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The Rock-itt : June 2011
Next cabs off the rank are the Rabbitohs. The red and greens are surprisingly in tenth position in the competition having had a good run lately but they are still not impressing considering the talent within the side. Players win games so there’s no use blaming the coach. All he can do is prepare them. It’s the team that have to run out and win the games but this is not happening frequently enough. Once again their defensive record is poor, which is usually a sign of a lazy side not willing enough to get up and defend. With Chris Sandow heading for greener pastures next s eason, it will be interesting to see who fills his shoes, but whoever it is, he will have to be special to m easure up to his predecessor. The Sharks are there on 8 points and that’s 10 points off the front runner. What does a team do that far down the ladder at this time of the season? W e are virtually halfway through the competition and for the Sharkies to get anywhere near the top before the finals would be a miracle. In all honesty the finals kick in, in September and I can’t forsee any of the big guns falling over between now and then, so if the Sharks want to have any chance at all they must win every game from here on in to try to make the eight. That’s the only realistic chance they have. The Panthers are looking slightly better than a few weeks ago, but they have a lot of ground to make up to even look like getting into the eight before finals arrive. On 8 points and sitting in 12 th position in the competition and with their hot, cold approach to their gam e, here is another team that look like missing the train. Coach Mathew Elliott has already received his marching orders for the team’s lack of performance and Wayne Bennett’s already booked to fix up the Knights problems, so they can’t throw him a sack of money. Why not sack the team and keep the coach? I don’t think Elliott’s to blame for the mess that Penrith’s in. More like the selectors and the committee. Hey there’s a good idea, replace the selectors and the committee, now that makes sense. Most punters will agree with that idea. The Eels have been slowly heading for skid row for quite a while now and this season looks worse than ever. Whatever is going on in that neck of the woods has me beat. Once a proud powerful team with great club support, the Eels were respected by every team in the competition as well as the opposition’s punters. But The Eels now are a shadow of their former self and someone needs to have a darn good look at why. They are languishing in 13th position on 8 points andforthelifeofmeI can’t see any change happening between now and September. Old warhorse Nathan Hindmarsh must be right down in the dumps to think he will be finishing his career in a side that seems to have given up the ghost. Are the Roosters stuck in a time warp and can’t get out? Please someone tell me why this side is in 14th position and last season were grand final contenders in the competition. W ith a tally of 6 NRL LADDER miserable points they have become an enigma. They have star players like Mitchell Pearce, Todd Carney, Braith Anasta. Anthony Minichiello, to name a few, as well as, just about every man and his dog coach them over the last few seasons and with still no positive results. Has the name losers become an accepted fact within the side? Or is it time that they turfed m ost of the players and started again. Scott Prince is back for the Titans after a big lay-off because of injury, but has a mighty job ahead of him if he is to steer the lowly placed Titans into the eight, before the finals in September. The boy’s from the other side of the border have been a bit luckless with their games and it’s a long way back from second last on the NRL ladder board. In 15th position in the com petition and on 6 points. Over the last couple of seasons they have shown great promise and at one tim e it would have been believable to see them a grand final contender. But as they look at this point in time, it’s time to start hatching a new game plan so as they can implement it now and have it all worked out for 2012. The Raiders have missed the brilliance of Terry Campese big time. Tailenders in 16th position on the NRL ladder board and with a tally of a meagre 4 points, can the Green Machine pull off a super miracle and win every game from here on in to make the eight before September? Watching them against the Bulldogs last month you would have thought they were in first place instead of last, But there are a lot of rungs on that NRL ladder and the Raiders have to climb all 16 of them. Let’s see how they go with Campo back. Pos Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points 1 Dragons 10 9 0 1 212 96 116 20 2 Sea Eagles 11 8 0 3 240 161 79 18 3 Cowboys 11 8 0 3 260 192 68 18 4 Storm 10 7 0 3 254 150 104 16 5 Warriors 11 7 0 4 217 187 30 16 6 Broncos 11 7 0 4 200 176 24 16 7 Bulldogs 10 6 0 4 220 192 28 14 8 Wests Tigers 10 5 0 5 221 200 21 12 9 Knights 11 5 0 6 204 210 -6 12 10 Rabbitohs 10 4 0 6 208 240 -32 10 11 Eels 11 4 0 7 178 264 -86 10 12 Panthers 10 3 0 7 181 223 -42 8 13 Sharks 10 3 0 7 171 236 -65 8 14 Roosters 11 3 0 8 163 230 -67 8 15 Raiders 11 3 0 8 182 266 -84 8 16 Titans 11 3 0 8 165 150 15 8