargers and if you know anything about horses then you know that they are almost impossible to stop once they are up and running. It appears that even without super coach Wayne Bennett in their stable, the Broncos are quite capable of getting their nose in front and staying there. Trailing not too far behind also on 12 points are the Dragons who have taken up where they left off last season. The Premiers are putting it together under the guidance of the great Mr Bennett with excellent defending and attacking football and at this point in time most teams are agreeing that this is the team to beat if they want a shot at the Holy Grail in October. Next come Storm on 10 points. After last season's salary cap debacle finally behind them, they are out to prove a point or two although they have incurred two losses so far and it will be difficult to judge so early in the season whether or not they are capable of being the force they were in previous seasons. But time will tell and the night is still young. Like a bolt out of the blue the Cowboys have certainly come a long way since 2010 and are looking good on 10 points. Their attitude for winning seems much more positive than last season and the boys in the ten gallon hats seem to be out for a big season if they can stay focused. There is a lot of interest from punters from all clubs to see if the magic of Jonathon Thurston can keep them in contention right the way to October. Also on 10 points is our Manly Sea Eagles. With a swag of new young players recruited to fill the gaps left from a migration at the end of 2010, the Eagles are looking very promising. With Brett Stewart gradually easing himself back into the side and coach Dezzy Hasler looking more determined than ever, I think there is a real chance of a go at the Grail in October. Bulldogs are also on ten points and haven't they come off the blocks well. The doggies have been struggling since their glory days of a few seasons back when they ruled the NRL roost. But it's good to see them ascending the ladder and they are playing good football to do it, a thorn in the side to any club who are silly enough to take them lightly. Knights are on 8 points and have 3 losses under their belt owing to some lack lustre defence on different occasions. But a money tree has been planted in their backyard which will bare fruit big time next season. I just hope that they don't fall into the trap of waiting till 2012 instead of getting on with the job that is at hand now. West Tigers are toeing the line on 6 points and are a bit scratchy at the moment. Bengy Marshall has been under a bit of off field drama as we all know, which could be affecting his game. With Bengy being the best play maker in the game it's sure to rub off on the rest of the team. Let's just hope things get sorted quickly for Bengy, which will definitely make a difference for the Tigers. Warriors are also on 6 points with a total of 4 losses although they have just knocked over big guns, the Storm last week. I liken the attitude of this side to the Broncos and believe they can beat anyone on their day especially if it's played across the ditch. They are looking strong and confident and their place on the ladder seems a little unjustified. Eels are another on 6 points and with 4 losses to date seem to be a side still trying to work out the magic formula for winning games. They are running hot and cold and even though there is still plenty of time on the clock, it might be time that the coach had a long hard look at their game plan. They have plenty of fire power in the side yet their defensive record is second worst in the competition. If you're listening coach, that's where you start making changes to alleviate the rot. Sharks were looking better earlier on and the 4 points on